Welcome back to Golf News Net’s weekly fantasy golf picks. Each week of the European Tour season, we’ll present our top picks for that week’s tournament and make recommendations for DraftKings’ one-week fantasy leagues.
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We had a good first week of European Tour DFS, with a solid lineup for the BMW PGA Championship. While we didn’t have Chris Wood in our top 10, we also know that Wentworth has a propensity to identify capable, albeit unexpected, champions.
This week, the Euro Tour moves to Sweden for the Nordea Masters at the fascinating Bro Hof Slott.
Each week, we’ll provide our top 5 picks for free, with our GNN Plus subscribers getting our full top 10 picks for the tournament, as well salary trends, European Tour finish trends and key statistics.
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Here are our top 5 picks:
1. Bernd Wiesberger — This is Wiesberger’s national championship, and he’s a former winner. He’s been in the top five in three of the last four years. Automatic pick.
2. Joost Luiten — Luiten is 1b this week. He’s been on the medal stand in each of the last three years, including a win.
3. Chris Wood — The BMW PGA Championship winner is the defending champion here, with a T-12 in 2012.
4. Gregory Bourdy — Bourdy is in good form overall, the only decent player in the field with a pair of top 15s in the last five events. He also has top eights in two of the last three years.
5. Lee Slattery — Slattery isn’t playing well of late, but he has a pair of top-nine finishes in two of the last three years.
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Pick Nos. 6-10
6. Richie Ramsay — He’s made his last five cuts, and he was T-6 in the China Open. Was T-11 here last year.
7. Thomas Bjorn — Bjorn was runner-up here in 2013. He’s made five of his last six cuts, but he’s not doing anything particularly special.
8. James Morrison — Morrison has been a money-making machine this year on the Euro Tour, having only missed two cuts. He has three top-15s this year, including a T-10 at the Irish Open.
9. Eduardo De La Riva — The Spaniard is a horse for the course, with a pair of top-15s here in the last five years. He’s made four of the last five cuts.
10. Y.E. Yang — This is an absolute guess. Honestly. This field is very weak, and I was happy to see his T-12 finish at the BMW PGA.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Joost Luiten – $11,900
2. Lee Slattery – $9,000
3. Eduardo De La Riva – $7,800
4. Kristoffer Broberg – $7,700
5. Scott Jamieson – $7,000
6. Mikael Lundberg – $6,600
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five European Tour events — accounting for players who carry dual membership. Here are the players in this week’s field with the most top-15 finishes in the last five European Tour events:
Gregory Bourdy – 2
Jason Scrivener – 2
We’re also interested in the players in the field that have finished in the top 15 at the Lyoness Open multiple times in the last five years:
Bernd Wiesberger – 4
Chris Wood – 2
Eduardo Dela Riva – 2
Gregory Bourdy – 2
Joost Luiten – 3
Lee Slattery – 2
Scott Jamieson – 2
Ideally, we want to find players who are both playing well now and have a history of playing well at Bro Hof Slott. Our guys this week: .
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
We’re looking here at the players who are salaried at $2,000 or more than their (short) season average: