7th July 2012
Open de France Betting: Marcel Siem is the 5/1 favourite for title at the halfway stage as he holds one shot lead
In form German Marcel Siem will take a one shot lead into the second half of the Open de France after carding a second successive three under par round of 68 on Friday. The German leads by one shot on six under par from Sweden’s Alexander Noren with a group of two men, Anders Hansen and George Coetzee another shot further back on four under par. In total only nine shots separate first from last going into the weekend.
Siem is now the 5/1 favourite with BetVictor to win the tournament from the halfway mark, a tournament which has seen the third round condensed into threeballs due to the threat of rain later on Saturday. Were Siem to go on and win this week he would be winning on the European Tour for just the second time in his career.
However there is a long way to go before that becomes reality and it must be said the chasing pack contains a lot of quality. One of those players is Alexander Noren. He will go into the final round as a 7/1 shot with Paddy Power, the same price as Francesco Molinari is with the same firm despite the Italian being three shots off the lead on three under par.
Anders Hansen has to be a danger over the weekend with his straight hitting perfectly suited to this course and with him sitting just two shots off the lead he is in a perfect position to crack on and claim another title. The Dane is 11/1 with Boylesports, the same price as George Coetzee, who like Hansen, is also two shots off the lead on four under par. The rest of the field are all 16/1 and above and include the likes of Lee Westwood who is a mile back at the halfway stage.
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Author: 'Arry Allsports