5th September 2017 at 10:02 pm #117594Ace VenturerModerator
With no PGA Tour competition this week I will concentrate on the Omega European Masters.
The beautiful 7000 yard, par 70, Crans-Sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland, is the venue this week. It’s a fairly strong field, including last year’s winner Alex Noren, Bernd Wiesberger and Tommy Fleetwood and could turn out to be a good tournament. Apart from the beautiful scenery the prize fund is up to 2.7 million euros, which is probably one of the reasons there is a good field.
Although quite a short course it is quite tight and accuracy is needed but more importantly GIR and Scrambling are probably the two stats to look out for.
Tommy Fleetwood hasn’t played since the USPGA in the middle of last month but he has had a cracking season so far. He has won twice this year (The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and HNA Open de France) and also seconds in the Shenzen International and the WGC-Mexico Championship. A T4 at the US Open shows he can mix with the big boys and he is strong in both GIR and Scrambling. Although he has been in a mini slump of late, a T27 in the Open on his home course was a bit disappointing, but he can bounce back here.
GIR: 77.2% (1st) Scrambling: 59.6% (44th)
Bernd Wiesberger has not had the greatest of seasons but a win at the Shenzen International showed his class. He has also three top five finishes but has laboured a bit since a T4 finish at the Volvo China Open the week after Shenzen. He has never finished better than sixth here but if he can get back to the form he showed earlier in the season he could do well here. The Austrian is tenth in the Race to Dubai and will be desperate to climb further up the leaderboard.
GIR: 71.4% (29th) Scrambling: 61.7% (19th)
I have been a long admirer Frenchman Alexander Levy but although he won the Volvo China Open at the end of April but hasn’t really set the heather alight this season. WIth the Ryder Cup coming up in France next year, he’ll be desperate to start collecting points. He looked to be back to his best at the Porsche European Open at the end of July when he finished second. He was the first Frenchman to win twice in one season in 2014. At the prices being offered I think he is worth a bet.
GIR: 68.8% (65th) Scrambling: 59.2% (52nd)
1.50 ew Tommy Fleetwood (Ladbrokes 12-1)
1.50 ew Bernd Wiesberger (William Hill 25-1)
1.50 ew Alexander Levy (BetVictor 40-1)
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