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Omega European Masters 2019: Course and current form stats ahead of Crans-sur-Sierre

Omega European Masters 2019, Crans-sur-Sierre
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Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's event in the Swiss Alps, where in-form Matthew Fitzpatrick is chasing a hat-trick of titles...

"Danny Willett appears to be slowly returning to form and will relish the opportunity to compete at a venue where he has finished first and second in the past. The 31-year-old posted top-12 finishes in the final two majors of 2019."

Week three of the European Tour's journey around its home continent brings the players to Switzerland for the Omega European Masters.

As ever, this long-standing event will be staged at Crans-sur-Sierre, surely the most picturesque and photogenic course on the Tour schedule.

Situated in the Swiss Alps, around 150km west of Geneva and a similar distance south of Berne, Crans-sur-Sierre has been on the rota every year since the birth of the European Tour in 1972, when total prize money for the event was approximately £15k.

Hat-Trick Hunter

Teeing-off in Thursday's opening round will be Matthew Fitzpatrick who is chasing a third successive victory in the tournament.

Both successes came after play-offs, and in 2015 he finished runner-up to fellow Yorkshireman Danny Willett who edged out Fitzpatrick by a single shot.

The Englishman arrives at Crans in good form too, following his runner-up finish at last week's Scandinavian Invitation in Gothenburg.

And if Fitzpatrick were to complete a hat-trick of victories at Crans, he would do so on his 25th birthday this coming Sunday.

However, Fitzpatrick will come face-to-face with one of the event's strongest fields in years.

Atlantic Crossing

Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood fly in from the States, having contested the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

McIlroy will certainly be on a high, following his victory at East Lake on Sunday, his third PGA Tour title of 2019.

The 30-year-old will be making his first Crans start since 2011. His three previous appearances all yielded top-seven finishes.

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Fleetwood, meanwhile, the world No 13 has performed pretty solidly all year but is without a victory for 19 months.

Another English pro, Willett, appears to be slowly returning to form and will relish the opportunity to compete at a venue where he has finished first and second in the past. The 31-year-old posted top-12 finishes in the final two majors of 2019.

European Haven

As many as 13 of the last 15 winners of this tournament have been Europeans, and three such golfers in good current form are Bernd Wiesberger, Andrea Pavan and Thomas Pieters.

Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood are both former champions at Crans, the latter as long ago as 1999.

Crans The Course

Opened in 1908, Crans-sur-Sierre has been hosting professional tournaments for more than 70 years.

Renovated twice, most recently by the late Seve Ballesteros in 1999, the course sits more than 4,000 feet above sea level, so the ball travels around 10% further than normal through this rarefied air.

Because of this, Crans-sur-Sierre is one of the shorter venues on Tour and since 1992 the winning 72-hole total has only once been higher than 270.

With its reasonably small putting surfaces, and steep surrounding slopes, much of the emphasis at Crans is on accuracy.

The tree-lined fairways have many severe slopes - both uphill and downhill - while over the past decade the number of water hazards on the course has increased to six.

These all exist on the back nine, with three being added during the winter of 2012-13.

The key to success at Crans is to hit plenty of greens in regulation, and have a pretty solid scrambling game too.

It's important to avoid the many damaging slopes which can take the ball into tricky spots, sometimes oblivion, if the drive is a little wayward.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25
Rory McIlroy 1 19 6 4 MC 34
Tommy Fleetwood 13 11 43 4 2 23 13
Matt Wallace 27 51 14 55 3
Matthew Fitzpatrick 2 4 20 14 MC 2
Bernd Wiesberger 30 32 1 2 16
Sergio Garcia MC 40 67 7 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 51 71 43 4
Alex Noren 40 60 12 11 26
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 51 16 MC MC
Lee Westwood MC 4 55 23 10
Danny Willett 24 48 6 MC
Rory Sabbatini 16 43 6 16 MC 3
Jorge Campillo MC MC* 7 15
Andrea Pavan 16 3 25 MC 4 MC MC 1
Thomas Pieters 1 67 20 MC
Erik Van Rooyen 1 5 20 14 MC 16
Joost Luiten 29 32 MC MC 20 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 41 2 55 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 28 9 2
Robert MacIntyre MC 23 6 MC 41 49
Ryan Fox 16 MC MC
Adri Arnaus MC 2 MC 15 2 MC
Mikko Korhonen 39 63 48 39 MC
Romain Langasque MC 63 3 MC MC
Troy Merritt 43 12 MC 2 MC MC 7 MC MC*
Guido Migliozzi 28 MC MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Andy Sullivan 20 MC 28 2 13 26
Kurt Kitayama MC 43 MC MC 21
Alexander Bjork 20 23 MC 62 50
Marcus Kinhult 20 48 61 MC
Julian Suri MC MC 55 MC 15 MC
Jordan Smith MC MC MC 3
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68 MC 34 MC 1 3
Oliver Wilson MC* MC 69 19 70 26
Lucas Herbert MC 62 55 49
Thomas Detry 20 43 23 8 MC
Aaron Rai 29 39 12 MC MC MC
Richard Sterne MC MC 34 26
Ross Fisher MC MC MC MC
Sean Crocker Wd 55 MC 26 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 40 18 55 46 39 44
Victor Perez 10 28 61 26
Alexander Levy 5 18 MC MC MC MC
Chris Paisley MC 34 41 37 MC
Brandon Stone MC* MC MC 34 34 MC
Nacho Elvira 48 MC MC
Scott Hend 71 MC MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener 20 30 MC MC 26 26
Sam Horsfield 10 3 MC MC 21
Jake McLeod MC MC MC MC
Chris Wood 53 MC MC MC
Matthias Schwab 5 MC MC MC 3
Gaganjeet Bhullar 53 MC MC MC 13 62
Paul Dunne MC 23 MC MC MC MC
Dean Burmester 3 58 33 MC* MC 39
Pablo Larrazabal 72 MC 26 67
Gavin Green 16 58 MC 9 8 37
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 2 3
Joachim B Hansen 16 30 MC MC MC 20
Fabrizio Zanotti 55 MC 26 60
Darren Fichardt MC 30 48 MC MC
Louis De Jager MC MC 18 68 MC MC
Andrew Johnston 10 MC 4 MC 59 34
Sihwan Kim 5 51 26 21
David Law MC MC MC MC 39 37
Grant Forrest MC 43 14 37 MC
Zander Lombard 16 11 MC MC 9 MC MC
Scott Jamieson MC 39 26 MC 15 MC
Kalle Samooja 47 51 20 MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 47 MC MC MC MC MC
Wade Ormsby 5 MC 19 56
Ashun Wu 20 MC MC MC 37
Jack Singh Brar 37 14 62 50 15 MC
David Drysdale MC* MC MC 66
Kim Koivu MC 11 Wd MC 59 16
Matthew Southgate 10 30 MC MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 29 MC MC MC 39
Edoardo Molinari MC* 14 34 9 26 3
Sebastian Soderberg 5 MC MC 41 Wd 14
Anton Karlsson MC* MC MC 46 46 53
Padraig Harrington 58 MC MC MC MC 50 MC
Min Woo Lee MC* 23
Nicolas Colsaerts 53 58 69 MC 20 MC
Liam Johnston MC 5 MC 64 MC MC
Nino Bertasio Wd MC 72 4 27 53 MC
Joakim Lagergren 10 MC 31 59 21
Lee Slattery 40 39 9 27 MC MC
Clement Sordet MC 55 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 39 MC MC 46 MC
Hideto Tanihara MC 62 MC 8 MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC 64 MC 62
Niklas Lemke 20 MC MC 34 64 53
Victor Dubuisson Wd 39 MC MC 20 MC
Ashley Chesters MC 18 MC* MC 46 21
Justin Walters 59 58 MC MC 26 MC
Matthieu Pavon 10 MC MC MC 23 10
Oliver Fisher MC 51 48 34 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC 58 34 MC MC MC
Renato Paratore 20 39 28 MC MC 68
Haydn Porteous 29 11 9 34 MC MC 26
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 59 23 MC* 19 MC MC
Hyo Won Park 66 MC MC* 46 71 MC
Yusaku Miyazato MC MC MC MC MC
Dave Horsey MC 34 MC 26 26
Stuart Manley MC 67 55 MC 46 MC
Hugo Leon MC 5 18 39 53
Lorenzo Gagli 40 MC 14 55 69 MC
Romain Wattel MC 14 20 MC MC MC
Luke Donald MC 56 46
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 67 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 23 MC 34 MC
Bradley Dredge 47 39 62 50 56 MC
Trevor Immelman MC* MC
Max Schmitt 72 MC 16 48 41 MC 53
Robert Karlsson MC 10 MC 27 MC MC
Jens Dantorp 40 MC 69 MC MC 37
Jaco Van Zyl 2 MC MC 44
Steven Brown MC MC MC MC 15 34
Tom Murray MC 51 30 MC MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 58 Wd MC 8 MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC 14 MC MC 23 MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan 47 MC 11 MC MC MC
Benjamin Rusch 61 10
Joel Girrbach MC MC MC 36 MC MC MC 53
Andres Romero MC 51 MC MC 23 39 49
Alejandro Canizares 40 MC 31 53 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC* MC MC MC 46 MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC* 48 MC MC MC 44
Ben Evans 66 18 62 MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC 2 MC
Jamie Donaldson 5 MC 9 MC MC MC
Deyen Lawson 53 MC MC MC
Nick Cullen MC* MC MC
Marc Warren MC MC MC MC MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 59 23 MC 34 8 MC Wd
David Borda MC MC MC MC MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 40 MC MC MC
Adrien Saddier 74 MC MC 60 59 MC
Sam Brazel MC MC MC 50 MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 59 MC 47 39 8 MC
Espen Kofstad 48 64 26
Daniel Gavins Wd 18 MC 28 54 46 MC
Per Langfors 53 MC MC MC MC
James Morrison 29 30 MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC 53
Brett Rumford 73 MC MC
Gregory Molteni
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC MC 67 14
Raphael De Sousa 32 33 36 38 42 MC 4
Mathias Eggenberger MC MC MC
David Howell MC 30 MC MC MC 44
Wilco Nienaber 51 MC* MC 11
Scott Gregory MC MC MC MC 30 MC MC
Nicola Gerhardsen
Loris Schupbach
Alessandro Noseda
Giovanni Manzoni
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra MC
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Rory McIlroy 3 7
Tommy Fleetwood MC 49 MC 5 9 19
Matt Wallace 51 70
Matthew Fitzpatrick 1 1 7 2 MC
Bernd Wiesberger MC 41 31 13 6 MC
Sergio Garcia 6
Eddie Pepperell MC MC
Alex Noren 6 1 27 9 MC 1
Lucas Bjerregaard 2 9 49 MC
Lee Westwood 12 54 4 37 6 23
Danny Willett 59 MC 12 1 5 26 2 25 42 23
Rory Sabbatini
Jorge Campillo 55 MC MC MC MC 41
Andrea Pavan MC MC
Thomas Pieters MC 60 MC
Erik Van Rooyen 35
Joost Luiten 30 44 27 15 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 23 49 36 MC 61
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 3 30 12 Ret 19
Robert MacIntyre
Ryan Fox 30 9
Adri Arnaus
Mikko Korhonen 45 MC 24 34
Romain Langasque MC 7 MC
Troy Merritt
Guido Migliozzi
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 58 53 40
Andy Sullivan 30 MC MC
Kurt Kitayama
Alexander Bjork Wd 16
Marcus Kinhult 56 10
Julian Suri 20
Jordan Smith MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 23
Oliver Wilson 58 MC MC 5 23
Lucas Herbert
Thomas Detry MC MC
Aaron Rai MC
Richard Sterne 43 9 49 13 41
Ross Fisher 59 MC 58 MC MC 5 64
Sean Crocker 54
Masahiro Kawamura MC 76 63 MC
Victor Perez
Alexander Levy 56 MC 18 MC MC MC
Chris Paisley MC MC 44 MC
Brandon Stone MC
Nacho Elvira 4 20 MC 59
Scott Hend 45 2 2 MC 26 55 MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener MC 74 MC
Sam Horsfield MC
Jake McLeod
Chris Wood 23 MC 49 MC Ret MC 15 32
Matthias Schwab MC 50
Gaganjeet Bhullar Ret MC 62 MC 65 MC MC
Paul Dunne MC 70 MC
Dean Burmester MC 30
Pablo Larrazabal 16 65 7 MC MC MC 48 MC MC
Gavin Green 12
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 71 MC MC
Joachim B Hansen 18 47
Fabrizio Zanotti 16 3 24 MC MC MC 41 45 MC MC
Darren Fichardt 8 6 41 MC MC Dq 19
Louis De Jager
Andrew Johnston 35 3 MC
Sihwan Kim 66
David Law
Grant Forrest
Zander Lombard MC
Scott Jamieson 35 MC MC 31 36 MC MC
Kalle Samooja
Stephen Gallacher 23 20 41 9 34 18
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC 47 MC
Ashun Wu 6 9
Jack Singh Brar
David Drysdale 30 52 12 48 61 MC 34 MC 32 56
Kim Koivu MC
Matthew Southgate 30 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 12 MC 54 MC 32 MC
Edoardo Molinari 51 MC 65 53 13 12 2 14
Sebastian Soderberg
Anton Karlsson
Padraig Harrington 73 41
Min Woo Lee
Nicolas Colsaerts 23 24 MC 13 23
Liam Johnston
Nino Bertasio 16 44 29 38
Joakim Lagergren MC 49 MC
Lee Slattery 51 6 MC MC 9 MC 14 MC
Clement Sordet MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Hideto Tanihara 6
Richard McEvoy 16 15 64 MC MC
Niklas Lemke 56
Victor Dubuisson MC MC 29 3 49 MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Justin Walters 35 65 80 MC
Matthieu Pavon 59 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 12 MC 49 19 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC 30 58 10 8 MC 1 34 MC MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 7 24 MC
Haydn Porteous 16 37 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 49 76 18 Ret
Hyo Won Park
Yusaku Miyazato MC
Dave Horsey 23 30 66 MC MC MC MC 60
Stuart Manley MC
Hugo Leon
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 34 MC
Romain Wattel 43 65 41 MC 9 MC 2
Luke Donald 70
Thongchai Jaidee MC 9 29 50 9 35 51 5
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Bradley Dredge MC MC MC 50 61 MC MC MC 2
Trevor Immelman MC
Max Schmitt
Robert Karlsson 66 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC
Jaco Van Zyl 59 MC 22 14 3
Steven Brown MC
Tom Murray MC
Thomas Bjorn Ret 40 1 MC 1 15 MC
Kristoffer Reitan
Pedro Figueiredo
Gavin Moynihan
Benjamin Rusch MC MC MC 76 MC
Joel Girrbach MC MC MC MC
Andres Romero 45 9 42
Alejandro Canizares MC 24 16 4 MC 9 54 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 12 MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC 20 MC
Ben Evans MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 65 12 7 40 71 58 MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva 44 58 MC MC 57
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 24 7 MC 9 3 23
Deyen Lawson
Nick Cullen
Marc Warren MC MC MC 13 MC 55 MC 9 MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
David Borda
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Adrien Saddier 65 25 55
Sam Brazel MC 54 MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Espen Kofstad MC
Daniel Gavins
Per Langfors
James Morrison 56 37 18 25 MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 70 24 MC 5 11 9 1 4
SSP Chawrasia 45 MC MC 24 MC MC 41 MC MC MC
Brett Rumford MC 54 77 13 15 19 65 13 32
Gregory Molteni
Filippo Bergamaschi
Raphael De Sousa MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Mathias Eggenberger MC 41 MC
David Howell MC 29 16 47 26 27 Dq MC 7
Wilco Nienaber
Scott Gregory
Nicola Gerhardsen MC
Loris Schupbach MC
Alessandro Noseda
Giovanni Manzoni
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

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