Joost Luiten ($10,500): The event this week is being played in the Netherlands, so I don’t hate the narrative behind Luiten, but I also like the fit course-wise. Luiten is 14th in Greens in Regulation and top 50 in Driving Accuracy on Tour this season, and his elite tee to green game should be a huge benefit at what looks like a pretty tough venue. Luiten was T9 at another tough test earlier in the season at the French Open and most recently had decent finishes at the Rio games and the PGA Championship. I see him as a likely under-owned play in GPPs and one with more upside than normal given the type of venue.
Chris Wood ($9,500): Wood is another player who I think should be well suited to this week’s course. Earlier in the season he won the BMW PGA event, where his winning score was only -9. While he looked out of form after returning from injury, he’s now got a few tournaments under his belt and he has put together four solid — if unspectacular — rounds last week. I think he can improve here and the venue should be up his alley given his form from earlier in the season. At his price you’re getting a decent bargain on a very classy player.
Nicolas Colsaerts ($9,100): Colsaerts has really played solid all season, and like Luiten, I think his ball striking statistics make him a nice fit for the course this week. Colsaerts is currently 10th in Greens in Regulation, and in his last 8 starts in regular season Euro events, he’s only missed one cut and recorded two separate T3 finishes. While the putter can sometimes really leave him hanging, on a course where birdies may not come easily, I really like Colsaerts as a player who should be able to grind it out for four straight days and post a decent score. Don’t be shocked if this is finally the week where it all comes together, he’s been close to a win all year.
David Howell ($8,500): Howell didn’t have a great start to the year, but he’s really coming on as of late. He’s now made four straight cuts, which includes a T3 from two weeks ago and a sold 29th last weekend. The Englishman is a talented golfer who was ranked as high as 13th in the world at one point and should be fine with a tough venue as well.
Fabrizio Zanotti ($8,000): Zanotti really fits the bill for me this week. He ranks 2nd in Driving Accuracy and is also inside the top 50 in Greens in Regulation. The Paraguayan had a very strong performance in Rio, and by all means, has been one of the most consistent players on Tour the past couple of months. He’s made seven straight cuts, a run which includes a 7th place at the flagship BMW PGA event. He’s another player who looks well suited for this week’s venue and at the very least looks capable of finding a ton of fairways and greens for you.
Callum Shinkwin ($7,700): If you used Shinkwin much this season you’ve probably had some decent success as he’s made eight of his last ten cuts and now landed four top 20 finishes in that span as well. He’s yet another solid ball striker who ranks inside the top 25 in both Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation for the year, and who really looks well suited to a course where the rough is very thick and the openness could cause winds to play a factor as well. Coming off a decent week, Shinkwin looks like solid value here.
Daniel Im ($7,000): Im is a golfer I’ve been tracking recently. The young American has now made three straight cuts, and while he also faded last weekend, the need to keep the ball in the fairways this week should suit his game. Im definitely has more accuracy than power as he ranks inside the top 50 in Accuracy Off the Tee but way down the distance rankings. I’m happy to take on a trending young player at only $7k this week.
Stephen Gallacher ($6,800): Gallacher’s a golfer we haven’t heard from much this season, but he’s been on Tour a while and has lots of quality results to his name. After a long break, he’s showed up the past two weeks and made the cut both times. For his price, Gallacher is the type of player you’d like to roster as he appears to be rounding into form and has quality results to his name. At only $6,800 he’s definitely a target for me in the under $7,000 range.
Gregory Havret ($6,700): Havret is another golfer who is having a fine season off the tee as he ranks third on Tour in Accuracy and again looks well suited to this type of venue. The Frenchman hasn’t played much this year but did open with a 64 last week which should help the confidence. He’s made each of his last three cuts and again looks like a solid value under $7k. He’s someone I’d feel comfortable rostering in all formats this week.
Oliver Wilson ($6,100): Under the $6,500 range there’s not a ton of golfers who jump out to me as super attractive. Wilson is a veteran English player who also had a strong start to his week in the Alps but faded a bit over the weekend. What stands out here is the fact that he has made five straight cuts on Tour, and even if no big finishes have come of that, the confidence of playing the weekend all the time should pay off soon. At close to the minimum price this week, Wilson is one player I’d consider.
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