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Can Prom Meesawat start to blossom on the European Tour stage in the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg?

The big Thai narrowly missed out on retaining his card last year (the first time he played a full schedule) and gets a start because so many stars are elsewhere this week. In all he has six times had double figure starts in a season on the European Tour but only once retained his card and in that time has eight top tens from 127 appearances – it’s a figure that belies some real talent. Many in his homeland thought he would have a career like Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s. Twice this season he has flattered to deceive, when T3 after 54 holes in the Dubai Desert Classic and T8 at the same stage in the Indian Open. Both times he slipped outside the top ten. T21 on his last outing on the Asian Tour in late June.
Jul 25 - 3:15 PM

Ben Evans has neither form or German form as he heads into a rare European Tour start in the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

It took Evans seven years to get to the European Tour and he retained his card at the first time of asking, though not without a few dramas. He failed last year however, narrowly, and this is one of the few starts he will earn to try and get back on the top level. He did manage T6 in the Open de Portugal but otherwise has struggled and is 195th from eight starts. More worrying is that on both this circuit and the Challenge Tour he is now six starts without playing four rounds. His record in Germany? Look away now. He’s 1-for-8. The exception? T55. He shot 77-73 here in 2010.
Jul 25 - 3:14 PM

Marcel Siem is in search of a pay day as he tees it up in the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

Since establishing himself on the European Tour in 2003 (he’s only once been outside the top 100 in that spell) the German is 21-for-27 on home soil, including nine top 25 finishes. His best, however, is just T6 in the 2012 BMW International Open. He’s currently sweating on his Race to Dubai position of 124th even though he has twice finished T8 this season – unfortunately for him he’s done so in the Rocco Forte Open and Nordea Masters (small prize funds). T27 in the Open de France actually paid him more than those two top tens combined (59,327 points against 51,266).
Jul 25 - 3:13 PM

Gregory Havret will rumble along in his relaxed fashion at this week’s Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

An ever-present on the European Tour since 2001 he is, however, settled into his most common role – that of a guy who lingers away from the limelight, yet gets the card retention job done. He’s set to do that again this year, although he has done so without pegging anything better than T11. The good news for him is that it came in the lucrative Maybank Championship. Pegged round two 66s in the Open de France and Scottish Opens on his way to T23 and T32 that paid well also. Lost the 2014 BMW International Open in a play-off and was T7 in this event last year so does have a little German form.
Jul 25 - 3:11 PM

Recent Challenge Tour winner Richard McEvoy will have a crack at the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg this week.

As reported in the Across the Pond preview there are some similarities between Diamond CC, the home of the Lyoness Open, and the North Course at Greem Eagle GC: close in yardage, lots of holes edged by water, greens partially surrounded by water, flat terrain. It all makes McEvoy an interesting challenger because he has finished T3-T5 at Diamond CC in the last two years. He’s also a friend of Matthew Southgate, top English performer in The Open (indeed Southgate name checked him afterwards), so may take inspiration and he’s in great nick too. Not just playing well in Austria but then claiming the Scottish Challenge on the Challenge Tour.
Jul 25 - 3:10 PM

Jhonattan Vegas came from off the pace to win the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, and hopes to repeat that performance this week as he turns his attention toward Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Vegas opened the 2016 edition with a 1-over 73 to sit at T55 on the leaderboard. He progressively improved in rounds 2 and 3, reaching T15 before the finale. Vegas was still five off the pace before torching Glen Abbey Golf Club with an 8-under 64 to heist the trophy from Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, and Martin Laird. Last year, Vegas arrived on the heels of a strong week at the Barbasol (T4, including an 11-under 60 in R2). This time around, the Venezuelan enters with five straight missed cuts to his name. Perhaps a return to happy hunting ground will restore the form for this Texas Longhorn product.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 25 - 12:28 PM

Harold Varner III missed the cut in his tournament debut at last year's RBC Canadian Open, returning this week for a second crack at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

HV3 is a scoring machine when he gets the putter rolling, which is a big if. Last year it was his approach game that struggled at Glen Abbey. He lost 7.73 rounds approaching-the-green during his two rounds at the course. The big hitter swallowed nine bogeys and two doubles. Most surpisingly, he didn't take advantage of the par 5s, playing them at just 1-under on the week. More recently, Varner III has missed the cut in three of his last five starts, making him a risky, but high-upside option in Canada this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 25 - 12:15 PM

Patrick Cantlay returns from a six-week absence as he readies for this week's RBC Canadian Open, getting his first look at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Cantlay has shown nothing but consistency since returning from a long-time injury. He is 7-for-7 this year with nothing outside the top 50. From a round-by-round perspective, he's been T55 or better after every round he's played this year. There is no news on the long layoff, but if he's fully fit then Cantlay looks like a top-tier option in all fantasy formats. Gamers should certainly weigh the risk of rust after not competing for six weeks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 25 - 12:00 PM

Jared du Toit takes his talents back to Glen Abbey this week, hoping to relive the glory from last year's RBC Canadian Open.

The Canadian youngster stormed the course during last year's edition, while playing as an amateur still. He posted rounds of 67-71-70-71=279 (-9) to sit inside the top 10 during all four rounds. It remains his lone start on the PGA TOUR but he's honing his craft on the Mackenzie Tour right now. The 22-year-old is 5-for-5 on the Canadian circuit, including a pair of top 10s. Most notably he ranks 10th on the Mackenzie Tour in par 5 birdie or better percentage. A stat that could come in handy this week on a course that features a four-pack of par 5s.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 25 - 11:55 AM

Kristoffer Broberg will hope to use the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg to continue his tentative return to form.

Various injuries and ailments left Broberb bereft of form heading into the summer. He opened the season with four missed cuts but a visit home helped – T30 at the Nordea Masters. He’s now on a run of 4-for-6 with T16 in the Open de France the standout and he was T11 at halfway last time out in the Scottish Open before ending the week T35. There’s no doubt he’s finally moving in the right direction. For whatever reason, however, he has a dire record in Germany (2-for-6 with the weekend efforts T77-T27). That said he has never played this course.
Jul 25 - 5:45 AM

At the third time of asking Julien Quesne will try to make a cut in the Porsche European Open at new venue, the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

The 2017 season is 17 starts in for the Frenchman and he’s had very little to celebrate. In fact he’s made a mere five cuts, yet the good news is that he’s been fortunate enough to peak in decent enough weeks to not be in a desperate spot in the rankings (99th on the Race to Dubai). His T33-T18 in the two Chinese events coincided with good vibes on his Twitter, but five missed weekends followed. T62 at home in France offered hope and T8 in the Irish Open (Rolex Series) is what gives him a position with which to move forward and turn the season round. A solid parkland performer, although tends to prefer tree-lined to modern designs.
Jul 25 - 5:44 AM

Felipe Aguilar needs a good week heading into the Porsche European Open over the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

In the tournament preview we noted that there are certain similarities between this course and Diamond CC in Austria: both reclaimed land, both flat, both moved earth to create definition and lakes were established in the holes left behind. Both also have many greens poking out into those water hazards. If it’s more than a superficial comparison it might be good news for Aguilar who was the leader through rounds one to three at Diamond CC this year (FP T10). Otherwise it’s been a drab year for him, with not one top 40 in the rest of his 15 starts. He’s 139th on the Race to Dubai.
Jul 25 - 5:44 AM

Chris Hanson is looking for a turnaround in fortunes during the Porsche European Open on the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg this week.

He started the season well with a run of 8-for-10 which included T11 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to start and T6 in the Trophee Hassan II to finish. But since then he has gone 2-for-9, a stretch that would hurt at the best of times, but with four of those events part of the Rolex Series he lost extra ground (his two cuts were in the Rolex Series but just T57-T36). That said his ranking of 96th in the Race to Dubai is far from disastrous, he just needs a solid effort over the next couple of months. An adaptable, industrious, smart golfer, you know he’ll be doing everything in his power to turn it around.
Jul 25 - 5:42 AM

Alexander Levy will defend his Porsche European Open title this week at a new venue, the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

The Frenchman is always at his best on parkland tracks, preferably modern builds too, so his efforts in recent weeks can be taken with a pinch of salt. In fact, you might argue they show some improvement on his past efforts on linksland so he might thrive back with a challenge he enjoys. He’s also a strong performer in Germany (T3 Eichenried 2013, T12 Gut Larchenhof 2014, T55 Bad Griesbach 2015, 1 Bad Griesbach 2016). A four-time winner on the European Tour he is unafraid of the top of the leaderboard, hits the ball high and long; there seems plenty of reason to believe he’ll attack this week with abandon.
Jul 25 - 5:41 AM

Lee McCoy twirled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 and then survived a 6-for-2 playoff during today's open qualifier into this week's RBC Canadian Open. Joining him at Glen Abbey Golf Club will be Drew Nesbitt (-5), Riley Wheeldon (-5), and Jhared Hack (-4) with the latter also surviving the 6-man playoff.

McCoy is currently spending his time north of the border on the Mackenzie Tour, so this was familiar hunting ground. The Georgia Bulldog standout won the opening event of the season (Freedom 55 Financial Open) and current ranks 4th on the money list. That bodes well for his chances to crack the Web.com Tour by year's end. He would love to piece together a couple of top-heavy finishes and avoid the WCT altogether. He certainly has the talent to do so, but it shouldn't be expected. McCoy is the only qualifier who is not a Canuck. The remaining three qualifiers have a progressive degree of experience on the PGA TOUR. Drew Nesbitt is making his debut, Jhared Hack is 0-for-1 in his PGA TOUR career (2015 Honda), and Riley Wheeldon is 0-for-2 on the big stage, but hasn't pegged it since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.
Jul 24 - 7:51 PM



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