The venue for this week’s tournament is located in Sweden at The Masters Course at Barseback Golf & Country Club. It’s the first time the tournament will have been played at this venue since 2009. Let’s get to the picks.
Henrik Stenson ($11,500) – Stenson was outdueled by his countryman last week, as he could do nothing to catch Alex Noren in the final round after his brilliant 62 won him the Euro Tour’s flagship event. This week though, Stenson should have revenge squarely on his mind as he looks to capture his first title in his native land. The Iceman has been close at this event before finishing T4 here last year, to go along with a 5th place finish here from 2014. The new venue may help Stenson more than anyone as he could not keep pace with Noren at the old one (Bro Hof Slott Golf Club) where his countryman won twice. While Noren is definitely the hot hand, I’d look for Stenson to turn the tables here and to possibly pick up his first Nordea title this week.
Nicolas Colsaerts ($9,000) – Colsaerts has picked up his play over the past month or so, and it culminated with a T3 last weekend on the back of a fantastic final round 65. The big-hitting Belgian hasn’t done much in 2017 but it was only a matter of time before he picked things up, and in a weaker field event like the one we have this week, I could definitely see Colsaerts backing up his big finish with another one. He has good memories of this event from the past couple of seasons with third and seventh place finishes and always brings eagle potential to the par 5s.
Hao-Tong Li ($8,900) – The Chinese youngster keeps impressing as he backed up his T3 finish in Italy two weeks ago with a T30 finish at the BMW last week. Li finished strong at Wentworth with a final round 67 and also carried some momentum from that finish into U.S. Open qualifying on Monday where he finished second and qualified for the big event in a couple of weeks. Li’s now made three straight cuts and is playing fantastic golf at the moment. At $8,900, he’s a definite target on DraftKings and brings the firepower too as he’s made 54 birdies over his last 12 competitive rounds.
Pablo Larrazabal ($8,300) – Larrazabal battled on the weekend at the BMW PGA and ultimately carved out a T24 finish (his fourth straight top-25 finish) mainly on the back of a final round 66. The Spaniard has been hot of late and seems determined to land his fifth Euro title this season. Larrazabal has a decent record at this event overall and could benefit from a venue change this year as he hadn’t put together any strong finishes over the past two years here at the old one. Given the field, he’s my favorite target in the low-$8k range this week and brings some of the best recent form to the table.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($7,700) – Olesen may be someone most people shy away after his bad missed cut last week, but the Dane has truthfully never got along with Wentworth or the BMW PGA Championship and should be in much better spirits for this event. Olesen is a four-time winner on the Euro Tour already and also has a Challenge Tour victory to his credit in Sweden from way back in 2010. At $7,700, he may seem a tad risky, but he’s proven to have the kind of tournament winning upside for daily fantasy that we covet, and at under $8k in a weaker field than last week, he looks like a great target to me.
Tom Lewis ($6,700) – Lewis had last week off, but gets a start in this more regular field and is still coming in with lots of momentum. The Englishman had accumulated T18 and T11 finishes over his last two events and should be keen to keep up his solid play here. Lewis has struggled with consistency at times, but for a man who won in just his third Euro start back in 2011, the talent is there for him to perform well in events like the one we’re seeing this week. Given his recent play, we could finally be seeing the verge of a breakthrough of sorts from Lewis, and buying low at $6,700 on Draftkings makes sense.
Max Kieffer ($6,600) – Kieffer had been fighting a rough patch in his play over the past month or so, but he straightened things out nicely last week with a T24 in a tough field. The German was actually up near the lead after 36 holes but faded on the weekend. Still, the improved play and the fact he contended in a loaded field should give him tons of confidence heading into this week at an event where he finished T3 a couple of years ago. At $6,600, Kieffer’s price is barely more than last week, so targeting him makes a ton of sense given the shift in field strength.
Matteo Manassero ($6,600): Once again we find ourselves in a situation where Manassero is far too cheap for the consistency he brings. The Italian played solidly once again last week for his sub-$7k price tag and rewarded DraftKings players who took the discount with a T30. In a far thinner field, where his price has barely risen to reflect the change, I can find no reason not to keep targeting him. He’s a great source of value for the time being, and it may just be a matter of time before he finally cracks a decent weekend too. He was T12 at this event last year, so some good memories should be present.
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