One of the oldest known tournaments has kicked off once again this week with the competitors battling it out in Northern France at the 2014 Open de France. The course is designed to create major problems for the players from tee to green. Most holes are dominated by hazards with water coming into play all over the course. In recent years the player leading the GIR stats usually come inside the top four. This speaks for itself in terms of hitting the green wins big.
Situated in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines the Golf National course is a great host to spectators watching. Unbelievable viewing areas create a wonderful spectacle for the thousands that gather every year and this year will be no different. The Open de France is tournament that is loved by all the players on tour and many use the week as a warm up to the British Open in two weeks time. Others however see it as a last-ditch opportunity to get a place in the Open.
Due to its prestigious status the tournament rolls in a prize fund of £3,000,000. With a high prize fund, Ryder cup points up for grabs and place at the British Open there is everything to play for.
Last years winner Graeme McDowell is looking to get a first win of the season under his belt as he attempts to retain his title. The Northern Irishman finished on 9 under-par last year after carding a final round of 67 to take the title. His odds are a generous 12/1 to win outright.