Golf: European Masters Tips


AFTER the excitement of Darren Clarke naming his three Ryder Cup wildcards we return to the tranquility of tournament golf.

The beautiful setting of Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss mountains is once again the setting for the European Masters.

Last year’s winner Danny Willett returns to defend his title but since winning the Green Jacket at Augusta his form has dipped quite a bit. This could be his chance to return to winning ways and Darren Clarke will be keen to see some form before Hazeltine but I have my doubts.

The Crans-sur-Sierre course has seen a lot of changes to holes over the years. The fairways are mostly tree-lined with small upturned saucer-like greens.

It looks as though greens in regulation could be a big statistic here this week. With that in mind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger looks a good pick.

In his last six outings on the European Tours he has finished in the top 15 five times. The only blip was The Open where he missed the cut. He also missed the cut in the USPGA and the US Open but I’m going to disregard those.

His stat for GIR is is 74% (13th on Tour) and with driving accuracy of 58.4% he should be in position most of the time to have opportunities to go for the greens.

I also like Australian Scott Hend who has had some great results on the Asian Tour this year but since May has played seven tournaments on the European Tour.

He has a 68% stat for GIR and I’m taking him to do the business this week. I’d hate him to win and I wasn’t on him (like Patrick Reed last week) and he will win soon.

Recommended Bets

1.5pts ew Bernd Wiesberger (Betfred, 30-1)
1pt ew Scott Hend (Coral, 125-1)

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    townie 2 months ago

    European masters – top ten finish- scott hend 8/1

    deutsche bank championship- luke Donald 10/1

    bk with a few today gl ace

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    illogical57 2 months ago

    Just wanna credit your tips and great in-depth analysis on here! jumped on Scott Hend with you.

    Fancying David Howell myself after coming back from his injury earlier this season, played well in Czech finishing T3.


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    sam c 2 months ago

    Definitely on your two tips, I have to mirror what Illogical says about your in depth analysis, it brilliant!

    Also going to get on Matthew Fitzpatrick at 20/1. Seems to blow a bit hot and cold, being in the top 5 or missing the cut. Did miss the cut last weekend after a good 5th the weekend before. Not put off by that though as the weekend before he won the British Masters last year he also missed the cut. Was second here last year so hopefully can go one better.

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    davc 2 months ago

    David Lipsky to win 3 ball. @1/1 PP

    B Wiesberger to win 3 ball @21/10
    P Dunne to win 3 ball @ 6/4
    M Mannessero to win 3 ball @6/4
    T Fleetwood to win 3 ball @ 6/4 (4x trebles, 1 accume) + accume all 5

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    aceventurer 2 months ago

    Illogical and Sam, thanks for your comments. Hopefuly the stats i put up help you with your selections. As always good luck to you all with your picks.

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