The tournament this week is being played at Genzon GC in Shenzhen, China. Let’s get to this week’s picks.
Peter Uihlein ($10,500): There are some quality players in the field this week but likely no one in as good of all-around form as Uihlein. The American, who plies his trade on the Euro Tour, has not missed a cut in eight starts in 2017 and is coming off T5 and T23 performances in back to back PGA Tour starts. This week Uihlein gets back to the Euro Tour and a part of the tour where he’s enjoyed some success. Uihlein posted a T4 at this event back in 2015 and also has top-10 finishes at both the China Open and True Thailand Classic events as well. Uihlein’s one of the biggest drivers of the ball on tour and the wide open fairways at Genzon GC should help him here. He’s my favorite target this week amongst the top players.
Bernd Wiesberger ($9,900): Wiesberger was a name that stuck out to me almost instantly when the salaries came out this week. The last time Wiesberger played in a weaker field Euro event was back in Malaysia in February where he was priced at $12,000. The Austrian hasn’t recorded a top-10 since then but he’s also not missed a cut this year either and has shown unreal consistency in fields like the one he’ll be competing against this week. As just the seventh most expensive golfer for this event, he’s simply priced lower than he should be and I wouldn’t hesitate taking advantage of the sub-10k price tag you’re getting.
Alex Levy ($9,500): Levy can often be a bit hit or miss in terms of form but he shook off the rust last week with a decent T34 and now comes to a venue that he is very familiar with. In the past two years, Levy has finished T4 (2016) and T25 at Genzon GC and also has a win on the course when it played as the host venue for the China Open in 2014. The talented Frenchman already has three career wins to his name and two top-five finishes at this week’s venue in just three appearances. He’s a prime target this week in the upper tier pricing.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera ($7,300): Lorenzo-Vera’s had an excellent start to the year having now made five straight cuts, a string which includes two top-ten finishes. The Frenchman is making his inaugural visit to Genzon GC but I wouldn’t be put off at all by that, especially at his reduced price. Lorenzo-Vera averages over 300 yards off the tee and should find the course suited to his liking in that regard at least as the wider fairways generally have helped big hitters in past years. He’s a lock and load option in all formats this week.
Dylan Frittelli ($7,000): Frittelli was one of the better picks from this column last week and given his length off the tee the course this week should be a good setup for him as well. Overall, Frittelli enters this week in excellent form having made seven straight cuts now with his worst finish over that span being a T29. The up and coming South African will be seeing Genzon GC for the first time this season but given the success of other good drivers of the ball here over the past two years, I wouldn’t be put off by that.
Carlos Pigem ($6,900): Pigem had a great return to action after a few weeks off. The young Spaniard finished T8 last week on a very difficult course that he was seeing for the first time and nearly got himself in the mix late with an eagle on the back nine. Pigem has been a model of consistency and upside so far in 2017 with 4 of 5 made cuts in stroke play events thus far and three top-15 finishes. He’ll be seeing the course this week for this first time but Pigem has looked every bit an eventual Euro winner of late and offers better upside than others at his price.
Lucas Bjerregaard ($6,800): The big hitting Dane had a decent start to the tourney last week but faded on the weekend to finish a semi-disappointing T27. Still, Bjerregaard doesn’t look far off from a big result and his record in South East Asia should not be overlooked this week. Bjerregaard has a T15 result from 2015 at this event and multiple other top-10 results from other tournaments within the region—including a T3 at last year’s China Open. On a course where driving distance should be a factor, Bjerregaard—who averages 316 yards off the tee—should not be overlooked.
Andrew Dodt ($6,800): Dodt’s a streaky player but carries a lot of good attributes that could lead him towards a high finish here. He recorded his only Euro Tour win a couple of years ago in South East Asia at the True Thailand Classic and has a lot of power off the tee which should translate well this week’s venue. Dodt’s been out of action since February but has made 4 of 5 cuts since last December and also recorded two top-five finishes in that span against similar fields to the one he’ll see this week. He’s a great larger-field tournament target on DraftKings.
Chris Paisley ($6,200): Paisley’s the perfect target for those needing a cheap filler option this week. While he hasn’t been in top form lately, the Englishman has now made seven straight cuts since January and is simply a class above most of the players in his price range for the week. Paisley doesn’t necessarily carry much top-10 upside, but as a steady putter, he’s far less likely to miss the weekend here and he’s a great addition to any stars and scrubs lineups.
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