Fitzpatrick seeks Swiss hat-trick

Updated: 24/02/2024

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick will be going for a third consecutive Omega European Masters title this week but a certain Rory McIlroy is set to tee it up in Switzerland (McIlroy 4/1, Fitzpatrick 7/1 Outright Betting).

Fitzpatrick beat Australia’s Scott Hend in a play-off in 2017 before repeating the dose against Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark last year and he heads into this year’s renewal in red-hot form.

The 24-year-old finished in a share of fourth at the WGC – FedEx St Jude Invitational and then secured second spot in last week’s Scandinavian Invitation.

However, he will find the opposition a bit tougher to deal with this time around, with England’s world number 13 Tommy Fleetwood (10/1) also in the line-up.

The Ryder Cup ace has not enjoyed the same success as in 2018 but is still consistent, with no missed cuts this season and five top-10s.

A tied-11th finish in the BMW Championship and joint-13th effort in last week’s Tour Championship proved that he is still there or thereabouts and a trip to the Swiss mountains may be all he needs to get over the winning line in 2019.

Danny Willett’s (22/1) fall from grace after his shock 2016 Masters win has been tough to watch but the Sheffield man seems on the way back and is now up to 57th in the world rankings.

He may have missed seven cuts this year but was eighth in the Canadian Open while ending up tied for sixth at the Open Championship.

The signs are good that he may well return to the world’s top 20 and the Yorkshireman is a former winner of this event, having taken the title in 2015.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (30/1) is in the field and a player trending in the right direction.

The 33-year-old has two wins, one second and an eighth-place finish in his last eight starts but, like everyone else, will have to get past McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman was peerless at last week’s Tour Championship, taking the $15m overall FedEx Cup prize.

The only negative for the world number two could be motivation, as this event is nowhere near the status of East Lake, but he is the ultimate professional and it would be no surprise to see him challenging on Sunday.

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