This week we find ourselves in Switzerland at the Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Club for the Omega European Masters. It is a Par 71 course measuring 6881 yards. The course is 5000 feet above sea level with amazing alpine scenery.
The bookies Top 5 in betting are- 20/1 Joost Luiten, 20/1 Paul Casey, 22/1 Matteo Manassero, 25/1 Richard Sterne and 25/1 Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Two players stand out this week.
Peter Uihlein 40/1
After starting the year ranked No.392 in the World, Peter finally cracked the Top 100 last week when he finished 2nd in the Wales Open. It was a great week as he also celebrated his 24th birthday.
That confidence should see him play well this week. After 20 starts this season Uihlein has seven Top 10’s which also includes a victory at the Madeira Island Open. Other results include 4th Tshwane Open, T6th Puerto Rico Open, T8th Open de Espana, T10th BMW International and T10th Scottish Open.
Stats wise he is ranked 20th in putts per GIR, 4th in driving average and 6th in stroke average.
Last weeks break into the Top 100 will have Peter setting his sights on a few new goals. Expect to see him go on with it this week and show why he has done the right thing in playing on the European Tour before heading home to have a crack at the PGA Tour.
Brett Rumford 28/1
Brett is another player having a great year on tour. He has rocked up the world rankings from No.225 to No.78. From 18 starts he has had eight Top 15’s, five Top 10’s and 2 wins!
This will be Rumford’s 14 start in this tournament and he has only missed the two cuts. He won here in 2007 and was 19th last year.
If it comes down to putting stats this week then you can not go past him. He is ranked 1st in putts per round and 6th in putts per GIR. He is also ranked 2nd in scrambling and 7th in the Race to Dubai.
Heading into this week you have a player coming off a T8th finish, who has two victories this season and enjoys the course where he won in 2007 and had a Top 20 last year. If you put that all together you have a player who should be up there on the leader board heading into the weekend. The current available odds represent a great each way selection.
Good luck and good punting.