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September 2, 2014

PGA European - Omega European Masters Preview

Thursday, September 4th through Sunday, September 7th

Course Info

Site: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club (Alpine Course), Crans Montana, Switzerland

Course Architect: Fremantle and Gedge (1906), M Nicholson (1929 - redesign),

Par: 70

Yardage: 6,848

Hole by Hole

Front Nine: 36 3,507 Yds

1 - Par 5 540 Yds

2 - Par 4 446 Yds

3 - Par 3 191 Yds

4 - Par 4 503 Yds

5 - Par 4 364 Yds

6 - Par 4 324 Yds

7 - Par 4 331 Yds

8 - Par 3 175 Yds

9 - Par 5 633 Yds

Back Nine: 35 3,341 Yds

10 - Par 4 406 Yds

11 - Par 3 217 Yds

12 - Par 4 417 Yds

13 - Par 3 195 Yds

14 - Par 5 559 Yds

15 - Par 5 516 Yds

16 - Par 3 235 Yds

17 - Par 4 394 Yds

18 - Par 4 402 Yds

Tournament Info

Year: 80th

Television: Golf Channel - Thursday -- 5:30-7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 pm (et) - Friday -- 6-7:30 a.m. (et), 9:30-11:30 a.m. (et), - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-11 a.m. (et)

Champion: Thomas Bjorn

Runner Up: Craig Lee

Tournament Record: 260 (Colin Montgomerie, 1996)

54-Hole Record: 193 (Patrick Sjoland, 1998)

36-Hole Record: 127 (Sandy Lyle, 1983)

Course Record: 60 (Baldovino Bassu, 1971; Jamie Spence, 1992)

Total Purse: $3,018,654 (2,300,000 euros)

Shares: 1st Place - $504,423; 2nd Place - $336,278; 3rd Place - $189,463

2013 Final Leaderboard

Thomas Bjorn * 264

Craig Lee 264

Victor Dubuisson 265

Alejandro Canizares 266

Miguel Angel Jimenez 269

Ross Fisher 269

Gregory Havret 270

Brooks Koepka 270

Three players at 272

Past Winners

2013: *Thomas Bjorn (264). Runner up: Craig Lee

2012: Richie Ramsay (267). Runner up: Fredrik Andersson Hed, Marcus Fraser, Danny Willett, Romain Wattel

2011: Thomas Bjorn (264). Runner up: Martin Kaymer

2010: Miguel Angel Jimenez (263). Runner up: Edoardo Molinari

2009: Alexander Noren (264). Runner up: Bradley Dredge

2008: *Jean-Francois Lucquin (271). Runner up: Rory McIlroy

2007: *Brett Rumford (268). Runner up: Phillip Archer

2006: Bradley Dredge (267). Runner up: Francesco Molinari, Marcel Siem

2005: Sergio Garcia (270). Runner up: Peter Gustafsson

2004: Luke Donald (265). Runner up: Miguel Angel Jimenez

2003: Ernie Els (267). Runner up: Michael Campbell

2002: Robert Karlsson (270). Runner up: Trevor Immelman, Paul Lawrie

2001: Ricardo Gonzalez (268). Runner up: Soren Hansen

2000: Eduardo Romero (261). Runner up: Thomas Bjorn

1999: Lee Westwood (270). Runner up: Thomas Bjorn

1998: *Sven Struver (263). Runner up: Patrik Sjoland

1997: Costantino Rocca (266). Runner up: Robert Karlsson, Scott Henderson

1996: Colin Montgomerie (260). Runner up: Sam Torrance

1995: Mathias Gronberg (270). Runner up: Costantino Rocca, Barry Lane

1994: Eduardo Romero (266). Runner up: Pierre Fulke

1993: Barry Lane (270). Runner up: Seve Ballesteros, Miguel Angel Jimenez

1992: *Jamie Spence (271). Runner up: Anders Forsbrand

1991: Jeff Hawkes (268). Runner up: Seve Ballesteros

1990: Ronan Rafferty (267). Runner up: John Bland

1989: Seve Ballesteros (266). Runner up: Craig Parry

1988: Chris Moody (268). Runner up: Seve Ballesteros, Anders Forsbrand, Ian Woosnam

1987: Anders Forsbrand (263). Runner up: Mark Mouland

1986: Jose Maria Olazabal (262). Runner up: Anders Forsbrand

1985: Craig Stadler (267). Runner up:

1984: Jerry Anderson (261). Runner up: Howard Clark

1983: *Nick Faldo (268). Runner up: Sandy Lyle

1982: *Ian Woosnam (272). Runner up: Bill Longmuir

1981: *Manuel Pinero (277). Runner up: Antonio Garrido, Tony Johnstone

1980: Nick Price (267). Runner up: Manuel Calero

1979: Hugh Baiocchi (275). Runner up: Antonio Garrido, Dale Hayes, Delio Lovato

1978: Seve Ballesteros (272). Runner up: Manuel Pinero

1977: Seve Ballesteros (273). Runner up: John Schroeder

1976: Manuel Pinero (274). Runner up: Dave Hill

1975: Dale Hayes (273). Runner up: Tienie Britz, Bernard Gallacher, Gary Player

1974: Bob Charles (275). Runner up: Tony Jacklin

1973: Hugh Baiocchi (278). Runner up: Eddie Polland, Jack Newton

1972: Graham Marsh (270). Runner up: Tony Jacklin

1971: Peter Townsend (270). Runner up: Manuel Ballesteros

1970: Graham Marsh (274). Runner up:

1969: Roberto Bernardini (277). Runner up:

1968: Roberto Bernardini (272). Runner up:

1967: Randall Vines (272). Runner up:

1966: Alfonso Angelini (271). Runner up:

1965: #Harold Henning (208). Runner up:

1964: Harold Henning (276). Runner up:

1963: *Dai Rees (278). Runner up:

1962: *Bob Charles (272). Runner up:

1961: Kel Nagle (268). Runner up:

1960: Harold Henning (270). Runner up:

1959: Dai Rees (274). Runner up:

1958: Ken Bousfield (272). Runner up:

1957: Alfonso Angelini (270). Runner up:

1956: Dai Rees (278). Runner up:

1955: Flory van Donck (277). Runner up:

1954: Bobby Locke (276). Runner up:

1953: Flory van Donck (267). Runner up:

1952: Ugo Grappasonni (267). Runner up:

1951: Eric Brown (267). Runner up:

1950: Aldo Casera (276). Runner up:

1949: Marcel Dallemagne (270). Runner up:

1948: Ugo Grappasonni (285). Runner up:

1947: Not Held. Runner up:

1946: Not Held. Runner up:

1945: Not Held. Runner up:

1944: Not Held. Runner up:

1943: Not Held. Runner up:

1942: Not Held. Runner up:

1941: Not Held. Runner up:

1940: Not Held. Runner up:

1939: Fifi Cavalo (273). Runner up:

1938: J. Saubaber (139). Runner up:

1937: M. Dallemagne (138). Runner up:

1936: @F. Francis (134). Runner up:

1935: Auguste Boyer (137). Runner up:

1934: Auguste Boyer (133). Runner up:

1933: Not Held. Runner up:

1932: Not Held. Runner up:

1931: M. Dallemagne (145). Runner up:

1930: Auguste Boyer (150). Runner up:

1929: A. Wilson (142). Runner up:

1928: Not Held. Runner up:

1927: Not Held. Runner up:

1926: Alex Ross (145). Runner up:

1925: Alex Ross (148). Runner up:

1924: P. Boomer (150). Runner up:

1923: Alex Ross (149). Runner up:

* - Won in Playoff

# - 54 Holes

@ - Amateur

Formerly called Swiss Open (1971-81), Ebel Swiss Masters (1982), Ebel European Masters Swiss Open (1983-1990), Canon European Masters Swiss Open (1991), Canon European Masters (1992-2000).

Top Contenders

Thomas Bjorn

2004: T-26

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: mc

2010: T-15

2011: Won

2012: mc

2013: Won

Craig Lee

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008: 74th

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

2013: 2nd

Victor Dubuisson

2004:

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2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011: mc

2012: T-49

2013: 3rd

Miguel A. Jimenez

2004: 2nd

2005: T-13

2006: T-37

2007: mc

2008: T-3

2009: 4th

2010: Won

2011: T-9

2012: T-11

2013: T-5

Brooks Koepka

2004:

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2006:

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2012:

2013: T-7

Paul Lawrie

2004: T-46

2005: mc

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: mc

2011: T-35

2012: T-6

2013: 12th

Brett Rumford

2004: T-56

2005: T-69

2006: T-44

2007: Won

2008: T-23

2009: T-32

2010: T-13

2011: T-65

2012: T-19

2013: T-15

David Howell

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007: mc

2008:

2009: T-7

2010: mc

2011: dq

2012: T-27

2013: T-26

Danny Willett

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: T-23

2010: T-42

2011: T-25

2012: T-2

2013: T-26

Matteo Manassero

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: T-23

2010: 3rd

2011: T-18

2012: T-34

2013: T-34

Gregory Bourdy

2004:

2005: mc

2006:

2007: mc

2008:

2009: T-19

2010:

2011: mc

2012: T-34

2013: T-44

Richie Ramsay

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: mc

2010: mc

2011: 34th

2012: Won

2013: mc

Jamie Donaldson

2004:

2005: mc

2006: wd

2007:

2008: mc

2009:

2010: T-23

2011: T-3

2012: T-9

2013: mc

Fabrizio Zanotti

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008: T-47

2009: mc

2010: mc

2011: T-45

2012: T-41

2013: mc

Marc Warren

2004:

2005:

2006: T-4

2007: mc

2008: mc

2009: mc

2010: T-9

2011: mc

2012: T-55

2013: mc

Hennie Otto

2004: T-60

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008: T-55

2009:

2010: mc

2011: T-61

2012: T-64

2013: mc

Darren Clarke

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007: mc

2008:

2009: T-60

2010: T-15

2011: T-35

2012: T-71

2013: mc

Pablo Larrazabal

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008: mc

2009: mc

2010: mc

2011: T-48

2012: mc

2013: mc

Mikko Ilonen

2004: wd

2005: mc

2006: T-7

2007: T-18

2008: T-32

2009:

2010: T-9

2011:

2012: mc

2013: mc

Peter Uihlein

2004:

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2011:

2012:

2013: mc

Bernd Wiesberger

2004:

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2009:

2010:

2011: mc

2012: T-6

2013:

Shane Lowry

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: mc

2010: mc

2011: mc

2012: T-49

2013:

George Coetzee

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: mc

2011: T-25

2012:

2013:

NOTES: The European Tour travels to Switzerland this week for the Omega European Masters. With the best players on the European Tour competing in the United States on the PGA Tour at the FedExCup Playoffs, only three players ranked in the top 30 of the world are in the field - Victor Dubuisson (21), defending champion Thomas Bjorn (26) and Jamie Donaldson (28).

Dubuisson, Bjorn and Donaldson will be on the European team that will compete against the United States at the Ryder Cup later this month. Bjorn will try to become the first back-to-back winner of this event since Seve Ballesteros captured two straight in 1977-78.

Crans-sur-Sierre has hosted this event since 1939, with this edition being the 68th held at this site. The course is the most used venue for a regular European Tour event.

This tournament has witnessed a number of scoring records in its distinguished history. In 1978, Spain's Jose Maria Canizares became the first player to shoot 27 for nine holes. On his way to victory in 1996, Colin Montgomerie produced the lowest 36 holes in tour history, shooting 124 (-18) in rounds three and four to beat Sam Torrance by four shots. Anders Forsbrand's scoring in 1987 was even more remarkable when the Swede covered the last 54 holes in 192 (-24) -- breaking tour records for the lowest final 54 holes and the lowest final 54 in relation to par.

Last year, Bjorn birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Craig Lee and win this title for the second time. Bjorn, who earned his 14th European Tour victory and first since capturing this title in 2011, fired a 6-under 65 to overcome a 2-stroke overnight deficit and meet Lee at 20-under 264 after 72 holes.

Bjorn carded an impressive 9-under 62 in the final round in 2011 to overtake several of the world's top players and win for the second straight week. Bjorn's 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th was the final straw that propelled the Dane to a 20-under 264 finish, marking the first time he won three times in a single year. It was his 13th win overall on the European Tour, only the 27th player in tour history to do so. His win was all the more impressive when considering that three of the world's top six players finished in the top six of the leaderboard -- Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. Bjorn became the oldest player in European Tour history to win back- to-back events at 40 years and 198 days old.

In 2010, Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied the 17th hole in the final round to fend off Edoardo Molinari and win by three strokes. Jimenez fired rounds of 67-61-68-67 to post his third win of the season at 21-under-par 263. It was his 18th European Tour victory. Jimenez has won 14 of his 21 titles since turning 40. The 46-year-old Jimenez became the oldest player in European Tour history to win three times in one season. He won the tournament in his 22nd appearance, a European Tour record for most appearances in the same event before winning it.

Alexander Noren carded weekend rounds of 63-66 in 2009 to collect his first European Tour title. Noren completed the event at 20-under-par 264 for a 2- stroke victory over 2006 champion Bradley Dredge.

Five players have won this event three times; Alex Ross, Auguste Boyer, Dai Rees, Harold Henning and Ballesteros. There have been four wire-to-wire winners since 1980, most recently in 2002 when Robert Karlsson won the title.

Canadian Jerry Anderson etched his name into the record books with his wire- to-wire win in 1984. His 72-hole score of 27-under still stands as the lowest total to par and gave him his maiden victory. Montgomerie owns the record for the lowest total score of 260 shot in 1996. One of the most spectacular finishes ever seen on the European Tour took place in 1992 when Jamie Spence started the final round 10 behind. Courtesy of his last-day 60, it enabled him to defeat Forsbrand in a playoff to equal the biggest final-round comeback by a winner, first set by Neil Coles at the 1977 Tournament Players' Championship. Paul Lawrie also came from 10 back on the final day when he won the British Open Championship in 1999.

The European Tour heads to the Netherlands next week for the KLM Open, where Joost Luiten captured the title last year in his home country.

09/02 14:36:16 ET

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