Omega European Masters Tips: Five each-way bets for the Crans-sur-Sierre special

There's no course quite like Crans...

The each-way column picked up a bit of place money last week when Joe Dyer's pick John Senden occupied tied-fifth at the Deutsche Bank Championship. We return to European shores this week with a tilt at the Omega European Masters which is played at the unbelievably picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre...

"There was a time when David Howell was widely regarded as the best putter on the planet and he looked like the Howeller of old at the Open D'Italia on Sunday as he rolled in birdie after birdie on his way to a closing 63 to finish second."

Steven Rawlings: Back David Howell @ 67.066/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 101.0100/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in the top 30 in his first two professional starts on the European tour earlier this year before taking a step back and putting in the hours on the Challenge Tour, where he made four cuts out of four with a best finish of tied eighth. The former world amateur number one turned 20 on Monday and is celebrating his birthday back on the European tour this week in Crans Montana. Crans-sur-Sierre is a course where accuracy and short game are of key importance, two qualities that saw Fitzpatrick become the first Englishman to lift the US Amateur title since 1911, a title 2012 Omega European Masters Champion Richie Ramsay won in 2006.

Joe Dyer: Back Soren Kjeldsen @ 81.080/1

This three-time European Tour winner has looked to be a golfer in a funk for the last year or so, but recent results suggest he may have found a way back to best form. A third place last time out at the Czech Masters was his best result since the 2013 Wales Open and his first top 10 of the year. That result didn't come out of the blue, however, with a 15th at the Made In Denmark suggesting a return to form. Kjeldsen has always been a tight and tidy player with a lovely touch on and around the greens - attributes that should serve him well at Crans, a venue where he has a best finish of fourth, achieved in 2006.

Steven Rawlings: Back David Howell @ 67.066/1

There was a time when David Howell was widely regarded as the best putter on the planet and he looked like the Howeller of old at the Open D'Italia on Sunday as he rolled in birdie after birdie on his way to a closing 63 to finish second. The Englishman spent a number of years in the doldrums after reaching the top-ten in the world in 2006 but around this time last year he sparked into life and won his fifth European Tour event at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Howell has never really shone here, but he does have a couple of top-eight finishes to his name and he's finished inside the top-30 in each of the last two years, despite entering the week in poor form. He finished 15th in the Open Championship recently too, so Sunday's effort was no flash in the pan and he could go really well again this week at a sporting price.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Danny Willett @ 29.028/1

Though widely recognised as an excellent prospect since appearing on the European Tour six years ago, this has easily been Danny Willett's most progressive season and a second title looks overdue. His only missed cut since last October came at the Open Championship and, besides an impressively consistent spell in Europe, he particularly caught the eye when showing up for three rounds at the PGA Championship. With nine top-20 finishes in 2014, Danny looks bound to give each-way backers a run for at least some place money and his record at Crans bodes well. He's made all five cuts here and finished second in 2012, when a markedly less experienced and generally inferior player.

Mike Norman: Back Robert Karlsson @ 29.028/1

Few European players were in better form than Robert Karlsson throughout the summer months. The resurgent Swede finished in the top 10 on three separate occasions from a sixth at the Nordea Masters through to an eighth at the Scottish Open. It's been a quiet schedule since for Karlsson who played just the Open and US PGA following his high finish at Royal Aberdeen. An ace putter, Crans clearly suits my selection who won the tournament in 2002, and has only missed one cut in the four appearances since that victory.  

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£556.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£90.00
3. Steve Rawlings: -£56.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£136.25
5. Mike Norman: -£238.75

Overall: +£195.50

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