Golf Odds: Porsche European Open Preview

Monday, July 23, 2018 2:20 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 2:20 PM UTC

For the first time in three weeks, the European Tour leaves Scotland as Hamburg, Germany, is the host of the Porsche European Open starting Thursday with three clear favorites at Intertops.

<p>The week after a major championship always is a bad spot for a PGA Tour or European Tour event to be scheduled because playing a major is a major (pun intended) grind and a lot of guys take the week off. Thus, this week’s European Tour stop, the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany, has a fairly weak field.</p><p>On Sunday in the 147<sup>th</sup> British Open at Carnoustie, Francesco Molinari, who has been playing better than anyone in the world for about a month, became the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship. Deservedly, he’s taking this week off and probably still drinking wine or spirits out of the Claret Jug. Rory McIlroy made some history at Carnoustie with his tie for second as he overtook Lee Westwood as the European Tour’s all-time career money list leader. McIlroy also is taking the week off.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;With a runner-up finish at &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#TheOpen&lt;/a&gt; Rory McIlroy has become the all-time leading money winner on the European Tour 💶 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 23, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>It’s the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Porsche European Open, with American Bobby Wadkins taking the first in 1978. That’s not to say this is the 40<sup>th</sup> staging of this event because it went on hiatus from 2010-14 and was held at Green Eagle’s North Course (a par 73 measuring a very long 7,831 yards) for the first time in 2017. The only other American to win the tournament was Tom Kite in 1980.</p><p>The biggest-name American in the Porsche European Open field is 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed. Last year, he finished tied for 19<sup>th</sup> at this event with a score of 6 under – he wasn’t able to break 70 after an opening-round 68. Reed is the <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">+900 favorite at Intertops.</a> He finished T28 at Carnoustie with rounds of 75-70-68-71. Fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, the 2017-18 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is +1200. He’s competing here for the first time and was T51 last week. He won at the Memorial earlier this year.</p><p>Englishman Paul Casey is right there with Reed at +900 on the <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops odds</a>. Casey finished T51 last week at 4 over. He generally plays more on the PGA Tour but has 13 career European Tour victories, last the 2014 KLM Open, and is playing more overseas this season. Casey didn’t play this event in 2017.</p><p>The defending champion is a guy you might not have heard of unless you are a devout follower of the European Tour: Jordan Smith, who is +2800 at <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops</a> to become the first player to repeat here since Westwood in 1999-2000. Smith, then a rookie, won last year by defeating France’s Alexander Levy on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to earn his first European Tour victory.</p><p>The pair had tied through 72 holes at 13-under 275. Smith holed a four-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18<sup>th</sup> in the second hole of the playoff after Levy missed his own birdie attempt from 20 feet. It was Smith’s first career European Tour win. He hasn’t won since and isn’t having a great season. He missed the cut last week at the British Open.</p><p>The tournament-record score in relation to par is 21-under when Sweden’s Per-Ulrik Johansson won for the second year in a row at the K Club. The past four European Opens have either been decided by just one shot or have gone to a playoff.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=in-article-intertops" rel="nofollow">Bet On Golf At Intertops Sportsbook: Trust The First!</a></h2>
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