Perry’s 2019 Porsche European Open Betting Guide: Big Names, Bigger Longshots

Sep 02, 2019 04:26 PM EDT
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Adam Hagy, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Matt Kuchar

  • The new PGA Tour season doesn't begin until Sept. 12, but there are plenty of big names participating in this week's 2019 European Open.
  • Xander Schauffele is the betting favorite, but Josh Perry thinks there's better value down the board, including at the very bottom with a 1,000-1 longshot.

We’re a week away from a new PGA Tour season, but a few stars will be in action this week in Germany.

Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are all scheduled to make the trip over for the Porsche European Open this week.

The Course

Green Eagle Golf Course will host the event for the third time. This track measures over 7,800 yards for a par 72. Despite that length, it wasn’t the bombers taking this tournament apart in the first two tournaments.

Jordan Smith and Richard McEvoy are past winners here and neither player is exceptionally long off the tee. Smith is around 300 yards on average, but his accuracy combined with that length off the tee set him apart. Meanwhile, McEvoy is one of the shortest hitters in Europe.

Accuracy will be necessary this week again due in large part to the amount of water in play. Golfers will have to steer clear of it on basically every hole. Because of that, I’ll be focus more on total driving than just length.

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