The tournament this week comes to us from Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland. It will be the first time this course is hosting the Scottish Open. Let’s get to the picks.
Rickie Fowler ($11,400) – Fowler is the second highest priced golfer this week and could easily be the highest in my opinion. Since a slow early portion of the season, he’s been more consistent than ever this year, with only two finishes outside of the top-16 over his last 10 starts. Fowler has typically performed very well in the week before a major and is a former winner of this event from back in 2015. While I’d expect a bounce back from Rory McIlroy this week, Fowler has been the better golfer between them this year and sets up well for a links test on a shorter course at Dundonald.
Henrik Stenson ($9,900) – We’ve waited almost all season to see some more of the greatness Stenson showed us towards the end of last season, and the Swede may finally be close to finding it again. A missed cut at the U.S. Open was surrounded by three solid recent Euro Tour finishes, and he should be eager to put in a good week here before defending his title as the champion golfer of the year. Stenson is cheaper than Adam Scott (who hasn’t played since the U.S. Open) and seemingly has a little more to prove this week form-wise than compatriot Alex Noren. I won’t be shocked if he turns up here with a big week.
Matt Kuchar ($9,400) – Kuchar rounds out my top targets. The American has warmed up to links golf over the years and has played this event a few times as a warmup to the Open. In 2015 he finished second to Fowler (on a different course) and also has a top-10 from another edition on his resume, too. Kooch has been in good form since the Masters and comes in with T16 or better finishes in each of his last four starts. At $9,400, he’s got the links experience we covet and should also benefit from the course this week being of the shorter variety.
Peter Uihlein ($8,300) – Uihlein has been a huge cut-maker all season, but recently the top finishes have been starting to pile up more frequently as well. He nearly chased down Tommy Fleetwood at the French Open and also ended up at 14-under last week for a T14 finish. Tee to Green, Uihlein has been magnificent over his last few events, and while the field this week is a bit stiffer in competition, his price really hasn’t risen to the point where we should consider fading him. I’d consider Uihlein for at least one more week here as a second career Euro win is certainly coming soon for the transplanted American.
Byeong-Hun An ($7,300) – While I’d like to say that making An a target this week comes down to some kind of fancy statistical analysis, the fact is he is really a price play, and a pretty simple one at that. An has been on the PGA Tour most of the season and has been having a strong year, going 15/16 in cuts made on the year and ranking 19th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. While there are likely a few more experienced links players around his salary that you could target in tournaments, no one at his price-point can match his skill level, making him a great cash game play at under $7,500.
Chris Wood ($7,000) – Wood is coming off a poor week in France where he had to withdraw after a poor third round with a bad wrist. The move was more preventative than anything (according to his Twitter feed), and Wood being in the field this week is certainly a good sign as he’s already qualified for next week’s Open. Before the injury issue, Wood was in great form and coming off two top-five finishes in his last three Euro starts. He’s tough to fade at this price even with the questionable wrist.
Ian Poulter ($6,700) – You have to give Poulter some credit. Ever since a bit of fortuitous luck went his way in a PGA points miscalculation, he’s made the most of his new situation by making six straight cuts (on both major tours) and qualifying for next week’s Open. Poulter shouldn’t be taken lightly this week either. While he’s never won the Scottish Open, he does have plenty of links experience and should take to a venue that isn’t overly long. At $6,700, there’s plenty to like here about a player who is coming in off the radar, but in deceptively strong form.
Scott Hend ($6,700) – Hend is the definition of a streaky and often DFS-friendly player who is known for putting together some low rounds. He’s been in decent form of late though, making four straight cuts now, and he has put together a 68-64 in rounds two and three last week on a similar-styled course in Ireland. Hend’s more of a tournament play perhaps in such a deep field, but he’s priced perfectly as a stars-and-scrubs target to pair with your high priced golfers this week.
Jordan Smith ($6,500) – Smith is a young English golfer many of the Euro DFS regulars probably already know about. While he’s yet to put it all together for a win, this is a very talented player with a great resume already who has made five cuts in a row coming in and is 16/18 on the season. At $6,500, he’s great value this week in DFS, and we should be buoyed by the fact that he put together solid efforts against nearly as tough fields his last two times out in France and Ireland.
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