Omega European Masters Tips: Each-way selections for the Swiss sizzler

Three-time European Tour winner Jamie Donaldson is Joe's e/w selection this week
Three-time European Tour winner Jamie Donaldson is Joe's e/w selection this week

The team landed another place pay-out last week when Eddie Pepperell tied for fifth in the Czech Masters, and with seven places on offer in Switzerland this week hopes are high for more returns come Sunday afternoon...

- Dan Geraghty: Back Romain Langasque @ 150/1
- Paul Krishnamurty: Back Renato Paratore @ 80/1
- Steve Rawlings: Back Richie Ramsay @ 33/1
- Joe Dyer: Back Jamie Donaldson @ 50/1
- Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 28/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places

Dan Geraghty: Back Romain Langasque @ 150/1

After an incredibly consistent Challenge Tour campaign last year, Romain Langasque has understandably found his European Tour rookie season a much tougher prospect. The Frenchman has missed 11 cuts this year, including his last four, but I know the state of his game is not without hope - he was one of only eight players to shoot a round in the 60's on Friday in the Czech Republic last week, foiling what I thought was a three-ball penalty kick for Zander Lombard. The Omega European Masters was one of only three European Tour events Langasque played last season and he was a very encouraging seventh; with that experience in the bank he looks worth an each way dart this week at a big price.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Renato Paratore @ 80/1

Previous course form is always a big plus around Crans' quirky layout so, in that context, Paratore's seventh and 24th placed finishes in the past two renewals read well. Given that he's been around for a few years now, popping up in contention intermittently, it is easy to forget that the Italian is still only 20. It has been no surprise to see him making significant progress this term and there is plenty more to come. I'm not worried about a few disappointing recent results as he's generally been very highly tried - at links venues where he had no pedigree and particularly in the States at the Bridgestone. In contrast, an average standard event in Central Europe should be perfect and, with seven places on offer, these big odds make plenty of appeal.

Steve Rawlings: Back Richie Ramsay @ 33/1

As highlighted in the preview, course specialists do well at this quirky short track so I'm more than happy to play the 2012 winner, Richie Ramsay at 33/1, who arrives in Crans in fairly good form. He was knocked out of the Paul Lawrie Match Play in the opening round last time out but he did little wrong and that can be readily dismissed. Prior to that disappointment, he'd finished runner-up at the Irish Open, 34th in the Scottish Open, a very respectable 22nd in the Open and eighth at the European Open in Germany, so his game's been in good shape. In addition to his victory here here years ago, he led after the first two days in 2014, after opening up with rounds of 62 and 66, before a poor weekend saw him finish eighth so he clearly loves the venue.

Joe Dyer: Back Jamie Donaldson @ 50/1

I've been keeping a watchful eye on Jamie Donaldson for a few weeks now, keen to back him at some point and that time has come! To my eye, the 50/1 available on the Betfair Sportsbook is on the generous side given we have a Ryder Cup golfer with three top-10s on the course. As most golf fans know, the game has not treated Donaldson too well since making the biggest event in team golf but 2017 looks to have brought about something of a comeback and the Welshman has twice finished in the top 20 since his best result of the campaign - a tie for seventh at the Nordea Masters in June. A three-time European Tour winner - the last of which came in that Ryder Cup year - there's every chance of him adding to that tally back at a course where he enjoyed a handful of notable results.

Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 28/1

I'm stating the obvious when I say that Lee Westwood is not the world class golfer that he was at various stages in his career but he's no back number by any means and has an excellent chance of getting back amongst the winners in Switzerland this week. Crans-sur-Sierre has long been a venue where experienced veterans have done well - Miguel Angel Jimenez for example - as length off the tee is largely irrelevant. Ball striking, accuracy, and converting birdie chances are key here, and Westwood is still one of the best in two of those disciplines. Of course, his putting will always be a concern, but if on his game he is still capable of going very low even when missing a few golden opportunities, as he proved when shooting a 63 here 12 months ago. The 44-year-old admits to loving this venue - he's a former winner here - and has three top-six finishes to his name from his last five visits, so coming in on the back of a top-10 finish last week I just can't envisage him not being in contention come Sunday afternoon.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£226.84

- Czech Masters, Eddie Pepperell @ 50/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Made In Denmark, Chris Paisley @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- European Open, Zander Lombard @ 150/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- The Open, Brooks Koepka @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dan Geraghty)
- The Open, Marc Leishman @ 55/1 - PLACE (Andy O'Rourke)
- Scottish Open, Anthony Wall @ 200/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Open, Brooks Koepka @ 40/1 - WIN (Dave Tindall)
- Lyoness Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Lyoness Open, Mikko Korhonen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Chris Wood @ 33/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 - WIN (Dan)
- Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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