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Rupert Wyman 1st Sep 2010 - 19:22

Dyson hoovers up in Switzerland

The European Tour returns to normality this week, when the players head to the picturesque Crans-Sierre course. The course plays host to the Omega European Masters for an astonishing 64th time.

The course is not too narrow and it rewards strong iron-play. When Alexander Noren (70/1) won last year, he hit only 50% of fairways but excelled by hitting 80% of greens on his way to being crowned champion.

It is a prestigious event, so it has attracted many of the world's finest players.  The scoring tends to be very low and the winner will probably shoot a score less than double figures under par.

At the top of the betting, it is dominated by Schwartzel, Jimenez, Edoardo Molinari, Oosthuizen and Dredge.

Jimenez (17/1) is having a stellar year and although he may not hit the most greens in regulation, his short play has been nothing short of being fantastic throughout the season. He will be delighted at his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team and he put in another fine performance at Gleneagles last week.

Oosthuizen (20/1) will draw the crowds after his Open heroics but that will have definitely shortened his price.  He has not got the course form that Bradley Dredge (19/1) possesses.

Bradley has had a solid year and he tied for seventh last week at Gleneagles.

His past form on this course has been sensational. From his last seven visits, four of them were top-four finishes, including a win in 2006. He finished runner-up last year and he could easily go one step better.

Schwartzel (17/1) was sixth last year and he was let down by a poor final round.  He has won twice this year on the European Tour in his native South Africa.

Edoardo Molinari's (16/1) form and win at Gleneagles last week earned him a spot in the Ryder Cup after Monty picked him as one of his Wild Cards. He has been in excellent form but after all his exertions in Scotland, he may not be mentally or physically prepared to play in Switzerland.

Simon Dyson (28/1) tied for seventh last year and although he failed to secure a Ryder Cup place, he has been in excellent form. He hit a cracking 63 on his first round last year and he is 25/1 to be the clubhouse leader on Thursday evening.

His putting at times lets him down but three of his four European Tour wins have come at this time of the year and he is due another victory.

My long-shot would be Christian Cevaer at 100/1, he won the European Open last year and he came tied third at this event two years ago. He is a consistent player and he is playing some good golf at the moment.

He has been inside the top thirty on his last two events and he looks like he is finding some form. The 100/1 is a massive price and he finished the recent Czech Open superbly. He failed to make the cut last year but he was in a rut and he should be far stronger now.

 

 
 
 

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