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The European Tour makes its way to Denmark for the Made in Denmark, which is the cutoff for earning Ryder Cup points, even though the nine automatic qualifiers are already established. Nonetheless, a good field, including Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters and Shane Lowry are in the field.
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Here are our top 10 picks:
1. Thomas Pieters - A close second last week in the Czech Republic and playing great golf going back to the Olympics.
2. Martin Kaymer - Kaymer has something to prove this week as he hopes to land a captain's pick from Darren Clarke. A win may be a must for that nod. Playing great in Euro Tour specific events this summer.
3. Matt Fitzpatrick - Qualified for the European Ryder Cup team in the Czech Republic. May be freed up for a win.
4. Andy Sullivan - Sullivan has been equally spectacular this summer on the European Tour. Nothing to speak of in this event, however.
5. Soren Kjdeldsen - Home game and top 15s in both years, including a runner-up bid last year.
6. Shane Lowry - Coming into this week looking to get Darren Clarke's eye, but he's been hurting on the PGA Tour. Skipping the playoff opener for this. Big gamble.
7. Ross Fisher - Fisher has enjoyed a very good summer, and he's a class player in this field.
8. Graeme Storm - Storm punched a T-7 finish in Prague last week, and he's been steady this summer on the European Tour.
9. Rikard Karlberg - Karlberg has been a solid performer in the first two years of this event and has been playing some sporty golf this summer.
10. David Lipsky - The American is a horse-for-course here, with a pair of top-15 finishes in the two years of the MID.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Soren Kjeldsen - $10,600
2. David Lipsky - $8,600
3. Kristoffer Broberg - $7,900
4. Graeme Storm - $7,600
5. Nino Bertasio - $7,400
6. Ryan Evans - $6,900
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. Here are the players in this week's field with the most top-15 finishes in the last five European Tour events:
- Andy Sullivan - 2 - T-5 French Open, T-6 Scottish Open
- Chris Paisley - 2 - T-10 Lyoness Open, T-13 Scottish Open
- Graeme Storm - 2 - T-9 BMW International Open, T-7 Czech Masters
- Martin Kaymer - 2 - T-5 French Open, T-13 Scottish Open
- Richard Sterne - 2 - T-11 French Open, T-13 Scottish Open
- Robert Dinwiddie - 2 - T-10 Lyoness Open, T-9 BMW International Open
We're also interested in the players in the field that have finished in the top 15 at the Made in Denmark multiple times in its first two years:
- Bradley Dredge
- Rikard Karlberg
- Soren Kjeldsen
- David Lipsky
Ideally, we want to find players who are both playing well now and have a history of playing well at this championship. However, since it's so young, we don't have that 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 $1,500 or more than their season average:
- Robert Karlsson
- Bradley Dredge
- Martin Kaymer
- Paul Peterson
- Matthew Fitzpatrick
- Marc Warren
- Soren Kjeldsen
- David Lipsky
- Thomas Aiken
- Thomas Pieters
Here are players who have multiple top 15s in the last five European Tour (specific) events who are playing less than $500 above their average salary this week.
- Chris Paisley
- Richard Sterne
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