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The history of golf at Crans-sur-Sierra where this week’s Omega European Open is to be played can be traced back to 1905. Arnold Lunn, who owned the Palace Hotel, was persuaded that the pastureland to the west of the hotel was ideal for a golf course. Two Englishmen Freemantle and Gedge were commissioned and the first nine holes were opened in 1906 to be followed by the second nine in 1908.
The golf course was abandoned during World War I but was reopened in 1921 thanks to hoteliers, Elysée Bonvin (Hotel du Golf) and Albert Bonvin (Beauséjour). In 1924 the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club was founded, with René Payot as its first President. Shortly after the opening, architect Harry Nicholson was commissioned to add improvements.
A large number of greens were remodelled and additional bunkering, thus creating the overall layout at Plan-Bramois which remained unchanged until 1997. In 1995 Severiano Ballesteros was commissioned to make it more challenging to the professionals on the European Tour and even more attractive for the many golfers that visit this resort.
After two redesigns, the course opened with new greens with various contours and slopes, new tee boxes installed and obstacles added or modified.
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My tips to Win:
I will be tipping the two players who made the play-offs for this event last year, first up is Matthew Fitzpatrick 12/1 – with Bet365 – and it will be interesting to see what happens on Wednesday with the Ryder Cup picks. Depending on what happens Matthew will have something to prove if he is left out of the team – like I feel he will be – or he will be in buoyant mood having received one of the picks, either way I think he will be challenging again this week.
I can’t see Matt Wallace 25/1 – with SportingBet – beating Seve’s record of six wins in one season but I can certainly see him going very close and maybe getting to five. I tipped Matt at 40/1 last week and I can see no reason why he will not make it back-to-back wins this week. I do feel Matt will get one of Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup wild card picks which will only add to his confidence coming into this week and if he doesn’t I am sure he will want to prove the captain wrong for leaving him out.
It has been nearly two decades since Lee Westwood 28/1 – Bet365 – last won this event back in 1999, since then he has had a couple of Top 10s including a fourth place here two years ago when he fired a final round 63 that see him storm up the leaderboard. Lee just missed out on a win at the weekend losing in a play-off to Matt Wallace, but that shows his game is in great shape. I am not sure if his girlfriend is going to be on the bag again this week, but if she is it can only give him an extra bit of incentive to win.
I am going to stick with Lucas Bjerregaard 30/1 – Bet365 – again this week, who was in and out of the Top 5 like a yoyo in the final round of the Made In Denmark at the weekend. As I stated last week, I don’t think he is too far off winning again and has two Top 10s from his last two starts. Lucas has teed it up at the Crans-sur-Sierre GC in the last three years progressing each year with a Top 10 last year, if he keeps that progression going he will be in the thick of it come Sunday.
This was quite a difficult choice as there were a few candidates for this spot but I am going with Lee Slattery 80/1 – with SportingBet – who has several Top 15 over the Crans-sur-Sierre track and fired a second round 62 which helped him secure sixth place last year. Lee’s form this year has been a succession of missed cuts followed twice by Top 5 finishes and although he missed the cut last week, I feel it may just be one of those weeks he pulls off another Top 5.
I did say I was going to tip both play-off players from last year and it was a bit of a surprise to find Scott Hend 100/1 – with UniBet – this far down the betting odds, especially as he has had two runner-up finishes in the last two years in this event losing both times in play-offs. I am sure the Australian will be hoping to win in regular play this year, but I am sure he will take another play-off situation and try to make it third time lucky.
I am sticking with Phachara Khongwatmai 175/1 – with Bet365 – again this week.
As always good luck
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