DID YOU KNOW – OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS
• Thomas Björn will be looking for a third title in the Omega European Masters, having triumphed in 2011 and 2013. Should he claim another win it will be the first event he has won three times. The Dane has yet to make a successful defence of a European Tour title.
• When he won in 2011 and 2013 Thomas Björn was a total of 20 under par on both occasions. To add to his two triumphs he has finished second twice as well, back in 1999 and 2000.
• In 2010 Miguel Angel Jiménez won his first Omega European Masters title at the 22nd attempt. This was a then new European Tour record for a player competing in the same event before winning it for the first time. He then broke his own record, winning the Open de España this year at the 27th time of asking.
• Should Thomas Björn make a successful defence of the Omega European Masters, he would become the first player to achieve the feat since Seve Ballesteros in 1977-78. Should the Danish player win again he would join Ballesteros as the only players to win the Omega European Masters three times since the event became part of The European Tour in 1972.
• One of the 17 players to shoot an official 60 since The European Tour’s first season in 1972, was Jamie Spence, in winning the 1992 European Masters. Beginning the final round ten shots behind the third round leader, Colin Montgomerie, Spence compiled a 12 under par score of 60, to tie Anders Forsbrand after 72 holes, before winning at the second extra play-off hole. This represents the largest final round winning comeback in European Tour history. This was since equalled by Paul Lawrie at The 1999 Open Championship.
• Jamie Spence in 1992 is one of only three players to win a European Tour event, while shooting 60 in the final 18 holes. The other two were Ian Woosnam (1990 Torras Monte Carlo Open) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2009 Austrian Golf Open).
• The Omega European Masters, staged at Crans-sur-Sierre, has the distinction of being the only venue to hold a European Tour event in every season since 1972. The 2014 edition will be the 43rd since 1972. The venue has hosted the tournament every year it has been played since 1939..
• The Omega European Masters is the only European Tour event staged in Europe which is jointly-sanctioned. The tournament has become part of the Asian Tour schedule since 2008.
• Mads Vibe-Hastrup’s albatross in the 2008 Omega European Masters was the fifth in the event since The European Tour’s first season in 1972. This tournament jointly holds the record for most albatrosses with five, along with The Open Championship.