Omega European Masters: Top picks

A star-studded field will tee it up at the spectacular Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland for the Omega European Masters in which Sweden’s Alex Noren is defending champion.

The world number 12 Alex Noren is joined by the current Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood and possible Ryder Cup representatives; Danny Willett, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Lee Westwood

Englishman Lee Westwood is making his 500th European Tour appearance this week and will be looking to carry on with his great form, as he finished in the top 10 at last week’s D+D REAL Czech Masters.

Westwood has had a very mixed year. On the PGA Tour he has only missed one cut but has only had two top 25 finishes, whereas on the European Tour he has not missed a cut and has achieved three top 10 finishes.

Westwood has experience at this event where he won in 1999 and finished fourth last year, so he will be looking for a strong result this week. A strong finish in his 500th appearance would help the 44-year-old as the Race to Dubai draws ever nearer.

Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood has dominated this year and risen to number 16 in the world. The Englishman has two wins this season already; he also has two runner up finishes and a fourth place finish at the US Open.

Fleetwood currently leads the standings in the Race to Dubai and will be looking to extend his advantage in Switzerland this week. Last year, two poor rounds on the Saturday and Sunday scuppered Fleetwood’s chances but he is a different player to the one of 12 months ago.

The 26-year-old will be one of the favourites for the event as he tees it up on Thursday. He’ll be looking to add another trophy to his already growing list.

Alex Noren

And lastly, is the Swedish sensation Alex Noren. The Swede has had a relatively quiet year in competition, playing only a small amount of events compared to his rivals. Despite the low number of events he has played in, Noren has performed well and this included a win at the European Tours main event at Wentworth this year.

The 35-year-old has performed extremely well in the past at t he Omega European Masters, winning it twice in 2009 and 2016. The Swede has also been one of the European Tour’s stand out players over the past two years, winning six events.

Noren sits fifth in the Race to Dubai standings but would like to have another successful European Masters so that he cements his position.  Can the Swede claim his third win in Switzerland? We’ll have to see.

This is one of the European Tour’s oldest tournament venues and has been a fixture on the circuit since the Tour’s inception in 1972. Past winners include Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, so who will add their name to the role of the honour?

Will a former champion claim the title or will it be a European Tour newbie? Only time will tell, however we are in for a great week’s golf in Switzerland.

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