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Rupert Wyman 3rd Jul 2012 - 20:11

Can Levet make the jump?

This week the European Tour heads across the channel to France. The Alstom Open de France is one of the most prestigious events on the Tour and the quality of the field reflects the fantastic prize money on offer.

The event was won last year by a one of the home grown stars, Thomas Levet (150/1). He subsequently injured himself in the celebrations and was unable to play the Open. He jumped into the water beside the green at the eighteenth and broke his leg.

It is the venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup and plenty of Europe's potential stars will be honing their skills on the course. One player who should be guaranteed a spot in the team in six years is Lee Westwood (6/1). He may struggle with his putting at times but he is one of the best golfers in the world.

He will be preparing for the Open and he recently won the Nordea Masters, so he is in good form. He will be up against a Major winner in Martin Kaymer (12/1), the German won the event back in 2009 but he has struggled for form this year. He was fourth in last year's event and he should come close.

Richie Ramsay (50/1) hit a sixty-seven in his final round at the Irish Open last week, he had failed to make the cut in his two previous events but he has returned to form at the right time, he was in serious contention last year before hitting a seventy-six in his final round.

He has struggled with his driving accuracy this year but there is no reason why he can't win his second European Tour event.

Danny Willett (66/1) failed to impress at the Irish Open but the previous week he won the BMW International Open.  It was his first win on the Tour and he was probably very emotionally tired after the victory in Cologne. He will be full of confidence and 66/1 looks a fair price each-way.

Mark Foster (40/1) was runner-up in France last year and he is in good form. He has only won once on the European Tour, the dunhill championship back in 2003 but he fared well on the money-list last year. He has made the cut in his last four events and finished fifth at the Irish Open last week, he was not aggressive enough on the final day and was never in contention over the back nine.

In terms of Greens In Regulation, he has never been as consistent! He is now hitting over seventy-five percent and he is playing some of the best golf of his career.

McDowell (16/1) is playing and he does not have the stress of trying to please the Portrush locals. He will have found the event in Northern Ireland very draining last week and even though he almost missed the cut, he hit a sixty-six in his final round with some very impressive iron-play.

He came second at the US Open Championship and although he failed to make the cut in 2009 in Paris, he tied for thirteenth the previous year.



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