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2019 European Masters Betting Tips - Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett tipped to succeed in Switzerland

The two Englishman have the form and course pedigree to contend at Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre
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Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best players competing at the 2019 European Masters and is in fine form (Getty Images)

2019 European Masters Golf Preview, Predictions, Betting Tips & Live Stream

Crans-Montana, Switzerland is the next stop on the European Tour as a competitive field contests the 2019 European Masters this week. Matthew Fitzpatrick is going for three in a row, while Rory McIlroy arrives fresh from his triumphant FedEx Cup campaign. Before the first tee shot is hit, here is a look at the contenders and the best betting tips for the tournament.

2019 European Masters Betting Odds

Here are the leading contenders for the 2019 European Masters based on their tournament outright odds. All odds are from bet365 and are correct on 27 August 2019:

Rory McIlroy5.00
Matthew Fitzpatrick9.00
Tommy Fleetwood13.00
Danny Willett21.00
Matt Wallace23.00
Alex Noren23.00
Erik van Rooyen23.00
Bernd Wiesberger31.00
Sergio Garcia31.00
Thomas Pieters31.00
Lucas Bjerregaard34.00
Rory Sabbatini34.00
Andrea Pavan36.00
Mike Lorenzo Vera46.00
Lee Westwood46.00
Andrew Johnston56.00
Joost Luiten56.00
Andy Sullivan61.00
Thomas Detry67.00
Eddie Pepperell67.00
Alexander Bjork67.00
Gavin Green67.00
Troy Merritt71.00
Robert MacIntyre81.00
Sam Horsfield91.00
Matthias Schwab91.00

2019 European Masters Leading Contenders

Rory McIlroy (5.00)

Rory McIlroy woke up in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday morning $15m richer after winning the FedEx Cup playoff finale Tour Championship. Not bad for four days’ work. The World No. 2 has not had much time to revel in his success, though, and has private-jetted over to Switzerland to compete this week. 

McIlroy is undoubtedly the best player and biggest attraction in the field, but where will his head be at after such a momentous win just a few days ago? Considering his short odds and recent excursions, I am taking the risk to ignore McIlroy this week. 

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy arrives at the European Masters after winning the $15m FedEx Cup playoffs - but will he regain his focus? (Getty Images)

Matthew Fitzpatrick (9.00)

Matthew Fitzpatrick is attempting this week to achieve what only the great Seve Ballasteros has done by winning the European Masters for a third time in the European Tour era. Based on current form, there is no reason why the Englishman cannot achieve the feat. 

He finished runner-up last time out at the Scandinavian Masters – a tournament with a similar setup and where Fitzpatrick has also enjoyed past success – and tied-fourth at the WGC-St Jude Invitational. My concern with backing Fitzpatrick is that winning three-in-a-row has never been done before, and his odds for a top-10 finish just aren’t enticing enough to back him in anything other than the win bet.

Tommy Fleetwood (13.00)

For a player of Tommy Fleetwood’s class and consistency, it’s quite incredible that it’s been 19 months since he last lifted a trophy – at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship. Can he end the drought this week at the European Masters? 

His current form certainly suggests the wait could end here. The World No. 13 is coming off a tied-11th and a tied-16th at the BMW Championship and Tour Championship respectively against the best players in the world.

Prior to the FedEx Cup playoffs, Fleetwood was tied-fourth at the WGC-St Jude Invitational and a superb runner-up at the British Open. He has good form at the European Masters, too, with two top-10s. Based on ability, Fleetwood is streets ahead of the rest of the field, barring McIlroy, and he is my pick to win the title.

Danny Willett (21.00)

It is great to see Danny Willett return to the top of worldwide leaderboards after a stunning slump triggered by injury and a subsequent loss of form. That horror run at the start of 2018 – when he missed nine straight cuts – is firmly behind him, and since winning the DP World Tour Championship last November, his game has been steadily heading in the right direction. 

I fancy Willett to have a good week at the European Masters. He was champion here in 2015 and finished runner-up in 2012. His results have been largely encouraging in recent months, highlighted by a tied-sixth at the British Open. Willett is priced at 3.00 for a top-10 finish and that is a bet I like.

Danny Willett
Danny Willett won the 2015 European Masters and finished runner-up in 2012 (Getty Images)

Matt Wallace (23.00)

After finishing runner-up at the British Masters in May, Matt Wallace embarked on a rich vein of form during the early summer, finishing tied-third at the PGA Championship and the BMW International. Since then, though, the Englishman’s game has tailed off somewhat and based on recent results and current form, there are better options in the European Masters field.

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Erik Van Rooyen (23.00)

The form player on the European Tour right now, and currently one of my favourite players after he landed us a winning tip at the Scandinavian Masters last week. Van Rooyen’s win in Gothenburg followed a tied-fifth at the Czech Masters. When a player is in this sort of zone, he is always worth considering. Van Rooyen to finish in the top-20 is priced at 2.10, which is certainly worth considering.

Thomas Pieters (31.00)

Thomas Pieters has spent much of the past two seasons struggling to find his best game. However, his three-year wait for his fourth European Tour title came to an end when he won the Czech Masters two weeks ago. The Belgian hasn’t played since, so will be focused and fresh. 

Bet365 have odds on ‘Top Belgian’, with Pieters priced at 1.83. He is only in competition with two other players: Thomas Detry – who has only claimed two top-10s all season – and Nicolas Colsaerts, who hasn’t finished inside the top-50 in any of his last four events. The odds may be short, but it seems a solid punt.

Thomas Pieters
Thomas Pieters won the Czech Masters two weeks ago and has the form to top the other two Belgians in the European Masters field (Getty Images)

Lee Westwood (46.00)

It is a sign of Lee Westwood’s enduring abilities on a golf course that he won the European Masters 20 years ago. The Englishman has shown in spells that there is still plenty of fine golf left in him, as shown by his superb tied-fourth at the British Open. His putting has much improved over the past 12 months and he has the game to suit another good showing at the European Masters. Westwood to finish in the top-20 is priced at 3.00, and that is a tempting bet.

2019 European Masters Live Stream

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2019 European Masters Key Stats

  • There are 11 former champions competing at the 2019 European Masters: Lee Westwood (1999), Robert Karlsson (2002), Luke Donald (2004), Sergio Garcia (2005), Bradley Dredge (2006), Brett Rumford (2007), Alexander Noren (2009, 2016), Thomas Bjorn (2011, 2013), Richie Ramsay (2012), Danny Willett (2015), and Matthew Fitzpatrick (2017, 2018).
  • Five of the last six European Masters have been decided in a playoff (a playoff in the 2019 tournament is priced at 4.00).
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick is aiming to become the first player in the tournament’s 114-year history to win the title three years in a row.
  • Only Rory McIlroy (No.2) is ranked higher than Tommy Fleetwood (No.13) this week. The next highest is Fitzpatrick (No. 29).

2019 European Masters Betting Tips

Tommy Fleetwood is the player I am backing to win the 2019 European Masters title. He is playing tournament-winning golf without actually winning the title, and he can convert that form into a win this week.

I am also tipping Thomas Pieters to win the battle of the Belgians and Danny Willett to finish in the top 10. Both players have the form and confidence to have good weeks.

Best Bet: T Pieters Top Belgian @1.83 at bet365 - 5 Units
Top 10 Finish: Danny Willett @3.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Winner: Tommy Fleetwood @13.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Thomas Pieters placed tied-12th to finish as the top Belgian and ensure our main tip was a winner. Tommy Fleetwood (tied-8th) fell just short of the title, while Danny Willett had a disappointing tournament to miss the cut.
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