Rob Lee blogs on Crans-sur-Sierre, Charley Hull and Graham DeLaet
Scenic courses, form horses and a thrashing in the Walker Cup... Rob Lee talks golf.
Last Updated: 11/09/13 11:51am
You see plenty of links courses and parkland venues on the European Tour but this place is something different and I really loved playing there over the years.
You tee off in a beautiful little village and are then surrounded by mountains, and because the scenery is so amazing, it helps you relax and put things into perspective if you have a couple of bad holes.
Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, South Africa, which hosts the Alfred Dunhill Championship, is spectacular with the animals roaming around, but, for me, there is nothing quite like mountains.
And because the air at Crans-sur-Sierre is so clear, you can see the outlines of the peaks so sharply; it is like watching things in 4D and HD all at the same time.
As for the course with the worst view in the world? That would be anywhere with pylons!
I covered the Walker Cup for Sky Sports at the weekend, in which Great Britain and Ireland were well and truly trounced after being smashed by their American rivals in the singles on both Saturday and Sunday.
We came on air on Sunday night and about six minutes later USA had won!
Matthew Fitzpatrick scored three points out of a possible four, which was a good achievement considering how heavily beaten his side were, but Michael Kim stood out for the American team, winning all three of his matches.
We saw Kim's talent in the US Open at Merion when, amid really tough conditions, he finished tied for 17th, and he and his team-mates look to have a very bright future in the game.
It will be interesting to see if they can follow in the footsteps of the American Walker Cup Class of 2011, with Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Russell Henley all making their mark since then.
Another young player, England's Charley Hull, will be the centre of attention at the Evian Championship this week following her phenomenal performance at the Solheim Cup.
We tend to build up youngsters in this country and then delight in their demise, so I hope people let Charley, who is just 17, enjoy her fledgling days as a professional, rather than expect her to do something sensational.
Over in the States, meanwhile, the third event of the FedEX Cup playoffs, the BMW Championship, takes place and Canada's Graham DeLaet will be looking to continue his fine form after finishing second at The Barclays and third at the Deutsche Bank.
DeLaet, who is a strong boy and has ice-hockey aspects to his swing, has had a great breakthrough year; he has a lot of game and, standing fifth in the standings at present, will fancy his chances of winning the FedEx Cup outright.
Henrik Stenson leads the FedEx, though, following his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, and his turnaround after losing a lot of money and slipping down the world rankings has been staggering.
You have to marvel at Henrik's resilience; he has always been brave and loved taking on a challenge, but we have seen over the last seven or eight weeks, when he has been churning out results left, right and centre, just how good he is.
ROB'S SKY BET TIPS
Rory McIlroy is making enough birdies at the moment and if he can cut out the bogeys and double bogeys he can win the BMW Championship; Paul Casey, a man I have championed all year, is my tip at the KLM Open; and I am going for Suzann Pettersen in the Evian Championship as the Norwegian is feeling really good about her game.