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This week’s European Tour golf event has a different feel as Germany’s Covid-19 travel restrictions have forced organisers to put on a 54-hole event at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, and play will start two days late on Saturday.
Defending champion Paul Casey heads the market after claiming victory in September 2019 and he finished seventh on his previous appearance at Green Eagle.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is also in attendance after he claimed a five-shot victory at the Made in Himmerland in Denmark last week.
Porsche European Open betting tips and predictions
Fresh from tying for fourth at the US PGA Championship, it is no surprise to see Casey at a single-figure price to triumph again.
Mexican Abraham Ancer is not far behind and is in great form.
His 26th place at The Masters was his worst performance in his last ten appearances, but it could be a leap of faith to back him at a short price when his 19th in the Irish Open in 2019 represents his only competitive European experience.
Porsche European Open course guide and where to watch
Course: North Course, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
Where to watch: Live on Sky Sports Golf from 1pm Saturday
Time difference: Hamburg is one hour ahead the UK & Ireland
Porsche European Open tournament winner prediction: Joost Luiten at 40/1
The unusually shortened nature of this competition may be another reason to steer clear of players set to go off at a short price and punters should not be put off by the fact Joost Luiten missed the cut on his only previous appearance at Green Eagles.
The Dutchman is a regular challenger in events of this stature and the six-time European TOur champion is in decent form.
He ranks third in the greens-in-regulation statistic and heads to Germany in strong form.
Luiten was 15th in Denmark last week and other notable recent performances were a seventh in the Kenya Savannah, 12th in the Austrian Open and eighth in Gran Canaria.
He was unfortunate not to post a fine score in the Tenerife Open too after he was forced to withdraw on the Sunday with stomach problems.
Before that he had carded an opening round of 66 which included a hole in one, so his game is in fine fettle and this could be the week he gets over the line.
Porsche European Open alternative prediction: Jordan Smith at 35/1
Jordan Smith triumphed in this tournament when he beat Alexander Levy in a playoff in 2017 and the Englishman’s recent knocks suggest he could make another bold bid this week.
Smith was third last week in Denmark when he posted weekend rounds of 67 and 65 and that showing came after an encouraging 17th at the British Masters.
Memories of his former triumph could inspire him to post another fine performance.
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