Omega European Masters Predictions, Picks, Odds
- The European Tour moves from the Czech Republic to Switzerland
- The picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre course has been the ever-present host
- This tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Omega European Masters Odds
|Bernd Wiesberger||+2500 |
|Justin Harding||+2800 |
|Andy Sullivan||+3000 |
|Thomas Detry||+3300 |
|Sam Horsfield||+3300 |
|Callum Hill||+3300 |
|Richard Bland||+3300 |
|Guido Migliozzi||+3500 |
|Thomas Pieters||+3500 |
|Dean Burmester||+4000 |
|Francesco Molinari||+4000 |
Omega European Masters Predictions and Picks
This quirky venue has produced a number of repeat winners and 2012 champion Richie Ramsay can add to the list. Back the in-form Scot at +4000 with bet365 (1/4 1-2-3-4-5).
Veteran Richard Bland continues to flourish and he’s more suited to this track than Sam Horsfield. Back Bland to win over 72 holes at -115 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Shubhankar Sharma has cracked the top 20 in his last two starts and, given his suitability to the course, looks a good bet to do so again at +400 DraftKings Sportsbook.
How to Watch Omega European Masters
|Omega European Masters Information|
|Tournament||Omega European Masters|
|Location||Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland|
|Time||Thursday, August 26 – Sunday, August 29|
|How to Watch||Thursday 11am-12.30pm (Golf Channel), Friday 12am-2.30am (Golf Channel), Saturday 12am-2.45am & 10.30am-12pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 1am-3am & 7.30am-11.30am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
Omega European Masters Profile
If the PGA TOUR has Pebble Beach, the European Tour has Crans-sur-Sierre. The views are spectacular at the short, par 70 set high in the Swiss Alps and the course at Crans Montana is one of the favorite stops on tour for many of Europe’s leading players.
This event was played as the Swiss Open for many years before becoming the European Masters in 1983.
However, the course has remained the same and Crans-sur-Sierre has been used every year since the European Tour was first conceived in the 1970s. Rewind further and it’s been staging the Swiss Open since 1939.
The course is unique. It’s set high in the mountains and features sloping, tree-lined fairways of average width and small, upturned saucer greens.
There’s plenty of water in play too and the layout measures just 6,848 yards. That means very few drivers while greens in regulation is the standout stat when looking at past winners.
Given its unusual nature, there’s no surprise that this event produces tournament specialists.
Thomas Bjorn (2011 & 2013), Alex Noren (2009 & 2016) and Matt Fitzpatrick (2017 & 2018) are all two-time winners while Miguel Angel Jimenez has 10 top 10s including a win.
The storied list of past winners also includes Seve Ballesteros (three times), Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Colin Montgomerie, and Nick Price.
Last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic so the return to Crans will be even more heavily anticipated in 2021.
Ramsay Can Rack Up Second Win
Richie Ramsay is trying to join that list of two-time winners when he returns to Crans this year.
By definition that means he’s a former champion and the win came in 2012 when he cruised to a four-shot win with 17-under-par.
The Scot has added a pair of top 10s since then and regards this as one of his favorite tournaments of the year.
You can tell that with a quick look at his Twitter account where he’s showing off the views and even what he’s having for breakfast. Even better for Ramsay is that he’s returning this year showing his best form in a long time.
The former US Amateur champion was a model of consistency through the first part of the year but he’s taken it up a notch over the summer. He landed a big payday when fourth at the Irish Open and backed that up with tied 15th in his home Scottish Open.
Since then, he’s added tied 25th in the Cazoo Open in Wales, tied 28th in Scotland’s Hero Open before landing another top 10 when tied ninth at the Cazoo Classic in England last time.
To strengthen his credentials further, he’s achieved those results via strong iron play. Indeed Ramsay has been in the top 15 for greens in regulation in four of his last five events.
That’s an impressive combination of course, current and stat form and makes him a definite each-way bet at 40/1 with bet365 (1/4 1-2-3-4-5).
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Bland Can Outscore Horsfield.
There are plenty of courses on the European Tour where exciting youngster Sam Horsfield would be a clear favorite to beat the veteran Ricahrd Bland. But I don’t think Crans-sur-Sierre is one of them.
Bland’s experience and guile is well suited to a course like this and he’s made the cut in nine of his last 12 visits, with fifth place in 2016.
He must be relishing this year’s renewal more than ever due to some superb form on the European Tour over the last few months.
Bland ended his long wait for a win by taking the British Masters in May and since then he’s had two-thirds and a fourth. The most recent top three was at the Cazoo Classic last time and let’s not forget that he was also the surprise halfway leader in the US Open at Torrey Pines.
Horsfield has managed a couple of top 10s in his last 10 starts but he’s inconsistent and this doesn’t look his ideal venue. The 24-year-old missed the cut on debut in 2018 and had to settle for tied 43rd in 2019.
It’s a pick ‘em and Bland can outscore his countryman over 72 holes at -115 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Sharma to Shine
Shubhankar Sharma may not appear to fit the bill on first glance as he’s played Crans just once and missed the cut. That was in 2018. But he shot a second-round 69 and would have had every chance of climbing the leaderboard had he got through to the weekend.
There are two reasons to support him: course suitability and current form. In terms of the former, he’s played well at altitude in the past, winning the Joburg Open in 2017 and even leading after rounds two and three of the WGC-Mexico Championship up high at Chapultepec.
He’s a short but accurate hitter and best when the brain is required rather than brawn.
If that doesn’t sell it, then perhaps his current form will.
The Indian golfer has been rounding into form over the last month or so, producing progressive figures of 32-30-16-9. On those numbers it seems reasonable to back him for a top 20 at +400 with DraftKings Sportsbook. After all, he’s managed just that in his last two starts.
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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