The Omega European Masters sees the European Tour make perhaps its most scenic stop, high in the Swiss Alps at Crans-sur-Sierre. This Seve Ballesteros-designed layout measures 6,848 yards, plays to a par of 70 and has been adapted in recent years, with additions including 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. Matthew Fitzpatrick won last year’s tournament, succeeding Alex Noren as champion after the Swede won this event for the second time in 2016. Other recent champions include David Lipsky, Richie Ramsay and Bradley Dredge, while Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie have all previously won this title.
Omega European Masters Favourites
Fitzpatrick was seventh at the Made In Denmark event at the weekend and, although that wasn’t sufficient for him to force his way into the Ryder Cup team, it was a significant confidence boost ahead of his defence here and the world number 45 leads the betting at best odds of 12/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill. Thomas Pieters is on a good run of form, going nine events without missing a cut, and the Belgian is the 20/1* second favourite with Bet365 and William Hill. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel is at 25/1* across the board, alongside Matt Wallace, who claimed his third win of the season in Denmark on Sunday. Lee Westwood is at 28/1* with Bet365 and Lucas Bjerregaard is a 30/1* chance with Bet365 and Betfred after some impressive recent results.
Omega European Masters Tips
Thomas Detry is a young man with a bright future ahead of him and his recent form suggests his big breakthrough could be on the horizon. The 25-year-old has posted eight sub-70 scores in his last 10 rounds, recording finishes of 13th, 13th and seventh in his last three tournaments. He’s a pretty steady player too, missing only four cuts this season. Betfred is offering best odds of 40/1*.
After finishing second in the Sun Challenge event in his native South Africa a couple of weeks ago Darren Fichardt is a man who should not be overlooked in the betting this week. The world number 147 was seventh at the BMW PGA Championship earlier in the summer and tied for sixth place at Crans-Montana last year. He also won his national tour championship in March and looks a great each-way bet at 125/1* with Bet365.
Matthew Southgate’s rise up the world rankings has been slow and steady rather than spectacular, but the 29-year-old from Southend has made solid progress over recent months with a run of good performances. The most notable was his share of fifth place at the Open de France, but he also performed well at the Scottish Open and was 10th at the recent Nordea Masters. After finishing 20th in Denmark at the weekend he’s worth an interest at 50/1* across the board.
*All odds subject to change.