This week the European Tour makes one of its most highly anticipated stops of the year with the Omega European Masters. Not only is this a very well regarded tournament with a nice prize fund but it is set in one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. The Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre is set high amongst the Alps and provides stunning views throughout the layout.
The surroundings are always a distraction at Crans but the Seve Ballesteros-designed course requires high levels of concentration throughout. The par 70 layout measures a relatively short 6,848 yards and actually plays significantly shorter due to the effects of altitude on the flight of the golf ball. The altitude means there will be a big variety of clubs hit off the tee with the driver being pulled only a few times. It is important to hit the fairways at Crans but driving accuracy is not the be all and end all providing the second shots hit the small greens.
Jaidee Can Join the Legendary List of Winners
It is hard to not be impressed by the list of previous winners of the European Masters. Thongchai Jaidee may not quite be in the same class of legends like Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els but there is no doubting his hero status at home in Thailand. There is also no doubting Jaidee’s quality. The 46-year-old has made a career out of hitting fairways and greens and can use all of his experience to record his ninth European Tour victory. Jaidee started and ended his tournament with poor rounds last year so if he keeps the mistakes off his card he will be right up there at best odds of 35/1 with Bet365.
Can Sullivan Find His Game in Time for the Ryder Cup?
It has been a couple of brilliant years for Andy Sullivan. The Englishman had something of a mentality problem which dogged his early years as an aspiring pro but that all changed after the birth of his daughter, Ruby. Sullivan’s outlook on life and golf changed dramatically and he is now known for the way he smiles his way around the course.
It is always easier to smile when you’re playing well. Sullivan has played so well over the past two years that he’s booked his place in the Ryder Cup via the points list. It may have been a poor week for Sullivan at the Made in Denmark but he said he found something on the range after remaining in Himmerland to work on his game and if it all clicks this week he can grab a huge win at odds of 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
Dredging up the Past
Bradley Dredge has been playing some good golf of late culminating in a second place finish in Himmerland last week. The Englishman is a former champion at Crans, winning back in 2006, so will arrive with plenty of good memories. Putting has always been Dredge’s number one issue but if he has a solid week on the greens he will be worth an each way bet at 35/1 with Sky Bet.