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Wednesday, 02 July 2014
The 18th at Le Golf National always makes for a thrilling finish to the Alstom Open de France  (Getty Images)
The 18th at Le Golf National always makes for a thrilling finish to the Alstom Open de France (Getty Images)

As we continue the build-up to this week's Alstom Open de France, europeantour.com stats man Steve Doughty picks his quartet to watch out for at Le Golf National.

Thomas Björn

- Current leader of The Race to Dubai

- In wonderful form this season culminating in his victory in the Nedbank Challenge

- Has recorded six top ten finishes in all with three coming in his last four starts and the last of which being a tie for eighth in Cologne last week

- Has a solid record at Le Golf National including a tied eighth last year and third in 2007

Jamie Donaldson

- Although yet to win in 2014 has proved very consistent with three top five finishes on The European Tour, the last of them being a share of fifth in last week’s BMW International Open

- Has only failed to make one cut this season

- His career-best Alstom Open de France finish was 12 months ago, when he finished tied sixth

- Would become the first Welsh winner of the oldest continental European Open

Simon Dyson

- Has been gradually compiling a very consistent 2014 season having played in 18 events with five top ten finishes

- Three of these top tens have been in the space of his last seven tournaments, most notably two tied fifth places at the BMW PGA Championship and BMW International Open

- Finished fifth here 12 months ago

Francesco Molinari

- Although winless this season, he returns to a venue where he has fond memories

- Twice a runner-up in the Alstom Open de France, firstly losing a play-off to Miguel Angel Jiménez in 2010 and then runner-up again in 2012 to Marcel Siem

- The Italian has only been outside the top 25 in one of his last six European Tour events

- Has produced seven top 25 finishes in this event and looking for European Tour win number four

Marcel Siem

- The winner in 2012, could be inspired by countryman and US Open champion Martin Kaymer and become the second German to win on The European Tour in 2014

- Has been very consistent this season missing just one cut from his 12 European Tour appearances

- Has a highest finish this season of tied seventh in the BMW PGA Championship with his best form coming in recent times

- After his top ten at Wentworth, Siem was an excellent tied 12th in the US Open Championship and tied 14th in the Irish Open

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-5
T2STADLER, KevinUSA18-4
T2JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-4
4KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-3
T5DONALDSON, JamieWAL18-2
T5BALDWIN, MatthewENG18-2

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