European Masters Tips: Each-way selections for the Crans-sur-Sierre cracker

Patrick Reed is making a rare appearance on the European Tour this week
Patrick Reed is making a rare appearance on the European Tour this week

The team landed a couple of places at the Open Championship last week courtesy of Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose finishing in the top eight, continuing the fine recent form of the column. Paul Krishnamurty is absent this week but here are four to follow at this week's European Masters...

"The key stats at Crans this week will be Greens In Regulation, Scrambling and Par 4 Scoring and in-form Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger, already a winner for this column in France when selected by Mike three weeks ago, ticks all those boxes emphatically."

Steven Rawlings: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 17.016/1

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Patrick Reed @ 19.018/1

Not many golfers had a worse start than Patrick Reed at last week's Open Championship (Tiger Woods excepted). On the gentle first, Reed chunked his wedge 50 yards straight into the burn that guards the green, in the end holing a 15 foot putt for bogey. The American recovered well to finish the week in 20th, meaning he has finished in the top 25 in each of the year's first three Majors. While he's not troubled the top 10 since March, there can be no doubting Reed's class, he's one of the best scramblers on the PGA Tour and sits 14th in the Tour's par four scoring stat, both of which will hold him in good stead around Crans-sur-Sierre; he should be backed on a rare foray to the European Tour.


Joe Dyer: Back Alejandro Canizares @ 101.0100/1

The Road Hole took down Phil Mickelson just when last week's each-way pick was putting together a superb final round at St Andrews to threaten a place payout. It's back to more humdrum European Tour fare this week, but the field contains some class and that is helping to boost prices lower down the list, including my man Alejandro Canizares, available to back at 101.0100/1. The Spaniard is an all-or-nothing golfer it seems - he has missed seven cuts this season but also picked up a few hefty cheques thanks to some high finishes including three top 10s. The two-time European Tour winner brings the same boom and bust record to Crans, he has a fourth, ninth and 11th in the bag from his appearances at the Swiss venue but also four early departures. That inconsistency is factored into the price but his best performance in this tournament came after a similarly poor run, and for a golfer with a feel for the course I'm happy to take a chance at a three figure price.


Steven Rawlings: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 17.016/1

The key stats at Crans this week will be Greens In Regulation, Scrambling and Par 4 Scoring and in-form Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger, already a winner for this column in France when selected by Mike three weeks ago, ticks all those boxes emphatically. He ranked 3rd for GIR at the Open last week and he ranked 2nd when he won in Paris, where he also ranked 3rd for Scrambling. And only Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler have a better Par 4 Scoring Average than Bernd over the last 12 months on the European Tour. It's unusual for me to go with a short-priced selection but given the statistical fit, his current form, and the fact that in his last two visits to this spectacular venue he's finished 6th and 13th, I thought he made for a very solid each-way proposition and 16/1 is more than fair.


Mike Norman: Back Tyrrell Hatton @ 51.050/1

One thing is certain at Crans-sur-Sierre and that is that birdies will be made, lots of them, and to be in the mix on Sunday you'll need to be well into double figures under par. During his excellent first full season on Tour last year Tyrrell Hatton often went on glorious birdie runs to put him into contention so there is no worry whatsoever about this young Englishman having the ability to go low. He put in one of his best performances of 2014 at this very tournament in fact, finishing third just one shot shy of the winner. In recent weeks he's found some form too, recording a top five finish at the Irish Open while a T12 in France and a top 25 in Scotland were also steps in the right direction. I'm expecting him to go close once again in the Swiss mountains.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£557.40

- The Open, Justin Rose @ 23/1 - PLACE (Ralph)
- The Open, Louis Oosthuizen @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- Scottish Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 125/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan G)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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