Welcome back to Golf News Net’s weekly fantasy golf rankings. Each week of the European Tour season, we’ll present our top fantasy golf picks for that week’s tournament and give fantasy golf and betting tips for DraftKings’ one-week fantasy leagues and other fantasy golf leagues.
The European Tour heads to the Middle East for the second of three events, heading to Doha for the 2017 CommercialBank Qatar Masters. Doha Golf Club again hosts a tournament which has ended in the past on Saturday. Branden Grace is the two-time defending champion here that’s not actually defending, with Sergio Garcia winning in 2014 and also not here.
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2017 CommercialBank Qatar Masters rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Tommy Fleetwood – Let’s stick with last week’s winner in a dramatically weakened field from prior years. He was T-7 here last year, so he can do well at this course.
2. Alex Noren – Noren may be of some concern to press after his incredible 2016. However, a good record in Doha should be comforting.
3. Rafa Cabrera Bello – RCB could be in the top spot here, with a pair of medal-stand finishes in two of the last three years.
4. Martin Kaymer – Kaymer was solid in Abu Dhabi, as usual, and he has a pair of consecutive T-9 finishes in 2012-13.
5. Bernd Wiesberger – The Austrian is always a solid pick in A- and worse Euro Tour events, and he finished third here in 2015. T-4 last week.
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6. George Coetzee – South Africans LOVE Doha G.C., including Coetzee, who has four top-15 finishes here in the last five years.
7. Alejandro Canizares – The Spaniard is a cut-making machine, which is always a plus in fantasy games, particularly DFS. He’s been in the top 10 in 2014 and ’15.
8. Mikko Ilonen – This is a horse-for-course pick here, with Mikko finishing in the top 13 three times on the last four years.
9. Pablo Larrazabal – A great look this week given he was runner-up last week in Abu Dhabi and T-8 in his prior start in Hong Kong.
10. Paul Lawrie – Another H4Cer, Lawrie has been in the top 15 in two of the last three years.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
This will be released when DraftKings releases pricing for the week.
GNN Plus Research and Analysis
Recent European Tour Trends
We would typically start by looking at the recent past, but we don’t really have much to work with since the Tour season is just getting going.
Event Finish History
We’re also interested in the players in the field that have finished in the top 15 at the Qatar Masters in multiple times at this venue in the last five years:
- Gregory Bourdy – 2
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – 2
- Alejandro Canizares – 2
- Johan Carlsson – 2
- Magnus Carlsson – 2
- George Coetzee – 4
- Nicolas Colsaerts – 2
- Mikko Ilonen – 3
- Martin Kaymer – 2
- Paul Lawrie – 3
- Alex Noren – 2
- Thorbjorn Olesen – 2
- Steve Webster – 2
- Bernd Wiesberger – 2
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 still working on developing salary profiles for the year, and we’ll need some more events to judge that, but you can find our updated spreadsheet in GNN Plus tools.[/s2If]