This is a new event on the Euro Tour for this season and takes place at the Verdura Golf Club in Sicily. Let’s get right to the picks.
Jordan L. Smith ($11,100): Smith is the highest priced golfer this week on DraftKings, but he’s still only $11,100, which actually makes him pretty easy to roster given some of the value we can get under $7,500. While Smith is still searching for that first Euro Tour win, he has proven to have both upside and consistency thus far in his first year out on the regular tour as he’s now made 11 of his last 12 cuts, a streak which includes three top-10s and four other finishes of 25th or better. As a two-time winner last season on the Challenge Tour, I don’t expect Smith to be intimidated by this field and would be fine paying up for the still somewhat unproven youngster in a weaker field.
Renato Paratore ($9,200): Paratore is an Italian who actually has some experience playing the course in use this week, a rare thing among the field since it is the first year of this event. Paratore has been making his name known of late as well though, as he was near the top of the leaderboard in Morocco for a time and also finished T18 a couple of weeks ago in China. A highly-touted younger player, I would say Paratore should feel more comfortable than most this week given the venue and — given his recent form and penchant for getting into contention — seems like a perfect tournament play this week for DFS.
Chris Hanson ($8,700): Hanson is a bit of an old reliable for me now on DraftKings, as I’m sure I’ve written him up almost every time he’s made a start this season. There is good reason for it though, Hanson has been remarkably efficient and consistent this year, making eight out of 11 cuts thus far, and he’s often been underpriced as well. While he’s still seeking his first Euro Tour win, Hanson has shown more upside recently and had his best finish of 2017 with a T6 in Morocco only two starts ago. There is a bit of mystery surrounding the venue here, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Hanson perhaps even get the win this week given the weaker nature of this field, he’s put in the work over the past year and seems ready.
Alexander Bjork ($8,000): Bjork has either been really, really good this year or quite bad. Fortunately for us, the good showings have outweighed the bad ones, and at just $8,000 this week, in a field with no real big guns at the top, a good ball-striking week here by Bjork will likely mean a top-10 or better. This course is somewhat open or has been described as such, and his strong play on the desert swing earlier may be a good omen for being able to handle this venue too. Even coming off two MCs in his last three starts, I’d still look at Bjork as a strong tournament play this week, as five top-20s this year shows the kind of upside he possesses.
Bernd Ritthammer ($7,200): Ritthammer started the season slowly, missing a bunch of cuts in a row, but has now made the weekend in three of his last four starts, which includes finishes of T22 and T14. Even though the 30-year old has bounced around between tours for a while now, he did win an incredible three times last year on the Challenge Tour and shouldn’t be intimidated at all by what is basically a Challenge Tour level field. He’s my favorite play in the low-$7k range this week.
Paul Peterson ($7,200): Peterson is another American making his trade on the Euro Tour. Even though he doesn’t carry the big game of other standouts like Brooks Koepka or Peter Uihlein, the consistency for Peterson has been there this year, and he comes into this week’s event having made all six of his last cuts. With only one top-10 on the season, the upside generally isn’t as good as we’d like but his price makes him an attractive filler for top heavy lineups or cash games. He’s good value either way in this weaker field.
Daniel Im ($6,800): I love consistency in cheap golfers, and that is what Im is providing us this week on DraftKings. The American has found his groove this season on tour, making eight of his last nine cuts. While the upside or big weekend hasn’t materialized yet, this kind of grinding means a big weekend is only around the corner, and a T14 his last time out is certainly a confidence builder. Im looks like a great cash game target here in a field that lacks real certainty at the bottom.
Tom Lewis ($6,800): Lewis is a good young English player who should be motivated by the fact that his compatriot won in a similar type of event last week. Lewis has made five of six cuts now on the year and, importantly, has shown upside when he’s made the weekend in these weaker events, with three top-20s to his credit as well on the year. He rebounded well after a slow start last weekend and would be a great return on value if he produced a similar performance to that here, in what is a very similar field strength-wise. The upside is even more with Lewis, so at $6,800 he’s one of the best values on my list this week.
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