Omega European Masters Golf Preview and Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Monday, August 26, 2019 2:46 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 2:46 PM UTC

A rejuvenated former Masters champion, a Dane and two long priced selections this week in Switzerland

<div><h2><strong>Omega European Masters</strong></h2><p><strong>Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club<br />Crans Montana, Switzerland<br />Par 70, 6848 yards<br />August 29<sup>th</sup> to September 1<sup>st</sup></strong></p><h2><strong>Introduction </strong></h2><p>Founded in 1923 as the Swiss Open and held at Crans-sur-Sierre since 1939 this is one of the European Tour's longest running events. The course is a tricky challenge for the professionals with accuracy as the premium. One of the most beautiful golf courses in the world based on a lush mountain plateau overlooking the Rhone Valley at 1500 metres high with the highest peaks from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn facing you. With the high altitude and crystal-clear air the ball flies further in the normally perfect summer playing conditions. American Jack Nicklaus and Europe's own superstar the late Seve Ballesteros have helped with revamp and re-design in recent years.</p><h2><strong>Betting Predictions and Tips </strong></h2><p>Great to see last week's FedEx Tour Championship winner <strong>Rory</strong> <strong>McIlroy</strong> flying back across the Atlantic to compete in Switzerland this coming week. 2011 was the last year he teed it up at Crans-sur-Sierre but he does have three top 10 finishes in three course attempts.</p><p>England's <strong>Matthew</strong> <strong>Fitzpatrick</strong> is trying for a hat trick of titles having won in 2018 and 2017. His game epitomizes what is required to win at Crans-sur-Sierre, a game based on accuracy and consistency without prodigious length. Since winning last September he has been a model of consistency with six top 4 finishes but no tournament victories. After playing well in last week’s Scandinavian Invitational, finishing 2<sup>nd</sup>, he will be looking forward to an opportunity to win again and complete the hat-trick.</p><p>I really like another previous Crans-sur-Sierre champion and Englishman this week and that is a Sheffield's <strong>Danny</strong> <strong>Willett</strong>. When winning in 2015 he fended off Matthew Fitzpatrick into second for a one stroke victory. The year following, he was a surprise winner of the 2016 US Masters taking advantage of Jordan Spieth blowing up on the final day. A dreadful year followed in 2017 with only one top 5 finish and since he has been slowly rebuilding his confidence. At the end of the 2018 season he won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but this season has been a slow burner for Danny Willett with only two top 10 finishes. In recent months his consistency appears to be returning with some promising efforts on the PGA Tour particularly his last event in the Northern Trust when a last round of 75 undermined a winning chance.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Denmark's <strong>Lucas</strong> <strong>Bjerregaard</strong> has been in contention on a couple of occasions in recent years at the European Masters. He has had a strange season with three outstanding performances in major championships at the US Masters, PGA Championship and the British Open. His best performance was beating Tiger Woods in the World Matchplay quarter final on his way to a 4<sup>th</sup> place finish. Strangely enough in regulation PGA or European Tour events his form has been poor with eight missed cuts so a return to a venue that fits his eye will be welcome.</p><p>Chinese golf professional <strong>Ashun</strong> <strong>Wu</strong> is an interesting entrant this week, sixth last year, ninth here in 2017 and three times a winner on the European Tour. After a few weeks to recharge his batteries he played superb until the final round last week in Sweden. He represents a sporting each way wager this week in the knowledge he is a proven winner.</p><p>Similar sentiments apply to Welshman <strong>Jamie</strong> <strong>Donaldson</strong> who has three top 10 finishes and five top 30 finishes here. The former Ryder Cup player and now veteran on the European Tour seems to be finding form again with two recent top 10 finishes in his last three starts.</p><p>Ryder Cup player <strong>Alex</strong> <strong>Noren</strong> has twice been champion like the last Ryder Cup captain <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Bjorn</strong> who has two previous titles and two runners up finishes. While 2017 Masters champion Spaniard <strong>Sergio</strong> <strong>Garcia</strong> lives close by and won here himself in 2005 to continue a small correlation with the US Masters.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Danny Willett – each way @ 29.00 (28/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Ashun Wu - each way @ 151 (150/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Lucas Bjerregaard - each way @ 46.00 (45/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Jamie Donaldson – each way @ 151.00 (150/1) Unibet</strong></em></a></p></div>
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