Omega European Masters Handicapping Preview and Betting Picks

by Earl Campbell | August 26, 2019 |

The pros of the PGA wrapped up their regular season, with last week’s Tour Championship. Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship, as well as the FedEx Cup Championship.  

This week, we will focus all of our attention on the  European Tour and the Omega European Masters. 

Omega European Masters

The Omega European Masters is the most prestigious golf tournament played in Europe. The tournament will kick off on on Thursday, August 29 and runs through Sunday, September 1, 2019.

The tournament has been called Omega European Masters for several years, dating back to 2001, but prior to that period of time, this tournament was called the Canon European Masters, Ebel European Masters and the Swiss Open.  

This is the lone stop on the European Tour in Switzerland and was the first tournament to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.  The tournament itself is now played in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and is held at the venue, Crans-Sur-Sierre.  

Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Course Details

Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Course is located about 2-hours away from Geneva in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.  The Course was originally designed in 1908 but has undergone many numerous changes over the years to make this course tougher. 

Most recently, the course was redesigned by Seve Ballesteros with the hopes of cutting back on scoring and making this tournament a stronger contest for pro golfers. 

The course plays out as a Par 70 and measures approximately 6,850 yards.  You should also know that there is some serious elevation here in Switzerland.  The course sits approximately 5,000 feet above sea level, which equates to the ball flying between 5.5% and 7% further than at normal elevation.  

That being said, it is also much harder to breath in these conditions and those that are in superior shape, will have a much easier time lasting the 4-days.  

The course itself is littered with trees. The fairways are covered with trees along the sides and are average size.  There really isn’t much concern about the rough here as it is not a factor however the fairways are heavily lined with trees and they will be a factor.    

Golfers

Danny Willett at +2500 for 1 Unit

Danny Willett sort of came up lame the last two years playing here but his overall course history is strong. He won here in 2015 and finished in 2nd place in 2012.  He hasn’t played in 3 weeks, which will give him some rest and leave him ready to shine in Switzerland!

Lee Westwood at +4500 for 1 Unit

Westwood likes playing here and has ended up in the Top 12 in 3 of the last 5 times he has played here. This year, he has played some very good golf and I expect will be competitive on Sunday. His scrambling is 4th best on the Euro Tour and that will keep him in it.  

Gavin Green at +6600 for 1 Unit

Gavin Green’s odds this week are crazy insane!!!  There is no way this guy should be 66/1 in any tournament, especially one where Greens in Reg numbers need to be strong, and Green is 6th on the Euro Tour in GIR. He has only played here one time, last year, but he did well, finishing in 12th place.  Don’t let him slip by you at these odds. 

Aaron Rai at +11000 for 1 Unit

Aaron Rai is one of only three golfers that check both boxes for Greens in Reg and Scrambling.  Rai is 7th on tour in GIR and 19th in Scrambling so explain to me why we are getting triple digit odds on him? No way this guy is deserving of 110/1 odds.  Sign me up for some Rai this week!

Head To Head Matchup

Gavin Green over Christian Bezuidenhout -125 for 2 units

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