Omega European Masters | Thursday 05 September - Sunday 08 September | Crans-sur-Sierre
The European Tour heads to the Swiss Alps for the prestigious Omega European Masters, a tournament that has become one of the most anticipated events of the season. Established in 1923, it has a rich history and an even richer prize pool with €2 million on offer. More importantly though, there are valuable Race to Dubai points on offer. The course boasts some of the most breathtaking views in golf, but these come at a price as when the weather acts up, the wind becomes a problem. The narrow fairways mean that a premium is placed on accuracy off the tee and because the course is set at such a high altitude shots travel further, meaning that big hitters won’t have the advantage they normally do. Despite the fact that the FedEx Cup is now in full swing, this tournament has still managed to draw an impressive field and with a break in golf on the other side of the Atlantic, most of the weekend will be spent watching the Europeans battle it out. So who has it in them to win this one? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Joost Luiten 18/1
Paul Casey 20/1
Miguel Jimenez 22/1
Jamie Donaldson 25/1
Matteo Manassero 25/1
Richie Ramsay (40/1 a win, 88/10 a place)
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay can’t be ignored this week. Although he hasn’t had the greatest season he is a real talent and had a prestigious amateur career before turning pro. He won here last year so will be returning with fond memories, and a top ten finish at Gleneagles a few weeks back prove that despite the fact he hasn’t set the world on fire this season, he still has it in him to post a decent finish. At 40/1 he looks a great each way bet and for the more cautious, there’s always the top 10 bet.
Thomas Bjorn (40/1 a win, 88/10 a place)
Sticking with the bigger prices, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn is my next bet. His form this season has been patchy at best but he did win here in 2011 and the price just looks too good. He’s shown that he enjoys the course and although there are some great golfers in this field they’re certainly not unbeatable. Each way on Bjorn is the bet for me.
Joost Luiten (18/1 a win, 4/10 a place)
If you’re looking for consistency, you need not look much further than Joost Luiten. Despite a missed cut in the US PGA he has strung together some remarkable finishes and with four top 15’s in his last six events, he really cannot be ignored in this field. These finishes included a first at the Lyoness Open and a second in Ireland, so he certainly knows how to win. Unlike my last two tips, his form in this particular tournament hasn’t been great and it’s for that reason that he isn’t my top bet. Despite that, his recent form speaks for itself.
TOP BET: Miguel Angel Jimenez (22/1 a win, 48/10 a place)
The Mechanic has proven on numerous occasions that he loves this course and now that he has fully recovered from his skiing accident, he should be a real contender this week. He won here in 2010 and finished 11th in 2012 and 9th in 2011, so will return with fond memories. A missed cut in Wales is probably the reason he isn’t favourite but I’m not reading too much into that. The courses are very different and everyone has an ‘off’ week on occasion. If he can keep himself off the slopes and away from injury he should go far. 22/1 is a great price, get on.