The tournament this week comes to us from the Golfclub München Eichenried in Munich, Germany – the same venue used for this event in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Let’s get to the picks…
Henrik Stenson ($11,600) – Stenson is the defending champion of this event, and even though it is being played at a different venue this year, he’s still got history worth supporting. Stenson was the runner-up at this event in 2015 when it was played at Golfclub München Eichenried (again this year’s venue) and was also 10th here when it was played at this same venue in 2013. While the recent missed cut at the U.S. Open is slightly disappointing his T16 at THE PLAYERS and T3 at the BMW PGA is encouraging and suggests the return to Golfclub München might be the catalyst he needs for another big week. He’s worth considering in my eyes and should be slightly better rested than some of his competitors.
Tommy Fleetwood ($9,400) – Fleetwood put on a show last week at the U.S. Open where he finished in 4th place and was in the second to last group on Sunday. The Englishman is enjoying a career year which includes a T2 in a WGC event and a win in the desert early in the season. There’s always the risk of fatigue here but his form this year has suggested that another win is quite possible and an 11th place finish at this venue from 2015 is very encouraging. He’s good value at under $9,500.
Pablo Larrazabal ($8,700) – Larrazabal let a lot of people down in his last start in Sweden when he missed the cut badly after coming in with great recent form. The Spaniard has had a couple weeks to recover, however, and shouldn’t be discounted this week as he has dominated at this venue with two wins and a T3 finish here over his last four appearances. Outside of the missed cut from the Nordea Masters, Larrazabal had been in great form on the season with four straight top-25s. This is a good place to get back on the saddle.
George Coetzee ($8,400) – Coetzee had a week to forget at the U.S. Open but before that start, he too had been trending with some big finishes in Europe. Overall, Coetzee has five finishes of T11 or better in his last six starts and also has a T3 finish at this week’s venue from 2011 to fall back on. The South African should be ready for a bounce back here and has been one of the best players on the Euro Tour over the past couple of months. This venue should reward consistent tee to green players, and Coetzee has been one of the best in that regard over the past couple of months – he’s definitely a target for me this week.
David Horsey ($7,500) – Horsey has recent form that reads T2-T51-T7 and also has great recent course history at this week’s venue to go along with that, with a win from back in 2010 and two more top-20 finishes in 2015 and 2011. The Englishman’s salary is also much lower than it has been in the past couple of events, as he was $9,300 his last time out when he produced 103.5 DK points for the week on another relatively easy venue. He’s great value here.
Lucas Bjerregaard ($7,400) – The talented Dane has been a bit all over the map this season, but he’s at least been making cuts and is 10/12 on the season. Bjerregaard is also coming off one of his best weeks of the year too with a T7 finish in Austria, at another slightly easier venue where he made 17 birdies for the week. He was T29 on his debut at this venue in 2015 and shouldn’t be discounted here at a low price-tag.
Thongchai Jaidee ($6,900) – Jaidee hasn’t flashed much upside of late but the veteran Thai player who seems like he’s been around forever keeps making cuts and hasn’t missed a cut in his last six events. This is also the cheapest we have seen Jaidee priced in a while too as he hasn’t been under $7k in price since early in the year in the desert. He was 11th here back in 2015 and deserves to be rostered based on a value basis alone.
Ernie Els ($6,700) – Els isn’t a player I have thought about using for fantasy purposes for quite some time now, but he is flashing some form and has the history at this venue to warrant inclusion in your targets for this week. The four-time major winner has now made four cuts in a row, including last week at a tougher U.S. Open track where he hung around near the leaders for the first couple of days. Els won this event back in 2013 at the same venue in use this week and should feel comfortable. A decent week wouldn’t surprise me at all, and he deserves fantasy consideration at under $7k in price.
Graeme Storm ($6,600) – Storm has simply been playing too well to warrant a price tag this low. The veteran English player has made seven cuts in a row now since his early season win and is coming off both a huge T6 at the BMW PGA and a T15 at the Lyoness Open in his last three starts. He’s missed the cut at this venue his last two tries but has a T4 finish here from back in 2009 which is encouraging and he enters in great form this year.
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