Two players with plenty of previous at Montreux are STEVE FLESCH and MARK WILSON, and its hard to see either being too far away on Sunday. Flesch won on his last visit two years ago, his fourth consecutive top-10 on the course. There’s nothing particularly great about the left-hander’s recent form to report, but Flesch clearly retains his ability on the basis of 6th place at the Masters in April, his second top-10 in succession at Augusta.
MARK WILSON has two previous top-10s to his name on this course and must come into the argument after a decent run of five top-25 finishes from his last seven events, the best of which was 3rd to Tiger and Furyk at the Memorial. That level of form would be very competitive at this lower level, and having impressed with his temperament under pressure on a number of occasions, Wilson looks well up to winning a third PGA Tour title.
Solid previous course form also lies behind SCOTT MCCARRON and JJ HENRY‘s places in the staking plan. McCarron won the last of his three PGA Tour titles eight long years ago, but the best of his recent form suggests he may yet have one more day in the sun. If he does, Montreux rates as likely a venue as any, and not just because the opposition is always second-rate in this event. Scott enjoys a slight advantage due to his local connections, as illustrated by a course record that boasts three top-10s from seven visits, including 2nd and 4th placed finishes.
Henry also has solid Montreux credentials, having twice made the top-4 on this Nevada course. Interestingly, JJ’s best result of 2009 came in another week when the stars were away. In addition to that runners-up spot in Mexico, Henry finished 5th on his penultimate start to confirm his wellbeing.
Others with local connections include thriving senior Michael Allen, who came in for close scrutiny at 70/1, capable outsider Scott Piercy and last week’s very disappointing selection Alex Cejka. The first and last of that trio have both played well on this course before, but in Cejka’s case there was no cause for encouragement in that latest performance. Nevertheless, it would be extremely frustrating were the German to win, or either of last week’s other disappointing picks Daniel Chopra and Jonathan Byrd for that matter.