Lee Westwood ($11,300): It might seem strange to DFS players to see Lee Westwood priced so high, but remember the European Tour is where Westwood has played most of his career and he has 23 wins on said Tour to date. Recently Westwood has also been playing fantastic golf which makes his fantasy price this week much more understandable. He was in the mix last week until a bad final round, but Wentworth has not always been kind to him (he’s never won there despite several close calls). The course this week has been kinder to the Westy though, as he won this event when it was played here back in 2012. In a weaker field, I like building lineups around Westwood this week since I see another top 15 finish or so likely.
Alex Noren ($10,600): Noren is a player who many DFS players may not be familiar with given his lack of play overseas, but he’s been a pretty high quality player over in Europe for quite some time now. The Swede has won the Nordea Masters twice, including once when it was played at this week’s course, Bro Hoff Slot GC in 2011. While he didn’t finish great last week, Noren did qualify for the US Open earlier in the week and should be confident from that achievement. He’s also the defending champion this year and will be playing in front of the home crowd. He’s pricy but someone I’d probably consider paying up for, especially in cash games.
Thomas Pieters ($9,400): Pieters may not have the recent form of some players underneath him, but he has the talent. The young Belgian is a rising star on the Tour and already has a couple big wins under his belt at the age of 24. This will be the first time he’s seeing this week’s site in competition, but his distance should help him around a layout that measures over 7,600 yards (he’s 13th on Tour in driving distance). He played incredibly solid last week at a venue which had given him issues in the past and that should help in the confidence department too. Big things could be on tap here and I would rather pay up for his ability on a course that should suit him, than settle for some of the names underneath him this week.
Pablo Larrazabal ($8,500): Larrazabal is a veteran of the Euro Tour who’s been a pretty consistent player throughout his career. This season has been no different as he’s made 9 of 12 cuts and had an excellent week at Wentworth posting four rounds of par or better on a very challenging course. Larrazabal even went on twitter and suggested the last round he played at Wentworth was his best ball striking performance ever on the Euro Tour. I like playing a man with confidence and also like the fact Larrazabal was 14th on this course the last time the Tour visited Bro Hoff Slot GC, this week’s site. I think he’s great value and won’t be shocked if he challenges for the win here.
Felipe Aguilar ($7,600): Aguilar seems like a great mix of recent form and course history this week. He’s played at the venue multiple times in his career and finished 9th and 7th in his last two visits. Aguilar also has been in good form recently, making four cuts in a row and just missed his third win on Tour at the beginning of May in China. The familiar surroundings should give a boost to an already confident player, and I like the fact he put in a strong performance last week at the difficult Wentworth. He’s someone I could see in the mix at the top at some point this week.
Eddie Pepperell ($7,400): This choice is mainly about price as I really feel like you’re getting a good bargain with Pepperell at only $7,400. The young Englishman is still searching for his first win on the Euro Tour but has had quite a few near misses over the past couple of years. He missed the cut last week but has a pretty decent bounce-back history after a MC. This is the type of event I’d expect Pepperell to pop up at when he does finally get his first win, and even though he’s seeing the course for the first time, it’s going to be new, or a change for many of the players this week so there’s not a huge disadvantage there. In a weaker field I see Pepperell as a decent source of value here and would recommend him on that basis alone.
Matteo Manassero ($6,200): Manassero is an interesting case study. A few years ago he was essentially a can’t miss rising star and had some big Euro Tour wins to his credit, including a win at Wentworth back in 2013. The last couple of years though he’s really struggled, and his form is such that he’s now priced around middling Euro players for fantasy, most of whom don’t have close to his current resume. Recently, Manassero has shown some signs of life, however and has two top 25’s in his last five starts. He also just qualified for the US Open a couple days ago, which should really boost his confidence. He finished 4th on this course back in 2013, and at only $6,200, he’s the type of player I’d want to use if making a GPP lineup this week.
Estanislao Goya ($6,400): Goya’s a talented player who looks a little underpriced to me this week. He’s made 4 of his last 5 cuts and also has a nice record at this course, where he made three cuts out of three when the event was hosted here. While he’s a bit more suited to GPPs this week, I think Goya’s consistent record this season bodes well for this week where he’ll be on a course he clearly feels comfortable at. His lack of play recently means a slew of different results are possible for Goya, but at only $6,400 the possibility of a top 10 or top 5 finish is definitely in play for him giving him great GPP upside for the price.
Pelle Edberg ($6,200): Edberg is a bigger hitting Swede who obviously is playing in a bit of a home game this week. Edberg’s length should help him out on this course as it did earlier in the season in Thailand (another course big hitters tend to play well at), and even though he’s missed a couple cuts in a row, I’d still consider him this week if I’m making stars and scrubs lineups. He’s got a T10 at this event from back in 2012 when the event was played on Bro Hoff Slot GC, this week’s site, and he should get a boost from playing in front of home fans. I love the price and the potential for DFS with Edberg here.
Wu Ashun ($5,900): Once we dive under $6k in salary I’m really looking for players who will have a better than average chance of making the cut, and that’s what I see this week in Wu. He’s made 6 of his last 7 cuts on the Euro Tour, and even though he struggled last week, he’s shown a good ability to bounce back throughout his career. As a GPP punt he makes sense if you need to go low this week, and the weaker field should help his final finishing position.