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 remains in South Africa this week for the Tshwane Open. Like most of these events, South Africans dominate. George Coetzee is de facto defending champion, with Charl Schwartzel competing this week in the World Golf Championships event.
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2017 Hero Indian Open rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Anirban Lahiri – Lahiri won here in 2015, and he was in the hunt last year. Having a great year.
2. George Coetzee – Coetzee is the most consistent player in the field right now other than RCB, who is suffering from jet lag.
3. Rafa Cabrera Bello – RCB is going on jet leg from a mediocre fitness in the WGC-Mexico Championship. However, even a tired RCB is better than almost everyone here.
4. Kiradech Aphibarnrat – Kiradech is a class player, but he’s an unpredictable one. He could easily win and he could easily MC, but this is a longer track.
5. Peter Uihlein – Uihlein has been coming back into form, perhaps regaining the winning touch.
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6. Paul Dunne – Dunne just posted his best finish as a pro, and he’s ready to continue improving in an event that seems to fit him.
7. Jorge Campillo – Campillo is riding hot, finishing second last week in South Africa. A couple of top 15s in his last five events.
8. Jordan L. Smith – He has slowed down since coming out the gate hot to start the year, but he’s making money each and every start.
9. S.S.P. Chawrasia – The defending champion finds a way to play up in his national open each year. Worth a pick.
10. Gregory Havret – Could be ranked higher. He has back-to-back top-15 finishes.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Anirban Lahiri – $11,500
- George Coetzee – $8,600
- Paul Dunne – $8,100
- Pep Angles – $7,500
- S.S.P. Chawrasia – $7,100
- Gregory Havret – $7,000
GNN Plus Research and Analysis
Recent European Tour Trends
We like to start by looking at the recent past, so let’s look at guys in the field with multiple top-15s among the last five events.
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – 2
- Jorge Campillo – 2
- George Coetzee – 2
- Nacho Elvira – 2
- Gregory Havret – 2
- Peter Uihlein – 2
Event Finish History
We’re also interested in the players in the field that have finished in the top 15 at the Indian Open in the last two years, despite being at a new venue, DLF Golf and Country Club, this week.
- Adilson Da Silva
- S.S.P. Chawrasia
- Anirban Lahiri
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.
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