Dave Tindall makes a case for a trio of players to go well in round one at Crans-sur-Sierre...
"The Malaysian has shot in the 60s in every one of his opening rounds since the start of June, a seven-tournament sequence in which his last five Thursday scores read: 66-64-67-66-66."
Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 7 places
Weather forecast for Crans-sur-Sierre: Rain is a threat throughout the day while there are possible t-storms from 11am to 2pm which makes life tricky. Temps starts off at 52 degrees and peak at 69 around 2pm.
First-round leader history Crans-sur-Sierre:
2018 - 64 Max Kieffer (09:00)
2017 - 64 Scott Hend (08:50), Tyrrell Hatton (08:30), Miguel Angel Jimenez (08:20)
2016 - 64 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (09:30), Daniel Brooks (14:30), Gregory Havret (14:10), Paul Peterson (08:10)
2015 - 63 Gregory Havret (14:25)
2014 - 62 Richie Ramsay (13:10), Edoardo Molinari (14:10)
Strategy: If there are golden slots here, they seem to be between 08:00 and 09:00 and, for the afternoon wave, from 14:00 to 14:30. Of the 11 players listed, five were in the former and four in the latter. It's a possible angle except the weather could mess that all up! It's probably best not to let tee-times dictate and prepare for the result of this market not being known until Friday.
Green to start fast again
Whatever Gavin Green eats for breakfast on Thursdays seems to do him the world of good.
The Malaysian has shot in the 60s in every one of his opening rounds since the start of June, a seven-tournament sequence in which his last five Thursday scores read: 66-64-67-66-66.
The latest 66 came in last week's Scandinavian Masters where he closed with a 65 to finish tie for 16th.
Fresh off his lowest final lap of the season, I'm hoping he can use the momentum for yet another low one on Thursday.
There are seven each-way places up for grabs this week and Green's quick starts have seen him finish 7-1-29-10-2-6 on the end-of-R1 leaderboard.
That's lots of each-way cash and he hit the jackpot when ending as sole leader after his Thursday 64 in the Czech Masters two weeks ago.
As for this event, there are some positive vibes.
Green finished T12 on debut last year, shooting 69-69-63-72. A repeat of his Saturday score would be very nice indeed.
Take the 50/1 on the youngster, who tees off at 12:40.
Ashun should Wu FRL punters
I picked Ashun Wu in the each-way column ad I like him here too.
The Chinese golfer, who has three European Tour wins, has form of 9-6 at Crans-sur-Sierre so loves this mountain test.
He twice shot 65 last year and he has plenty of low Thursday scores on his CV too.
Around this time in 2018 he started out with a 64 to lead the KLM Open and he was fifth after R1 in two of the season-ending events (Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank).
A few months ago, Wu resided in the top five after 18 holes of his home China Open and just last week he opened 67-64 to be second at halfway in the Scandinavian Invitation.
He was also second with a round to go before a Sunday slide but that event clearly gave him some confidence and I expect him to go well at Crans again.
Have some 66/1 on the 07:50 starter.
Have a nibble on Nacho
All those first-round leaders at the top of the article had played the event before so, while there are a few debutants I considered (Victor Perez one of them), I'll go with Nacho Elvira as my final pick.
The Spaniard won a Challenge Tour event in Switzerland in 2015 and, at this venue, he finished fourth last year and T20 in 2017. This is his fifth appearance.
Twelve months ago, he posted a 66 on day one while in 2017 he took just 64 swishes on Friday so he can go low at Crans.
Elvira, who was the first-round leader at the Maybank Championship earlier this season, hasn't played since the Scottish Open which may concern some.
But it's not uncommon for players to end a break with a low opener before the rust gradually kicks in as the week goes on.
The three-figure odds make appeal and, historically, his 08:30 starting slot looks a good one.
Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)