This week’s Euro Tour Event takes place at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, Hong Kong.
Tommy Fleetwood ($9,900): Fleetwood has played well in the past three or four months, but he has yet to land that elusive win to really top out his run. Fleetwood hasn’t missed a cut since before September and while he’s never played this event before, a lack of history didn’t stop fellow Englishman Justin Rose from winning last season, despite just playing at this event once before. Fleetwood has arguably been playing better than everyone priced above him in the past two months and at $9,900 seems more than worthy of his price in a weaker field event. He’s my top target this week for DFS.
Thongchai Jaidee ($9,300): While Jaidee doesn’t always contend he’s rarely that out of form, in fact you have to go back nine events to find his last missed cut. The veteran Thai player also has been uber-consistent in Hong Kong. In his last ten starts at this event he’s never missed a cut and only finished outside the top twenty once (back in 2004). Jaidee is not cheap but he’s also bringing a ridiculous record of recent form and course history which I have no issue paying up for this week, especially when a lot of unknowns exist at lower tiers.
Ian Poulter ($8,800): Poulter recently returned from a foot injury and while his results haven’t been sparkling, recent history tells us this week might be where he finds his way to top of the leaderboard. Poulter has had a lot of success in South Asia over his career. On top of winning this event back in 2010, he’s also recorded wins in Singapore and China. A strong course history and a decent 21st showing in Australia last week means that Poulter should be primed to make a run at another title here.
Andrew Dodt ($7,700): Dodt is a streaky player who is coming off his best finish of the year last week in Australia where he finished second behind Harold Varner III. No stranger to this part of the world, the Aussie has won in South Asia before (Thailand Classic 2015) and comes into this event having made the cut here in three of his last four appearances. He can be streaky but there’s no discounting the talent, ability and strong recent form. Dodt looks like a very high upside, mid-range target this week.
Angelo Que ($7,200): Que is a Filipino player most DFS players will never have heard of, but he is someone to pay attention to this week. On top of showing some decent form his last time out in Japan, Que has a fantastic record at this event having never finished worse than 13th here in his last three appearances. In fact, Que almost won here back in 2014 when he lost in a playoff to Scott Hend. At $7,200 Que’s course history and lack of attention make him a great, under the radar, target for this week in fantasy.
David Drysdale ($7,000): Drysdale was one of my targets last week and responded with a very solid T10 in a weak field. Having now made his last seven cuts on tour, Drysdale looks like he might be one of the best values out there again. The Scotsman has made the cut in Hong Kong in four of five visits and is playing some of the most consistent golf on tour right now. He’s a great cash or tournament option this week.
Carlos Pigem ($6,700): The young Spaniard is a relative unknown at this point but his recent form shows that a breakthrough might not be far away. Pigem now has two top-five finishes in his last five starts and is coming off one of the best starts of his career after he finished T4 at the Alfred Dunhill last week. Pigem also has some course history as he finished 29th here last season. Seemingly in the best form of his life now, he’ll be in a good spot to improve on that finish this week and makes for a nice – and likely very lowly owned – target.
David Howell ($6,600): Howell is a veteran of the European tour with several wins to his name. While he had a bit of a rough ending to his 2016 season, Howell should be well rested and is quite frankly priced far too low in this weaker field. While he doesn’t have a ton of recent course history to fall back on, he has made the cut at this event six times in a row and also has a sixth place finish from back in 2004. As a pure value play who should be well rested (and motivated) he looks like someone to take advantage of this week.
Antonio Lascuna ($6,000): Another Filipino player, Lascuna has been tearing up the local circuits lately. In his last seven starts he’s not finished worse than 29th and is also coming off a 2nd place finish from last week. While he’s only made the cut in Hong Kong in four out of eight attempts, he still seems like a prime tournament target given the recent form and price tag. A perfect target to pair with higher priced studs in a very top heavy field.
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