With just ten events to go, ranking points are crucial for those golfers seeking victory in the Race To Dubai standings at this stage of the season.
The European Tour heads to Switzerland this week, with the beautiful Crans-sur-Sierre golf course the venue for the Omega European Masters.
Behind Race To Dubai leader Francesco Molinari, New Zealand’s Ryan Fox has been arguably the most consistent player on Tour.
The 31-year-old has recorded no fewer than four top-10 finishes and three top-30 finishes this year and that includes top 50 results in the three Majors he’s played in during 2018.
The son of All Blacks legend Grant Fox has had a three-week break prior to this event and has happy memories of his trip to Switzerland last year – when he finished ninth after an opening round 65.
Not surprisingly, England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is the hot favourite to collect the winners’ cheque on Sunday, as he looks to retain the title he won in 2017.
The Yorkshireman beat Scott Hend in a play-off last year and goes into this week’s event off the back of a T7 finish in Denmark last week.
Fitzpatrick carded back-to-back rounds of 66 over the weekend but his mindset this week might depend on whether he gets a Ryder Cup wildcard pick from Thomas Bjorn on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who was also runner-up at Crans-sur-Sierre in 2015, is putting better than ever before, with his 1.75 Putts Per Greens In Regulation stats better than previous four years on the European Tour.
Australia’s Scott Hend will be looking to make it third time lucky this week, after being beaten in a play-off in the last two European Masters.
The man from Townsville comes into the event following a missed cut in Denmark, but his form at Crans-sur-Sierre makes him a big-price contender.
Hend has four top-20 finishes to his name this season, with his best display coming at the BMW International Open in June, when finishing T7.
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