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27 August 2001

Crans-Montana, OMEGA European Masters - players announced

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Crans-Montana, 27th August 2001 - With preparations at the beautiful Alpine resort of Crans-Montana for the forthcoming OMEGA European Masters in full swing, the players and the detailed programme of events were announced at a press conference in the resort today.

The PGA European Tour celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the European Masters has been a part of it from the outset. This year sees a total of 49 events on the tour, held in 25 countries. With such competition among organisers, it is important that the OMEGA European Masters tournament can look forward to a healthy future thanks to prestige Swiss watchmaker OMEGA's new 5-year commitment to the tournament as title spons



One of the biggest bonuses of the new partnership with OMEGA is that the tournament will this year welcome the world's number 4 golfer and OMEGA brand ambassador Ernie Els. Furthermore, world no. 12 and 1999 European Masters winner Lee Westwood, after a recent return to top form, will undoubtedly be one of the top challengers. The total of 150 professional golfers participating in the tournament includes 13 more players from the top 25 in the European Order of Merit:



Thomas Björn (DEN)


Angel Cabrera (ARG)


Paul McGinley (IRL)


Andrew Oldcorn (SCO)


Miguel Angel Jimenez (SPA)


Robert Karlsson (SWE)


Phillip Price (WAL)


Thomas Levet (FRA)


Andrew Coltart (SCO)


Adam Scott (AUS)


Mathias Grönberg (SWE)


Peter O'Malley (AUS)


Warren Bennett (ENG)



... as well as numerous previous winners:



Manuel Pinero (SPA/1976, 1981)


Severiano Ballesteros (SPA/1977, 1978, 1989)


Nick Faldo (ENG/1983)


Anders Forsbrand (SWE/1987)


Ronan Rafferty (N. IRL/1990)


Jeff Hawkes (RSA/1991)


Jamie Spence (ENG/1992)


Barry Lane (ENG/1993)


Costantino Rocca (ITA/1997)


Sven Strüver (GER/1998)


Eduardo Romero (ARG/2000)



Several Swiss pros and six amateurs on a wild card will also be competing for the 1.5m Euros (2.3m Swiss francs) in prize money. The tournament takes place from 6th September until 9th September and is preceded by the OMEGA Charity Skins game, in which Ernie Els will go head-to-head with Lee Westwood and Severiano Ballesteros to win a share in a 45,000 Swiss franc prize fund for his favourite charity.



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