Crans betting preview

A preview and stats ahead of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland

By Dave Tindall Twitter: @DaveTindallgolf.   Last Updated: 08/09/13 11:08am

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Crans: One of the most scenic venues in golf

Crans: One of the most scenic venues in golf

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The European Tour is back in the Swiss Alps for one of the longest running events in professional golf.

Crans-sur-Sierre, which is one of the most stunningly beautiful locations in world sport, has hosted a top level tournament every year since 1948.

Ryder Cup skippers Eric Brown and Dai Rees were triumphant here during the 1950s, while other eminent champions over the years have included Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Craig Stadler, Ian Woosnam and Jose Maria Olazabal.

The heavily undulating fairways are tree-lined on a course built more than 100 years ago.

Its most recent refurbishment was carried out by the late Ballesteros ahead of the 1999 event.

Due to its high altitude the ball will fly around 10% further than normal, with the tournament usually providing a low 72-hole winning total.

SELECTED PLAYERS with GOOD to REASONABLE FORM at CRANS-SUR-SIERRE

Last Eight Years

Player: '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11 / '12

Felipe Aguilar: - / MC / - / 47 / 14 / 44 / 25 / 6
Fredrik Andersson: 67 / - / - / 23 / - / MC / 6 / 2
Thomas Bjorn: - / - / - / - / MC / 15 / Won / MC
Michael Campbell: - / - / MC / 23 / 69 / MC / 25 / 14
Alejandro Canizares: - / MC / MC / 11 / MC / 54 / 9 / MC
Paul Casey: 3 / - / 37 / - / - / - / - / MC
Christian Cevaer: 17 / MC / MC / 3 / MC / MC / 45 / -
Robert Coles: MC / 44 / - / - / - / 5 / MC / 23
Robert-Jan Derksen: - / 40 / - / 66 / - / 5 / MC / MC
Jamie Donaldson: MC / Wd / - / MC / - / 23 / 3 / 9
Simon Dyson: 69 / 12 / Ret / 32 / 7 / 60 / 16 / 27
Johan Edfors: - / 12 / 20 / MC / 49 / MC / 35 / 27
Gonzalo F'dez-Castano: MC / 59 / 6 / 21 / - / Ret / 18 / 76
Darren Fichardt: 30 / 26 / MC / MC / - / - / - / 19
Mark Foster: 71 / MC / - / 17 / 23 / 28 / MC / 64
Marcus Fraser: MC / MC / 52 / 66 / MC / 15 / MC / 2
Ricardo Gonzalez: 23 / 26 / 56 / 19 / 56 / MC / 48 / MC
Tano Goya: - / - / - / - / 17 / 32 / MC / 27
Keith Horne: - / - / - / - / - / 23 / 12 / MC
David Howell: - / - / MC / - / 7 / MC / Dq / 27
Mikko Ilonen: MC / 7 / 18 / 32 / - / 9 / - / MC
Thongchai Jaidee: - / - / - / 21 / 5 / 51 / 35 / -
Miguel Angel Jimenez: 13 / 37 / MC / 3 / 4 / Won / 9 / 11
Maarten Lafeber: 17 / MC / - / - / 23 / 28 / 56 / 49
Peter Lawrie: 23 / 52 / MC / 23 / - / 9 / 16 / MC
Jean-Francois Lucquin: MC / MC / MC / Won / MC / MC / - / -
Joost Luiten: - / - / - / - / MC / MC / 15 / 27
Matteo Manassero: - / - / - / - / 23 / 3 / 18 / 34
Francesco Molinari: 17 / 2 / 62 / 11 / 42 / - / 18 / -
Gary Orr: - / 26 / - / 3 / 56 / - / 35 / -
Richie Ramsay: - / - / - / - / MC / MC / 34 / Won
Brett Rumford: 69 / 44 / Won / 23 / 32 / 13 / 65 / 19
Graeme Storm: 48 / MC / 20 / - / 23 / 32 / 58 / 41
Jaco Van Zyl: - / - / - / - / - / - / 3 / 14
Anthony Wall: 34 / 17 / 8 / - / 63 / 13 / 35 / -
Marc Warren: - / 4 / MC / MC / MC / 9 / MC / 55
Danny Willett: - / - / - / - / 23 / 42 / 25 / 2

SELECTED PLAYERS with POOR to MEDIOCRE FORM at CRANS-SUR-SIERRE

Last Eight Years

(No Top-35 Finishes from three or more starts since 2005)

Player: '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11 / '12

Edouard Amacher: - / - / - / - / - / MC / MC / MC
Ken Benz: - / MC / MC / 72 / MC / MC / - / MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar: - / - / - / - / MC / MC / 65 / MC
SSP Chowrasia: - / - / - / - / MC / MC / MC / 41
Andrew Dodt: - / - / - / - / - / 54 / MC / MC
Richard Finch: MC / MC / 37 / MC / - / - / - / 61
Oscar Floren: - / - / 52 / - / - / - / 48 / MC
Michael Hoey: - / 59 / - / - / MC / 54 / 48 / 55
Dave Horsey: - / - / - / - / 60 / MC / MC / MC
Shiv Kapur: - / - / 66 / MC / 60 / MC / 58 / MC
Rikard Karlberg: - / - / - / - / - / MC / MC / 49
Anirban Lahiri: - / - / - / - / - / MC / MC / MC
Pablo Larrazabal: - / - / - / MC / MC / MC / 48 / MC
Gary Lockerbie: - / - / MC / - / 68 / 42 / - / -
Mikael Lundberg: MC / MC / - / - / MC / MC / - / -
Mardan Mamat: - / - / MC / MC / MC / MC / - / 49
James Morrison: - / - / - / - / - / MC / MC / MC
Chapchai Nirat: - / - / - / MC / 49 / 44 / MC / -
Hennie Otto: - / - / - / 55 / - / MC / 61 / 64
Martin Rominger: MC / - / Ret / MC / MC / - / 61 / MC
Peter Whiteford: - / - / - / MC / - / MC / MC / MC
Fabrizio Zanotti: - / - / - / 47 / MC / MC / 45 / 41

TOP-25 Finishers at CRANS-SUR-SIERRE in 2012 (Not Already Listed Above)

Romain Wattel: (T-2nd)
Paul Lawrie: (T-6th)
Anders Hansen: (T-9th)
Julien Quesne: (T-11th)
Mathias Gronberg: (T-14th)
Lee Slattery: (T-14th)
Oliver Fisher: (T-19th)
Tommy Fleetwood: (T-19th)
Michael Jonzon: (T-23rd)
Sam Little: (T-23rd)

LOWEST 15 STROKE AVERAGES at CRANS-SUR-SIERRE

(Last Four Years - 2009/12)

Average(Rounds)

67.31: Miguel Angel Jimenez (16)
68.00: Jaco Van Zyl (8)
68.17: Jamie Donaldson (12)
68.50: Fredrik Andersson (10)
68.69: Matteo Manassero (16)
68.92: Thomas Bjorn (12)
69.00: Felipe Aguilar (16)
69.06: Danny Willett (16)
69.10: Keith Horne (10)
69.10: Peter Lawrie (10)
69.25: Stephen Gallacher (8)
69.25: Francesco Molinari (8)
69.25: Richie Ramsay (12)
69.31: Simon Dyson (16)
69.33: Thongchai Jaidee (12)

Min. No. of Rounds = 8

LOWEST ROUNDS at CRANS-SUR-SIERRE SINCE 2000

61: Miguel Angel Jimenez (2010)
62: Eduardo Romero (2000)
62: Brett Rumford (2009)
62: Thomas Bjorn (2011)
63: Ten times

Note: The lowest all-time score recorded at Crans-Sur-Sierre is 60 by Jamie Spence in 1992.

Crans-Sur-Sierre: Par 71; 6,881 yards

Winning Totals (Last Three Years):

2012: 267 (Richie Ramsay)
2011: 264 (Thomas Bjorn)
2010: 263 (Miguel Angel Jimenez)

Conclusion

Those with pedigree and a touch of extra class are generally the players to back at Crans.

So, to begin with, I'll overlook some iffy recent form and plump for Francesco Molinari and Marc Warren at tasty prices.

Ryder Cup star Molinari can sometimes be as low as 12/1 in fields like this but he's on offer at 33s this week due to a lean patch since finishing in the top 10 at Muirfield.

However, with a second place here in 2006 and three other top 20s in his other five outings at Crans it's clearly a course he likes.

A recent tweet from the Welsh Open - "Another disappointing day in the office but plenty of positives, getting closer" - suggests it could click soon so cash in on that inflated price.

Marc Warren was fancied to do well in his native Scotland a couple of weeks ago but flopped and also missed the cut in Wales.

But before that he was a superb 12th in the USPGA and at this course he's finished fourth in 2006 and ninth in 2010.

The former European Tour Rookie of the Year is well worth a go at 66/1.

The other class act worth an investment is South African Richard Sterne.

A winner earlier this year and an excellent runner-up in the French Open, he's had a few looks at this course and although his previous results aren't anything special it really should play to his strengths if he's on his game.

Take him at 25/1.

Best bets

2pts e.w. Francesco Molinari at 33/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Marc Warren at 66/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
2pts e.w. Richard Sterne at 25/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)

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