Bernd Wiesberger ($10,900): While it’s hard to ignore the recent form of Thomas Pieters at the top, with the Ryder Cup looming I wonder if his attention might be elsewhere this week, and instead I will turn my attention to Bernd Wiesberger. Wiesberger got beat at the KLM Open a few weeks ago by a great final round from Joost Luiten, but he played great in that event and has recently showed great form overall. Wiesberger is a significant discount off the top two players this week and he has now put up 90 or more DraftKings points in two of his last three starts. He’s got decent power off the tee (which should be quite helpful on this week’s setup) and I won’t be shocked at all if he picks up his first win of the season here.
Scott Hend ($9600): Hend has been really close to grabbing his second win of the season lately as he lost in a playoff at the European Masters and then finished T4 at the KLM Open the week after. Hend’s power off the tee clearly makes him quite suitable for this week’s venue, as his 4th place finish last year helps indicate. While he’s prone to the odd blow-up round, and might not have the greatest record of closing out tournaments, there’s no doubting the Aussie has been in great form all season and makes for a nice target this week.
Bud Cauley ($9300): Cauley is a young American player who many will remember from earlier in the season on the PGA. He’s got plenty of firepower as we saw earlier this year, and he nearly won in his first tournament back from injury at the Byron Nelson. Coming off a long break, on a course which will require power and a lot of birdies to be made, I think Cauley makes for a great target with the only issue perhaps being jet lag.
Lucas Bjerregaard ($8700): Bjerregaard is coming off a really nice week at the Italian Open and is poised for another nice week here. The Dane has finished 12th and 5th at this event in two appearances and given the fact he ranks 7th on tour in Driving Distance, perhaps this kind of success shouldn’t be all that shocking given that the setup this week seems to favor distance players. The young Dane is still looking for his first Euro tour win and it’s quite possible it could come at a weaker field event like this.
Scott Jamieson ($7700): Jamieson has not had a great 2016 season, but recently he’s caught fire and is looking to make a push into the top 100 in the seasonal rankings to ensure his spot in the Euro playoffs. Jamieson played here last season and finished 55th, but wasn’t in nearly the form he is in now. Coming off T10 and T7 finishes, I think Jamieson makes for a great target this week at a venue which should suit him more than his history indicates.
Pelle Edberg ($7100): Edberg is, you guessed it, yet another player who hits it big off the tee who I am planning to target this week. The Swede ranks 29th on tour in driving distance, finished 3rd at this venue last season, and has never missed the cut at this event in three tries. While consistency has been an issue in 2016, he’s alternated missed cuts with made ones in his last six starts, Edberg makes for a nice GPP pick and has plenty of upside at this venue.
Ben Evans ($7000): Evans is a big hitter who has been trending nicely upward his last few tournaments. The young Englishman has now made four of his last five cuts and also posted a T4 at the KLM Open only two weeks ago. Ranked 34th on tour in Driving Distance, Evans is yet another player I like who should be well suited to this week’s venue. Course history wise, he’s at least seen the course before, as he posted a 55th here last year. I’d look for Evans to improve on that finish here though as he’s now got a full season under his belt and seems to picking up his play of late.
Adrian Otaegui ($6900): Otaegui had a really solid week at the Italian Open last week and at under $7000 in salary I see no reason not to recommend him this week as well. The young Spaniard did miss the cut at this event last year but has been playing well for most of 2016 and has now made four straight cuts, a streak which includes two top twenties.
Sebastien Gros ($6600): Gros is a big hitter who is currently ranked 3rd on the Euro Tour in driving distance and who also finished third at this event last season. The big hitting Frenchman doesn’t have the most consistent record and is coming off a missed cut, but the course this week definitely seems to favor bombers and Gros is definitely that. Two weeks ago he had a strong week at the KLM Open and I’d expect a nice rebound from Gros this week. The trend of a good course fit and history is hard to ignore here.
Andrew Dodt ($6400): Dodt is probably best labelled as a “pure GPP play” this week but he definitely carries some upside. The Australian hasn’t had the greatest season thus far but he is a former winner on the Euro tour who also hits it fairly big off the tee. Dodt finished 36th here last season and is also coming off a decent week at the Italian Open (on a more accuracy driven course) which should boost his confidence a bit as he had missed three straight cuts before that.
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