The tournament this week is the Lyoness Open, a tournament held at the Diamond CC in Austria. Here’s a selection of golfers I like the best in different ranges for play this week on DraftKings.
Bernd Wiesberger ($11,600): This tournament is a lot like the one on the PGA tour this week in that there are three or four clear talents at the top and then a sharp drop-off. One of those talents in Austria this week is an actual Austrian himself in Bernd Wiesberger. Wiesberger has been solid this season, although his lack of top tens is slightly worrisome. Still, he’s a former winner of this event and finished second on this course two years ago as well. Wiesberger should not only be hungry for his first win of the season but also should be out to avenge his missed cut at this event from last year. While I love Chris Wood, I think the let down factor might come into play with the US Open looming and I would feel better about using Wiesberger this week in his home country event. He’s a great choice to build around this week.
Richie Ramsay ($10,300): Outside of the top three players, Ramsay is the one I like the best. He’s not a huge hitter but length doesn’t seem to be hugely important at this course and Ramsay is great at hitting fairways and greens. That is good news since the winning score here is usually around -15 and lots of birdie opportunities will be needed for the week. Ramsay has made six straight cuts on tour and finished 11th on this course a year ago. This sets up as a potentially great week for the Scotsman and while the price isn’t cheap, he’s perhaps my favorite play among the 10k and up crowd. Good current form and course history make him an easy target for me.
Richard Bland ($9,600): There seems to be no stopping Richard Bland this year. He’s now made 12/13 cuts on tour and has numerous top tens to his name as well. While the high price made me initially want to fade him, the fact this field lacks talent means another decent finish is likely for a player who is making cuts every week with ease. Bland also has a decent record at this event having made five straight cuts at the Lyoness Open, a streak which includes an 8th place finish from 2012 on the same course they’ll be playing this week (Diamond CC). Bland is an obvious cash game pick although the ownership in GPPs may be high this week.
Lee Slattery ($9,000): A player I like to slip under the radar and stay under owned is Lee Slattery. Slattery comes into this event a little cold (missing two cuts in a row) but as a player who hits a lot of greens and fairways the course should be more to his liking. The results have shown that Diamond CC is a good for fit Slattery, as he’s made four straight cuts at this event and recorded top tens here in both 2013 and 2014. The fact that Slattery struggled at a couple venues that historically haven’t fit his game doesn’t bother me and I think he makes for a great GPP pick this week. Slattery currently ranks 29th in Accuracy and 33rd in Greens in Regulation on the Euro tour and that should translate to a strong finish here. Trust the stats with Lee, as many will not.
Dylan Frittelli ($7,500): Frittelli is another one of those young South African players who seem to pop up every year and do some damage somewhere around the globe. While it’s been a bit of a mixed bag recently for Frittelli, he just missed a win earlier in the year at the Australian PGA and also had a good finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links event, two pretty strong fields. This will be Frittelli’s first visit to Diamond CC but the venue should be right up his alley, as he’s currently 22nd on tour in accuracy and 61st in Greens in Regulation. It’s also interesting to note that Frittelli’s only Euro win (a challenge event) came in Austria back in 2013. I really like this venue for Frittelli for DFS purposes and think the price is more than right. The weakness of this field means a guy like him could easily pop up and win this thing outright.
Dean Burmester ($7,500): It was only a couple months ago that Dean Burmester was priced around 9k for the Puerto Rico Open event on the PGA Tour. Now he’s $7,500 in one of the weaker European Tour events and looks like great value. While Burmester’s early season form has wavered a bit, he still posted a T14 at the Trophee Hassan II a month ago and should be fairly motivated to overcome a DQ last week in Switzerland. This is another talented South African who seems to be on the rise and could easily rise to the top 20 in this weak field. He and Frittelli look like great value in their price range this week.
Chris Hanson ($7,200): Hanson has been trending well this whole year and played great in Sweden last week before a sub-par final round. Still, the Englishman has made 8 of 10 cuts on the year and by all accounts looks like a player who could eventually win on tour. The weakness of this field makes me love his chances at this tournament, as he’s placed T25—T34—T5 in his last three regular tour starts and by all accounts they had stronger or similar fields to this one. At $7200 I think Hanson might actually be the value play of the week for me and stands out to me as the best player under $7500 by far. The Englishman missed a cut here a couple years ago but his form is much improved, and I’d suggest ignoring that result and going with Hanson this week.
Michael Hoey ($6,700): Hoey is an interesting player in that his form has been awful at times over his career (including now) but that hasn’t stopped him from racking up five career wins on the Euro Tour. After a string of missed cuts (11 to be exact) he finally broke the seal and made the weekend at the Nordea Masters last week. You have to think that will give him a ton of confidence for this week coupled with the fact that he finished 20th here last year. Hoey is probably best suited for GPPs only, although if you’re dipping below 7k in this field you’re going to have to play some extremely volatile players, so you might as well play one like Hoey who has at least shown the ability to produce huge weeks throughout his career. I think there’s a good chance for a bounce back from him.
Simon Khan ($6,500): Khan isn’t the most consistent player on tour, but he’s a player I expect to perform well this week given his history. Even with a bunch of missed cuts Khan still ranks 50th on tour in accuracy and put up a big 15th place finish at the BMW PGA Championship a couple weeks ago, another course he’s had strong historical results. Khan finished 22nd at Diamond CC last year, and if he can find enough greens this is a course the streaky putter could excel at. He’s more of a GPP only pick for me this week, but still one of the first names I’d entertain at this salary point.
Richard T. Lee ($5,600): Lee is a young Canadian player who has experience in events of different caliber from all over the globe. As a result, seeing his price pop-up at well under 6k this week is surprising. While he hasn’t played a ton of late, Lee is still someone I’d feel comfortable rolling with in this weaker field given his price. As a player who’s tackled some tough courses and fields in Asia and in the States his chances of a made cut and decent performance are higher than many at his price point this week, and you he won’t need much more than four rounds of play to return value. He’s my cheap ‘value scrub’ selection of the week.