European Masters betting tips: Stenson has the game for Alps test
Odds and preview for Thursday’s four-day tournament
The European Tour heads to Switzerland this week for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC and we look at the odds to find some European Masters betting tips.
The event experienced its first cancellation since the Second World War in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But 2019 champion Sebastian Soderberg is back to defend his title at the picturesque Severiano Ballesteros course in Crans Montana amid the heart of the Swiss Alps.
It is a short and tricky par-70, 6,848-yards course with small, upturned-saucer greens and it is rare for a Crans winner to struggle from tee to green.
Course form is valuable here, as is current form, with seven of the last 11 winners arriving on the back of a top-10 finish in their previous start.
That includes Soderberg, who had a T5 finish at the Scandinavian Invitation prior to winning a five-man play-off here against Lorenzo Gagli, Rory McIlroy, Kalle Samooja and Andres Romero.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is the most successful golfer in Austrian history and will fancy his chances.
The 35-year-old eight-time European tour winner, successful in Denmark at the Made in HimmerLand tournament in May, was subsequently T5 at the BMW International Open and a fair T21 last time at the Cazoo Classic.
Wiesberger is one of the front-runners on the European Masters betting tips list at odds of 20/1.
South African Dean Burmester has been in good form this summer, with a victory at the Tenerife Open and top-10 finishes in the Kenya Open and British Masters.
He is long off the tee but that is not a necessity at this course. A sixth-place finish at the Czech Masters means he garners respect at 30/1.
Martin Kaymer (pictured below) plays this event for the fourth time, having narrowly missed out 10 years ago behind Thomas Bjorn.
The German was sixth here in 2016 and has placed third at the Austrian Open and second at the BMW International in recent months.
Kaymer is a 35/1 chance on the European Masters betting tips list.
At larger odds
Olympic medallist and British Open winner Henrik Stenson was T4 at the Czech Masters and his short-iron game is tailored for this course. Stenson will be high on the potential winner’s list at 45/1.
Jamie Donaldson came close to winning here in 2011, the first of three top-10 finishes in a four-year run, while he also has four further top-25s to confirm his liking for Crans.
His T3 at the Cazoo Open bodes well and is a 50/1 chance.
Hong Kong Open form correlates well at this course.
Paul Peterson, who is always one of the most accurate drivers on the European Tour, enters the equation at odds of 80/1 on the strength of his runner-up effort in Hong Kong and his T4 at the Czech Masters.
Admittedly, Romain Langasque has been hard to catch right.
The Frenchman, seventh here in 2016, has seen many of his best efforts come at altitude, including runner-up finishes in both Nairobi and Johannesburg.
The 2020 ISPS HANDA Wales Open winner comes under consideration at 100/1.
Matt Fitzpatrick became the first man since Seve Ballesteros to successfully defend his Omega European Masters title in 2018 and Soderberg has a chance to repeat the feat.
After having a tough start to 2021, off the back of an extended summer break following four missed cuts, the Swede shot a superb 64 on the second day of the Czech Masters last weekend.
While he finished with disappointing rounds of 73 and 74 to finish T17 at seven-under, eight shots behind winner Johannes Veerman, Soderberg will have his supporters at odds of 125/1.
Oliver Fisher has produced rounds of 63, 64 and 65 here in the past.
His T12 at the Czech Open and T18 at the Cazoo Welsh Open showed his game is coming together and his odds are 300/1 on the European Masters betting tips list.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publication