THE OVERVIEW

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland The European Tour takes a turn to the beautiful Swiss Alps this week and the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club for the Omega European Masters. The Ryder Cup picks will have been made and there will be none of the added pressure for players this week at a track where course history is a strong factor. 

This week the course will play as 6,848-yard, par 70. And while one of the shorter courses on tour, it plays even shorter due to the elevation. As such, the scores should be really low with the winning aggregate near 20 under. Crans-sur-Sierre has been the site for this event since 1972 and it features tree-lined, severely-sloped fairways, small poa-bent greens with multiple run-off areas, and a fair amount of trouble in the form of water in play and O.B. Players who have fared well here have been accurate with their short irons, displayed superior touch around the greens, and avoided the trouble. 

This week we'll be looking at course history, current form, GIR, Scrambling, and some Driving Accuracy when selecting our picks.    

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -14   Matthew Fitzpatrick  (Runner Up, Playoff:    Scott Hend)

2016  -17   Alexander Noren   (Runner Up, Playoff:    Scott Hend)

2015  -17   Danny Willett   (Runner Up:   -16   Matthew Fitzpatrick)   

2014  -18   David Lipsky   (Runner Up, Playoff:    Graeme Storm)   

 

BETTING ODDS   (Bovada 9/3/2018)

Matthew Fitzpatrick   +1200

Thomas Pieters  +2000

Matt Wallace  +2500

Charl Schwartzel  +2500

Lee Westwood  +2800

Ryan Fox  +2500

Lucas Bjerregaard  +3000

Hao Tong Li  +3000

Danny Willett  +3300

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  +3500

Ross Fisher  +3500

Thomas Detry  +3500

Erik Van Rooyen  +4000

Andy Sullivan  +3500

Chris Wood  +4000

Andrea Pavan  +3500

Alexander Bjork  +5000

Mike Lorenzo-Vera  +5000

Robert Rock  +5500

Soren Kjeldsen  +5500

Matthew Southgate  +5000

Richard Sterne  +6000

Martin Kaymer  +6000

Alexander Levy  +6600

Andrew Johnston  +6000

Paul Dunne  +6000

Adrian Otaegui  +6600

Richie Ramsay  +6000

Joakim Lagergren  +6000

Nacho Elvira  +6000

Fabrizio Zanotti  +6600

Scott Hend  +6600

Jorge Campillo  +6000

Aaron Rai  +6600

Miguel Angel Jimenez  +6000

Scott Jamieson  +6000

 

HOT PLAYERS

Matt Wallace

Thomas Pieters

Lee Westwood

Lucas Bjerregaard

Eddie Pepperell

Lee Slattery

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Scott Hend

Danny Willett

Mikko Ilonen

Fabrizio Zanotti

 

LONGER SHOTS

Sam Horsfield  +7000

Shubhankar Sharma  +7000

Lee Slattery  +7500

Dean Burmester  +7500

Benjamin Hebert  +7500

Maximillian Kieffer  +8000

Marcus Kinhult  +8000

Wade Ormsby  +8000

Nino Bertasio  +8000

Haydn Porteous  +1000

Mikko Korhonen  +1000

Mikko Ilonen  +10000

Renato Paratore  +10000

Bradley Dredge  +12500

Darren Fichardt  +12500

Ashley Chesters  +12500

David Horsey  +12500

David Lipsky  +12500

Hideto Tanihara  +12500

Phachara Khongwatmai  +12500

Matthieu Pavon  +12500

Paul Waring  +12500

Richard McEvoy  +12500

Stephen Gallacher  +12500

Nicolas Colsaerts  +14000

Gavin Green  +14000

Connor Syme  +15000

Doug Ghim  +15000

James Morrison  +12500

Jeff Winther  +15000

Callum Shinkwin  +15000

 

FAITHFULS

Lee Westwood

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Robert Rock

Andy Sullivan

 

GOLF PICKS

THE 'FORE' SOMES

'FORE' SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a "low tier" betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a "mid tier" (30:1 - 75:1), and a final player from a "high tier" (75:1 & up).  

KEITH'S 'FORE' SOME 

Lucas Bjerregaard  (30:1).  Matthew Fitzpatrick is the better play at 12:1. I like the additional value and Lucas Bjerregaard's current form. The number isn’t the best, would like it a lot more at 40. But, I was prepared to play Lucas this week and I’m going with my instincts.

Andrea Pavan  (35:1)  &  Adrian Otaegui (66:1).  Danny Willett is probably a pretty good play at 33. Ben Coley likes him, he is a past winner here, and has been steadily returning to form after an abysmal funk. Golf can be a cruel game, but Willett has walked through the fire and is coming out the other side.

However, I am going with one currently in-form player in the Italian, and recent tour winner, Andrea Pavan, and Adrian Otaegui, who just shows too well in the model this week and has some solid current form. Pavan ranks among the best in the field for GIR and SG: Putting. Also, recently bagging his first Euro Tour win has to have his confidence sky high. Stick those wedges, sink those putts. Give me Pavan at 35 to 1. Otaegui also shows extremely well in GIR, Scrambling, and Driving Accuracy. Love the current form. Love the stats. Love the number. Book it.

Maximillan Kieffer  (80:1).  I also really like Marcus Kinhult at 100:1. I narrowed it down to the two, and due to his rankings in the model, Maximillian Kieffer won the spot. Kieffer shows well in Driving Accuracy, Scrambling, and GIR. He's been around the tour awhile and will know how to handle this track. Accuracy off the tee is there. GIR is there.

Some of the other names to consider in this range:  Lee Slattery  75:1, Marcus Kinhult 100:1, Ashley Chesters 125:1, Phachara Khongwatmai 125:1, Stephen Gallacher 125:1.

 

**(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

JOHN'S 'FORE' SOME 

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GAVIN'S 'FORE' SOME 

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