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Monday, September 2, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Porsche European Open

I know it's weird, but the Limerick Summary has to wait for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to finish today. Hence, today becomes Twofer Tuesday by default. Don't worry, you'll survive.

Let's head out to this week's ET event, the Porsche European Open.

Defending champion Richard McEvoy

Defending champion Richard McEvoy (from England) leads the field at the Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg, Germany. It's his first-ever title defense so you can be sure he's looking forward to it.

With the PGA Tour season in the books, several American players have flown over to join the ET's cast of regulars as well -- Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele. Given the number of ET winners this season who are already there, we're looking at a really strong field for this event.

Of course, while I'm familiar with a large number of those players, I'd hardly consider myself a good judge of who has the best chance to win this week. Then again, knowing the US players better hasn't helped me so far this season, has it?
  • My Top10er this week is Thomas Pieters. Thomas has been struggling for a few years now but seems to have finally refound his form. He won a couple of weeks back at the D+D Real Czech Masters, then followed up with a T12 at this past week's Omega European Masters. He has so much potential when he is on form that I'm willing to ride along with him for another week.
  • And my winner is Xander Schauffele. The ET players I think are in the best form right now are taking the week off and, while Xander didn't play particularly well at THE OPEN and hasn't played any other ET event this year, he has played well over there in the past and has been reasonably consistent in the US this season. In my opinion, this season's ET winners have been somewhat unpredictable so I'm going to take my chances on Xander.
As best as I can tell, GC's live coverage starts Thursday in two shifts -- 5am-7am ET followed by another at 9am-noon ET. Since the ET's Race to Dubai is approaching their home stretch, this should be a hard-fought battle.

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