Niall is siding with an 'old timer' who has won at the venue before for this week's European Tour action
The venue in Crans, Switzerland is one of the highlights of the European Tour season and the tournament has always been supported by the great and the good of the European game. This year once again a host of top golfers make the trip for what is one of the most enjoyable weeks of the year. Nevertheless the golfers are here to win and getting your name on the winners list here is a feather in the cap for any golfer. It is played at altitude and length never appears to be an advantage here. A straight accurate long game is required for success around here and greens in regulation is always a worthy stat to keep an eye on.
Alex Noren and Tommy Fleetwood make the trip having both had a stellar twelve months. Noren has won twice here in his last five trips so will surely prove popular among punters. He shows no real sign of letting up in winning events so this is definitely not beyond him. Fleetwood arrives in similar fashion and can not be ruled out but I am slightly more tempted by a few guys at bigger odds.
Lee Westwood has won here before and even though I am loathed to get involved with him I can't bring myself not to part with some cash. I am well aware this may be an ill-advised decision but we must follow our convictions and see where they land. Westwood's summer has been solid enough top 20's posted at Wentworth and in Sweden. They have been backed up with two made cuts at the Open and PGA and top tens in Paris and last week in Prague. We have to go back a long way to find his last win and that is the worrying trend as we invest. Westwood's putting is horrendous on occasions but all didn't look too bad last week. He hit 73% Greens in Regulation also which bodes well for the test this week. Overall this is a place where an old timer can notch a win later in his career with Bjorn and Jimenez doing that of late.
Jordan Smith was somewhat out of sorts last week but with the scrambling skills he possesses I think he is worth of supporting once again to gain his second win of the season. There was plenty to like about his win a few weeks ago with being very tenacious when the chips were down on various occasions on the back 9 and during the playoff. A lot was expected of him and he has delivered and there is every chance he continues that success with another win before the year is out. Jordan Smith was somewhat out of sorts last week but with the scrambling skills he possesses I think he is worth of supporting once again to gain his second win of the season. There was plenty to like about his win a few weeks ago with being very tenacious when the chips were down on various occasions on the back 9 and during the playoff. A lot was expected of him and he has delivered and there is every chance he continues that success with another win before the year is out. This is his first outing at Crans which is a little bit of a worry but I believe he is a shade of value this week.
Upon recent form Jamie Donaldson is certainly worth a cursory glance in the market. The Welshman has certainly found the game tough in the last few years with tennis elbow holding him back from swinging freely. Things are on the up though after winning a handful of matches in the Lawrie Matchplay and two top 25 finishes in the European Open and last week and Prague. Jamie is certainly a sleeper in this event having posted three top tens here before. He is sitting at a tempting enough price for us to get involved with a smallish bet.
Alexander Bjork has had posted some impressive performances on his short tour history and at big prices can potentially give us a run for our money. Two top tens in South Africa and 3rd placed finish in the Open De France have been the highlights but top 20s in Abu Dhabi and at Wentworth have also been impressive. He ranks quite high in the scrambling stats and we know you have to putt and scramble well around these tight greens. Worth a play at three figure odds.