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.