The Alfred Dunhill Championship kicks off the European Tour season and takes place at Leopard Creak Country Club in Malelane, South Africa. Here are targets at each price range in order to help you fill out your DraftKings golf lineup.
Charl Schwartzel ($12,000): This is one of those cases where I would be remiss not to at least mention Schwartzel, even though he makes for one of the most obvious choices ever for your DFS lineups. Schwartzel has played this event eleven times since 2004 and racked up an incredible five victories and three second place finishes in that span. The South African has quite simply made this event his own personal ATM and will look to add to his collection this week.
Brandon Stone ($8,800): Stone is another South African player who might be a very good target to pair with the aforementioned Schwartzel. The youngster actually won a smaller Euro event in South Africa last year and now will take aim at this week’s slightly more prestigious Alfred Dunhill Championship, an event where he finished 18th last season. At under $9k he’s very affordable and should be in contention this week given his recent form, the venue and the field.
David Drysdale ($8,000): Drysdale is a veteran Euro Tour player who has competed in this event in each of the past ten seasons with solid results that include finishes of 25th or better in each of his last four visits here. He’s actually been very consistent of late, making his last six cuts on Tour, and in a weaker field, he should be able to take advantage of that solid course history with a solid fantasy week. I won’t hesitate to roll him out in any format this weekend.
Eddie Pepperell ($7,800): Pepperell is a talented young English player who is admittedly coming off a very poor season by his standards, where he missed 7 of his final 8 cuts on Tour. Still, he recently regained his Tour Card in Euro Tour qualifying school and should be much more confident (and relaxed) heading into this week on a course where he finished 8th last season. He’s not cheap, but the talent he possesses makes him a great, high upside target here.
Dean Burmester ($7,600): Burmester is a big hitting South African who led the European Tour in driving distance last season. While he’s posted some smaller wins on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, he’s still looking for that first big Euro Tour win. While he missed the cut the first four times he played this event, Burmester must have figured something out last season as he finished a solid 8th. He’s also coming off a solid week of golf as he finished T8 in last week’s event as well. At under $8k, he makes for another solid target in my view and is another South African player who should benefit from playing in his home country.
Chris Hanson ($6,900): Hanson had a solid 2016 and was in contention in a few events throughout the year. The Englishman has also been very consistent for fantasy in 2016 making over 75% of his cuts on the season, and that alone would seem to make him good value this week. He did play at this event and venue last season finishing 44th, but after a solid season, his confidence should be in a much better place now.
Heath Slocum ($5,800): Slocum has won multiple times on the PGA Tour, but he is currently without status on that Tour, and therefore playing a more “worldy” schedule at the moment. He played in South Africa last week as well and finished a tidy 27th and has also indicated this week that his game is trending in the right direction. At only $5,800, in such a weak field, he looks like a solid play even with his lack of results over the past year. At the very least, you’re getting a former PGA regular (and winner) who is motivated for only $5,800.
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