A very positive assessment
Yves Mittaz is looking forward to how the tournament is going to evolve. The 2014 edition was a great success. In 2015, the Omega European Masters will be even bigger.
During this year’s assessment, the tournament’s director Yves Mittaz was very pleased. He started off by mentioning how good the weather had been. “After this awful summer we’ve had, we weren’t expecting much. Luckily, the weather turned in our favour, allowing a huge amount of visitors. The turnout has nearly been as high as some of our best years.” About 50’000 people came to watch the Omega European Masters 2014.
The improvements on the Severiano Ballesteros course were also mentioned: “In every golfer, there is an architect. So of course, there will always be people telling us we should have done something differently. But overall, the players really appreciated the changes. They didn’t make the course more demanding. But at the end of the day, wouldn’t the spectators prefer to see a birdie rather than a double bogey?” questions Yves Mittaz.
As for the tournament’s future, a change of dates will take place in 2015. The Masters will be from 23 to 26 July, so that the best players will be able to take part. “A few names have already come up. I will just mention that there will be golfers who live in Crans and those sponsored by Omega. They are among the best in the world and I’m optimistic that they will be here in 2015. I hope that they don’t compare us to a simple competition organised in China.” When discussing figures, Yves Mittaz says he doesn’t know yet what the 2015 budget will be, just that the prize money should rise to 3 million euros.