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Porsche European Open: German Paul to deliver home glory
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James Mason
Yannik Paul has what it takes to triumph on home soil at the Porsche European Open
Yannik Paul has what it takes to triumph on home soil at the Porsche European Open

- This will be the 40th edition of the Porsche European, having debuted back in 1976
- Green Eagle's North Course will stage the event for the sixth time

Recommended bets:
Yannik Paul to win and each-way
Richard Mansell to win and each-way
Edoardo Molinari Top-10 finish

The DP World Tour stops off at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Germany this week for the 40th edition of the Porsche European Open in what promises to be another action-packed event in Europe.

Finland's Kalle Samooja claimed a two-stroke victory last year and he is 50/1 with LiveScore Bet to become the first player since Lee Westwood in 2000 to successfully defend the title.

Frenchman Victor Perez ended up third here in 2022 and he has been installed as the 16/1 favourite with LiveScore Bet to claim the spoils, just ahead of 18/1 Rasmus Hojgaard and 20/1 Jordan Smith.

German looks ripe for the picking

Green Eagle's North Course is one of the longer tracks on tour at just shy of 7,500 yards and any extra distance off the tee would be an advantage, especially given the fact there are five par-fives to go at.

While being a strong driver of the ball is beneficial, it has been solid approach play that has proven to be the key to success at this venue, with strokes gained: approach and greens in regulation two areas that feature heavily in our selections.

Yannik Paul, priced at 25/1 with LiveScore Bet, fits nicely into this line of thinking, as he is fourth in SG: approach and eighth in GIR, while there is also the added bonus that he ranks ninth in SG: tee-to-green as well.

The German has shown solid form this season, recording two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and the fact he was 18th on debut here in 2022 and now arrives this year with a DP World Tour title in his back pocket only bodes well for another strong showing.

Victor Perez is the favourite to take the honours at the European Open
Victor Perez is the favourite to take the honours at the European Open

Powerful Englishman to enjoy German test

Richard Mansell is still searching for his breakthrough on the DP circuit, but this testing layout could bring the best out of him, just like it did last year when he ended up in third, and he is worth siding with at 50/1 with LiveScore Bet.

The Englishman ranks in the top 15 for strokes gained in both approach and tee-to-green, while he is 28th in greens in regulation and sixth in greens under regulation.

With five par-fives on the course, it is a positive to see the 28-year-old sitting 24th in par-five scoring this season and his extra distance could give him an advantage over a lot of the field.

Italian to land another solid finish

While not always the longest off the tee, Edoardo Molinari still remains one of the best iron players around and he is 27th in SG: approach and 18h in SG: tee-to-green.

The Italian also ranks fourth in GIR and 26th in driving accuracy, so there are no issues about those parts of his game, but there are always slight nagging doubts about his putting.

However, the flat stick has performed well in two of his three appearances here, with a missed cut in 2018 followed by a runners-up effort in 2021 and then a fifth last year.

Given his strong course form, Molinari has the potential to be a big threat and, while the 66/1 with LiveScore Bet on him to win is tempting, the top-10 finish at 6/1 is perhaps the safer option.

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