Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($10,100): A lot of people hate the fact that Cabrera-Bello has yet to break through for that elusive win this season, but the truth is, he’s been one of the best players on the planet in 2016. Bello is coming into this event off back-to-back top five finishes and looks poised to break through sooner than later. Regardless of if he wins or not, he’s a nice discount off the very top plays this week and someone I’d look to get exposure to. He’s only missed one cut in 19 starts this season.
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($10,000): Fitzpatrick looks like a clear play to me this week. On top of overcoming a horrid start in his last tournament (to finish T7) Fitzpatrick has looked close to his second win this season as he also finished 5th at the Czech Matsers a few weeks ago as well. The young Englishman will have good memories of this course as he nearly pulled off a spectacular comeback last year and ended up finishing T3. He looks like one of the best plays of the week to me.
Tyrrell Hatton ($9,600): Hatton is coming off of two missed cuts in a row which makes him a bit of an unknown, but before that this recent slow patch he’d been playing spectacular golf. Hatton is also a fairly accurate driver when on as he ranks 62nd on the Euro Tour in accuracy. The Englishman did not play here last year, so he is more of a speculative pick by me but with likely low ownership and potential upside make him look like a nice play in larger tournaments. He’s in the midst of a great season where he’s already landed two top tens in majors and should rebound here after a week off.
Chris Wood ($7,600): Wood admittedly hasn’t played great recently, but honestly, at this price he doesn’t have to play amazingly to return value to you. Wood is the 30th ranked player in the world, yet is priced with players 100 spots or more below him in that regard. Even if he isn’t in top form, I still trust him to grind out a made cut as he needs some good competition reps before the Ryder Cup. I’d recommend taking advantage of his price this week.
Alejandro Canizares ($8,300): Canizares has been really playing great recently and has now finished T4—T24—T8 in his last three starts. He’s another player who should benefit from a shorter more “gettable” course as he’s been one of leaders on Tour in birdies made this season. Canizares played this event last year and finished a tidy 26th; I won’t be shocked to see him improve on this given his recent form, and he looks like a fantastic play at only $8,300 in my opinion.
David Lipsky ($7,600): Lipsky’s found some form recently as he’s now made four straight cuts and landed finishes of T6 and T3 in that span as well. At an event where low scoring will likely be needed, it’s also nice to know he has the firepower to go low as he’s now made 49 birdies over his last three starts. Lipsky also has history on his side this week as he was T3 at this event and course last year. He is definitely looking like solid value at only $7,600.
Adrian Otaegui ($6,500): The talented young Spaniard has been a little inconsistent at times this season, but he has made each of his last three cuts and also has two top fives in his last 10 starts. On a tight course Otaegui’s driving accuracy should come in handy, as he currently ranks 9th on Tour in that area. This event has seen surprise winners in the past, so there is potential for something big here. He’s a very talented player who could pull off something big in an event like this.
Chris Hanson ($6,200): Hanson has put together a very consistent season thus far making 14/17 cuts on the year. While he hasn’t had any huge finishes this year, he’s now recorded back-to-back finishes of T18 and T8. This is a super consistent player whose price I can’t really figure out this week. He looks like a great bargain at any rate and is easily my best value play at under $6,500.
Daniel Im ($6,200): I’ve been riding Im the last few weeks in this column, and there’s really no need to stop this week. The young American is a shorter but accurate hitter and should suit this course well. He’s now made four straight cuts on Tour and made 44 birdies over his last three events as well. At $6,200 I’m not expecting the world, but another solid four rounds of play would mean great return for only $6,200.
J. B. Hansen ($6,200): One last cheap play to consider this week is Denmark’s J. B. Hansen. The Dane is inconsistent, but when his putter gets hot, it really gets hot. He’s recorded finishes of T11 and T18 in his last four starts, and in those two top finishes he recorded 41 birdies combined. That is great for fantasy purposes, and in an event where the winning score could approach -20, Hansen could find real success this week. He looks like a fantastic tournament option at this range.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is wavegoodbye) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.