Omega European Masters 2021: Course and current form stats for the trip to Crans-sur-Sierre

No course has held as many European Tour events as Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.
Crans-sur-Sierre: Some stunning views to be enjoyed this week in Switzerland

We're off to the Swiss Alps for this week's European Tour event at Crans-Montana. Words and form stats are supplied by Andy Swales...

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

One of the longest-running tournaments on the European Tour schedule takes place in Switzerland this week, following a one-year absence due to Covid.

The Omega European Masters, which was formerly called the Swiss Open, has been running for more than 90 years, and has crowned many great golfers down the decades.

Major winners such as Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam have all triumphed at Crans-sur-Sierre, which has hosted this tournament since 1939.

The Swiss Open title itself goes back even further to 1923, with Crans-sur-Sierre enjoying the honour as the most visited venue in European Tour history.

Dramatic views

Located in the Swiss Alps, around 120 miles east of Geneva and a similar distance south of Berne, Crans-sur-Sierre is one of the most photogenic courses in professional golf.

It was opened in 1908, and has been renovated twice, most recently by the late Seve Ballesteros 22 years ago.

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 2009 the average winning 72-hole total here is 264.1.

This converts to more than 17 under par (the total par was reduced from 71 to 70 in 2014).

Latest betting for Crans-sur-Sierre

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 dozen years 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.

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

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

On the tee

Compared to the majority of European Tour events post-lockdown, this week's field is certainly better than most, even if it's nowhere near as strong as in previous years.

If accuracy from tee-to-green is going to be especially important this week then players such as Martin Kaymer could rise to the top in the Alps.

The 36-year-old German and two-time major winner hasn't triumphed since the 2014 US Open, but has stood on the podium nine-times since then.

He's performed well in central Europe this season, posting a brace of top-three finishes in Germany and Austria. He also finished second at Crans-sur-Sierre 10 years ago next month.

Continuing on the theme of accuracy, then Sam Horsfield, Bernd Wiesberger and Sean Crocker appear to have the tools to perform well this weekend.

All three are inside the top 10 for each of the following three European Tour categories Greens in Regulation; Strokes Gained: Tee To Green; and Strokes Gained: Approach.

Crocker was tied-for-second in Prague on Sunday, while Wiesberger tasted victory in Denmark back in May.

Horsfield, meanwhile, has shown plenty of consistency this year, with five top-10s from his last 14 European Tour starts.

Justin Harding returns to action following a break of four weeks. The South African has been in good form this season, and in his most recent two outings posted finishes of second and seventh.

Harding is yet to compete at Crans, although a lack of course experience didn't prevent Sebastian Soderberg from winning on his tournament debut two years ago.

Uncertain starter

One golfer whose participation is in doubt is Erik Van Rooyen. The South African is currently involved in the weather-delayed Northern Trust in New Jersey.

After 54 holes at Liberty National, he is just one stroke off the pace and looks well placed to qualify for the second play-off event on the PGA Tour.

And even if he doesn't, will Van Rooyen be able to dash back across the Atlantic in time to tee-up in Switzerland?

As yet, his name is still among the entries for Crans-sur-Sierre.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Get a £5 Free Bet on Multiples - Every Day!

Place £20 worth of Multiples or Bet Builders over the course of a day, and, after the bets have settled, you'll get a free £5 bet to use on Multiples or Bet Builders. Bets must settle before 23:59 on the day they're placed. No opt-in required, T&Cs apply.

Last 10 Weeks / Crans-sur-Sierre (2010-19)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25
Victor Perez 13 61 MC 59 MC
Min Woo Lee 62 MC 1 17 42
Guido Migliozzi 32 MC 35 13 4
Bernd Wiesberger 21 59 26 5 MC
Thomas Detry 22 MC 2 MC MC
Erik Van Rooyen 37 1 58 MC MC
Martin Kaymer MC MC 41 2 26
Andy Sullivan 13 48 MC* 26 MC 12 5
Justin Harding 7 2 19 MC 23 5
Richard Bland 3 67 15 4 50
Antoine Rozner 45 59 65 33 55
Daniel Van Tonder 45 21 MC MC 40 MC MC 12
Calum Hill 1 4 MC* 62 MC* MC 17
Sam Horsfield 23 6 67 MC Wd 5
John Catlin 51 7 32 MC MC 41 MC
Dean Burmester 6 40 35 MC 70
Johannes Veerman 1 46 8 3 MC MC
Rory Sabbatini 33 10 2 MC MC MC
George Coetzee MC 1 26 MC
Brandon Stone 12 MC MC 75 MC MC
Thomas Pieters 54 16 35 12 29
Rasmus Hojgaard 3 38 MC 41 17
Kalle Samooja 8 45 MC MC
Danny Willett MC 33 MC 67
Marcus Armitage 38 30 53 54 41 MC
Sean Crocker 2 MC MC 9 29
Sami Valimaki MC 44 27 MC* MC
Masahiro Kawamura 55 16 3 5 59 MC 29
Henrik Stenson 4 MC MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 38 MC MC 26 12 29
Jazz Janewattananond 33 27 46 MC MC 37
Francesco Molinari MC MC MC* MC 13
Laurie Canter MC MC 40 59 MC
Adri Arnaus 60 38 75 56
Joachim B Hansen 29 56 27 MC MC MC
Mikko Korhonen MC 3 MC MC
Grant Forrest 1 MC 73 4 55
Wilco Nienaber MC 64 31 MC MC 68
Wade Ormsby MC 51 10 12 MC 55 40
Jamie Donaldson 3 34 65 MC MC
Darren Fichardt 47 MC 41 5
Daniel Gavins MC 38 1 9 8 21 42 15
Renato Paratore 50 56 27 65 MC MC
Jorge Campillo 21 34 59 MC MC MC 3
Adrian Meronk 17 51 59 MC MC
James Morrison 13 2 MC* 40 MC 17 42
Connor Syme MC 32 18 35 41 MC
Romain Langasque 35 MC 44 MC
Marc Warren MC MC MC* 47 MC 28 76
Dave Horsey 13 MC 2 MC MC MC 52
Marcel Siem 12 21 56 15 1 5 36 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 7 11 10 35 21 17 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 55 30 MC MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 2 38 26 52 26 65 MC
Wil Besseling 29 30 MC* 18 17 52
Andrew Johnston MC 9 14
Alexander Bjork 26 51 MC
Matthew Southgate 44 33 MC 26 MC
Maverick Antcliff 29 35 26 40 MC 28 60
Marcus Kinhult 64 68 MC 59 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 2 25 35 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 44 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 22 1 MC MC 55
Matthew Jordan 47 6 MC MC 18 12 17
Chris Paisley MC 10 MC 33
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 33 MC 59
Jeff Winther MC MC 44 28 55
Victor Dubuisson Wd 4
Eddie Pepperell 29 MC 22 MC MC MC
Dale Whitnell 13 68 11 MC MC 4 42
Richie Ramsay 9 28 25 15 4
Justin Walters 40 8 MC 18 41 17
Jack Senior MC 22 MC 67 10 61 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 18 MC 51 62
Ewen Ferguson 2 5 25 MC 2 28 MC MC 2
Joakim Lagergren 17 35 MC
Ross Fisher 55 56 MC 15 MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 35 65 33
Darius Van Driel 47 53 7 54 17 68
Francesco Laporta MC 32 71 4 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC MC MC 2 MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC MC 67 MC
Kyong Jun Moon 47 8 MC 15
Scott Hend MC 56 MC 64 44 MC 26
Edoardo Molinari 18 MC MC 35
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 44 Wd
Bryden MacPherson MC 21 MC MC 47
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC MC MC MC MC 62
Hugo Leon MC 16 7 14 2 38 MC 13
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 12 MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC 47 69 41 42
Pablo Larrazabal MC 33 17
Robert Rock MC MC 64 MC* MC
Niklas Lemke 33 44 MC MC MC MC
Gavin Green MC MC 57 MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 29 MC 44 MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg 17 MC MC MC
Daan Huizing MC 44 12 25 44 38 36 15
Shubhankar Sharma 9 16 30 32 MC 56
Paul Peterson 4 55 MC 19 MC 11 20 7
Oliver Farr MC 30 11 14 59 23 MC
Louis De Jager MC MC 60
David Drysdale 51 38 32 32 MC MC MC
Josh Geary 58 MC MC MC MC 11 2 29
Ross McGowan 23 67 MC MC MC MC MC
Rhys Enoch MC 13 72 MC MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 54 MC 62
Adrien Saddier MC MC 39 MC MC 17
Alejandro Canizares 40 70 3 25 MC 42
David Law MC 4 15 18 35 41 62
Yikeun Chang 67 29 23 MC
Bryce Easton 55 MC 10 MC* 8 MC MC MC 51
Joel Stalter 51 Wd MC 44 MC MC
Garrick Porteous MC 60 10 15 61 29
Ashley Chesters 13 48 15 18 MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim 23 29 10 MC* 10 23 37
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 66 38 41 MC MC
Julien Guerrier MC MC 40 MC* 51 42
Zander Lombard 60 MC MC 33 42
Matthew Baldwin 7 MC 56 MC MC Wd 9 26 MC
Aaron Cockerill 17 MC MC 28 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 7 MC MC 18 MC* MC 76
Lorenzo Gagli 40 MC MC MC MC 62
Lars Van Meijel 58 7 48 MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 50 MC MC* MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 64 MC MC MC MC
Lee Tae-Hee 23 47 MC MC 9
Clement Sordet 23 21 MC MC* 40 MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC 75
Andrea Pavan 70 MC MC MC Dq
Cormac Sharvin MC MC MC MC 44 33
Oliver Fisher 12 MC MC 18 MC* MC MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC MC MC MC 67
Harry Ellis 27 MC 25 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 23 39 32 MC MC MC
Julian Suri 60 MC MC* MC MC MC MC
Robin Roussel 39 MC MC 29
Toby Tree MC 60 16 57 51
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC Wd
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC* 32 MC
Damien Perrier 7 MC 48 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 35 10 32 MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 63 MC 57 MC MC
Oliver Wilson 35 MC MC MC MC
Andres Romero MC MC MC 26
Raphael De Sousa MC MC MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Jake McLeod 47 MC 70 MC MC MC
Ronan Kleu
Ricardo Santos MC 63 MC 14 MC MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima
Benjamin Poke 7 MC MC MC* 40 MC 52
David Howell MC MC MC MC 57 MC 17 74
Carlos Pigem MC MC 56 MC* MC MC 70
Lee Slattery 45 40 38 MC 57
Gregory Havret MC MC 51 MC
Max Schmitt 50 MC 32 MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC MC 73 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 68 MC
Bradley Dredge 60 38 MC* 28
Paul Dunne Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Mathias Eggenberger MC MC MC MC
Rowan Lester MC MC
Pietro Bovari MC
Cedric Gugler
Mauro Gilardi
Max Schliesing
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Victor Perez MC
Min Woo Lee MC
Guido Migliozzi 33
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC 41 31 13 6 MC
Thomas Detry 20 MC MC
Erik Van Rooyen 12 35
Martin Kaymer MC 2
Andy Sullivan MC 30 MC MC
Justin Harding
Richard Bland MC 52 5 53 40 MC MC 60
Antoine Rozner
Daniel Van Tonder
Calum Hill
Sam Horsfield 43 MC
John Catlin
Dean Burmester MC MC 30
Johannes Veerman
Rory Sabbatini 63
George Coetzee 35 MC 18 MC MC 25 MC
Brandon Stone MC MC
Thomas Pieters 12 MC 60 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Kalle Samooja 2
Danny Willett MC 59 MC 12 1 5 26 2 25 42
Marcus Armitage 20
Sean Crocker 28 54
Sami Valimaki
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC 76 63 MC
Henrik Stenson MC 25
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC 58 53 40
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 37
Francesco Molinari MC 18
Laurie Canter 16
Adri Arnaus 6
Joachim B Hansen 43 18 47
Mikko Korhonen 35 45 MC 24 34
Grant Forrest 58
Wilco Nienaber 72
Wade Ormsby 8 MC MC MC 47 MC
Jamie Donaldson 35 MC MC 24 7 MC 9 3 23
Darren Fichardt 43 8 6 41 MC MC Dq 19
Daniel Gavins 48
Renato Paratore 12 MC MC 7 24 MC
Jorge Campillo MC 55 MC MC MC MC 41
Adrian Meronk
James Morrison 28 56 37 18 25 MC MC MC MC
Connor Syme MC
Romain Langasque 48 MC 7 MC
Marc Warren Dq MC MC MC 13 MC 55 MC 9
Dave Horsey 43 23 30 66 MC MC MC MC
Marcel Siem MC 74 MC 48 Ret 14 12 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell
Alexander Levy MC 56 MC 18 MC MC MC
Wil Besseling
Andrew Johnston 23 35 3 MC
Alexander Bjork 28 Wd 16
Matthew Southgate MC 30 MC
Maverick Antcliff
Marcus Kinhult 12 56 10
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 6 3 30 12 Ret
Nacho Elvira MC 4 20 MC 59
Matthew Jordan
Chris Paisley 48 MC MC 44 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 23 49 36 MC 61
Jeff Winther MC Ret
Victor Dubuisson 43 MC MC 29 3 49 MC
Eddie Pepperell 35 MC MC
Dale Whitnell
Richie Ramsay 58 MC 30 58 10 8 MC 1 34 MC
Justin Walters MC 35 65 80 MC
Jack Senior
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 23 24 MC 13 23
Ewen Ferguson
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 49 MC
Ross Fisher 35 59 MC 58 MC MC 5 64
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 16 3 24 MC MC MC 41 45 MC
Darius Van Driel
Francesco Laporta
Rikard Karlberg 20 36 9 54 15 49 MC MC
Scott Jamieson 12 35 MC MC 31 36 MC MC
Kyong Jun Moon
Scott Hend MC 45 2 2 MC 26 55 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari MC 51 MC 65 53 13 12 2
Sebastian Heisele MC
Bryden MacPherson
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Hugo Leon MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 59 MC
Steven Brown MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 16 65 7 MC MC MC 48 MC
Robert Rock MC MC 29 73 MC
Niklas Lemke MC 56
Gavin Green 12 12
Nino Bertasio 20 16 44 29 38
Sebastian Soderberg 1
Daan Huizing MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Paul Peterson 37 58 MC
Oliver Farr MC MC
Louis De Jager MC
David Drysdale 23 30 52 12 48 61 MC 34 MC 32
Josh Geary 66
Ross McGowan MC 44
Rhys Enoch
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 36 MC MC
Adrien Saddier 65 25 55
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 24 16 4 MC 9 54
David Law MC
Yikeun Chang
Bryce Easton
Joel Stalter
Garrick Porteous
Ashley Chesters 72 MC
Sihwan Kim MC 66
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Julien Guerrier 23
Zander Lombard 72 MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC 54 MC MC
Aaron Cockerill
Soren Kjeldsen MC 12 MC 54 MC 32 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 2 MC MC 34 MC
Lars Van Meijel
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 23 20 41 9 34 18
Lee Tae-Hee
Clement Sordet 75 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 45 MC MC 24 MC MC 41 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 12 MC MC
Cormac Sharvin
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC 12 MC 49 19 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Harry Ellis
Richard McEvoy MC 16 15 64 MC MC
Julian Suri MC 20
Robin Roussel
Toby Tree
Haydn Porteous 35 16 37 MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 60 MC MC MC
Damien Perrier 54
Lucas Bjerregaard 28 2 9 49 MC
Pedro Figueiredo 35
Oliver Wilson 48 58 MC MC 5
Andres Romero 2 45 9
Raphael De Sousa MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 23 MC 70 24 MC 5 11 9 1
Jake McLeod MC
Ronan Kleu MC
Ricardo Santos 47 MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 76 MC
Benjamin Poke
David Howell 63 MC 29 16 47 26 27 Dq MC
Carlos Pigem MC 37 73 MC
Lee Slattery 35 51 6 MC MC 9 MC 14
Gregory Havret 51 54 49 31 21 7 34 MC MC
Max Schmitt 48
Graeme Storm MC 36 37 2 MC 41 58 32
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 65 12 7 40 71 58 MC
Bradley Dredge 61 MC MC MC 50 61 MC MC MC
Paul Dunne MC MC 70 MC
Mathias Eggenberger MC MC 41 MC
Rowan Lester
Pietro Bovari
Cedric Gugler MC
Mauro Gilardi
Max Schliesing

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses
Bet now

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles