The event this week is taking place at the Diamond Golf Course in Alzenbrugg, Austria and has been the host venue since 2010. Let’s get to this week’s picks.
Bernd Wiesberger ($12,100) – Wiesberger is simply the class of a fairly weak field, even by Euro Tour standards, and at just over $12K is still not expensive enough for me to fade. The Austrian is playing in his home country’s event this week, and he has played well at the venue before as he already has a win, a 2nd and a 5th place finish to his credit in six starts here. Wiesberger has not yet missed a cut this season and has a win and two other top-5s to his credit in 2017. He’ll likely be popular, but I think he deserves it at this event.
Gregory Bourdy ($9,800) – Bourdy is a consistent performer on DraftKings most weeks he starts and also has a great track record at this week’s event. The Frenchman has never finished out of the top-20 in four appearances at the Lyoness Open and was 6th here in both 2015 and 2016. He’s played some good golf recently, which includes a near miss at the Shenzhen International where he finished T3. At under $10K, he’s a definite top tier target you should be able to trust this week.
Zander Lombard ($8,800) – Lombard has been hot or cold through most of 2017, but his recent second place finish at the Rocco Forte open a few weeks ago should be a good sign he’s ready to compete in a field like the one we’ll see this week. The young South African has three top finishes already to his credit from the past year and a half and looks like a future winner. A 5th place finish at this venue last season should give him loads of confidence as well and puts him squarely on the radar on DraftKings this week.
Max Orrin ($7,200) – Orrin is a young English player who is coming into his own on the Euro Tour in a big way this year as he’s posted four finishes of T27 or better over his last five starts. The multi-time winner on the Challenge Tour was squarely in the mix last week early on before fading over the weekend to a T15 finish. Still, the experience should do him good, and in this weaker field event, he should feel more confident. On DraftKings he’s far too cheap at just $7,200 and a player I would not hesitate to target.
Eddie Pepperell ($7,200) – Pepperell has been fairly streaky in his young career thus far but the 26-year-old has seemed to find some form of late. Pepperell was able to qualify for the U.S. Open just a couple of weeks ago and was also able to ride that momentum to made cuts in his last two events, which included a T8 finish last week in Sweden. While he’s never played the Diamond course, the U.S. Open spot seems to have given him some confidence, and he definitely carries some upside this week given the weaker field. He had four top-5 finishes two years ago on tour and could be ready to start recording some equally big weeks soon.
Prom Meesawat ($7,100) – We haven’t seen Meesawat for quite some time now as his last Euro Tour start was at the Hero Indian Open back in March. He has been active on the Asian Tour, however, and with a 5/5 made cut rate on the Euro Tour deserves our attention here at just $7,100. Meesawat has competed well in some bigger fields this season, including a T15 from Dubai and a T10 in Australia and is coming off a top-10 in his last start as well. He’ll likely be well under the radar here but has been playing well all season and deserves to be listed as a target this week.
Phachara Khongwatmai ($6,700) – Talented young Thai teenager (he’s 18) who has started to come into his own lately on the Asian Tours and has started to pop up in Euro Tour events too. Phachara did miss the cut at the stacked BMW PGA event, but he performed well at the weaker and easier course at the Volvo China Open a month or so ago (T18) and also made the cut in Sicily a couple weeks backs. He’s more of a tournament play at the moment, but the youngster could find success this week in a watered down field in Austria, and getting on him now while he’s still an unknown is not a bad move.
Tom Lewis ($6,600): The talented young English player has shown great consistency over his past few starts with five made cuts in a row now. Lewis was in the mix after two rounds last week but tailed off in poorer conditions. Still, Lewis should benefit from a weaker field here in Austria and has experience playing the course, a record which includes a T10 from 2011 and a T26 from last year. He should be firmly on your Euro radar on DraftKings for the time being and makes for a great value target here.
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