26th Jun 2018 | Open de France
Open de France: Russell Knox
In much better form this season, up to 19th in bogey avoidance from 145th last year. Made his last five cuts with three top-25 finishes. Accuracy suited to Le Golf National.
The Open de France has attracted a strong field and it’s been hard for outsiders to muscle into the upper echelons of these Rolex Series events. Le Golf National is one of the toughest courses on tour and whilst that should see the cream to rise to the top, there are a few wrinkles to exploit in the market.
Russell Knox might have been born in Inverness but his credentials come from the PGA Tour. The 33-year-old spends most of his season Stateside, where he has two PGA Tour victories. A top-20 player in the world as recently as 2016, his form dipped last year but he’s on the cusp of turning it around.
Knox has finished 16-20-44-12-38 in his last five starts which have married an upturn in his underlying statistics. Not long but accurate, Knox has the ideal game for Le Golf National and a player ranked 6th on tour for GIRs should go well in this event.
Twelve months ago, Knox missed the cut in Paris but he finished 2017 ranked 145th in bogey avoidance; he is up to 19th this season. He is a danger at 60/1.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 19:44 26th Jun, 2018 but subject to change