The tournament this week is being played at a new venue, The Gary Player Course, at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, India. Let’s jump right in.
Peter Uihlein ($10,200): The course this week is new and plays much longer than its predecessor at over 7,600 yards. It’s been described as more “American” by some players, meaning it should play into the hands of someone like Uihlein, who not only has good distance off the tee, but has been in top form since the beginning of 2017. Uihlein has now made six straight cuts and has top five finishes in two of his three starts, including last week where he finished with a birdie flourish. All things considered, I prefer paying down to him this week over the home-country hero in Anirban Lahari.
Jordan L. Smith ($9,100): Smith is a great young English player who dominated the Challenge Tour last year and has started off strong in 2017 on the main tour with seven straight made cuts — including a T3 finish in South Africa from back in January. He’s averaging over 300 yards a drive so far this season and certainly has the length to compete on this course. He is only 24 years old and not well known, so using him is likely going to net you a high-upside player at lower ownership.
Max Kieffer ($8,400): Kieffer is generally Mr. Consistent as he’s made four out of his last five cuts and already has three top 20 finishes to his name in just six starts in total in 2017. The German isn’t a bomber, but he’s averaging over 290 yards off the tee this year so far and likely won’t have as much trouble with the length this week as some. His consistency and high percentage of made cuts makes him a nice target on a week with a course most have not seen or played before.
Paul Dunne ($8,100): Dunne has made my list numerous times already this year and after a sixth-place finish last week, after he started off with a horrid 73, I see little reason to get off this train here. The Irishman shouldn’t have much issue with the length, as he is averaging over 295 yards off the tee, which is up considerably from last season. I think his form is the reason to target him, as Dunne has now made six of his last seven cuts and already has four finishes on the year inside the top 30.
Johannes Veerman ($8,100): The big-hitting American made waves the last couple of weeks with back to back 12th place finishes in Malaysia and Perth. Veerman isn’t even a Tour regular yet, but I would not be shocked if he won this week, as he’s shown good recent form and some serious talent which includes averaging 317 yards off the tee in two events. He’s definitely a player to consider here.
Prom Meesawat ($7,700): Meesawat is a talented Thai player who is four for four on made cuts this season and is extremely familiar playing in this part of the world. His strong start to 2017 makes him one of the best values under $8k here in my opinion.
Nacho Elvira ($7,400): Nacho is coming off a couple of missed cuts, but he still has had a strong start to 2017, as he had landed 11th and sixth place finishes before the missed cut. Nacho should find this venue slightly in his favor as well, as he did play college golf in the States, and he is decently long off the tee (ranked inside the top 50 on Tour last season in Driving Distance).
Chris Hanson ($6,300): Hanson is another favorite who once again makes my column. The Englishman didn’t exactly have the best stretch in South Africa as he struggled on the weekend again last week and has now recorded back-to-back finishes of T50 and T62. Still, at $6,300 making the cut and playing the weekend is more than enough from Hanson, and you have to respect the fast starts he’s been getting off to this year. He’s made five of six cuts in 2017 and won’t come off my list unless he starts playing poorly or his price goes way up.
Carlos Pigem ($6,000): Pigem is a talented young Spaniard who has flashed some upside already in 2017 with a T4 in South Africa back in December. He definitely carries some risk as he’s been inconsistent of late, but he has decent power off the tee and is averaging just under 300 yards per drive thus far in 2017. The venue switch could definitely suit him, and I think he makes for a great stars and scrubs punt at the near minimum price this week.
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