Omega European Masters

Joy for Lipsky and Maybin as Lowry and Lawrie fade

Shane Lowry and Peter Lawrie were left to wonder what might have been as David Lipsky earned his maiden European Tour win by beating Graeme Storm in the first hole of a play-off at the Omega European Masters.

Joy for Lipsky and Maybin as Lowry and Lawrie fade

Lawrie due some good karma

Peter Lawrie might not have succeeded in carding the first 59 in European Tour history but if karma has anything to do with it, his surge up the leaderboard in the Omega European Masters will yield a big cheque as he battles to keep his card.

Lawrie due some good karma

Vice squad call boosts Harrington

Pádraig Harrington gave fair warning that laying down his competitive hat for a week at Gleneagles will not stop him in his battle to regain his old form.

Vice squad call boosts Harrington

Harrington left in shade by sparkling Scot

Pádraig Harrington congratulates Craig Lee on his sensational third round 61 in Crans. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.iePadraig Harrington had a front row seat as Scotland’s Craig Lee missed out on carding the lowest round in European Tour history.

Harrington in resurrection: "I played well today"

Padraig Harrington looks determined as he walks off the first tee. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieThere was no need for complicated mental gynmastics, no need for any mind-bending theorising. Padraig Harrington shot a six under par 65 in the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans Sur Sierre and said: “I played very nicely, especially towards the end.”

Hoey laid back in the Alps

The hills are alive with the sound of titanium on Titleist. Michael Hoey, pictured by Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieWhen Michael Hoey is in the mood, he’s a match for anyone. Just ask Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who lost the Dunhill Links title to the Belfast man not too long ago.

Lowry undone by inconsistency as Ramsay wins

Richie Ramsay with the Omega European Masters trophy. Picture by Getty ImagesThe chicken and egg debate over Shane Lowry’s fitness will go on for a while longer after the Offaly man made 16 birdies and two eagles yet still finished 14 shots behind runaway winner Richie Ramsay in the Omega European Masters.

Bourdy sparkles in Crans, Lowry and Hoey in touch

Gregory Bourdy made a hot start in damp Crans. Picture ©Getty ImagesShane Lowry and Michael Hoey were the only Irishmen to break par as Grégory Bourdy carded the joint lowest of his European Tour career to take a two-stroke lead in the Omega European Masters.

Bjorn steps up

Thomas Bjorn reflects on the 13th European Tour win of his career. Picture: Golffile/Fran Caffrey.Paul McGinley fans will be appalled but Thomas Bjorn must be regarded as a likely candidate to skipper Europe when the Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles in 2014.

Judging by the blistering 62 he shot to win the Omega European Masters and jump to the top of the 2012 Ryder Cup qualifying table, the 40-year old Dane is playing well enough to make the 2014 team as a player. After all, his four shot triumph over Martin Kaymer was his second win in a row and his third of the year.

McIlroy assaults the summit

Rory McIlroy is only interested in reaching the top.Here he’s approaching the seventh, where he holed a putt for an eagle two from just off the green Picture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieToday is an important day for Rory McIlroy in his bid to become the world’s best golfer.

In what promises to be a fascinating duel in the final round of the Omega European Masters, the world No 6 and reiging US Open champion can move to third in the rankings if he comes from two strokes behind Welshman Jamie Donaldson to win just his fourth tournament as a professional.

McIlroy looking good on the greens

Rory McIlroy putts during the Irish Open. Picture by Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy opened with an impressive, six under par 65 in the Omega European Masters at Crans.

But while he hit 15 greens in regulation, the really impressive aspect of his first round since his US PGA disappointment was how confortable he now looks on the greens.

Rory begins wheelbarrrow run

Rory McIlroy in Crans. Picture: Golffile/Fran CaffreyRory McIlroy won’t be paying homage to the late Seve Ballesteros by teeing it up for Paul McGinley’s Great Britain and Ireland side in the Vivendi Seve Trophy later this month.

“Unfortunatley not,” he said in Switzerland, where he headlines the €2 million Omega European Masters with stablemates Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood and world No 5 Martin Kaymer. “I have got a few sponsor commitments and I have got such a busy end to the year.