2023 Cazoo Open de France Tips
2023 Cazoo Open de France Event Info
Starts: 21st September 2023
Course: Le Golf National, France
Length: 7,247 yards
Defending Champion: Guido Migliozzi
2023 Cazoo Open de France Course Info
Designer: Hubert Chesneau and Robert Van Hagge.
Used Since: 1991 (No events held 2020-2021)
Fairways: Average, Undulating.
Greens: Average, Bentgrass.
Water Hazards: On 1, 2, 13, 15, 16 and 18.
Premium on: Approach and putting.
This course hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018 and underwent changes to the course prior to the 2016 Open De France, therefore the events between 2016-2019, and the 2022 edition, are most relevant from a course form point of view.
European Golf Design, the firm tasked with the re-design, were also responsible for the 2010 course at Celtic Manor, Green Eagle Golf (Nord) and Marco Simeone GC.
The event was traditionally played in June/July as a rolex series event however was pushed back to October in 2019 and now fills a slot in September from 2022 onwards. Course conditions from the 2019 and 2022 editions are therefore most similar.
2023 Cazoo Open de France Weather
Morning rain likely that may be heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms possible. Wind 10-20mph.
Partly sunny with showers. Wind 12-18mph.
Partly sunny and cool. Wind 10-15mph.
Partly sunny, breezy and warmer. Wind 10-15mph.
2023 Cazoo Open de France Trends
The winning score was 16 under par in 2022 with only two players finishing better than 11 under par. 12 under par won in 2019 whilst Alex Noren only won with 7 under par in 2018. The years between 2015-2017 were all won with scores between 11-13 under par and we should expect a similar score this year.
Migliozzi had missed the cut in his only prior start. In 2019, Colsaerts had a couple of T11's previously but nothing special. 2018 winner Noren took a while to warm up to the course but had posted back to back top 10's before his win. 2017 winner Fleetwood had missed 4/4 cuts before his win in 2017. Course form helps but isn't essential.
Miglozzi was in steady form with five top 40's in a row (no top 10's though). Colsaerts was having a poor year, with only one top 10 before his win in October 2019. Noren was in much better form before his win, with four top 25's in a row whilst arrived in red hot form too in 2017. Thongchai Jaidee was in fairly average form before his win in 2016. Form not essential, but has helped in some years.
Migliozzi, Colsaerts, Noren, Fleetwood and Jaidee were all established winners on tour and every winner in the last decade has been the same. We should be looking for a classy winner this week.
2023 Cazoo Open de France Stats
With the 2019 and 2022 editions most relevant, we will analyse the stats of the top four in 2019 and the runaway top two in 2022.
SG: Off The Tee
45-70-6-63-45-12. Strong drivers of the golf ball are preferred but not essential.
119-95-55-57-51-105. Driving accuracy isn't essential this week.
4-63-4-79-28-30. Distance over accuracy this week but not crucial.
55-2-7-28-8-12. Strong iron play is generally required here.
SG: Tee to Green
19-3-2-34-9-28. You can putt your way to a big finish, as JB Hansen did in 2019. Strong ball striking is preferred though.
SG: Around The Green
17-19-43-57-35-101. ATG isn't essential this week.
2-12-23-2-16-5. A solid putting week is usually required around Le Golf National.
2023 Cazoo Open de France In-Play Tips
The final four holes can play really tough, in particular 18 which was the toughest hole in 2022, whilst it is also a tough start with 1,2 and 4 all averaging over par.
Nine of the last twelve round three leaders have not been able to convert, most notably in 2018 winner Alex Noren trailed by seven and Graeme McDowell trailed by eight!. Players have also come from two, three, four and five back (twice) in the last ten editions. Don't be scared to take on the leader on Sunday if he is vulnerable.