European Tour golf odds: DP World Tour Championship
It’s the final tournament of the current season on the European Tour starting Thursday in Dubai as the Top 60 players in the Race to Dubai — the European Tour’s version of the FedEx Cup — compete the big-money DP World Tour Championship.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson leads the Race to Dubai and already won the FedEx Cup. He’s looking to become just the third player overall to win the money list on both the U.S. and European tours. Rory McIlroy, the defending champion of this event, and Luke Donald did it the previous two years.
If Stenson, No. 2 Justin Rose or No. 3 Graeme McDowell win this week, he will win the Race to Dubai and that big cash prize. Rose must finish fifth or better to have any shot, assuming Stenson doesn’t win. McDowell must finish third or better. Ditto for No. 4 Ian Poulter.
Twelve months ago McIlroy arrived in Dubai on the crest of a wave, the world number one having won his second major title by eight shots and being just days away from a fifth victory of the season that secured the money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic. One year on he is back at Jumeirah Golf Estates as the world No. 6, without a win all season and an also-ran in the Race to Dubai. However, he is the WagerWeb tournament favorite. McIlroy was in danger of missing out on this week’s event — limited to the top 60 on the Race to Dubai — until finishing sixth in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, only a third top-10 finish on the European Tour this season.
Stenson holds a 213,648 point advantage over Englishman Rose, with as many as nine players still mathematically able to finish the season as Europe’s Number One player. Stenson continues to battle a wrist injury and will do the minimum of practice in the build-up to this week’s event. He pulled out of the pro-am for example. The Swede was seventh here last year and boasts an excellent record in the Middle East. He was seventh last week in Turkey.
After finishing fifth in the WGC-HSBC Champions and tied third in Turkey last week, Rose is arguably playing the best of anyone in Europe. McDowell didn’t play last week to slip to No. 3. His four finishes here read 52-11-13-30 and he’s never been seen near the top of the leaderboard after slow starts each time. Poulter has competed in this event four times before (with a best of 2nd in 2010) and he arrives with very lucrative finishes of 15th, 2nd and 5th from his three Final Series starts. Jamie Donaldson has competed in this event four times before (with a best of 9th last year) and he arrives off the back of a second-place finish last week in Turkey
Everyone down to Victor Dubuisson in ninth place could still mathematically follow Lee Westwood (2009), Martin Kaymer (2010), Luke Donald (2011) and McIlroy (2012) as winner of The Race to Dubai.
Here are the players’ history in the four years of this tournament.
Player: ’09 / ’10 / ’11 / ’12
Felipe Aguilar: – / – / 37 / -
Thomas Aiken: 13 / 13 / 26 / 42
Thomas Bjorn: – / 52 / 29 / -
Gregory Bourdy: 30 / 41 / 29 / -
Rafael Cabrera-Bello: 30 / – / 26 / 40
Alejandro Canizares: – / 46 / – / 36
Paul Casey: – / 6 / 16 / -
George Coetzee: – / – / 22 / 26
Nicolas Colsaerts: – / – / 19 / 34
Luke Donald: 37 / 9 / 3 / 3
Jamie Donaldson: 23 / 48 / 26 / 9
Victor Dubuisson: – / – / – / 36
Gonzalo F’dez-Castano: 37 / 28 / 29 / 9
Ross Fisher: 42 / 13 / 46 / -
Marcus Fraser: – / 32 / – / 40
Stephen Gallacher: – / 51 / – / 16
Branden Grace: – / – / – / 6
Peter Hanson: 9 / 13 / 4 / 16
Dave Horsey: – / 35 / 37 / -
Raphael Jacquelin: 30 / 21 / 48 / 16
Thongchai Jaidee: 37 / 8 / – / 7
Scott Jamieson: – / – / 54 / 14
Miguel Angel Jimenez: 9 / 48 / 44 / 16
Martin Kaymer: 37 / 13 / 11 / 26
Simon Khan: – / 53 / – / -
Pablo Larrazabal: – / – / 10 / 36
Shane Lowry: – / – / 8 / -
Joost Luiten: – / 26 / 51 / 16
David Lynn: – / – / 16 / 54
Matteo Manassero: – / 32 / 34 / 42
Graeme McDowell: 30 / 13 / 11 / 52
Rory McIlroy: 3 / 5 / 11 / Won
Francesco Molinari: 30 / 6 / 6 / 34
Alex Noren: 6 / – / 37 / 39
Thorbjorn Olesen: – / – / 19 / 21
Louis Oosthuizen: 12 / 13 / 6 / 5
Ian Poulter: 9 / 2 / 22 / 26
Justin Rose: 50 / – / – / 2
Brett Rumford: – / 28 / – / -
Marcel Siem: – / – / – / 42
Henrik Stenson: 23 / 24 / – / 7
Richard Sterne: 42 / – / – / 51
Marc Warren: – / – / – / 26
Lee Westwood: Won / 3 / 29 / 48
Bernd Wiesberger: – / – / – / 42
Chris Wood: 42 / Ret / – / 26
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PGA Tour odds: The McGladrey Classic
The PGA Tour spent a few weeks in Asia but is back in the United States this week for the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island in Georgia. This is the final official Tour stop in the USA this year. Webb Simpson opened as the +1000 WagerWeb favorite.
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, St. Simons Island neighbors who skipped the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last week to be fresh for their home event, join tournament host Davis Love III as the biggest names playing. Simpson, who rose to No.16 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning in Las Vegas, gives the event three of the top 16 players world.
The McGladrey Classic, which is the fifth of six fall events in the PGA Tour’s new wrap-around season, features a field that includes 16 major champions, nine players who won tournaments in 2013 and one of the four champs from this year. For the first time this week, they’ll be chasing a full slate of FedExCup points and all the benefits that go with winning an official Tour event for the first time. In addition, the purse has increased $1.5 million to a total of $5.5 million.
Last year, Tommy Gainey won this tournament. Seven shots behind going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic, Gainey came within one putt of a 59 and then had to wait more than two hours as David Toms, Jim Furyk and tournament host Love III tried to catch him. Gainey broke the course record at Sea Island with a 10-under 60, which carried him to a one-shot win. Gainey is a long shot on WagerWeb this week as since opening the 2013 season with a T6 at Kapalua, he’s just 13-for-29 with one top-30 finish.
The Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort is a scorer’s paradise. It’s a par 35-35=70 measuring just 7,005 yards and it played as the easiest par 70 in 2012 at 69.281. Seaside ranked inside the top-five easiest in driving accuracy and greens in regulation with respective averages of 9.87 (of 14) fairways hit (70.47 percent) and 13.63 GIR (75.72 percent) per round.
Coming off a victory a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, Simpson has fared well at the McGladrey, with a tie for 12th in 2010 and a playoff loss in 2011. Kuchar and Johnson are the second betting favorites. It’s Kuchar’s first start since going 3-2-0 at The Presidents Cup. The Sea Island resident has placed T25 (2010) and T20 (2011) at Seaside. Johnson has seven top 10s (including a victory) in his last nine starts and also lives on St. Simons Island. He tied for 12th at the 2010 McGladrey Classic.
The St. Simons Island delegation also includes FedEx St. Jude Classic titleholder Harris English, former U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd. The event continues to seek its first hometown winner, after Love couldn’t convert a share of the 54-hole lead last year. His tie for fourth is the best finish by a St. Simons Island pro.
Just three men will arrive direct from the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, two of them Tour winners in 2013: Brian Gay (Humana Challenge) and Boo Weekley (Crowne Plaza Invitational). Scott Piercy also will make the trip.
PGA Tour odds: World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions
The PGA Tour stays in Asia this week with the big-money, invitation only World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC in Shanghai. Most of the world’s top players are competing in a tournament that’s an official PGA Tour event for the first time while also being part of the Road to Dubai, the European Tour’s four-event playoffs.
Back in the rotation after a one-year hiatus, Sheshan International is a par 72 measuring 7,266 yards. David Howell’s tournament record of 20-under 268 in the inaugural WGC-HSBC Champions in 2005 was matched by Martin Kaymer the last time it hosted in 2011.
Even without Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, the WGC-HSBC Champions has the strongest field of the PGA Tour’s new fall start. The lineup features 15 of the top 25 players in this week’s world rankings led by the final three major winners of last season, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner, as well as FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy.
Stenson is among the WagerWeb favorites. His status bears watching, as Stenson scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday on a swollen right wrist that flared up while practicing at home in Orlando. The Swede also leads the European Tour’s money list entering its four-event Finals series. Stenson has competed in this event six times before, with a best of 5th in 2008 (when he ranked 2nd for both Driving Accuracy and Putts per Round).
McIlroy opened as the WagerWeb betting favorite despite not winning a tournament this year. He did beat Tiger in a one-on-one exhibition earlier this week. McIlroy has competed in this event three times before at this venue, finishing inside the top five on each occasion (ranking 3rd for Greens in Regulation in 2009, 2nd for Putts per Round in 2010 and 6th for Greens in Regulation in 2011). He arrives off the back of a 2nd place finish in Korea and then a 27th place finish in the first Final Series event last week.
Last season, at a different course, Ian Poulter roared back from a four-shot deficit entering the final day with a 7-under 65 to win by two shots over a group of four. Dufner’s closing 64 highlighted a four-way tie for second, two shots off the pace alongside Ernie Els, Mickelson and Scott Piercy.
Mickelson also is a WagerWeb favorite this week. Lefty didn’t play great last week in Malaysia, but he does like the Sheshan International course. He has won this tournament twice, once prior it to becoming a World Golf Championship event.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari could be a smart long shot bet. In 2010, the 31-year-old beat Lee Westwood by a shot to take the HSBC Champions at Sheshan with a 19 under total. Last week at the BMW Masters, he shot a final-round 64 to finish a stroke back of the winner, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
In four career starts at the HSBC Champions event, Westwood has never finished lower than T-13. That run includes a second-place finish back in 2010 when the event was held at Sheshan International Golf Club, host of 2013 edition of the tournament. With a tie for ninth and a win in his last two events, American Ryan Moore is the hottest player in the field this week at the HSBC Champions.
England’s Justin Rose has competed in this event twice before, with a best of 7th in 2011 over this Sheshan International course (for which he ranked 3rd for Driving Accuracy and 4th for Greens in Regulation).
PGA Tour odds: CIMB Classic
The PGA Tour is truly a worldwide Tour for the first time this week as it visits Kuala Lumpur for the CIMB Classic. This is the fourth time this tournament has been held but this will be the first time it’s a full Tour event, meaning it offers 500 FedEx Cup points and a Masters invite to the winner. The 78-man event has no cut, guaranteeing FedExCup points for all TOUR members in attendance. . This year’s field was increased from 48 to 78 players and the purse was increased from $6.1 million to $7 million.
The CIMB field consists of the top 60 available players from the 2013 FedExCup standings, top 10 from the Asian Tour order of merit, and eight sponsor exemptions. The top 10 finishers, including TOUR non-members, earn spots in the McGladrey Classic on Nov. 7-10 in St. Simons Island, Ga. Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia are also making their first appearance at the CIMB. Mickelson and Bradley are among the seven Presidents Cup participants in the field.
California native Berry Henson, who captured the Philippine Open two years ago, will tee it up after landing one of the 10 berths set aside for Asian Tour members. Sponsor exemptions were given to Malaysian pros Rashid Ismail and Nicholas Fung. The CIMB Classic also has a new course this year. The tournament will be played on the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf And Country Club. The course is a par 36-36=72 and measures just 6,967 yards, and that includes a 634-yard finishing hole. Greens average 6,500 square feet and are prepped to run at 11 on the Stimpmeter.
Nick Watney is the defending champion, shooting a final-round 61 last year to set a tournament record. Had he birdied No. 18 on Sunday, he would have shot 59. It was an unusual week for Watney, who called on wife Amber to caddie the first round’s final holes when regular looper Chad Reynolds fell ill with dehydration in Malaysia’s humid climate. Watney used a local caddie in Round 2 while Reynolds got his strength back.
Nicholas Thompson, 77th in FedExCup points last year, can complete a unique brother-sister double by winning at the same place where 18-year-old sibling Lexi captured the LPGA’s annual stop two weeks ago.
Mickelson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, is the +750 WagerWeb favorite. He’s always embraced trips to Asia and his last two victories came overseas (both in Scotland). Currently No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Garcia is the +1200 second favorite. Sergio went 17-for-17 on the PGA Tour in cuts made, including making it all the way to the Tour Championship in 2013. The Spaniard played well across the world in the early part of 2013, then after a summer swoon experienced a resurgence during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Bradley is +1200. After a successful Presidents Cup paired with Mickelson, Bradley makes his 2013-14 season debut in Malaysia this week. Bradley was 10th on Tour in scoring average last season and recorded top-20 finishes in six of his last seven stroke-play starts to end the season.
Watney is +1600 on WagerWeb to repeat. A pair of 66s in Vegas were bookended by two 73s last week in Las Vegas, but Watney also notched three top-15 finishes during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. No player has repeated in this tournament, which is only in its fourth year.
PGA Tour golf odds: Presidents Cup
The United States hasn’t had much luck of late against Europe in the biennial Ryder Cup, but the story has been different when the Americans take on a group of internationals in the Presidents Cup, a similar even to the Ryder Cup that is held every odd year these days. The USA is a heavy favorite on WagerWeb.
These are the 10th Presidents Cup matches are upon us as the top Americans head to Muirfield Village to take on an international squad that includes the likes of Adam Scott and Ernie Els. The US is captained by Fred Couples and the International team by Nick Price. The U.S. is the defending champion and holds a career 7-1-1 record in the competition.
The Presidents Cup competition consists of 34 matches — 11 foursomes (alternate shot), 11 four-ball (better ball) matches and 12 singles matches involving all players on the final Sunday. All matches are worth one point each, for a total of 34 points.
Foursome and Four-ball matches all square at the end of 18 holes are halved, with each side receiving 1/2 point. Singles matches all square after 18 holes will to go extra holes until a match winner is determined. The winning team will have to accumulate no less than 17.5 points to win The Presidents Cup. In a change inspired by the events of The Presidents Cup 2003, if the match is deadlocked at the end of singles play, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share The Presidents Cup.
Based on 2013 PGA Touir statistics, the Americans hold a commanding edge in The Presidents Cup. Eight Americans rank inside the top 20 in the All-Around Ranking (Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar) compared to only three on the International Team (Adam Scott, Jason Day, Brendon de Jonge). The All-Around Ranking totals a player’s rank in the following statistics: Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders, Birdie Leaders, Sand Saves, Greens in Regulation, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy.
The International Team and U.S. Team both have five players ranked inside the top 25 in greens in regulation. But the biggest difference is the short game. Five Americans rank inside the top 25 in strokes gained-putting (Woods, Mickelson, Snedeker, Kuchar, Stricker); the highest-ranked International Team member (Day) ranks 29th. The next best International is Charl Schwartzel, who ranks 44th; nobody else ranks inside the top 75.
Unlike at the Ryder Cup, the best player on the U.S. team has actually been at his best during some editions of this event. Though he went 2-3-0 as a captain’s pick two years ago, Woods has often turned Muirfield Village into his personal playground, winning the Memorial Tournament on five occasions.
Mickelson will compete this year for a record 10th time. And yes, that has to be a record because this is the 10th edition of the event. The only man who’s never missed one has had his share of ups and downs here, owning the dubious distinction of a record 10 match ties.
On the International side, Scott, in his seventh appearance in the matches (10-13-2 record), will likely show why he emerged in 2013 with the Masters win and that he is a serious challenger to Woods for No. 1 in the world in the coming years.
Two years ago, Jim Furyk’s unbeaten week helped the United States capture its fourth consecutive win, a 19-15 victory at Royal Melbourne in which Woods notched the winning point for the second consecutive Cup. Furyk went 5-0 in Australia, notching three team wins with Mickelson and knocking off Els in singles to set up Woods for the clincher.
• U.S. ROSTER: Keegan Bradley (1st Presidents Cup), Jason Dufner (1st), Bill Haas (2nd), Zach Johnson (3rd), Matt Kuchar (2nd), Hunter Mahan (4th), Phil Mickelson (10th), Webb Simpson (2nd), Brandt Snedeker (1st), Jordan Spieth (1st), Steve Stricker (5th), Tiger Woods (8th). Captain: Fred Couples.
• INTERNATIONAL ROSTER: Angel Cabrera, Argentina (4th Presidents Cup); Jason Day, Australia (2nd); Brendon de Jonge, Zimbabwe (1st); Graham DeLaet, Canada (1st); Ernie Els, South Africa (8th); Branden Grace, South Africa (1st); Marc Leishman, Australia (1st); Hideki Matsyama, Japan (1st); Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa (1st); Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (2nd); Adam Scott, Australia (6th); Richard Sterne, South Africa (1st). Captain: Nick Price, Zimbabwe.
European Tour golf odds: The Seve Trophy
While the top American players are competing in the Ryder Cup-like Presidents Cup this week, the Europeans stage their own team event, the Seve Trophy. in Paris. Bet on it at WagerWeb. Spain’s José María Olazábal and Sam Torrance of Scotland are the captains for the sides.
Olazábal and Torrance will bring a wealth of experience to the captaincy positions, not least for the fact they have both enjoyed the special thrill of being a winning Ryder Cup captain; Torrance leading Europe to a memorable 15 ½-12 ½ triumph at The Belfry in 2002, while Olazábal was the architect of the sensational ‘Miracle at Medinah’ last September where Europe recovered from a 10-6 deficit going into the final day singles to win 14 ½-13 ½.
When Continental Europe won the inaugural Seve Trophy at Sunningdale in 2000, it appeared like they’d struck the first blow in what would always be a closely-fought contest. However, that 13.5-12.5 victory remains their only victory. GB & Ireland have reeled off six straight wins and often by convincing margins.
Even moving the tournament across the channel hasn’t helped the fortunes of Continental Europe. They lost 15-13 in Valencia in 2003 (the last of Seve’s three appearances as captain) while they’ve gone down 16.5-11.5 and 15.5-12.5 in the last two matches – both held at Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche.
The event will consist of a series of five fourball matches on each of the first two days, two sessions of four foursomes on Saturday and ten singles on the final day. As with The Ryder Cup, a team requires 14½ points for victory.
Continental Europe, skippered by Olazabal, have plenty of top stars in action while Torrance’s GB & Ireland have been severely weakened. Olazábal will be able to call on two of the players who featured in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Italian Francesco Molinari, as well as two of his vice captains, Denmark’s Thomas Björn and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez.
GB & Ireland: Paul Casey, Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, Tommy Fleetwood, Scott Jamieson, Simon Khan, Paul Lawrie, David Lynn, Marc Warren, Chris Wood.
Continental Europe: Thomas Bjorn, Gregory Bourdy, Nicolas Colsaerts, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Mikko Ilonen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Joost Luiten, Matteo Manassero, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen.
PGA Tour golf odds: The Tour Championship
It’s the final event of the 2013 PGA Tour season this weekend at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta as the Top 30 players in the FedEx Cup points will compete for the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. Tiger Woods, who leads the points race and is a two-time winner of the Tour Championship, is the +500 WagerWeb betting favorite.
Woods, The Barclays and Masters winner Adam Scott and Deutsche Bank Championship victor Henrik Stenson headline the 30-man roster chasing for the $10 million bonus that goes to the season champion. Brandt Snedeker returns to defend his titles, becoming the first reigning FedExCup champion to make it back to East Lake the following year.
East Lake averaged 70.417 in 2012. That was sixth-highest of 13 par 70s played in non-majors. That all but five of the fairways will be more inviting off the tee introduces the possibility that more fairway bunkers will see action. Greens average 6,200 square feet and were hit 65.37 percent of the time in regulation last year. Snedeker’s winning score of 270 last year was the lowest at East Lake since Woods’ sizzling 257 in 2007. The entire field took advantage of rain-softened conditions that year, giving East Lake the title as 2007’s easiest layout.
All five members of the Top 5 in points — Woods, Stenson, Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar — would win the FedEx Cup if they win the tournament. No. 6 Steve Stricker, for example, would need a win and for Tiger to finish T2 or worse but not solo second. No. 8 Phil Mickelson needs a win, Tiger to finish 3rd or worse, Stenson to finish T2 or worse and Scott to finish second or worse. All 30 players in the field have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup by winning the tournament, but really only the Top 15 or so have a realistic chance. No. 30 Dustin Johnson, for example, needs a win ant Tiger to finish 29th or worse among other things.
Tiger has only played in this event five times since 2004, but among those results are a win (2007) and three runner-up finishes. In four return visits to East Lake since winning here in 2006, Scott has added only one top 15 (T6, 2011). He’s +1200 on WagerWeb.
Mickelson (+1500 on WagerWeb) has just one Top 20 in his last five starts (T6, The Barclays) this year on Tour. He’s a two-time winner at East Lake (2000, 2009).
Stenson, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose are all +1600 on WagerWeb. Stenson will be using a new driver in Atlanta after breaking his old one in frustration on the 18th hole at Conway Farms Monday. : A runner-up here in 2011, Mahan has put together a remarkably consistent season, with 15 of his 24 starts netting top-25 finishes. Rose co-led last year’s Tour Championship by Coca-Cola after 18 and 54 holes; settled for solo second.
PAST RESULTS AT EAST LAKE SINCE 2000
Player: ’00 / ’02 / ’04 / ’05 / ’06 / ’07 / ’08 / ’09 / ’10 / ’11 / ’12
Keegan Bradley: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 11 / 23
Roberto Castro: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Jason Day: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 17 / 6 / -
Brendon de Jonge: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Graham DeLaet: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Luke Donald: – / – / – / 14 / 5 / – / – / 25 / 2 / 3 / 3
Jason Dufner: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 19 / – / 13 / 20
Jim Furyk: – / 18 / – / 13 / 2 / 11 / 6 / 7 / Won / – / 7
Sergio Garcia: – / 28 / 15 / 20 / – / 4 / 2 / – / – / – / 15
Bill Haas: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / Won / -
Billy Horschel: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Dustin Johnson: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 27 / 22 / 23 / 10
Zach Johnson: – / – / 13 / – / 16 / 2 / – / 16 / 9 / – / 15
Matt Kuchar: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 25 / 20 / 10
Hunter Mahan: – / – / – / – / – / 5 / 17 / 24 / 15 / 2 / 8
Phil Mickelson: Won / 5 / 19 / – / – / 20 / 3 / Won / 22 / 10 / 15
DA Points: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Justin Rose: – / – / – / – / – / 11 / – / – / 15 / 20 / 2
Charl Schwartzel: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Adam Scott: – / – / 21 / 7 / Won / 26 / – / – / 27 / 6 / 19
Webb Simpson: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 22 / 5
Brandt Snedeker: – / – / – / – / – / 29 / – / – / – / 16 / Won
Jordan Spieth: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Henrik Stenson: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / -
Kevin Streelman: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 9 / – / -
Steve Stricker: – / – / – / – / – / 17 / 24 / 6 / 25 / 15 / 22
Nick Watney: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 13 / 4 / 26 / 28
Boo Weekley: – / – / – / – / – / 21 / – / – / – / – / -
Gary Woodland: – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / – / 13 / -
Tiger Woods: 2 / 7 / 2 / 2 / – / Won / – / 2 / – / – / 8
European Tour golf odds: Omega European Masters
There is no tournament on the PGA Tour this week as the FedEx Cup playoffs take a one-week break before concluding the season, so the best players to find this week will be at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. Bet on the tournament at WagerWeb.
High in the Swiss Alps, Crans-sur-Sierre has perhaps the most spectacular backdrop of any course on the European Tour. The layout dates from 1908, though it was re-designed in the late 1920s, then altered by Seve Ballesteros back in 1999. In 1971 Baldovino Dassu made history at Crans-sur-Sierre when he became the first player to shoot 60 on the European Tour. Jamie Spence managed the same score in the final round in 1992. He clawed back a 10 shot deficit and went on to win the title in a play-off against Anders Forsbrand.
With the Alps dominating the vista from the fairways in Crans Montana, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay will be hoping to be King of the Mountains once again, following his four stroke triumph 12 months ago. The Scot carded a bogey-free final round of 66 to complete a comfortable second European Tour victory, with Marcus Fraser, Fredrik Andersson Hed, Romain Wattel and Danny Willett all trailing in his wake.
The former U.S. Amateur champion, who won his first European Tour title in the South African Open Championship in the 2010 season, overcame the pressure of playing the final round alongside fellow Scot Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open Champion, to claim the trophy last year. The defending champion was tied 10th on his last European Tour start at Gleneagles.
Another player with fond memories of Crans-sur-Sierre is Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who this week marks his 25th consecutive Omega European Masters. The 49-year-old won the title in 2010 and has 10 Top-10 finishes in total at this venue. He is joined in the field by 2011 champion Thomas Björn of Denmark and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2000.
Other former winners teeing up in Crans-Montana include Alexander Noren (2009), Jean-François Luquin (2008), Brett Rumford (2007), Ricardo Gonzalez (2001), Sven Strüver (1998), Matthias Grönberg (1995) and José María Olazábal (1986).
Italy’s Matteo Manassero tees it up for the first time in almost a month when he competes in this week’s Omega European Masters. The 20-year-old has complained of being “‘tired” and has struggled since becoming the youngest winner of the BMW PGA Championship in May. Manassero, who won the prestigious Wentworth title in a playoff, has not posted a Top-20 in his last seven starts. His last four appearances have yielded finishes of 57-MC-53-72, the latter coming in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.