Omega European Masters The Tournament

The Tournament

In Crans-Montana since 1948

The golf tournament in Crans-Montana has a rich tradition. The first event on the high plateau in the Canton of Valais took place in 1948. The Swiss Open, as it used to be known, was renamed the European Masters in 1983.

Credit Suisse has been involved as one of the main sponsors since 1984, and the bank has been hosting the Gold Pro-Am for 30 years and the Silver Pro-Am since 2010.

September 6 – 9, 2018

The impressive backdrop of the Valais Alps, especially the warm hospitality and family atmosphere at the European Masters, has made this tournament unique in the world. For the best players, prize money alone is no longer the top priority. Star players concentrate on the four most prestigious majors, while also showing more and more interest in tournaments where they feel at home. The popularity of the Omega European Masters among world-class golfers is evident from the list of top players who regularly come to Valais to compete.

In the past, such players have included Nick Faldo, Costantino Rocca, and Severiano Ballesteros, after whom the course was named. Australia’s “Great White Shark,” Greg Norman, and South African Ernie Els have also played on this demanding course. Over the last 20 years, Spanish player Miguel Ángel Jiménez and two-time Crans winner Eduardo Romero from Argentina have been familiar faces in Valais.

Last but not least, the only Swiss tournament on the European Tour never fails to provide Swiss golf professionals with the chance to play in front of a home crowd. Paolo Quirici fell just short of a podium place in 1989, and Julien Clément, who hails from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, caused quite a stir in 2008 when he finished third.

Golf Course

The Omega European Masters is committed to sustainable development. In terms of both the environment and athletic level, the tournament strives for the highest standards and innovates like no other.

The "Espace Weisshorn", on the 13th green, is one of the most spectacular places to watch the Omega European Masters. The Weisshorn Arena provides 3,000 spectators in the grandstands with breathtaking views of the 4,505 meter-high Weisshorn and the surrounding greens. In 2015, fairways 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9 were renovated and the bunkers and teeing grounds moved.

As every year, the Severiano Ballesteros course will undoubtedly present new challenges for the world's best golfers and make the battle for the title even more thrilling.

Please find an interactive plan of the golf course via the following link:

Game Format

The Omega European Masters is a 72-hole stroke play tournament on the European Tour.

150 professionals and six amateurs play the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday. The cut is made on Friday evening and those players in the top half of the table participate in the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

In the case of a tie after four rounds, the winner is decided in a play-off.


The results of the Omega European Masters Tournament will be available at the following link: