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Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the European Masters of Crans-sur-Sierre on the DP World Tour.
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The PGA Tour has won some jaw-dropping prizes this week, but the DP World Tour has stunning views – beautiful Crans-sur-Sierre takes center stage for another European Masters.
Ryan Fox and Adrian Meronk top the bets, but the New Zealander may be too clumsy to trust Crans, while the Pole will put heavy pressure on his suspect playing around those tricky little greens.
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Marcus Kinhult 55-1
Neat and tidy Swede Marcus Kinhult has an ideal match for Crans-sur-Sierre and the former wonderkid can get his career back on track by winning a second DP World Tour title on Sunday afternoon.
Kinhult made his Crans debut at the 2015 European Masters in the week of his 19th birthday. He was still an amateur, but was in fourth place at the halfway mark, before finishing tenth. As a pro, his Crans form numbers are 56-12-47.
Some health issues saw months of struggle and a failure to build on his success at the 2019 British Masters, but at the age of 26 he appears to have overcome his issues and is ready for more glory.
Third place at the Cazoo Classic a month ago was very encouraging and 23rd place at the Czech Masters last week was a decent effort on much less suitable ground.
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Alexander Bjork 40-1
A Swedish double could be expected this week with Alexander Bjork able to join compatriot Kinhult in the standings. There has been a Swedish champion six times in Crans and this year’s harvest looks particularly promising.
Like Kinhult, Bjork fell in love with Crans from the start, finishing 16th in 2017 as a young European Tour rookie ranked 127th in the world. He opened with a solid 69 in 2018 despite the arrival of the form numbers of MC-48-MC-MC, but overnight food poisoning meant a withdrawal before the second round.
Crans’ subsequent finishes of 28-13 confirm this layout is ideal for Bjork and 20th place in the Cazoo Classic last time out was a solid warm-up rotation.
Sean Croker 40-1
Lucas Bjerregaard 90-1
The monkey is on the back of Sean Crocker, who clinched his first DP World Tour title in the Hero Open late last month, and this top ball-striker could be set for some quick follow-up success.
Crocker put on the hero superbly, hinting that he may have found a solution to the game department that was holding him back, and the 26-year-old can look to the future with confidence.
Crocker’s Crans form figures are a progressive 54-28-4 – and he was joint-leader after three rounds last year. A pissed off start meant a trophyless Sunday, but he’s better equipped to hold his own in contention this time.
Complete a four-pronged attack with Lucas Bjerregaard, who won the 2017 Portugal Masters, 2018 Dunhill Links, then beat Tiger Woods en route to fourth place in the 2019 WGC-Match Play.
Inconsistency has followed these heroics, which is why the Dane is offered big money in a low rating this week, but there’s reason for optimism this week.
Bjerregaard finished ninth in Crans in 2017 and was a playoff loser to Matt Fitzpatrick in 2018. Last time out Bjerregaard finished third in the Cazoo Open, so he may have found his A-game just in time for the one of his favorite missions.
Players to Note
The defending champion has had a month away from competition but is clearly capable of retaining his title if he can shake off the rust quickly.
The Nordiques have a great record at Crans-sur-Sierre and steady Finnish sidekick Korhonen looks like a solid investment in the top 20.
Guide to the Crans-sur-Sierre route
Course Golf of Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Prize money €2 million (€340,000 to the winner)
Length 6,824 yards
By 70 – three par fives; ten normal; five par three
Field 156 The cup Top 65 and ties advance to Round 3
Highest ranked players on the pitch (world ranking in brackets) Ryan Fox (48), Adrian Meronk (59), Adri Arnaus (67), Nicolai Hojgaard (99), Victor Perez (102)
Course records – 72 holes 260 Colin Montgomerie (1996) 18 holes 60Jamie Spence (1992)
Participating course winners Miguel Angel Jimenez, Richie Ramsay, Danny Willett, Sebastian Soderberg, Rasmus Hojgaard
When to bet Before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday
When to watch Live on Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm on Thursdays
Time difference Switzerland is an hour ahead of the UK and Ireland
Last week – Czech Masters 1 M Kieffer (55-1), 2 G Green (66-1), T3 L De Jager (110-1), T Pulkkanen (90-1), 5 Z Lombard (90-1), T6 J McLeod (300 -1), Mr. Schneider (75-1)
Type of course Park
Course overview The famous Crans track, reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the world, was inaugurated in 1908. An event of the European Tour has taken place there every year since 1972, except for the cancellation of Covid 2020. A redesign by Seve Ballesteros in 1999 made it more difficult, creating many runoff areas around the greens. This made approach shots difficult to hold onto putting surfaces and made chipping more difficult. The sixth and seventh are driveable par-fours where players look to take hits. The small, firm and unreceptive greens are the main problem for competitors, although they are helped by the fact that the ball flies farther than normal at elevation. Most of the fairways are tree lined and undulating. Two of the par-fives are fairly straightforward (the 14th at 552 yards and the 15th at 566 yards), but the ninth at 633 yards is less easy to conquer
Last year story Rasmus Hojgaard reached 13 under par to edge Bernd Wiesberger by one shot
Weather forecast Sunny, pleasant and quiet everywhere
Type of player adapted to the challenge The length is useful for players on the two driveable par-fours, but overall this is a course where precision from tee to green and course management are the keys to success. The honors roll is full of accurate operators like Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn (twice), Richie Ramsay and Matthew Fitzpatrick (twice)
key attribute Precision
Spotlight overview The last six European Masters have been won by an Englishman or a Scandinavian
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:25 PM, AUGUST 23, 2022