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Omega European Masters 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Betfred
David Howell (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Betfred, BetVictor
Romain Wattel (ew)Tournament Winner90/1Coral
Bradley Dredge (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Coral

Venue

After the drama of Zach Johnson’s play-off triumph at the Open, the European Tour moves on to perhaps its most scenic stop for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps. This Seve Ballesteros designed layout measures 6,848 yards and is a par 70. Recent additions include new lakes and trees to provide a sterner test, while the high mountain air makes the ball travel further than the players are used to elsewhere. The highlight is the par four seventh hole, which features breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and the Rhone Valley below. The defending champion is the American David Lipsky, while Thomas Bjorn has won twice in the past four years. Richie Ramsay, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alex Noren are among the other past winners.

Favourites

After a positive but ultimately unsuccessful week at St Andews, 2005 European Masters champion Sergio Garcia is the market leader at 8/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Danny Willett, who shared sixth place with Garcia at the Open, is among the frontrunners alongside Bernd Wiesberger with both widely available at 16/1. Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson provide further strong competition.

Tips

Tommy FleetwoodTOMMY FLEETWOOD’s form deserted him at St Andrews, where he missed the cut, but he was 11th and 10th in his two previous outings and he has an excellent – and improving – record at Crans-sur-Sierre. After finishing 19th on his debut in Switzerland in 2012 the Englishman has posted ninth and fifth place finishes here. He has a great chance of picking up his second European Tour title and Betfred are offering the best odds of 22/1 on the Englishman.

David HowellFormer Ryder Cup star DAVID HOWELL is enjoying a successful season and he can get in the mix once again this week. The Swindon professional has recorded top 10 finishes in five of his last 10 tournaments and totalled four-under par at St Andrews. He’s had a couple of top 10s here too down the years and has made the cut at each of the last three editions. Betfred and BetVictor are both offering 40/1.

Romain WattelROMAIN WATTEL is having his worst season in five years but he did have a mini purple patch in March and April when he posted three top 10s in five events. His record from his three visits to these mountains makes him worthy of consideration at a big price – he was ninth last year and runner-up three years ago. The Frenchman can be backed at best odds of 90/1 with Coral to win a long overdue first European Tour title.

Bradley DredgeWe highlighted BRADLEY DREDGE’s revival recently following several years in the wilderness due to a sharp decline in form and injury and the Welshman could be one to follow this week. In his pomp, Dredge was a genuine specialist at this venue, winning the title in 2006 before finishing third as defending champion a year later. He was then runner-up in 2009 before his problems set in. He’s a stand-out price of 125/1 with Coral.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Betfred
David Howell (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Betfred, BetVictor
Romain Wattel (ew)Tournament Winner90/1Coral
Bradley Dredge (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Coral