Matthew Fitzpatrick – $11,600
After the disappointment of missing out on a place in the Ryder Cup team, Matt will be keen to get back on with his own game and no better place for him to perform well than here at Crans. Other than his first appearance here he has superb course form. The defending Omega European Masters Champ has also placed 2nd and 7th in his 4 attempts, is coming into the event off the back of a 7th place performance under pressure in Denmark and is showing signs of playing to the standard he expects.
Matt Wallace – $10,400
What a display of gutsy golf we were treated to by our winner last week in Denmark and thoroughly deserves to have been thrown in the mix for a squad place. Although that didnt materialize, Matt is literally on top of the world right now and will be looking to continue to impress and add another trophy to his collection. Hopefully ownership will be a little lower than expected and others focus on his performances after his last win (4xMC). But lets not forget he has a lot to play for this week and is certainly no stranger to back to back wins (5 in a row on the Alps Tour) and would of learned a lot from the experience of his win at the BMW International Open
$9,000 – $10,000
Lucas Bjerregaard – $9,800
Lucas is so close to a win, having placed 6th and 9th in his last two events. The only thing that has let him down on both occasions is a lack luster round on the Friday. Its also worth noting how well he has been scoring, with 20 birdies and an eagle resulting in an average of just over 100 points for DraftKings scoring. Lucas also had a good showing here last year with a 9th place finish.
Ryan Fox – $9,600
I wont have a huge amount of ownership of Ryan but i will be taking a little gamble on the big hitting Kiwi.. He has really impressed this year with solid results in stronger fields. Plays the game his way and attacks the course wherever he can. Should rack up plenty of scoring points, if he can keep big numbers off the card he has every chance of being in contention. Made his first trip to Crans last year where he managed a 9th place finish.
Lee Westwood – $9,400
The Ryder Cup Vice Captain is coming into this event with both decent current form and decent course history. He played incredibly well last week in Denmark that resulted in him placing 2nd behind Wallace. He has previously made 6 trips to Crans and to date has made the cut on every occasion and has had 2 6th place finishes and a 4th. One of the most experienced players within the field with a tee ball game to die for.
$8,000 – $9,000
Eric Van Rooyen – $8,700
This will be Eric’s first attempt at Crans, however history proves that experience here isn’t essential. Knowledge of playing at altitude however is an advantage and that’s something he is most certainly used to. Eric has all the skill sets to perform here and if he can get it going I really wouldn’t be surprised to see his name at the top going into Sunday.
Robert Rock – $8,400
Without a doubt possesses the best swing on tour, picture perfect in every position and right now striking it lovely and scoring well. hence his T17 in Denmark and T6 in Sweden. Course form isn’t spectacular with a T20 being his best showing in 10 attempts to date. Hopefully this year, with added confidence he should perform better and better all previous attempts.
Richard Sterne – $8,200
Probably more of a cash play, but if you dont like Friday cut sweats and your looking for that consistent cut maker then here is your man. 21 of 22 cuts made this year but has failed to creep into the top 10 so far. Maybe this will be the week we see more than just a ‘Steady Eddie’ performance from Richard, after all he did place 9th here last year proving that on a couirse like this he is more than capable.
$7,500 – $8,000
Miguel Angel Jimenez – $8,000
I must admit my eyes light up when i see the lovable, cigar smoking Spaniard in the field and never more so than when he turns up at Crans. This will be his 16th visit here and in the previous 15 has a record most would die for. 1 win, 7 top 10’s and only 2 MC to blemish a near perfect record. Obviously his main focus now is geared towards the seniors Tour, however when he has appeared this year on the European tour he has somewhat schooled the youngster. 5 events, all cuts made, best finish T7 and worst finish T19.
Sam Horsfield – $7,900
Great things were expected of this young lad off the back of destroying everyone in the field to obtain his tour card at last years Q-School. Has’t quite hit the heights yet, butshowing a massive amount of promise. As each event passes he is learning more and after a run of 4 made cuts and a top 10 finish last week in Denmark will be coming here with plenty of confidence and a game to suit.
Adrian Otaegui – $7,600
After having started the season in blistering fashion its been a little while since we saw Adrian really feature, however last week in Denmark we started to see signs of him returning to the style and level of play he expects. Placed 10th after a bit of a slow start and only carded 4 bogeys all week. Very much an accuracy style of player, has had only 1 MC in the 4 attempts so far but no finish worth noting yet. With the better form and confidence he should place much better this year.
Richie Ramsay – $7,600
Former winner of this event with plenty of decent course form to back that up including 2 more top 10’s in his 9 attempts so far. He placed 12th last week in Denmark, that could of been much better had he not had a few too many mistakes on the Friday. Obviously loves playing here, but who wouldn’t with the spectacular views on offer and a win under their belt already.
$7,000 – $7,500
Maximilian Kieffer – $7,500
Taking a bit of a punt with this one. The German is showing a lot of promise and a methodical approach to playing here should suit his style of play very well. Just gotta hope Kieffer and Rai aren’t paired together… Will be one long day!!!
Aaron Rai – $7,400
This will be a first time visit for Aaron, however statically he sets up perfectly for this event. Solid off the tee and among the highest ranked in the field for both fairways found and greens hit. Starting to find a little form and consistency once again after placing T24 in Denmark and Sweden.
Scott Hend – $7,300
Statistically this course shouldn’t stack up and going by his 4 of 8 missed cuts you would think the stats don’t lie, however it looks like Scott has found a way to make this course work for him. Runner up here in the last 2 years and ready to attack the course again. Although I wont be going mad with my ownership as he is still just as like to be flying on to the next one on Friday as he is being in the mix again on Sunday.
David Lipsky – $7,200
Another former winner of this event and with solid course form since his victory in 2014, expect ownership to be low as he’s just coming off a missed cut and only a 50th the time before. However at this price and with his abilities it seems to good an option to pass up and maybe miss out on a player capable of winning on this course.
$7,000 or Less
Christian Bezhuidnhout – $7,000
Richard McEvoy – $7,000
Bradley Dredge – $6,700
Others to consider
Thomas Detry – $10,000
Andrea Pavan – $8,900
Matt Southgate – $7,800