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Porsche European Open: Four fancies to follow Molinari success

Francesco Molinari gave us another successful tip at the weekend by winning The Open at 33/1 for his first major title.

The popular Italian also obliged at 50/1 when winning the BMW PGA Championship at the end of May and although Molinari is not in this week's Porsche European Open field, we have four more golf betting tips, two at big triple-figure prices.

Many PGA Tour players who competed at Carnoustie last week have decided to hang around in Europe so the likes of Paul Casey, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Charl Schwartzel will be teeing it up at Green Eagle Golf Courses.

The North Course is a lengthy 7,600 yards par-72 and was the venue 12 months ago when Jordan Smith won his first European Tour title in his rookie season by beating Alexander Levy in a play-off, but Masters champion Reed and Casey start the event as 9/1 co-favourites in the European Open odds.

Water is at every hole bar one but add to the mix generous fairways, large greens and five par-fives, there are plenty of opportunities to post a low score.

The sunny weather which has affected the UK over the last couple of months has also affected this part of Germany so dry, firm fairways will mean the big-hitters may have to rein in their power to avoid getting wet.

Although some of last week's Open competitors have added a touch of class to what would have been a weak field, the fact no-one starts the tournament in form means we prefer to look at some of the bigger prices on offer.

First up in our Porsche European Open betting preview at 35/1 is Aaron Rai who earned his card last year by winning three times on the Challenge Tour.

Rai has had three top 10s in his last 11 tournaments including fifth at the Scottish Open two weeks ago and in June he was ninth in Munich at the BMW International Open.

The 23-year-old from Wolverhampton is not long but is deadly accurate and with players having to exercise control this week to avoid the water, this could be an ideal set-up for Rai.

Stephen Gallacher seems to be over the wrist injury which affected him a couple of years ago and we expect the Scot to go well this week at 66/1.

Gallacher had a week off for The Open but his confidence is high after finishing ninth at the Scottish Open the week before and he was 12th here a year ago.

Sebastian Gros had a decent week 12 months ago when he finished 19th and although his recent form is nothing to write home about he was 26th in Munich, 27th at Wentworth and is in the top 20 for par-fives this season.

The Frenchman is also second in driving distance and at 200/1 has to be worth a punt if he can find those fairways this week.

We're on board one of the Germans this week also at 200/1 and hope Sebastian Heisele can repeat his performance in Hamburg in 2017 when he was 16th.

Heisele doesn't have much form to shout about heading to his home tournament, making the cut in his last three events on the Challenge Tour, but he was eighth at the Qatar Masters in February and runner-up at the KLM Open last season.

Porsche European Open Betting Tips

Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Golf