The European Open gladly stays on the schedule after last years renaissance and the Beckenbauer Course at Bad Griesbach in Germany will once again no doubt produce a top event. Thongchai Jaidee left with the spoils last year with a total of 17 under par. The course has room off the tee on various holes then there are holes which require a bit more accuracy. Water meanders its way through the track and is its main defence. Those seeking a victory will be searching for ways to keep those doubles off the card by going swimming. A deluge of rain has left the course unplayable at the minute and practice days have been cancelled. It remains to be seen what happens over the coming days although more favourable weather is forecast as the week continues. It does mean the course will be very soft, suiting the big hitters.
Thomas Pieters heads the market and I'm still surprised just how much respect the bookies are giving this lad. Yes he is talented and playing very good golf right now, but his price is very thin. He has still a lot of maturing to do, and next week will no doubt be on his mind and I wouldn't be surprised if the nerves start to kick in early. Kaymer disappointed last week on a suitable track so we certainly won't be taking a reduced a price after that performance. Wiesberger arrives here with a lively chance but giving his missed cut last year I'm not busting to take a price half of what we got a few weeks ago at the KLM.
I talked last week of Lucas Bjerregaard's upward curve and it did continue. His last four events read 63-49-28-20. His game is beginning to come together and I believe he has just the right game for this course. There is an element of power and accuracy needed here and Bjerregaard fits the profile. He plodded along last week nicely and I expect him to be even more suited to this weeks course. He finished 5th here last year shooting four impressive rounds of 68. He was one shot shy of shooting four rounds in the 60s last week in Italy also. Another four rounds in the sixties can not be ruled out as he begins to hit form. I'm surprised to see him more or less at the same price as he was last week considering he finished in the frame last year.
I'm prepared to take a chance on Alex Levy this week. Having returned from injury Levy has put together a decent set of results reading 18-34-7. Last week was most impressive to post a score around a track that wouldn't ideally suit his eye. He was 4th in driving accuracy and driving distance last week which bodes very well for this week. He is a man capable of very low scores which will be needed in Germany. Overall he holds every chance in a market where question marks surround plenty. He knows how to get the job done and having gone 63-61 to win a rain shortened Portugal Masters a few years back which is a similar track I'm prepared to have a bet on him to be first round leader also. The deluge of rain will be advantageous for the Frenchman too. Nothing else appeals in the market so we'll leave it at that for now.