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Nic Ladds 2nd Sep 2009 - 15:18

Head in the clouds for Westwood at Omega

England's Lee Westwood is quoted as favourite with William Hill for this week's Omega European Masters ahead of last year's runner-up Rory McIlroy.

Priced at 9/1 in the Tournament Winner betting, Lee Westwood has all the credentials for a victory in the upcoming European event, including a 1999 win on the high altitude Crans-sur-Sierre course in Switzerland.

The Nottinghamshire man's last five tournaments have produced a lowest finish of ninth, including second & third places in two Majors, and with 29 world titles to his name, he should be considered a prime contender to win the Omega sponsored event come Sunday evening, regardless of the fact that only one 'favourite' has gone on to complete a victory in the 2009 European tour. (Paul Casey at Wentworth)View image detail

2008 runner-up Rory McIlroy was in prime position to complete his first European Tour victory this time last year before suffering a ‘mini-collapse'.

Requiring only a par on the final hole to complete the tournament a shot ahead of eventual winner Jean-Francois Lucquin, the youngster shanked his final approach resulting in a tie with the Frenchman.

A play-off ensued and on the second extra hole, Lucquin stole the victory.

Will there be a play-off this year? You can make the decision with your money by using our Play Off To Decide The Winner market where the 'YES' option is currently available to back at odds of 12/5.

Priced up third in the outright betting for this week's European victory is Italian Francesco Molinari at recently cut odds of 20/1.

After finishing 13th in the Open and 27th in the US version of the event, together with stats of three top 17 finishes from four attempts, the 2006 Omega runner-up is fancied to find form at Crans-sur-Sierre this week by our each-way backers.

Now at 20's, there's still some possible value to be gained from William Hill's place odds of ¼ for a Francesco top five finish, and also, with the defending tournament champion Lucquin found way down the list in the betting, there could be another eye-catcher here...

Last year's play-off winner, France's Jean-Francois Lucquin, is available to back with William Hill at huge odds of 150/1 in the Tournament Winner market.

Again, look for the each-way punt here.

A few more to look out for?

Miguel Angel Jimenez at 25/1. Tied for third in the 2008 competition, the Spaniard will want to get off to the best possible start in his quest to gain a spot in the Ryder Cup team, with the Crans-sur-Sierre event being the first tournament with automatic Ryder Cup qualification points available.

Tied with Jimenez in the '08 tournament was Gary Orr so obviously here's another eye-catcher. With a strong finish at the Gleneagles event last week the form is apparent, and judging by last year's performance, he likes the course. You can back Gary Orr now at 50/1 in the Omega European Masters Tournament Winner market.

William Hill will be covering the Omega European Masters Tournament in full with a range of markets, along with the William Hill In Play console, which will be updating the live prices as the latest action happens.

Omega European Masters - Tournament Facts:

Venue: Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
When: 3rd to the 6th of September.
The Par: 71. Covering 6,822 yards.
Purse €2,000,000 with €333,330 awarded to the winner
Defending Champion: Jean-Francois Lucquin (-13)
Record Round: Colin Montgomerie shot 260 in 1996

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