This week’s tournament is being played at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Let’s get right into the targets.
Jaco Van Zyl ($10,900): Van Zyl is a very talented golfer who has never quite lived up to the hype, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get a win here against a weaker field in his home country. The South African missed his last cut badly, but that was mainly due to a poor draw and weather. Before that, he’d made his last four cuts and nearly won the Qatar event before losing in heart breaking fashion in a playoff. Van Zyl is in good form though and has a fantastic record at this event, having made four of his last five cuts here, he also finished 2nd here in 2015.
Thomas Aiken ($10,100): Aiken is coming off a disappointing missed cut in Malaysia and he was priced much lower than this. However, he shouldn’t be ignored in this weaker type of field in his home country. The South African hasn’t finished worse than 24th at this venue in his last five appearances and has three finishes of 6th or better to his credit here as well. He’s also started the season well, with three top fives in six starts so far.
Dean Burmester ($9,000): Burmester doesn’t have the great course history at this venue that my other top picks do, but he has made the cut at this course whenever he’s visited in each of the past four seasons. Additionally, he may be the most in form of all my top picks, as he’s made five straight cuts to start the year and finished inside the top ten in three of those five starts. The big hitting South African is due to break through for a win soon and this could easily be the place. I think he’s good value in this field at only $9k.
Alexander Bjork ($8,300): Bjork is the one non-South African in my top tier this week. The Swede had a great start to the season in the desert and has now made his last five cuts in a row, a streak which includes a T7 and a T13. This will be his first time at the event, but he’s been in striking form as of late and is someone I’ll strongly consider as he’s been making his mark in much stronger fields already this season.
Trevor Fisher ($7,700): Fisher hasn’t seen much action yet in 2017, although he did make the cut in his last two starts on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. He’ll get to stay in his home country this week and play a course he’s familiar with, having tee’d it up at this particular venue in each of the past five seasons. Fisher has made the cut when playing this course in four of his last five visits and has a third place finish to is credit at this event from back in 2012 as well, making him another South African to consider this week.
James Morrison ($7,500): The veteran, straight-hitting Englishman is in a nice groove of late as he’s made three of his last four cuts and is coming off back to back finishes of 12th and 23rd. He’s had a mixed bag of results at this event in the past, but he did finish 16th here in 2014. Morrison’s price makes up for that though, as he’s far too cheap given his current form and overall class. I think he’s one of the better values of the week.
Chris Paisley ($7,200): Paisley is coming off a great start to 2017 as he’s made the cut in each of his first four starts and even landed back to back top 15s while in the desert against some decent fields. While his course history here isn’t great, this is a player who really seemed to turn a corner last season and competed for the win on a couple occasions in events with stronger fields than this. Don’t be shocked if he rides his good form to a big week here, and I think he’s way underpriced given what he’s done over the past six months or so.
Jared Harvey ($7,000): Harvey spends most of his time on the Sunshine Tour but shouldn’t be overlooked this week just because of that. He’s coming off back-to-back top 10s, and he’s also made the cut at this event in each of the past two seasons. He’s more than familiar with the venue as well, as he’s played here five times competitively over the past four years making him a very interesting, and likely low-owned, play on DraftKings this week.
Chris Hanson ($6,900): Hanson is another young Englishman who seems far too cheap to me this week. He started the season with three finishes of 26-23-18, before missing the cut his last time out, but he shouldn’t be discounted based on that one bad effort. Hanson has only played this event once — last year when he finished 61st — but he’s coming off his best year as a pro and also had a strong finish his last time out in South Africa when he was 26th in a field which featured Rory McIlroy. I like Hanson as a possible surprise winner this week, and at $6,900, he is my favorite target under $7k.
Wu Ashon ($6,200): Wu is an experienced golfer with multiple European Tour wins to his credit, which makes his price here seem questionable. While this will be his first time venturing over for this event, I wouldn’t let that stop you from rostering him if you need a cheap player under $6,500. He’s made his last two cuts on Tour and looks like a nice value target for DFS players looking to go the stars and scrubs route.
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