Sterne saunters back into Euro limelight

Richard Sterne is the top Race to Dubai competitor at this week’s Omega European Masters, but he hasn’t played in Europe since The Open Championship two months ago.

 

With his usual self-assured ease the South African heads to Crans sur Sierre Golf Club looking for a seventh Euro title.

 

Sterne is a golfing anomaly. He stands at five feet and seven inches, but on average drives it 290 yards (which is half a yard less than Rory McIlroy).

 

He was plagued by back injuries and had a four year winless streak, but came back with an incredible bang in 2013 and picked up his ninth international victory at the Joburg Open.

 

The unassuming 32-year-old holds fourth place in the Race to Dubai. His ‘exception to the rule status’ is exemplified by his Euro ranking and the three players he trails on that Order of Merit – Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose

 

Sterne has a decent history at Crans sur Siere GC and on Swiss debut in 2003 he carded a second-round 64 and tied for 34th. In 2008 he played his way to a share of 14th on a nine-under-par total, which was his best result at the European Masters.

 

But this year the Pretoria local, who recently celebrated the birth of his first child, is the biggest danger in Switzerland. The neutrals will be expecting a show as Sterne angles towards the top Europe. Where better to climb than in the Alps?

 

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