The Omega European Masters is a big event on the DP World Tour schedule in 2023 because it’s the final chance for players to automatically qualify for the European Ryder Cup team for the biennial event next month in Rome. Check here the 2023 Omega European Masters Odds, favorites and more!
Those in contention for the final spot include Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert MacIntyre, both of whom are in the field this week. In addition, golfers like Adrian Meronk, Victor Perez, and Rasmus and Nicolai Hojgaard are looking to impress captain Luke Donald and receive one of six captain’s picks.
As for the Omega European Masters, the tournament has roots back to 1923 as the Swiss Open and has been held at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club since 1939. It’s been held every year of the DP World Tour’s existence since 1972 with the exception of the 2020 event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Crans-sur-Sierre, like much of Switzerland, has high elevation and is one of the most scenic courses in golf. It’s 4,000 feet above sea level, meaning that the ball travels around 10% further than it does at sea level. Despite that, the course is relatively short at 6,824 yards and is a par 70. Accuracy is key here, as the greens are small and slope off pretty severely if a golfer misses the putting surface. The fairways undulate both up and downhill as well.
Thriston Lawrence won last year’s event at an 18-under 262 in a playoff over Matt Wallace. The lowest aggregate score is a 260, shot by Colin Montgomerie in 1996. The lowest score to par is Jerry Anderson’s -27 in 1984.
After finishing tied for runner-up to Viktor Hovland at the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship two weeks ago and running ninth at the Tour Championship, Matt Fitzpatrick (+800) returns to Switzerland, where he’s won this event in 2017 and ’18.
Fitzpatrick is all but assured a wild card spot in the Ryder Cup field if he doesn’t automatically qualify, but his form over the past couple of weeks is sure to stay strong heading into this final stretch before the big event. Fitzpatrick is also ranked No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and no one else in this field is inside the top 50, so he has a distinct advantage here. The only thing that can slow him down is fatigue, having played last week in Atlanta, Georgia, and for the previous two weeks before that as well.
Ludvig Aberg (+1500) hasn’t won on the DP World Tour but finds himself among several previous winners on the odds board. The Swede tied for fourth at the D+D Real Czech Masters last week and had five top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in nine starts this year, including a fourth at the John Deere Classic in July.
Nicolai Hojgaard (+1500) came in third in the Czech Republic last week, continuing a run of five top 25s in his last seven starts. His twin brother, Rasmus Hojgaard (+1800) hasn’t always been as consistent as his brother, but he’s oftentimes more of a threat to win. Hojgaard won this event in 2021 and claimed victory last month at the Made in Himmerland tournament in his home country of Denmark. But Rasmus followed that performance up with missed cuts at the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open Championship.
Adrian Meronk (+1600) is in good shape for a wild card pick for the Ryder Cup since he won the Italian Open at Marco Simone Golf Club earlier this year, and he took home two victories in 2022. But the Polish star isn’t leaving anything to chance, so expect a strong performance this week. He was 62nd last week after a month-long layoff following The Open Championship, so expect Meronk to round into form this week.
Matt Wallace (+1800) just missed out on a win here last year and also last week in the Czech Masters, losing by one stroke to first-time winner Todd Clements. Wallace won the Corales Puntacana Championship, which was played opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, on the PGA Tour this past season.
Robert MacIntyre (+2000) placed fourth last week, which is his third finish of fourth or better in his last five starts. It was also a good rebound after missing the cut the week before.
Alexander Bjork (+2000) is looking for a win to punctuate the best year he’s had on the DP World Tour. He has seven top-10 finishes this season and is one of the best ball strikers on the tour, which will serve him well this week on a course where everyone will be driving well. A poor third round in Prague masks the fact that he was the 36-hole leader last week.
Yannik Paul (+3500) has an outside shot at qualifying for the Ryder Cup, so don’t discount his chances. He ranks in the top 10 in many DP World Tour stats and was 10th last week at the Czech Masters. He has a win to his credit last October in Spain, owns a pair of runner-up finishes in the spring, and has three top-10 finishes in his last six starts.
Last year’s winner, Thriston Lawrence, sits at +5500. The South African has four wins in the past two years on the circuit. He’s struggled more recently, picking up just one finish higher than 14th all year—but that was a win at the BMW International Open in June, so a repeat isn’t out of the question.
It’s tough to stay away from Fitzpatrick given his play and motivation to qualify for the Ryder Cup. We also like Aberg, Nicolai Hojgaard, Wallace, and MacIntyre this week.
Here are the latest odds from JazzSports for the DP World Tour’s 2023 Omega European Masters.
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|Adrien Dumont De Chassart||+2500|
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