If you want to make a late push for entry in the European Ryder Cup team, this probably isn’t the best time to be pulling out of tournaments. Unfortunately though, Luke Donald – who is currently just missing out on a place in Nick Faldo’s team – has had to withdraw from this week’s French Open because of a wrist injury.
The injury occurred during the US Open and was forced to withdraw from the tournament during the final round. This is the second tournament that Luke Donald has missed out on since the US Open – he pulled out of the BMW International Open in Germany last week. His chances of making the team are diminishing by the day.
Someone else who has suffered the same fate – meaning they withdrew from the US Open before missing the International Open – is Ian Poulter. If a metatarsal injury is fashionable for England’s footballers, then it seems a wrist injury is the same for England’s golfers. Ian Poulter has been suffering with a similar injury to Luke Donald, but is expected to be fit for the French Open.
Another man missing out on the action in Paris this week is Jose Maria Olazabal. Nick Faldo’s assistant for Europe’s Ryder Cup team is reportedly suffering with fatigue. Apparently he is on medication for his problems, of which he is yet to get to the bottom of. Jose Maria Olazabal said that he was not himself and that he ‘didn’t know what to do’.
The Spanish golfer is targeting a return later this month, but there are several doubts about his mental state. Let’s hope the rest does him some good because he is a very popular man and one of golf’s greatest characters – get better soon Jose.
Anyway, of those that are gunning for glory in Paris this week, when it comes to betting on the French Open, my money is on Lee Westwood. He is in the best state physically he has been for a while and I think he has a rewarded mental toughness as well. We saw that in the final round of the US Open – he pushed Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate all the way.
If you want your money to be placed to the man at the top of the form table, then Robert Karlsson is your man. In his previous six tournaments, he hasn’t finished outside the top 10 and even managed a joint fourth finish at the US Open. The Swede has a great chance of winning the French Open, that’s for sure. As far as golf betting is concerned It’s him or Lee Westwood for me and I look forward to following every hole to see if I am right.