This week’s event comes from the par 72, 7,400 yard Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salem, in Rabat, Morocco. Let’s get straight to the targets!
Brandon Stone ($10,800) – Stone is a great young player from South Africa who already has a win on the European Tour, which came on the continent of Africa. While he didn’t have much success during his time on the PGA Tour earlier in the year, Stone did place fourth and seventh in his last two European events, including the Dubai Desert Classic, so he’s coming in with some form. The fairways this week are Kikuyu which should favor the South Africans, and Stone, being only the fourth-most expensive golfer, also offers a you a nice discount off of the top three golfers with plenty of proven upside. He’s my favorite play among the leaders.
Dylan Frittelli ($9,400) – Frittelli is another young South African player who has proven to have plenty of game. Although Frittelli is still lacking an official Euro Tour win, he has made four straight cuts this year, a run which includes a T12 and T16 from earlier in the season on African soil. Frittelli has the advantage of playing this course last season where he put in a solid 34th. He should be in a position to improve on that finish this week and looks like a decent option given his price and play of late.
Romain Langasque ($9,000) – Langasque is an exciting young talent form France who has proven himself in some big tournaments already. Langasque looks on the verge of a breakthrough and has now made seven straight cuts going back to the Australian PGA last November. While he hasn’t played this event before, Langasque did play well in Africa earlier in the season with a pair of top 20 finishes on the tour’s South African swing. At just $9K, he’s one of my favorite plays this week as his price could easily be justifiably higher in this weak field.
Honorable Mention – James Morrison ($8,700)
Matteo Manassero ($8,000) – Manassero is coming off one of his best finishes in the past year or so — third at the Indian Open. The Italian, who is still only 23 years old, has shown a much more consistent game to start 2017 and has now made the cut in six of his last seven events. As of now, Manassero is ranked as high in Greens in Regulation Percentage as he’s ever been at 18th (77% of greens hit), and that should translate into more high finishes eventually. In this weak field, Manassero is great value and also has the benefit of having played this course last season too when he finished 22nd. He’s got immense upside at an affordable price this week.
Carlos Pigem ($7,200) – Pigem is a talented young player who looks like a prime target in this very weakened field. He’s now landed two top five finishes in his last four starts and should be budding with confidence after a strong top-five finish at his last start in India against a field stronger than the one he’ll be taking on here. At well under $8K, he’s got serious upside in tournaments this week, and I think he should be considered for all formats.
Chris Hanson ($7,100) – Hanson is a player I’ve featured almost too many times this early in the season. While he doesn’t necessarily have the big upside of some of my other targets, he was fifth at this event last season, and more importantly, has been very consistent over the past 6-8 months. Coming off a 22nd-place finish in India, and having made six of his last seven cuts, I think Hanson can be viewed as a consistent cash game option this week.
Honorable Mention – Jaco Van Zyl ($7,400)
Haydn Porteous ($6,800) – Porteous is a talented young player whose game left him for a while after picking up a win last year. After missing a bunch of cuts and playing some poor golf to start 2017, Porteous has now made three cuts in a row and should be viewed as somewhat of a high-upside tournament option at his sub-$7K price. The young South African has an official Euro Tour win at the Joburg Open in 2016 and should feel comfortable this week in a weaker field, on his home continent.
Romain Wattel ($6,600) – There aren’t many golfers to choose from when you get under $7k this week, but Wattel is definitely a player you should consider. The Frenchman doesn’t have a ton of top finishes over the past few months, but the consistency of having made his last three cuts on tour shouldn’t be overlooked in a field like this. Wattel is also currently hitting his highest number of greens in regulation for his career (over 71%), so it could just be a matter of his putter heating up before he starts placing better. Either way, his ability to battle for a made cut makes him a decent value option for a stars and scrubs lineups this week.
Honorable Mention – Jeff Winther ($6,600)
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