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EPGA – 2011 Omega European Masters
The Omega European Masters will tee off at Crans-sur-Sierre Thursday morning.   Betting Odds are taken from Bodog.

This week will mark the start of Ryder Cup qualifications for Medinah in 2012, and there are a number of contenders looking to get off to a good start, including but not limited to, Darren Clarke (50/1), Rory McIlroy (8/1), Lee Westwood (9/1), and Martin Kaymer (16/1). The Crans-sur-Sierre golf course is located in Switzerland and the thin air makes the ball carry even further, so ball strikers will find themselves in paradise.

One of the favorites that looks especially promising is Italian Edoardo Molinari (28/1). He made his debut last year at Celtic Manor and has had a decent year after his outstanding 2010. He has only one top ten finish this year, though, and another tie for 11th at the Masters, but he finished in a tie for 22nd last week at Gleneagles, so he should be in contention. 28/1 offers a lot of value at any rate, and Molinari is due to return to his 2010 form.

Another Italian that should play prominently in the tournament is the 19 year old Matteo Manassero (18/1). Manassero finished 3rd in 2010 behind Molinari and champ Miguel Jimenez. In his brief stint so far on the tour, he has already won twice. He has rested since the US PGA Championship, which either means he’ll be rusty or fresh. He finished third at this event last year and the course is taylor-made to his game. The lack of length he has on the tee will be mitigated by the thin air and his pinpoint accuracy will give him a heads up on his opponents who will have trouble with the narrow greens. Manassero ranks 8th in driving accuracy on the tour and is 15th in Greens in regulation.

Ignacio Garrido (66/1) has had a decent season and has finished in the top 20 three times in a row, including last week’s event where he tied for eighth with a 74. The Spanish have faired well in this event and Garcia won in 2005, Olazabal in 1986, and Ballesteros in ’77, ’78, ’79. So for a Spanish golfer like Garrido, history is on his side.

The best of the Asian tour are also appearing in this event so it makes sense to pay them some homage by acknowledging Noh Seung Yul (33/1), who won the 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open and has also notched five top 10s in his last 18 events. So the Korean youngster is looking to make a name for himself in this event.

Here’s a breakdown of all golfers with 100/1 odds or better:

Rory Mcilroy

8/1

Lee Westwood

9/1

Martin Kaymer

16/1

Matteo Manassero

18/1

Alexander Noren

28/1

Francesco Molinari

28/1

Peter Hanson

28/1

George Coetzee

33/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez

33/1

Seung-Yul Noh

33/1

Simon Dyson

33/1

Bradley Dredge

40/1

Edoardo Molinari

40/1

Gary Boyd

40/1

Pablo Larrazabal

40/1

Stephen Gallacher

40/1

Darren Clarke

50/1

Henrik Stenson

50/1

Jamie Donaldson

50/1

Mark Foster

50/1

Raphael Jacquelin

50/1

Thomas Bjorn

50/1

Louis Oosthuizen

60/1

Chris Wood

66/1

Ignacio Garrido

66/1

Jeev Milkha Singh

66/1

Oliver Wilson

66/1

Peter Lawrie

66/1

Robert Rock

66/1

Tano Goya

66/1

Thomas Aiken

66/1

Victor Dubuisson

66/1

Bernd Wiesberger

80/1

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

80/1

James Morrison

80/1

Joel Sjoholm

80/1

John Parry

80/1

Joost Luiten

80/1

Mohd Siddikur

80/1

Richie Ramsay

80/1

Robert-Jan Derksen

80/1

Shane Lowry

80/1

Soren Hansen

80/1

Thongchai Jaidee

80/1

Anthony Wall

100/1

Brett Rumford

100/1

Danny Willett

100/1

David Horsey

100/1

Fredrik Andersson-Hed

100/1

Gregory Bourdy

100/1

Johan Edfors

100/1

Jose Manuel Lara

100/1

Oliver Fisher

100/1

Paul Lawrie

100/1

Peter Whiteford

100/1

Soren Kjeldsen

100/1

Thorbjorn Olesen

100/1

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