Golf Form Guide

Omega European Masters 2023: Course and current form stats

The Omega European Masters is the final qualifying event for this year's European Ryder Cup team
Crans-sur-Sierre is laid out more than 4,000 feet above sea level

The glorious Alpine resort of Crans Montana welcomes the DP World Tour for one of European golf's longest running events. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • Good course management especially important

  • Not a long course but smallish greens demand accuracy

  • Nicolai can join twin brother Rasmus as Crans champion


Tournament Notes

• This week's tournament offers golfers the final chance to qualify for this year's European Ryder Cup team;

• The Omega European Masters, formerly known as the Swiss Open, has been part of the annual schedule since the European Tour was officially launched in 1972;

• Apart from 2020, when the tournament was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic, it has been held every year since;

• The Swiss Open at Crans-sur-Sierre goes back even further than the start of the European Tour, having hosted 42 professional tournaments between 1923 and 1971;

• Seven of the last nine editions of the European Masters have required a play-off.

Course Notes

• The tournament is staged over Crans-sur-Sierre's Severiano Ballesteros Course;

• 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 world golf;

• Opened in 1908, and upgraded on a number of occasions since, the most recent major renovation was carried out by the late Seve Ballesteros 24 years ago. The Spaniard created a number of run-off areas close to greens, which put an emphasis on needing a good short game;

• The course sits more than 4,000 feet above sea level, so the ball travels around 10% further than normal through this rarefied air;

• The course has reasonably small putting surfaces and steep surrounding slopes, which means the emphasis at Crans is on accuracy;

• It's important to avoid the many damaging slopes which can sweep the ball into tricky spots and sometimes oblivion;

• The tree-lined fairways are severely undulating - both uphill and downhill - and water comes into play on five holes, all of these on the back nine;

• The newest three water hazards were added during the winter of 2012-13;

• Having strong course management skills are particularly important at Crans-sur-Sierre;

• The key to success at Crans is not to wander off the fairways, while hitting plenty of greens in regulation. Achieve this, and there should be plenty of birdies up for grabs;

• Crans-sur-Sierre is one of the shorter venues on Tour and over the last 13 instalments (starting in 2009) the average winning 72-hole total is 264.15;

• During winter, Crans Montana is one of Switzerland's most prestigious ski resorts;

• It hosted the World Alpine Skiing Championships of 1987, and will do so again in four years' time.


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Stroke Averages


Lowest 10 At Crans-sur-Sierre (2016-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
67.44: Matt Fitzpatrick (16)
67.58: Sebastian Soderberg (12)
67.90: Adri Arnaus (10)
67.94: Alexander Bjork (17)
68.00: Joost Luiten (12)
68.00: Guido Migliozzi (12)
68.05: Mike Lorenzo-Vera (22)
68.13: Gavin Green (16)
68.30: Nacho Elvira (20)
68.33: Marcus Armitage (12)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table


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European Masters Top Tips: Four To Watch

Matt Fitzpatrick: Easily the highest-ranked golfer taking part. The world No 8 and two-time Crans champion is the only member of golf's top-50 teeing-up.

Nicolai Hojgaard: The 22-year-old Dane has a great chance to follow in the footsteps of his twin brother Rasmus who won here in 2021. There has been five T-25 finishes from his last seven starts, including a podium position in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Yannick Paul: The accurate German is pushing for Ryder Cup selection and is currently just outside an automatic spot. Was 10th at Albatross on Sunday and makes his Crans-sur-Sierre debut this week. Is currently fifth in the DP World Tour's Strokes Gained: Approach the Green category, and 11th in both SG: Tee-to-Green and Scrambling.

Matt Wallace: Runner-up at Crans last year and runner-up in Prague last week. The Englishman, who won on the PGA Tour during March, is hoping he can snatch a late wild-card for the forthcoming Ryder Cup.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Crans Form (2012-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25
Matt Fitzpatrick 13 2 66 41 MC 49
Adrian Meronk 62 23 MC 15 3
Robert MacIntyre 4 MC 71 2 4 39 18
Pablo Larrazabal 60 MC MC MC 52
Victor Perez 11 Wd 41 35 MC 18
Justin Suh MC 43 34 78 56
Nicolai Hojgaard 3 14 MC 23 6 MC 21
Jordan Smith 41 12 35 39
Adrian Otaegui 68 4 55 MC 60
Rasmus Hojgaard 39 MC MC 1 Wd
Thriston Lawrence MC 12 74 MC 39 1
Thorbjorn Olesen 11 MC 25 MC 15
Alexander Bjork 14 41 35 4 8
Matt Wallace 2 45 43 MC 42 78 MC
Yannik Paul 10 MC 25 49 8
Romain Langasque MC 33 25 8 38
Ewen Ferguson 35 MC 12 4 MC
Antoine Rozner 22 20 68 39 43
Adri Arnaus MC MC 68 72
Rikuya Hoshino MC 39 60 MC 49 3
KazukiHiga MC MC 19 MC MC 62 MC
Danny Willett MC 68 MC 74 MC
Daniel Hillier MC 54 1 3
Jorge Campillo 31 MC 42 MC 14
Richie Ramsay 64 42 3 49
Joost Luiten 71 54 8 2
Tom McKibbin 20 35 MC MC
Jens Dantorp 31 3 MC 45 MC
Ryo Hisatsune 14 26 10 58 8 15
Todd Clements 1 MC* MC 62 MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg 62 10 42 35 MC MC
Nathan Kimsey 31 25 2 10 MC
Alex Fitzpatrick 14 2 MC 1 39 17 4 40 36
Shubhankar Sharma 8 MC MC MC
Ockie Strydom MC MC MC MC 74 MC
Padraig Harrington 62 64 42
Oliver Bekker MC MC MC MC MC
Marcel Siem MC 41 42 10 23 73
Sami Valimaki 4 68 76 34 18
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 17 7
Ludvig Aberg 4 14 64 MC 4 40 24
Adrien Dumont De Chassart MC 11 42 10 7 6 8
Dale Whitnell MC MC 60 Wd MC MC
Gavin Green 52 68 49 8 12
Connor Syme 4 MC 74 68 14
Eddie Pepperell 39 3 MC MC 34 MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC 25 58 MC 14
Richard Mansell 24 MC MC 28 31
Marcus Helligkilde 4 MC MC 35 72
Erik Van Rooyen MC MC 6 68 MC MC MC
Simon Forsstrom MC MC 30 MC
Hennie Du Plessis 25 6 24 49 31
Guido Migliozzi 64 54 58 28 10
Matthew Southgate 9 23 MC 10 MC MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC 33 MC MC 2 38
Hurly Long 62 MC 41 MC MC MC 38
Aaron Cockerill 64 58 MC MC MC
Nick Bachem 4 MC 35 MC MC
Daniel Gavins Wd MC MC MC 67
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC MC MC
Calum Hill MC* 25 MC 4 10
Deon Germishuys MC 30 MC MC MC 57 MC
Kalle Samooja MC MC MC 4 MC
Matthias Schmid MC 22 20 MC 44 MC MC 18
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC MC MC 68 MC
Jason Scrivener Dq 28 40 MC MC
Ashun Wu MC MC 65 MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 39 MC MC MC
Clement Sordet MC MC 52 MC MC MC
Marcus Kinhult 12 20 14 68 52
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC MC MC MC 47
JC Ritchie 39 12 10 24 MC MC 31
Scott Jamieson MC MC MC MC MC
Niklas Norgaard Moller 14 MC 33 35 7 59
Fabrizio Zanotti 4 MC MC 49 MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC 9 MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC 47 MC 17 15 MC
Alejandro Del Rey 25 44 65 39 MC
Edoardo Molinari 11 39 MC MC 49 18
Dan Bradbury 52 MC 75 8 43
Daniel Van Tonder MC 22 19 10 30 MC 75
Marcus Armitage 39 17 MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 60 54
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 35 MC MC
Aguri Iwasaki MC Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Johannes Veerman 20 62 10 74
Jamie Donaldson MC 39 26
Adrien Saddier MC MC 3 35 28 31
Nacho Elvira MC MC 2 MC 59
Santiago Tarrio 39 MC MC MC 77 MC
Alexander Knappe 39 MC MC MC MC MC
Wilco Nienaber MC 4 49 28 28 26
Marc Warren 31 20 MC 4 MC MC
Jeff Winther 50 24 8 MC
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen 56 MC MC MC MC Dq
Justin Walters 39 Wd 45 23 26
Max Schmitt 4 12 MC 41 MC MC 18
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC MC 15 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC* 49 MC
Frederik Schott 14 12 MC MC 10 MC MC
Borja Virto MC MC MC MC 44 17 17 31
Wil Besseling 14 MC MC Wd MC
John Catlin 31 MC MC MC MC MC
Jayden Schaper 56 MC 16 MC 39 31
Chase Hanna MC MC* 55 MC MC 65 MC
Mikael Lindberg MC MC 52 MC 23 18
Soren Kjeldsen 50 MC 24 MC 52
Lukas Nemecz MC MC MC MC 47
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC* Wd
Darius Van Driel MC* MC MC 28 12
Daan Huizing MC MC MC 10 MC 7
Jeremy Freiburghaus MC MC MC 45 MC 69
Jeong Weon Ko 52 MC MC MC 68 77 MC
Gunner Wiebe MC MC MC 69 2 MC
John Axelsen 39 MC 33 17 MC 18
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC 45 MC MC
James Morrison 39 27 25 MC MC 28 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 27 MC MC 35 MC 62
Yeong Su Kim MC MC MC MC MC MC
Renato Paratore 22 MC 45 20 MC 39 38
John Parry MC 4 MC MC 57 MC
Martin Simonsen 25 MC* MC MC MC 57 MC
David Ravetto 39 MC 9 24 MC MC
Bryce Easton MC MC MC 35 57 43
Tristen Strydom 56 MC MC MC MC 62
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 50 MC MC 23 MC
Manu Gandas 60 20 MC MC MC 43
Alexander Levy 56 50 9 49 34 52
Joel Girrbach 41 23 MC MC MC 13 MC 30
Victor Dubuisson 69
Dave Horsey MC MC 41 MC
Niklas Lemke MC 17 30 49 47
Ricardo Santos 31 11 MC 23 69
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC 49 49 MC
Pedro Figueiredo 22 38 MC 65 MC 26
Blake Windred MC MC MC MC MC
John Murphy 39 MC MC MC MC MC
Christoffer Bring MC Wd 16 MC MC 76
Gudmundur Kristjansson MC 24 MC 39 MC
Gary Stal MC MC MC MC 62
Joel Stalter MC MC MC MC MC
Garrick Porteous 31 MC 70 MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC MC MC
Joshua Lee MC MC* MC MC MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC MC MC MC
Marco Iten MC MC
Tobias Eden MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Foley MC MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC MC
Ma Cheng Yao MC MC MC 79 MC
Cedric Gugler MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Maximilien Sturdza
Ronan Kleu MC MC MC MC
Nicola Gerhardsen
Max Schliesing
Mateusz Gradecki 62 MC MC MC 49 MC 69
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia MC MC MC MC MC MC
Frederic LaCroix 6 MC* MC 12 8 35 34 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC 12 MC MC 9 MC 51 48 MC
Laurie Canter MC MC 17
Pierre Pineau MC MC MC 17 73 5 17 Wd
Jack Senior 29 24 MC 30 MC MC 38 40 MC
Loic Naas
Player `22 `21 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12
Matt Fitzpatrick 69 1 1 7 2 MC
Adrian Meronk 38 27
Robert MacIntyre MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal Dq MC 16 65 7 MC MC MC
Victor Perez MC 50 MC
Justin Suh
Nicolai Hojgaard 29
Jordan Smith MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC 58 53 40
Rasmus Hojgaard MC* 1
Thriston Lawrence 1
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC 36 MC
Alexander Bjork 16 13 28 Wd 16
Matt Wallace 2 MC 51 70
Yannik Paul
Romain Langasque MC MC 48 MC 7 MC
Ewen Ferguson MC
Antoine Rozner 4 13
Adri Arnaus 9 MC 6
Rikuya Hoshino
KazukiHiga
Danny Willett 9 MC MC 59 MC 12 1 5 26 2
Daniel Hillier
Jorge Campillo 4 32 MC 55 MC MC MC MC 41
Richie Ramsay 44 MC 58 MC 30 58 10 8 MC 1
Joost Luiten 23 23 30 44 27
Tom McKibbin
Jens Dantorp 48 MC
Ryo Hisatsune
Todd Clements
Sebastian Soderberg 14 40 1
Nathan Kimsey
Alex Fitzpatrick
Shubhankar Sharma MC 50 MC
Ockie Strydom
Padraig Harrington MC 73 41
Oliver Bekker 62
Marcel Siem 16 7 MC 74 MC 48 Ret 14
Sami Valimaki MC
Matthieu Pavon 55 MC MC 59 MC
Ludvig Aberg
Adrien Dumont De Chassart
Dale Whitnell MC
Gavin Green 38 32 12 12
Connor Syme MC MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 35 MC MC
Marcel Schneider 7
Richard Mansell 3
Marcus Helligkilde 29
Erik Van Rooyen 12 35
Simon Forsstrom
Hennie Du Plessis 16
Guido Migliozzi 38 7 33
Matthew Southgate 23 MC MC 30 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC 72 MC
Oliver Wilson 44 21 48 58 MC
Hurly Long
Aaron Cockerill 51 MC
Nick Bachem
Daniel Gavins MC MC 48
Hao Tong Li MC 18 54
Calum Hill 7
Deon Germishuys
Kalle Samooja MC MC 2
Matthias Schmid
Jazz Janewattananond 67 MC MC 37
Jason Scrivener MC MC 74 MC
Ashun Wu MC MC 6 9
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Clement Sordet MC 75 MC
Marcus Kinhult 23 47 12 56 10
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
JC Ritchie
Scott Jamieson 4 47 12 35 MC MC 31 36 MC
Niklas Norgaard Moller 29
Fabrizio Zanotti 16 72 MC 16 3 24 MC MC MC 41
Masahiro Kawamura 9 21 MC MC 76 63 MC
Andy Sullivan 65 40 MC 30 MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey
Edoardo Molinari 29 MC MC 51 MC 65 53 13
Dan Bradbury
Daniel Van Tonder 29 21
Marcus Armitage 55 7 20
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC MC 49 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC
Aguri Iwasaki
Johannes Veerman MC
Jamie Donaldson 27 35 MC MC 24 7 MC 9
Adrien Saddier MC 7 65 25 55
Nacho Elvira 9 13 MC 4 20 MC 59
Santiago Tarrio 38
Alexander Knappe MC
Wilco Nienaber 44 MC 72
Marc Warren Ret MC Dq MC MC MC 13 MC 55
Jeff Winther 29 40 MC Ret
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen
Justin Walters MC MC 35 65 80 MC
Max Schmitt 48
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 45 16 MC 44 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 65 MC 6 3 30 12 Ret
Frederik Schott
Borja Virto MC
Wil Besseling 55 13
John Catlin 21
Jayden Schaper
Chase Hanna
Mikael Lindberg
Soren Kjeldsen MC 32 MC 12 MC 54 MC
Lukas Nemecz 62
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 12 MC
Darius Van Driel 23 MC
Daan Huizing 23 MC
Jeremy Freiburghaus MC MC MC
Jeong Weon Ko
Gunner Wiebe
John Axelsen
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC
James Morrison 44 27 28 56 37 18 25 MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 18
Yeong Su Kim
Renato Paratore 29 7 12 MC MC 7 24 MC
John Parry 74 16 71 MC
Martin Simonsen
David Ravetto
Bryce Easton MC
Tristen Strydom MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 65 MC
Manu Gandas
Alexander Levy 32 MC 56 MC 18 MC MC MC
Joel Girrbach 68 MC MC MC MC MC
Victor Dubuisson MC 43 MC MC 29 3 49
Dave Horsey MC MC 43 23 30 66 MC MC
Niklas Lemke MC MC MC
Ricardo Santos 68 MC 47 MC MC
Thomas Aiken 71 30 MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 35
Blake Windred
John Murphy
Christoffer Bring
Gudmundur Kristjansson
Gary Stal 64 MC MC 66
Joel Stalter MC MC
Garrick Porteous MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC MC 23 20 41 9 34
Joshua Lee
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 18 MC 23 24 MC 13
Marco Iten MC MC
Tobias Eden
Robert Foley MC
David Howell MC MC 63 MC 29 16 47 26 27
Ma Cheng Yao
Cedric Gugler MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 27 23 MC 70 24 MC 5 11
Maximilien Sturdza 73
Ronan Kleu 70 MC
Nicola Gerhardsen MC MC MC
Max Schliesing MC
Mateusz Gradecki
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia MC
Frederic LaCroix
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Laurie Canter 16
Pierre Pineau
Jack Senior MC
Loic Naas

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