5 things we learnt in Crans

September 11: The golf was good and the views even better. This week we take you behind the scenes of what we learnt at the Omega European Masters, on and off the course.

1Scott Hend endured a painful defeat at the Omega European Masters when he lost in a play-off for the second year running. Despite the heartbreak, the Australian can take pride that he leads on the Order of Merit and is now in the running to become only the second player after Jeev Milkha Singh to win back-to-back Order of Merit crowns.

2Hend will also qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic and is in the running to make an appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. He enjoyed a solid result at the CIMB Classic last year where he finished in a share of seventh place en-route to becoming the Asian Tour number one.Capture

3Multiple Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps made a splash when he participated in the Omega European Masters putting challenge which he won! He just can’t stop winning, in or outside the swimming pool. Several Asian Tour players also took the opportunity to take a photo with Phelps.

4There was a charity initiative at this year’s Omega European Masters where Credit Suisse initiated a “Birdies for Good” where they donated a certain amount to the Help for Children with Brain Damage foundation based on the birdies scored at the par three eighth hole.

5When you visit the media centre at the Omega European Masters, you will be welcomed by Hugo and Gabi, a lovely couple who have been running the media centre for many years. However, the 2017 edition will be the final year they will be doing this as the couple announce their retirement. All the best from all of us on the Asian Tour Hugo and Gabi, we will miss your warm welcome.