After the excitement and tension, not to mention the late finish, of the Dell Technoloies, the fcus now switches to the European Tour, as we move on to the rather more serene Swiss Alps this week for the Omega European Masters at the beautiful Crans-sur-Sierre. Join us on the slopes as we swap our shorts and t-shirts for mittens and snowcaps, preparing an avalanche of information for your betting pleasure.
OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS | SS Golf
Favourite: ALEX NOREN 10/1
TOURNAMENT & COURSE OVERVIEW
Quite simply, one of the prettiest courses on the European circuit. The backdrop just has to be seen to be believed. A course designed in heaven, the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf-Club is based in Crans-Montanain the heart of the Swis Alps and sits 5,000 feet above sea-level.
The course itself is par-70, measuring 6848-yarder. It was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and opened for play in 1999. Undulating, with numerous water hazards and small greens. The flora is mountainous, open parkland and tree-lined fairways.
The signature hole is thought to be the 13th, which is an ampitheatre for fans as they watch the action. he hole itself has been redesigned, with a water feature and two sand buynkers protecting the green. A short, 178-yard par-3, this one is deceptivey difficult and with the crowd virtuall on top of the players erves of steel will be needed.
PRIZE POOL: The prize pool is €2.7 million
WEATHER: The weather is absolutely perfect for golf this week. Sun, light winds and light humidity. Perfect!
FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN FOR DUBISSON
The altitude means the ball flies longer in the air, giving a helping hand to the ball strikers. However, the course isn't the longest, and those adept around the greens will enjoy playing here, as much as the bangers. The current favourite is world number 12, 35-year-old Swedish professional Alex Noren, who held off Scott Hend when winning here last year with a total of 263. That was a repeat of 2009 when he also claimed victory, carding 264 and beating Bradley Dredge in the process. He obviously has the tools to tame the Omega, and he could be the player to beat. 10/1 if you're so inclined, but as always we're going to dig a little deeper for our picks!*
So, who gets the vote this time round? A player who has caught our eye recently is the socialable Frenchman Victor Dubisson. He has course history, finishing third here in 2013 and looks to be getting his eye in, with decent showings in the Made in Denmark and the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. He opened Denmark with a 66 and he seems to have ironed out the costly unforced errors that have blighted his game in the past. He has the length, we all know that, it's how he plays the greens that wil see how he performs. At 66/1 there's enough leeway there to have a nibble...*
Another who has us dreaming of what could be is the 37-year-old Finn Mikko Ilonen. Another who has had an indifferent year, he's been putting together a few results of late, including a T8 at the Porsche European Open and T17 at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. Tee-to-green he certainly has the length and has a couple of top 10’s here and seems to like the course a lot. A tentative shout, but at 100/1 there's enough to get our hackles tingling.*
Lastly, we're going to plump for a truly speculative lot. There's a lot on the line here, notwithstanding the prize and kudos in winning, for the 29-year-old, Swiss-born Italian Nino Bertasio, who is actually playing for his European Tour Card at the moment. He rose to the challenge with a top-15 finish at the Czech Masters last week and seems to have have the stomach for the fight. He tends to be a binge-layer, usually putting together mini-runs and plays well in Switzerland. Not one for the faint-hearted, but at 150/1 we'll bite!*
More, you say? More demanding than the ex you lot!
Regular readers will know that Casanova has nothing on us when it comes to romanticnism, despite what the ex might say. With this in mind we'll going to have a cheeky flutter on Miguel Angel Jimenez - however, don't be fooled that this is simply a sentimental bet, the 53-year-old Spanish veteran has won 21 times on the European Tour and brings a wealth of experience to the table. That's not all, however, as he has actually highlighted the tournament as being one he feels he can win. He has six straight top-11’s in a row from 2008 onwards here, including winning in 2010. Keeping with the speculative nature of this week's picks, 50/1 sounds about right to us!*
- 2016 Alex Noren - 33/1
- 2015 Danny Willet - 18/1
- 2014 David Lipskey - N/A
- 2013 Thomas Bjorn - N/A
- 2012 Richie Ramsey - 500/1
- 2011 Thomas Bjorn - 14/1
- 2010 Miguel Angel Jimminez- 33/1
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