Lee Westwood ($11,300): While Westwood has not had the greatest season over in the USA we have seen him be uber-consistent when playing in Europe. Westwood has finished no worse than 22nd in any of his last four starts on the Euro Tour and enters this week desperate to make one final good impression for Ryder Cup selection purposes. This is a weaker field and with the top two players coming off layoffs or the international games I think using Westwood as your anchor makes a ton of sense. He’s one of the best European Tour players ever, so why not use him at a decent price-tag.
Richard Sterne ($9,800): I first balked at this price for Sterne, but the truth is I prefer him over most at his range this week. The South African, quite frankly, just gets it done and is coming off his best stretch of the season leading into this event. The 6-time winner on the Euro Tour has landed himself inside the top 15 in his last two Euro starts (outside of the Open Championship where he finished 46th) and looks to be circling another win soon. I’ll take an in form Sterne on this course over a few of the other bigger names this week, he could be very low owned in GPPs.
Richard Bland ($8,400): Bland is a player who has paid off nicely for DFS players this season as he’s now made 9 of his last 10 cuts on Tour and landed numerous top twenty finishes in that span. The Englishman doesn’t have a huge course history to fall back on but is coming off a solid T21 at the Scottish Open against a strong field. I’m more than willing to pay for Bland as his price still seems low compared to the rest of a mostly weaker field. He’s looking like one of the most solid plays of the week.
Eddie Pepperell ($8,100): At only $8,100 I’m more than on board with Pepperell, a great young player who has struggled at times this year but who also looks to be gaining some momentum in his last few starts. Pepperell has yet to win on Tour yet but has a fifth and 22nd place finish to his credit at this event over the past two seasons and should benefit from the lack of talent at the top this week. Don’t be shocked if he contends here, and don’t be afraid to pay up for the sometimes inconsistent Englishman.
Haydn Porteous ($7,500): Porteous looks like he’s got a chance to be the next real star golfer from South Africa. The youngster has put up some great results already this season, including a 5th place last week at the match-play, and a win earlier in the year at the weaker Joburg Open. At $7,500, I think he should be a strong consideration, as this field really is wide open at the top and seems ripe for a player like Porteous to possibly contend and even steal a win. I love the price and talent here.
Chris Hanson ($7,100): Hanson has played pretty well all year, and even though he’s coming off a few slow weeks, I don’t feel like you should ignore him necessarily this week. The Englishman has still made 7 of his last 8 cuts on Tour and has made his only cut at this event from back in 2014. At $7,100 the price is definitely a factor here, and Hanson looks like a nice play with potential upside at a very affordable salary. I’d target him again and look for him to rebound quickly, he’s given no indication he’s not capable of that, especially in a weak field.
Mikael Lundberg ($6,400): Lundberg admittedly hasn’t done much in his past few starts but seems like he could be in for a bounce back at this course. The veteran Swede has made the cut the past two seasons at this event recording finishes of 17th and 30th. While he doesn’t have much to his name on the season thus far in terms of top finishes, at only $6,400 his experience at the event should make him a favorite to make the cut and become a decent DFS play if he does. A player I don’t necessarily love for upside but who could be a nice play if he makes the weekend, he’ll have a good shot at it in a weaker field on a course he seems to enjoy.
Dean Burmester ($6,300): I’m not sure what I’m missing here with this price on Burmester, but I’m definitely going to take advantage where possible. Burmester comes into this event off four straight made cuts, and while he’s never played this event before, I would again not be shocked at all if he contended or at least put up another top twenty in a soft field. The South African has proven he has the game to compete consistently on Tour and should be able to take advantage of a course where other bigger hitters have prospered. Of all the value plays this week, he’s looking like my favorite one under $6,500 and is a player I’m interested in tracking and using this week.
Tjaart Van der Walt ($6,100): Van der Walt’s more of a GPP play I suppose, given the long layoff and the fact he’s coming into this event off a missed cut. That being said, the veteran South African also recorded back-to-back top tens earlier this season in similar style fields and is more than capable of a big week here. I like the upside of Van de Walt in a weaker event. He seems like a fine, low-priced option if looking to stack two or three of the big names at the top.
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