Anirban Lahiri ($10,000): Lahiri is in the middle of a late-season run that has seen him finish third and second in his last two starts and no worse than 30th in his last four. With some of the top names dropping out of this event at the last minute, Lahiri looks poised for another good result here. The course this week is one the players haven’t seen before in competition, but it doesn’t look super imposing and could fit Lahiri well. He showed he was able to take advantage of an easier setup the last time out. At $10,000, Lahiri could be lower owned than the other top players, but I think he has just as much upside.
Richard Bland ($9,100): Bland has been on a roll all season but is still searching for that elusive first win. He’s got three finishes of seventh or better in his last five starts and played well for two rounds last week in an elite WGC field. On a course which will be new to everyone this week, I wonder if Bland will be the one to take advantage and possibly pop off a shocking win. He’s made nine straight cuts, and at only $9,100, seems like the most solid play at his range to me.
Marc Warren ($8,700): Warren really turned his season around about a month ago, has made four of his last five cuts and finished 12-22-5 in his last three starts. The Scotsman ranks 22nd in putts per Greens in Regulation (GIR) on Tour and has made 25 birdies in two of his last three starts as well. His price could keep him under-owned, but his recent play makes him looks like a great DFS play to me this week given his high birdie rate of late.
Joakim Lagergren ($8,100): Lagergren is another player who has proven to be a great DFS play over the last month. Over his last three starts, he’s poured in 64 birdies and broken the 100-point mark twice. On a course which doesn’t appear overly long, Lagergren’s superior putting might prove to be the difference and vault him into another big week for DFS players.
David Horsey ($8,000): Horsey is yet another player I like who has hit his stride late in the season. After starting out with a bunch of missed cuts and bad play, Horsey has now made six straight cuts and finished worse than 22nd only once in that span. At $8,000, the Englishman looks like great value and would be a cash game must for me. He’s also now all the way up to 14th in Putts per GIR and looks like he might be a decent fit for this week’s course as well.
Alejandro Canizares ($7,500): The Spaniard has been solid, if unspectacular, of late, making each of his last three cuts while not finishing better than 31st. Canizares has been one of the leaders in birdies made on the year and has made 17 or more for the week in four of his last six starts and also ranks sixth on tour in Putts per GIR. Having played well almost the entire year, it wouldn’t shock me in the least if he rose up for a big week here. The ability is certainly there, and the fact you won’t have to worry about him making a cut this week is a bonus.
Chris Paisley ($7,400): It seems Paisley has been hot or cold this year, but when he’s played well, he’s challenged for the win. In fact, in his last five starts, Paisley now has two finishes of T5 or better, and like most of the players I like this week, he ranks highly in Putts per GIR. The good news about Paisley is that if he has an off week the damage won’t be that bad as there is no cut. Also, the recent signs have been very encouraging, and the fact he nearly won at another Southern European venue recently certainly bodes well.
Gregory Bourdy ($6,900): Bourdy admittedly hasn’t been great lately, having finished no better than 33rd in his last four starts. That being said, he’s still been making cuts (seven of his last eight) and has shown a propensity for playing well in bigger events this season. With this being the start of the European Tour playoffs, I can see Bourdy rising up again this week and making for a very nice value play at under $7k. He’s done enough this year to earn the benefit of the doubt with his less than ideal recent form.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($6,300): Olesen is a supremely talented player who’s gone through a rocky stretch recently. The Dane has multiple Tour wins already to his name but has only made three of his last 10 cuts. Still, quality will eventually rise to the top, and at only $6,300, in an event where you don’t have to worry about him making the cut, Olesen looks like a solid tournament play to me. He hasn’t lit the world on fire of late but has made two of three cuts and could be ready for a mini-breakout soon.
David Drysdale ($6,100): Drysdale barely made the field this week but looks like a decent min-priced GPP play in my opinion.The Scotsman has made nine of 10 cuts now, and his consistency and low price tag make him a decent target in an event where a top-25 finish by your low-priced plays will be very profitable.
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