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Open de France ideal for McIlroy

NORTHERN Irishman Rory McIlroy will enter this week's Open de France as the red hot favourite as The Open draws closer.

RORY McIlroy looks set to return to winning form in the 100th edition of the Open de France at Le Golf National this weekend, according to online bookmaker Ladbrokes Australia.

McIlroy failed to make an impact from the outset at the US Open and subsequently missed the cut, but the Northern Irishman’s proven potency on the European Tour is set to see him start a clear $6 favourite to win the 2016 Open de France.

McIlroy is yet to post a tournament win in 2016, but his consistency has delivered a number of notable results and more than $2.3 million in prize money.

Past performances at this tournament and at Le Golf National have played a key role in the shaping of 2016 Open de France betting markets, as reigning champion Bernd Wiesberger remains tied on the fourth line of betting despite also having yet to register a Tour win this campaign.

The Austrian returned to winning form in style at the Open de France in 2015, breaking a three-year drought with a dominant performance to claim his third European Tour win by three strokes over England’s James Morrison.

Wiesberger enters the tournament off the back of a good performance for seventh in the International Open in Germany earlier this week and is tied on the fourth line at a $21 quote alongside Francesco Molinari and Graeme McDowell.

Scott Hend is the best placed of the Australian contingent in 2016 Open de France betting, with the Townsville native is arguably over the odds at an enormous $101 quote.

Hend secured only his second win on the European Tour when he defeated Piya Swangarunporn by one stroke at the True Thailand Classic in March earlier this year.

Somewhat inconsistent through subsequent months, the 42-year-old finished in a tie for fourth at the Shenzhen International and tied 15th at the PGA Championship in the UK in late May.

Hend was given an exemption into the Open Championship this week and will undoubtedly be looking to polish his game in Paris.

The regular suspects tie up the top lines of betting for the Open de France, standout Englishmen Lee Westwood and Danny Willet representing particularly good value at $17 quotes.

Take advantage of the best odds on a wide range of betting markets for the 2016 Open De France at Ladbrokes.com.au

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