Tommy Fleetwood ($10,500): Fleetwood is great young player who’s definitely found his form in the second half of the season, as he’s now reeled off five straight finishes of 15th or better. The Englishman came close last week but could not track down the red-hot Alex Noren. This week though provides a similar test where players will need to get into the upper teens in scoring to have a shot at the win. Fleetwood has been so consistent of late that $10,500 doesn’t even look that bad for him at the moment, especially considering the weak nature of this field.
Thomas Aiken ($8,600): Aiken is an interesting player because he’s qualified for the PGA tour the past two years but never really did much when there. Now he’s back on the Euro tour where he’s had success before, having won three titles since 2011. Length isn’t a huge deal at this weeks venue, but hitting a lot of greens has been a trend for successful players at this event in the past and Aiken can deliver in that regard since he ranks first on the Euro tour in Greens in Regulation. The straight hitting South African has also never missed a cut at this event in six tries, which makes him even more enticing.
David Horsey ($8,400): Horsey is another player who has really picked up his play in the second half of the season. The veteran has made the cut in all five straight starts, and has four finishes of 12th or better during that span. Horsey has never finished better than 41st at this event in five tries which is a bit of a concern, but his form is as good as it’s ever been at the moment so it’s something I’d be willing to overlook.
Romain Wattel ($8,100): Wattel is a French player who has had some up and down results this year and has actually missed three of his last four cuts. Still, he’s never gone on a prolonged downswing this season either, so I can see him bouncing back here. One thing in Wattel’s favour is the fact that he’s done extremely well at this venue, posting three made cuts in three appearances and never finishing worse than 26th. The Frenchman also hits a lot of greens as he ranks 40th on tour in GIR. In a weakened field I could again see Wattel sneaking up here for a big finish.
Joakim Lagergren ($7,900): On the flip side to Wattel’s good course history but shaky recent form is Lagergren’s great recent form but shaky course history. Lagergren has now made five straight cuts on tour with an 18th and a 4th place finish in his last two starts. While he’s missed the cut at this event in his only two visits, his current form seems good enough to overcome that kind of lackluster course history. The Swede ranks highly in putting stats and like last week, he could get hot enough to challenge on a course where scores will need to be in the mid to high teens to win.
Scott Jamieson ($7,700): Jamieson has played well of late finishing at 10th or better twice over his last five starts. The Scotsman has fired 20 or more birdies for the week in a few recent appearances and doesn’t seem to mind a shootout style of venue as he’s now finished 13th or better in three of his last four visits to this event. This is a good player who also has a nice blend of recent form and course history working in his favor this week.
Adrian Otaegui ($6,900): Otaegui is a player I’ve followed most of the year, and also used in fantasy some with decent results. The talented young Spaniard has been up and down a little of late and has actually missed his last two cuts. Still, there’s no doubt Otaegui has upside this week, especially at his price, as he’s made the cut at each of his last two visits to this venue and produced finishes of 12th and 37th. This is an up and coming player who you can get for very cheap and has the game to go low on a course like the one we’re seeing this week.
Matteo Manassero ($6,800): Manassero popped back up a little last week. The young Italian was in a bit of a dry spell having missed three cuts in a row prior to finishing 49th at the British Masters. Even with his recent struggles, he ranks 21st on tour in GIR this season and has a 12th place finish at this event from a few years back. He’s a tad risky, but still makes for a great low priced play given his pedigree and what he did last week.
Callum Shinkwin ($6,500): Shinkwin has tailed off a bit of late, especially after his fast start to the year. Shinkwin ranks 30th in GIR and while he’s not played great recently, he has made his last two cuts on tour. Having never played at this event before there’s no doubt Shinkwin should be considered more of a boom or bust type of tournament play but nevertheless at $6500 he’s decent value, and someone who’s proven they can challenge when on.
Lasse Jensen ($6,300): The Dane has now made the cut in three of his last four events and also finished a solid 37th at this venue last season. Jensen showed some talent earlier in the year when he nearly took down the Nordea Masters, going on to finish second at the event. In a depressed field, I like the idea of using Jensen at this price and trying to stack a few more big names around him. After firing 20 birdies in his last start he could definitely provide you with a solid fantasy week here at a very friendly price.
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