Rory McIlroy ($12,500): I don’t always love taking the highest priced golfer but on a week where I can find serious flaws in just about everyone not named Rory McIlory, I think it’s a good strategy. McIlroy has finished 2016 hot. He won the PGA playoffs in dramatic fashion, and then followed that up by posting one of the most memorable Ryder Cup performances in recent memory. McIlroy has only finished outside the top 5 at this event once in seven appearances. The course favours long hitters and McIlroy knows how to take advantage. He’s primed to take home another large purse and playoff win this week.
Francesco Molinari ($8,900): Molinari has been one of the best players in the world over the past two months. On top of winning over in Europe recently, he’s also finished 6th and 4th in his last two starts and could easily have multiple wins to his name on the year coming into this event. While the course favours longer hitters that hasn’t stopped Molinari from having success here either as he’s finished 6th or better three times in seven appearances. At under $9k in price, the in form Molinari is a great value this week for fantasy.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,600): Oosthuizen was in contention last week but ended with a poor round on Sunday. Still, the South African played well and also has a nice record in the desert, with three finishes of 6th or better to his credit at this event. Considering he’s only played twice in the last two months, the 9th place from last week should still be taken as a sign that his game is in order. He’s someone who could at least challenge McIlory at this venue and at $8,600 carries better value than most players this week.
Tommy Fleetwood ($7,800): Fleetwood has been playing well for the past few months. After a slow start to the year he’s now reeled off six finishes of 15th or better in his last eight starts. While he’s never broken through in a big event before there’s no doubt he has the talent to at least challenge in a field like this, and given his form this could be the week he makes some noise. His course form isn’t great as he has zero top tens at this event in three appearances but the price and recent form are a good combo. I think Fleetwood finishes this season strong here as he makes his way back into the discussion of the games top young players.
Victor Dubuisson ($7,600): An enigma, wrapped in a riddle… that is probably the best way to describe Dubuisson. He withdraws from as many events (sometimes without notice) as he actually starts, but when he is playing well he can without a doubt hang with the best. Dubuisson is risky, but with a 3rd place finish last week and great course history (he’s finished 2nd and 3rd in two of his last three starts at this event) he makes for a high upside play in gpps this week.
Scott Hend ($7,400): Hend has really had a fabulous year, winning once already, Hend has been in contention at numerous events this season. The veteran Aussie still hits it big and should be well suited for this venue where other bombers have also thrived over time. While he’s only played at this event once before, the fact Hend has been in contention so many times this year should really make him a player to keep on your radar, especially for tournaments as he’s got the game to shoot a low round or two here and possible scoop up some of those birdie bonuses. He’s a great tournament target to polish off your lineups with.
Ricardo Gouveia ($6,700): Gouveia is a talented young Portugese player who has had some up and down results this year but has shown flashes of future brilliance at times. He’s improved his finishing position in each of his last three starts and had one of his best weeks of the year in South Africa last week finishing 3rd. At well under $7k he’s the player I’d most want to use when looking for a cheap tournament play this week.
Alejandro Canizares ($7,000): Canizares has had a consistent year, and after last week, now has three top tens in his last eight starts. While he’s never cracked the top ten at this venue this is arguably the best form he’s been in, when coming into this week, and the familiarity with the course (he’s played this event four times already) should also help. At $7k he’s a player I would feel comfortable with at this range and would look for at least a solid week from him in this shortened field. A top 20 is very doable.
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