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Rupert Wyman 28th Jun 2011 - 11:13

Don't ignore the claims of Ale-Alejandro!

This week the European Tour heads to the Le Golf National course near Paris for the Alstom Open de France. The venue has been chosen to hold the 2018 Ryder Cup and it was one of Europe's 2010 Ryder Cup stars that won this event last year, Jimenez (33/1).

He may be in the twilight of his career but just like one of his fine vintage bottles of red, he has matured and improved as a player with age. He won a three-way play-off after he had gone into the water when two clear on the final hole of regulation play.

This year he has looked out of form but a sixty-nine on the final day of the BMW International Open could kick-off his season.

The course is very attractive but tricky. It is vital to hit the fairways in order to have a good shot onto the green. If you miss the fairways, it is not easy to make par. If the weather is windy, it will make the course exceptionally difficult to play.

The course is an inland-links-target style course and there are plenty of small water hazards and sand traps. The field that has been assembled this week is quality, the former world number one Kaymer is playing (9/1), Bubba Watson (20/1) has come across from America and last week's European Tour winner Larrazabal (25/1) is in attendance.

One player that has a great chance of winning the event is Francesco Molinari (20/1). He lost in the playoff final last year but he is a fantastically gifted golfer and he is second on the European Tour for accuracy. He hit a sixty-six in the second round in Germany last week and he has course form.

He has finished in the top-10 in two of his last six events and he should be thereabouts in France. If you are looking for a bigger priced winner, then it is difficult to ignore the claims of Alejandro Canizares (80/1).

This Spaniard is not the name on everyone's lips at the moment, people are more interested in the impressive duo of Larrazabal and Garcia after their exploits in Germany last week.

Canizares has course form and although he only has the one European Tour victory back in 2006, the best form he has shown in the past three seasons, has clearly been at this event.  He also lost in the play-off last year and he was only let down by a round of seventy-three on day three.

Larrazabal's only previous win on the Tour before his visit to Germany last week, was this event in 2008. I am not interested in backing players for back-to-back victories and he may struggle in this stellar field after last week's exploits.

Felipe Aguilar (100/1) is my big price each-way tip to play well in Paris, he looks over-priced.  He has been in the top-20 in his last three events. He finished twenty-sixth here last season but he is in a better run of form.

He is also currently ranked the twenty-fifth best for driving accuracy on the Tour and he could go on a good run in Paris if he can find those fairways from the tee and cope with those undulating greens.

He has not won on the Tour since 2008 and if he can improve his consistency and shoot more sub-70 rounds then he may find himself in contention on Sunday afternoon.




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