This week’s event comes to us from Wentworth Country Club, in Surrey, England. It has hosted this event every year since its inception in 1955. Let’s get to the picks.
Alex Noren ($9,800) – Noren is a player who should definitely be on our radar this week. The Swede has been one of the best players in the world since mid-2016 when he collected four wins in about a five-month span. Recently his game has been on the upswing again too as he was in contention on Sunday in both of his last two starts on the PGA Tour. Noren had some strong results at Wentworth early in his career, including an eighth place finish from 2015 and a sixth from 2008; given how his game has progressed in the last year, a high finish at a shot maker’s course like Wentworth seems quite likely. He’s a great target at under $10k this week.
Tommy Fleetwood ($9,200) – Fleetwood is perhaps the most improved player of the season thus far, on any tour. Since winning early in the year in Abu Dhabi, he’s accumulated two more second place finishes (one at a WGC) and has shown the ability to mix it up with the game’s best players. This will be Fleetwood’s sixth appearance at this event, and while he only has one top-10 in that span, the 6th place finish he has from 2015 is encouraging given the improvement he’s shown in 2017. At just $9,200, he’s a player I don’t want to leave completely out of my plans this week.
Martin Kaymer ($9,100) – Kaymer is on a roll of 28 straight starts without missing a cut and counting. The German may not have a win to his name since the 2014 U.S. Open, but at $9,100 this week, he’s still too consistent to pass up and has a lot of experience playing Wentworth over his career. Kaymer has played this tricky course 10 times to be exact and only missed the cut once. Even more encouraging is the fact Kaymer’s best finish came last year when he finished T7. It’s a deep field but at $9,100 Kaymer is still great value and a good target in any format.
Peter Uihlein ($8,000) – Uihlein has been a monster for European Tour fantasy players in 2017 as the American has made 11/12 cuts on the season and has routinely been at or around the lead for the week in birdies made in almost every single event he’s started. Uihlein may not seem like a prototypical profile for this course given that he bombs it off the tee, but he’s gone 12-WD-27 here in three starts and obviously has taken some kind of liking to the event given that the venue can often be difficult for newcomers. At $8,000 this week, he should bring the birdie points on the cheap.
Fabrizio Zanotti ($7,600) – Zanotti is another player who has enjoyed somewhat of a career season thus far in 2017. The Paraguayan notched his second Euro Tour win earlier in Malaysia and also has recorded a T12 at a WGC event and a T5 from a few weeks back in China. Zanotti has a nice record at this event too, as he has finished inside the top-25 five times in eight attempts, including a career-best T7 from last season. He ranks 16th in Driving Accuracy on tour and at $7,600 is a player to consider this week on DraftKings.
Hao-Tong Li ($7,400) – Li is a good young player from China who at 21 already has a win (China Open) and a T2 result to his name from a playoff event. While he’s only played Wentworth twice and has a best finish there of T27, Li is coming off a near miss last week in Italy and looks to be in good form for this year’s running. Li could definitely figure this course out faster than most given his talent level and makes for a great tournament pick this week on DraftKings. He’s a name to remember for the future regardless.
David Lipsky ($6,900) – Lipsky doesn’t have the great course history at this event that some of my other picks do, but he has made the cut here in two appearances. The American is undoubtedly enjoying his finest and most consistent year to date as he’s amassed three top-five finishes already in just eight starts. On a course where accuracy and shot-making generally matter more than pure power, I’d expect Lipsky to figure out this venue sooner than later and won’t be shocked if he ends up on the first page of the leaderboard at some point in the week.
James Morrison ($6,600) – Morrison has been hot almost all of 2017, and he’s now finished no worse than T31 in any of his last eight starts. The veteran English player looks to be going through a bit of a renaissance this year, and at just $6,600, he brings experience to the table at an insanely cheap price. Morrison has only played Wentworth six times, but his form here has improved over the years as he’s now finished T10 and T111 in two of his last four appearances. Given the record of English players overall at this event, I wouldn’t hesitate to target him this week.
Matteo Manassero ($6,400) – The Italian, who is still only 24, is a former winner of this event and has been working hard to get his game back in winning shape for over a year now. The wins have not been there, but there are signs he is close to a big week as he’s been able to grind out seven straight made cuts in a row this season and, tee to green, his game has been in good form. Often at a slight disadvantage due to his lack of distance off the tee, this weakness won’t affect him much at Wentworth which sets up fairly tight off the tee. For DraftKings purposes, you have to love the consistency and the course history he brings this week; at just $6,400 he’s a fine play in all formats.
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