The Euro tour is back this week and coming to you from the Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne, Germany. This is a fairly prestigious event on Tour that has some decent names attending. As always, I am providing you with an overview of some players who are looking good for use on DraftKings this week.
Henrik Stenson ($10,800): Stenson is 4th on the Euro tour in Greens in Regulation, and on a Jack Nicklaus designed course with lots of water that’s probably a stat to emphasize this week. Stenson has finished 2nd, 6th and 6th in his last three times out when competing on this course (the Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof) and for me, he’s the player I like targeting most at the top of the salary charts this week. A big bounce back after last week is likely.
Joost Luiten ($10,100): Luiten is a golfer I mentioned in my season preview as being one of the most consistent and DFS friendly players on the Euro Tour. He’s great tee to green and ranks 13th in Greens in Regulation. Luiten probably doesn’t win as much as he should for a player who is as consistent as he is, but at $10,100 he’s actually a nice discount off the top three players who are all going to be fatigued from traveling overseas last week. Luiten is a great spot to start your lineups this week for DFS, and should be the most rested and motivated of the top 4 as he’s chasing a Ryder Cup spot as well.
Rikard Karlberg ($9,600): Karlberg has been on fire as of late, finishing 7-2-10-21 in his last four starts, and the young Swede has definitely shown he has the game to compete with the elite talent on Tour after finishing second at the prestigious BMW PGA Championship. Now at another BMW sponsored event, Karlberg will also benefit from not being jet-lagged and should be very hungry for his second career win and first on the season. He’s middling in GIR stats, but top 40 in putting at the moment on Tour. Great current form and confidence gets him a huge recommendation for GPP lineups as his upside is immense in this field. A win feels like it is coming shortly for Karlberg.
Nicolas Colsaerts ($9,100): Colsaerts is another player who really feels like he’s trending towards a win, and soon. The big hitting Belgian has finished 2-22-23-2 in his last four starts and has been in great form lately. While power may not be a huge advantage this week on a tricky course, Colsaerts also ranks 8th in GIR on the Euro Tour and has been tremendous tee to green. Like Karlberg, Colsaerts is a golfer who has upside to win this tournament and is a golfer I’d target if looking to go with less expensive and lessor owned options in the higher-priced tier.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($8,400): This pick is based almost primarily on price as I really think you’re getting too much of a discount not to play Olesen this week. Thorbjorn is a tremendous player who already has a couple big wins in Europe and some big finishes in major championships as well. The price discount likely comes form having missed two cuts in a row, although he’s never played well at Wentworth (site of BMW PGA) and Muirfield can be tough on anyone. Olesen ranks 19th in GIR on the Euro Tour this year thus far, and at $8,400 I think he’s great value for the upside he’s bringing you.
Jeunghun Wang ($7,600): Wang has been one of the major breakout stars of 2016 on the Euro Tour as his back-to-back victories launched him into the spotlight a month or two ago. Wang did play the week of the U.S. Open over in Asia and carded a strong 62 in his third round. While asking for a third win on Tour might be asking a bit much, at $7,600 I think his price makes him near a must play especially coming off a decent week of golf. I love the price and upside for GPPs.
Tommy Fleetwood ($7,500): Maybe there’s a theme in this price range this week, but Fleetwood is another player I feel is simply too cheap for the quality of golfer he is. Fleetwood has had three uninspiring performances in a row but before that had been on a nice run of 6 straight made cuts. The young Englishman ranks 88th in GIR and recorded a decent 33rd on this course in 2014. I’d look for him to bounce back from his slow stretch at this event, so take advantage of that price while you can.
Richie Ramsay ($7,100): Ramsey is a nice all-around player whose price again looks just a little cheap for the pedigree he is bringing to the table. The Scot has made 7 of 9 cuts on Tour thus far in the season and ranks 55th in GIR. He also has a win in his career in Germany which may not mean a whole lot, but at least gives him some good memories heading into this week. I think, ultimately, a course which doesn’t cater specifically to power players sets up well for Ramsey, and at $7,100 a solid week is definitely possible.
Matteo Manassero ($6,800): Manassero is a player I’ve had my eye on recently as a return to form is slowly starting to take shape. This is significant because the Italian, despite being all of 23, has already had some extremely great highs in his career. He ranked 14th in GIR last week at the U.S. Open, a much more difficult test than what he’ll face this week and ranks 26th in that category overall for the year. Under $7k, I think he has as much upside as anyone and is a golfer I’d readily target.
Chris Hanson ($6,700): I’m not sure what Hanson has done to warrant this decrease in price, as the last time out I recommended him for play at a higher price, and he came through with a very decent T10. Now he’s only $6,700 in a slightly stronger field but still looks like great value. He’d be my number one value in terms of cash game picks under $7k, and with three top tens in his last five starts, Hanson is someone I’d recommend targeting this week.
Robert Dinwiddie ($6,200): Dinwiddie has been extremely solid of late, making four straight cuts, including a T10 his last time out in Austria. He’s ranked decently in GIR this week at 74th, and while the grinder might not have an official Euro Tour win, he’s been consistent over the past year and a half and has proven capable of landing some top 10 finishes in stronger fields. I love the price and upside with Dinwiddie and think he’s a great target for a stars and scrubs lineups.
Chris Paisley ($5,900): Paisley is my pure GPP pick of the week. He’s been out of form almost all year but showed up recently with a T10 in Austria and has now made a couple of cuts in a row. The Englishman’s best finish by far last year was a T3 at this same event, and even if it is being played at a different venue, you can expect Paisley to be entering this week with some confidence both from his recent play and from what he accomplished at this time last year. At $5,900, the price makes him a great stars and scrubs candidate and a good way to fit lots of top talent into your lineups.