David Lipsky ($10,300): Lipsky finished T3 last week and looked like he might actually win outright at one point. This week he gets a massive price jump, but the way he is playing right now it is very deserved. As a former winner of this event, Lipsky’s proven he can go low at this course and closed out his win in 2014 with a 65 closing round. He’s a decent young player whose game is in tremendous shape right now and likes the course. I’m fine paying up for him in this spot and saving on some of the other top players.
Thongchai Jaidee ($10,000): Jaidee is another player I’m fine paying up for this week as he offers consistency, upside and most importantly, a discount off the other top plays. Jaidee hasn’t done much over in North America during his career, but he’s a stout Euro Tour player who hasn’t missed a cut at this event or course, in his last seven attempts. During that span, he also has finishes of 5th and 9th to his credit. He’s played very underrated golf all season and has a win at the French Open and a T15 at the international games on the year. He’s definitely a player I feel confident about this week.
Chris Wood ($9,300): This is all about pricing as Wood is actually ranked higher in the World Golf Rankings than everyone in the field except Danny Willett. After an injury scare at the Open Championship, however, Wood took some time off and struggled in his return. That being said, you have to side with the class here, and at only $9,300, you’re getting a huge bargain on one of the best players in this field by far. While Wood’s record at this event isn’t great, he does have a T15 from a few years back to hang his hat on. That’s enough for me to recommend him this week at an insane price.
Gregory Bourdy ($7,700): Bourdy is another player who looks like a must play due to price alone in my opinion. Bourdy has played great all summer, putting up some massive results in big events, including top twenties at both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. At $7,700, Bourdy has five finishes of 25th or better in his last seven starts on the Euro Tour. Sometimes simple plays are good, and that’s what Bourdy is this week, simply good.
Matteo Manassero ($7,400): I’ve spoken about the rebirth of Manassero’s game a few times this season, and at $7,400 I see no reason not to play him this week. He had a solid appearance at the international games and just missed out on the win in Scotland a month and a half ago. Manassero also has a lot of experience at the course this week as this will actually be the youngster’s 8th appearance (he’s only 23!). Before this season he’d made 6 of 7 cuts here and recorded a 3rd place finish from back in 2010. He looks like great value this week to me.
Richard Bland ($7,300): Bland has been an absolute machine thus far on the Euro Tour for fantasy purposes as he’s now made 16/18 cuts on the season and recorded three top 10’s. Off back-to-back top 30 finishes, I see no reason whatsoever not to keep riding this kind of consistency from Bland as his price doesn’t require a huge finish for him to pay off for you in DFS this week. He’s made the cut in 6 of his last 8 visits to this event, and the experience should help him to another solid week.
Paul Dunne ($7,200): I wrote up Dunne last week, and rather than rehash the entire thing, I’ll just say that at this price I see no reason to get off the talented Irishman who now has T16 and T10 finishes in his last two events. While he doesn’t have course history to fall back on, this is a relatively simple course that has seen a lot of changes over the years anyways, and the lack of exposure likely won’t matter much. I still really like Dunne at this price, and he seems ready to do something big very soon.
Ricardo Gouveia ($6,900): Gouveia is yet another player from last week who came through with a big performance. With his price not really moving at all, there’s no reason to stay away here either in my opinion, as the talented Portuguese player is now riding a string of 6 straight made cuts. He’ll also be seeing this course for the first time, but coming off a great week, I’m not really concerned. I’d say he looks like great value once again.
Edoardo Molinari ($6,100): The “other” Molinari brother has really been playing solid golf of late and has now made his last 6 cuts on Tour. Last week he actually had his best finish in a while posting a T26. One of the reasons you really have to like Molinari this week though is that his course record here is amazing. On top of making his last 5 cuts at this event, he also has four top 15 finishes in that span and a 2nd place from back in 2010. At $6,100 he’s my favorite value play as a return to form, plus a familiar course looks like it could produce a big week for Eddie.
Chris Paisley ($6,000): Paisley is yet another one of my value plays who worked out from last week. The Englishman had a solid start but faded a little over the weekend to finish T34. Still, he is playing solid golf at the moment and should continue his run here in a semi-weakened field. On top of good recent form, Paisley made the cut at this event last season which should help confidence wise. He’s yet another nice play in the low $6K range to help you save salary at your other spots.
Brett Rumford ($6,000): For me, Rumford is a pick based purely off of course history this week. The Aussie has not had a great year, but he’s made 11 straight cuts at this event, a streak which includes a win from back in 2007. The Aussie may have missed a lot of cuts this year, but he does have a T19 to his credit from two weeks ago, so the recent form isn’t terrible. At only $6K, the course history and recent bout of form is enough for me. A made cut would likely see him make value.
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