Omega European Masters Fantasy Preview

With the PGA TOUR taking a breather this week, the spotlight heads overseas to the European Tour.

Luckily, the Euro Tour is heading to one of the most breathtaking venues in the world, Crans Sur Sierre GC in Crans Montana.

Nestled in the mountains, this course lays just under 5,000 feet above sea level. That is just a few hundred feet shorter than Denver, certainly making these guys second guess their club selections. For me, that makes me want to target course history a little more, as some experience can only help when you’re dealing with yardage adjustments like this.

Another unusual thing about the course is the setup. It’s a par 70 but it has THREE par 5s and FIVE par 3s. The course is definitely on the short side of the equation with six par 4s under 410 yards.

Speaking of short courses, I’m also adding a section for correlated courses this week. The data I have on Euro Tour courses is a lot thinner than the PGA TOUR, but looking at grass types, location, and course setup, the following events/courses are on my list: Wentworth (BMW PGA), Valderrama (2016 Open de Espana), Dundonald Links (2017 Scottish), Verdura GC (2017 Rocco Forte), The Grove (2016 British Masters), The Dutch (2016 KLM Open), and Royal County Down (2015 Irish). I’ve included a list of top performers on these courses on the lists below.

Let’s have a look at some performance metrics since the start of 2015, to see who pops on this week’s setup.

Top Performers on Par 70 Courses (since 2015)

Danny Willett
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Thongchai Jaidee
Raphael Jacquelin
Rikard Karlberg
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
Fabrizio Zanotti
Florian Fritsch
George Coetzee
Joost Luiten

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Danny Willett
Chris Wood
Thongchai Jaidee
Lee Westwood
Tommy Fleetwood
Ross Fisher
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tyrrell Hatton

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Tyrrell Hatton
Chris Wood
Tommy Fleetwood
Ross Fisher
Lee Westwood
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Danny Willett
Thongchai Jaidee

Top Performers on Short Courses (since 2015)

Richard Bland
Joost Luiten
Bernd Wiesberger
Danny Willett
Pablo Larrazabal
Julien Quesne
Alex Noren
Richie Ramsay
Maximilian Kieffer
Robert Rock

Top Performers in the Summer (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Alex Noren
Ryan Fox
Tommy Fleetwood
Danny Willett
Joost Luiten
Rikard Karlberg
Fabrizio Zanotti
Richard Bland
Michael Lorenzo-Vera

Top Performers on Correlated Courses (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Joost Luiten
Bernd Wiesberger
Chris Wood
Tyrrell Hatton
Lee Westwood
Tommy Fleetwood
Peter Hanson
Anthony Wall
Paul Dunne

Golfers that show up on all six lists: NONE

Golfers that show up on 5-of-6 lists: Alex Noren, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett

Golfers that show up on 4-of-6 lists: Tommy Fleetwood, Joot Luiten

Golfers that show up on 3-of-6 lists: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Thongchai Jaidee

My Top 25 for the 2017 Omega European Masters

1. Alex Noren
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Richie Ramsay
4. Julian Suri
5. Ryan Fox
6. Michael Lorenzo-Vera
7. Tommy Fleetwood
8. Joost Luiten
9. Richard Bland
10. Alexander Bjork
11. Robert Rock
12. Thomas Detry
13. Scott Hend
14. Lee Westwood
15. Matthew Fitzpatrick
16. Tyrrell Hatton
17. Thongchai Jaidee
18. Rikard Karlberg
19. Jordan Smith
20. Callum Shinkwin
21. Fabrizio Zanotti
22. Andrew Dodt
23. Ross Fisher
24. Alexander Levy
25. Paul Dunne

This article has 3 comments

    • Fantasy Labs has some data… Top 10 in the field (par 3 performance): Wall, Hanson, Campillo, Bjork, Jimenez, Magnus, Paisley, Hebert, Rock, Morrison.

      No Miggy for me due to age and declining performance. He’s got knockout course history but only ET starts in 2017 have been MC-MC-T42… I think last year’s T24 might be his ceiling here now.

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