#OEM2015 Preview: What they said

Thu 23 Jul 2015

#OEM2015 Preview: What they said

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Crans Montana, Switzerland, July 22: Here's what leading contenders have to say about their challenge ahead of this week's Omega European Masters.
David Lipsky of USA David Lipsky of USA
David Lipsky (Usa)
It’s always good memories here and this is one of my most favourite places on earth. And to have won here and come back is always fun. I look forward to this week every year. The course is playing a lot softer this year and it’s playing a little different so it’s going to be a good test. I set my expectations pretty low at the start of the week and to be able to make the cut and play alright was really something special. I really like what they did with par-three 13. When I first played here, the greens were very different from what they are now and the constant seeding of the greens has made the hole a lot better. Obviously the 18 is a great hole, coming up to the clubhouse but it’s hard to beat the seventh hole. It’s hard to miss how pretty that hole is and I don’t think I’m ever going to get tired of that hole. I’ve played with Lee quite a bit but I haven’t played with Danny in a competition. It’s always fun to play with those guys as we all share the same coach and it’ll be a fun group.
Sergio Garcia (Esp)
Yes, I played very well in tough conditions at St Andrews, it was a long week so I’m feeling a bit tired now, but I’m sure I’ll be ready to go tomorrow. The weather here is totally different and the ball is going miles because of the altitude, whereas last week it wasn’t going very far at all, so hopefully the course will play a little easier and we can have a fun week. Yes, I’m staying there this week. It’s only 100m from the course, so it’s really convenient. I come here as often as I can, the last time was three weeks ago. It’s great to be able to sleep in my own bed every night. Obviously I’m very proud to be Spanish and that was always be home, but I do feel a little bit Swiss – although I definitely need to improve my French. I have some friends who live here, and at the time I bought it I was dating Martina [Hingis]. Plus the first time I came here I fell in love with the place, it’s so beautiful and I always feel relaxed when I’m here. It just seemed like a good fit, and I’m very happy I made the decision to buy here. The scenery here is amazing and the food is also great, so I always have such a nice time whenever I’m here. Pretty much on every hole you try to take it in, but especially on the seventh. It must be the best view of the year. It’s an amazing view, and it makes you realise that you’re lucky to be playing here. So you have to enjoy it. Every once in a while I try to play here outside tournament, but when I come here it’s more to relax than to practise or play golf. Plus I normally come in the winter, when the course is covered in snow. I do a bit of cross country skiing, but not too much downhill skiing because it’s too dangerous for me. Golf is much safer!
Lee Westwood of England Lee Westwood of England
Lee Westwood (Eng)
Yes it is nice to be back in Switzerland, as you say it is four years since I’ve played, 2011. It’s always been up against the FedEx Cup week and I’ve been on the US PGA Tour the last few years so it’s nice to see the date change this year – the week after The Open. Obviously, it’s a bit warmer here this time of year than it is normally in September so it should be a great week. We’ve got a good field and obviously Christian Barras tries his best and pulls together a good team and a good tournament. Yes it has gone through a few changes, I think when I won in ‘99, the changes had already started, the greens were raised a little bit and there were a few more run-offs and so on. Over the last few years they have definitely done a few changes, it’s gradually evolving and getting harder all the time, it’s a good test now – especially as the altitude makes for tricky conditions having to adjust your clubbing. It looks in great condition; I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what it’s like.
Shiv Kapur (India)
I love this place. I’ve been coming to Crans Montana for eight to nine years now and it’s one of my favourite stops on Tour. It makes it even nicer when it’s an Asian Tour event as I get to see all my buddies and many familiar faces. Anirban has been playing great for a couple of years and he’s been having a fantastic run. Rashid Khan and Gaganjeet had their success so Indian golf is in good hands. The year’s been pretty frustrating as it has been up and down and I’ve been quite inconsistent. I’ve been playing well but the results are not showing. Qualifying for the U.S. Open was a nice result for me and I felt like I found a bit of form at the Scottish Open. I feel like my game is in the right place and falling in place. I would like to kick on after the Thailand Classic earlier in the year.  I haven’t really kicked on and I’m hoping to do that in the second half of the year. It very different to what we play week in week out. It’s obviously very sloppy and the key is to know how far to hit the ball and the distances they go is a lot different. Judging and trusting the distance the ball goes is a huge factor. The weather has made it a little more friendly towards the Asian and I think you’ll see a stronger Asian challenge.