Omega European Masters Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 29th August 2019

What’s the first thing you would do after winning $15 million? It would probably not be to jump on a plane, fly across the Atlantic and prepare for a full week of work. That, however, is just what Rory McIlroy did following his FedEx Cup win. After doing the media and having a small celebration, McIlroy jetted over to Switzerland for this week’s Omega European Masters.

McIlroy has been installed as the favourite to win this week for very good reason but he’s sure to face a tough challenge up in the Alps. Danny Willett is one of those in the field who knows exactly what it takes to win this tournament. The 2015 champion is back to something approaching his best and should be a real contender this week at odds of 22/1 with Ladbrokes.

Top Tips

Danny Willett @ 22/1

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Course Info

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club is arguably the most picturesque golf course used by the European Tour. The course is set high up in the Swiss Alps in Crans Montana which is a world class skiing resort for much of the year. The air is clear and thin so balls fly considerably further than at sea level which cuts down the effective yardage of the par 70 even more than the 6,848 yards on the scorecard.

European Tour players have more than enough power to get stuck into Crans-sur-Sierre which features a couple of drivable par fours. With length no defence, the course (which had the original design considerably reworked by Seve Ballesteros in 1999) uses hazards, run off areas and significant undulations to try to keep scoring down.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Crans-sur-Sierre Crans Montana, Switzerland 6,848 Yards €2,500,000

Recent Winners

Matt Fitzpatrick absolutely loves playing in Crans Montana. He returns to Switzerland looking to complete a hat-trick of tournament wins. Fitzpatrick is in very good form at the moment and has extra fire in his belly having narrowly missed out on winning the Scandinavian Masters last week.

Alex Noren and Danny Willett, the 2016 and 2015 winners respectively, are also both in the field for the 2019 renewal. Willett is, quite remarkably, the only man to have won this tournament in the last six years without having to resort to a playoff. That shows you just how bunched scoring can be at Crans-sur-Sierre and another close run thing is expected this year.

YearWinnerTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Matt Fitzpatrick -17 Playoff
2017 Matt Fitzpatrick -14 Playoff
2016 Alex Noren -17 Playoff
2015 Danny Willett -17 1 Stroke
2014 David Lipsky -18 Playoff

Analysis: More Than One Way to Get the Job Done

Much like Hills Golf Club which was used for last week’s Scandinavian Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre is a course that plays into the hands of players who are in complete control of their golf ball. Errant tee shots can quite easily find trouble, whether that’s a well-placed bunker, a horrible ditch or one of the big trees which frame the fairways.

The most well-trodden route to success in the European Masters is throttling back off the tee and hitting a high percentage of fairways and greens. However, some players have had success by taking a more aggressive approach. World class drivers who can back their play off the tee with excellent wedge play have a good chance to contend should they putt well enough on the tricky greens they’ll find at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Willett to Mark His Return to the Top Level

Missing the cut at the 2017 Omega European Masters laid bare just how bad things had got for Danny Willett. The Englishman had an excellent previous record at Crans-sur-Sierre so the fact he was unable to be competitive was a big shock for him and his many fans. Fortunately, Willett’s game and head are in completely different places as he makes his return to Crans Montana this week.

The countless hours of hard work he’s put into his swing with his coach Sean Foley have already started to pay off. He won the DP World Tour Championship last year and in under 18 months has gone from 342nd in the world to his current ranking of 55. Willett arrives fresh after a family holiday and could just go all the way to win his second European Masters title at 22/1 with Ladbrokes.

Closaerts Can Bounce Back to Form

The PGA Tour playoffs will have served as a reminder for many European Tour players hovering around the 110 mark of the Race to Dubai rankings that they need to buck their ideas up to retain their tour card for next season. Nicolas Colsaerts is one of those who needs some good results, even if he is more concerned about making it to Dubai than merely doing enough to maintain his full playing privileges.

The Belgian’s results of late haven’t been anything to write home about. He is a cool, calm customer though who won’t get flustered and should be looking forward to the Omega European Masters where he has played very well before. Colsaerts is among that number who will look to utilise their power and putting to score well this week. His chances of contending are better than his odds of 225/1 with bet365 suggest.

Bjorn Worth Chancing at a Huge Price

Thomas Bjorn is looking forward to a very enjoyable week in Crans Montana. The Dane has been playing here for many years, winning the title twice. Last year’s victorious Ryder Cup captain will get to catch up with some of the players who starred for him in Paris but it’s not just a social trip for Bjorn. He’s shown some encouraging signs with his golf game lately most notably finishing eighth at Valderrama and he could be worth chancing at 500/1 with Betfred even if just for a chance to cash out later in the week.

Final Verdict: Danny Willett to Win

Rory McIlroy’s performance last week reminded everybody that he is capable of winning any tournament should he bring his best game. He could certainly win the Omega European Masters but does not represent value at a general price of 4/1 given the mental and physical exertions of last week. Danny Willett is a much more tempting option at 22/1 with Ladbrokes whilst Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Bjorn have outsider chances of returning at huge prices.

About

The European Masters is one of the bigger events on the European Tour and it has a prize fund of €2.5million which reflects that. It just sits in the bracket below the Rolex Series events, but is the best of the following bunch, for sure.

The tournament has been running since 1923 and has been sanctioned by the European Tour since their inauguration in 1972. It's featured evert year since on tour and has been won by some massive names in golf, including the likes of Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald and Ernie Els, to name just a few. Interestingly, in 2009 it became the first tournament on the tour to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour as well.

One of things that is unique about the event is that it has been hosted at the Crans-sur-sierre Golf Club in Switzerland since 1939. The mountain views and rocky terrain that surrounds the course makes it one of the most stunning golfing locations in the world and about as picturesque as you will find. In the modern era, the practice rounds are synonymous with selfies over cliff faces with mouth-watering back drops!

In 2006 the tournament took a bold move to invite then, women's golf superstar, Michelle Wie to play in their event. She accepted, but subsequently went on to shoot 15 over par and finish in dead last place. However, her appearance did bring in record crowds that were reported to be around 10,000 in total.

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