In a sign that we’re not completely over the COVID pandemic, the European Tour adjusted its schedule for this week’s Porsche European Open. Due to travel restrictions in Germany the tournament will now start on Saturday becoming a 54-hole event instead of the traditional 72 holes. The delayed start allows for golfers to clear travel protocols so we could actually have an event. Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg will serve as host for a fourth straight playing with Paul Casey the betting favorite to defend his title from 2019. All three previous editions saw an Englishman hoist the trophy. Local favorite Martin Kaymer, a two-time major champion, seeks to end a long title drought and is featured in several tournament matchups. Be sure to visit BookMaker.eu for a complete updated list of matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Porsche European Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Jeff Winther -140 vs. Julian Suri +108
Min Woo Lee -108 vs. Connor Syme -122
Victor Dubuisson -125 vs. Mike Lorenzo-Vera -105
Richie Ramsay -101 vs. Wil Besseling -130
Paul Casey -129 vs. Abraham Ancer -102
David Horsey -105 vs. Matthew Southgate -125
Julien Guerrier -105 vs. Maximilian Kieffer -125
Marcus Armitage -120 vs. Mikko Korhonen -110
Paul Casey -235 vs. Bernd Wiesberger +185
Sami Valimaki +120 vs. Rasmus Hojgaard -154
Calum Hill -135 vs. Alexander Bjork +104
Jordan Smith -115 vs. Calum Hill -115
Martin Kaymer -115 vs. Thorbjorn Olesen -115
Sam Horsfield -135 vs. Laurie Canter +104
Martin Kaymer -115 vs. Joost Luiten -115
Bernd Wiesberger -140 vs. Matthias Schwab +108
Sam Horsfield -130 vs. Jason Scrivener -101
Abraham Ancer -224 vs. Bernd Wiesberger +176
Abraham Ancer -242 vs. Matthias Schwab +190
Paul Casey -254 vs. Matthias Schwab +200
Need to Know
The one thing that sticks out about this week’s host is the length. Green Eagle measures nearly 7,600 yards with five par-5s. Four of the long holes are featured on the back nine and cover a combined 2,369 yards. The 517-yard 18th hole is the shortest of the bunch and makes for an interesting finish. That would seemingly give an edge to the big hitters in the group, but that hasn’t always been the case. Following a five-year hiatus, the event reemerged in Germany in 2015 and will play in Hamburg for the fourth consecutive time.
Porsche European Open Matchup Picks
Bernd Wiesberger +185 vs. Paul Casey
A return to the Euro Tour seemed to spark Wiesberger last week as he emerged with a five-swing victory at Himmerland. The Austrian spent a majority of time working on his craft on the PGA Tour with mixed results, though the experience did seem to pay off in other areas. I typically don’t back the previous week’s winner, but Wiesberger has been a good bet for me for some time and his stats are in line with another solid showing at Green Eagle. And at this price how can you pass on a surging player?
Laurie Canter +104 vs. Sam Horsfield
Considering the success Englishmen have had at Green Eagle why not back one in a tournament matchup. Casey would have been the logical choice, but his odds were astronomical and not worth the investment. Instead Canter looks like a good value pick with plus-odds in this matchup. And there are reasons to bet behind him. First, he can hit the ball a long way allowing him to take advantage of the course length. And Canter is coming off a T8 at Himmerland, his first top-10 since February and Green Eagle appears to be a better fit for his game.
Martin Kaymer -115 vs. Thorbjorn Olesen
I’m not convinced this pick will yield results but I have to back the German just because he needs something positive to happen. Playing in his home country could be the spark that gets Kaymer back on track. He hasn’t tasted victory since 2014 and you know breaking out at Green Eagle would be huge for him. He showed signs with a podium finish in Austria a few months ago and had close calls prior to that. His last appearance in this event came in 2016 yielding a top-10, though it was on a different course. Still, it’s hard to pass on a former major champion playing a home game.
Connor Syme -122 vs. Min Woo Lee
It’s been hit or miss for Syme lately with good results following bad ones. And he had a few rough outings recently with a pair of MCs in his last two starts. So it just might be time for him to tighten the boot straps and forge ahead. He’s played the weekend just three times in his last seven starts placing among the top-12 in each of those outings. He was solo third in the Kenya Open, T5 in the Lopesan Open and most recently T12 in the Canary Islands Championship. And since he’s starting on Saturday this week, the feeling will translate for him, and for his backers.
Sam Horsfield -130 vs. Jason Scrivener -101
Sticking to the theme of backing Englishmen I turn my sights to Horsfield, who has solid results recently and takes another crack at Green Eagle following his T14 in 2019. He was in danger of missing the cut then after opening with a 75, but he played the next 54 holes at 8-under. He’s also made the cut in all six starts this year placing among the top-25 in five of those outings.
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