Omega European Masters Tips: Five to follow high up in the Swiss Alps

golfer Alexander Bjork
Alexander Bjork catches Mike's eye this week

Alex Levy landed some welcome place money for the each-way column last week and the team recommend backing the following at Crans-sue-Sierre this time out

"Scrambling is Beef’s bread and butter and there's just enough meat on the bones of the 60/1 - with eight places paid - to tempt me in to n each-way nibble."

EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 8 Places

Dave Tindall: Back Ashun Wu @ 80/1

One of the fantasy stats sites has a feature called 'Anti-Bias' mode which lists players not by their actual name but by a made-up moniker (they actually use musicians). It means we judge them on their numbers rather than who they are and it's that line of thinking that takes me to Ashun Wu this week. The Chinese golfer has played this event just twice, finishing ninth on debut two years ago and improving to sixth last year thanks to twin 65s in his middle two rounds. Last week he finished tied 20th in the Scandinavian Masters after starting the second and third rounds in second place while he's posted a European Tour win in three of the last four seasons. Those are impressive credentials and yet, because he's not some highly-touted young European (Wu is 34), we can get 80/1. That will do for me in an event which throws up course specialists.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Marcus Kinhult @ 90/1

Crans-sur-Sierre is a quirky track where past form invariably holds up and it usually produces a classy leaderboard. With an eye on his tenth place way back in 2015 (before he'd even played the Challenge Tour, let alone qualified for this level), Marcus Kinhult makes plenty of each-way appeal. During his short career at this level, the Swede has produced his best golf in such events - challenging in the 2018 Open de France, staying on brilliantly on his Wentworth debut in the BMW Championship the same year, or winning this year's British Masters. We could hardly ask for a better form signal either, than shooting 66/64 over the weekend in Gothenburg.

Steve Rawlings: Back Matthias Schwab @ 80/1

Promising Austrian, Mattias Schwab, is making his third visit to Crans this week and he doesn't have sparkling form here yet. He finished 50th on debut in 2015 and he missed the cut last year but it's a venue that really should suit him given accurate iron-play is his forte. He's been a frustrating player to follow of late and it's hard to know what to expect. He finished inside the top-ten in both Morocco and Denmark earlier in the year and after his third place in Germany in June, his maiden victory looked like it might happen sooner rather than later but he followed that effort with three straight missed cuts before a fifth place finish in the Czech Republic last time out.

Joe Dyer: Back Andrew Johnston @ 60/1

It's not often that Andrew 'Beef' Johnston looks an acceptable price but I'll take the chance this week. He's only had a few looks at the course but a third in 2016 shows he can play it pretty well and 10th last week, following a long layoff, suggests he might be somewhere near that level of play. Scrambling is Beef's bread and butter and there's just enough meat on the bones of the 60/1 - with eight places paid - to tempt me in to n each-way nibble.

Mike Norman: Back Alexander Bjork @ 66/1

As Steve Rawlings points out this has not been the summer Alexander Bjork was hoping for but there are signs of life in his game and at mega odds, this classy performer is definitely worth a try. Short game skills will be key this week and that is undoubtedly this young Swede's strength. There's a nice tick in the course form book thanks to his 16th place in 2018 and recent results are encouraging with last week's 20th coming after a tie for 23rd the week before.

2019 Season P/L to date: -£288.80

- Scandinavian Invitational, Alex Levy @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)

*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75

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