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Alexander Bjork will look to build on a fine debut in last year's DP World Tour Championship when he tees it up on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai this week.

It was perhaps no surprise that the Swede made a fine start here 12 months ago. Not only had he been a mightily impressive rookie, he had also recorded finishes of T13 and T28 in the Qatar Masters and Abu Dhabi Championship earlier in the year. He backed up that Middle East form with T6 in this year's Dubai Desert Classic and added T12-T19 at the Oman Open and on his return to Qatar. So what of that debut? He opened with a 67 to lie T4 and hung around for T17 as he ranked fifth for Putts per Round, seventh for Scrambling and ninth for Driving Accuracy. More recently he was T2 in the British Masters, then T28-T14-T57 in the run-up to this week in China, Turkey and South Africa.
Nov 13 - 12:29 PM

Alexander Levy has thrived in the Middle East this year, can he maintain that in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai?

Until this season the Frenchman had struggled in the Middle East. But he ignored a 2-for-5, best of T20, record at Abu Dhabi to post T7. He was 4-for-4 at Emirates, but without bettering T29 until he again went T7. He had also always struggled in Doha (1-for-4, best of T57), but didn't play there. Instead he was T4 in the first Oman Open. He's obviously 4-for-4 in this event, but has another lukewarm record with a best of T26. Can he turn that around too? He ranked fourth for Ball-Striking last year and played in the final group of the Turkish Airlines Open two weeks ago before finishing T10. But he withdrew from the Nedbank Challenge after laps of 81-70.
Nov 13 - 12:28 PM

Tom Lewis has a poor record in the Middle East to deal with as he heads to this week's DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the resurgent Englishman was making his second appearance in this event, but when he won the Portugal Masters back in 2011 it was one of only six starts he made and his total earnings came up short at 66th on the rankings. Given the novelty factor it might pay to look at his desert form. His Emirates record is extraordinary, but in the wrong way: 5-for-5 but somehow he has contrived to have a best of T59. At Abu Dhabi he is 2-for-5 (best T45). At Doha he is 3-for-4 with a high of T37. So in 14 starts he's never made a top 35. His recent form could hardly contrast more: 1-T3-1-T10-T5-T14-T67 with the first two on the Challenge Tour and the latter in South Africa last week.
Nov 13 - 12:27 PM

Darren Fichardt's form is heading in the right direction as he prepares to tee it up in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course.

There are few cannier performers on the European Tour than the five-time winner from South Africa who has enjoyed two spells on the circuit: One of seven years early in the century and now again with another a run that will stretch into eight in 2019. He's 58th on the Race to Dubai and potentially could better his career-best of 39th in 2003. He's playing at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai for a third time. In 2013 he was T21, a year later T31. Both times he broke 70 just the once and both times he ranked third for Driving Accuracy. T23 in Turkey and then backed it up with T9 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Nov 13 - 12:26 PM

Erik Van Rooyen is set for his debut in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai this week.

It's been quite the rookie year for the University of Minnesota grad whose upgrade in his results has been profound since he started working with eye coach Dr Sherrylle Calder. This time last year he graduated from the Challenge Tour and now he has not only retained his European Tour card, but made the seasonal finale and in some style too. He's made nine top 20s and threatened to win both the Irish Open and the Open Championship. However he might be a little tired. He missed the cut in his last two regular season events and then went T22-T35-T60 in the three weeks leading up to this. It's trending - just in the wrong direction.
Nov 13 - 12:24 PM

Brendon Todd lapped the field at the RSM Classic Open Qualifier, twirling a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-30=61 to beat the field by three strokes and earn his first PGA TOUR appearance since August.

Todd was once a steady cut-maker that could be relied on for a top 30. Then the slump hit toward the end of 2015. He ended the 2015 calendar year ranked 80th in the OWGR and one year later he was down at 505th. Last year he went 0-for-6 in his PGA TOUR appearances. He was also 0-for-2 on the Web.com Tour. The Georgia Bulldog is a two-time winner on the Web and won as recently as 2014 on the big stage. Todd has all the tools to contend but it's hard to trust him in any fantasy formats, given his form. Others to qualify include: James Driscoll (-6), Alex Kang (-6), and Blake Morris (-6). They survived a 5-for-3 playoff to earn their ticket.
Nov 13 - 10:47 AM

Henrik Norlander has cracked the field at this week's RSM Classic and is hoping to take full advantage of this opportunity on a few courses he knows very well.

The Swede has received a sponsor's invite to play this week. It will be his first start on the PGA TOUR since last year's RSM Classic (T54). That was a bit disappointing for him considering he played his way into the playoff here just two years ago. That remains the best finish of his career. Down on the Web.com Tour last season he went 19-for-24 with a whopping ten top 25s. That made him a top-10 performer from a consistency standpoint but it was only good for 32nd on the money list, with not enough top-heavy finishes to his name. Given his steady 2018 play combined with his past runner-up finish at Sea Island Golf Club, Norlander does make for a sneaky GPP target for DFS gamers.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 13 - 10:34 AM

Austin Cook broke through with a win at last year's RSM Classic and he returns this week for a chance to defend his crown.

The straight-shooting Southerner put on a clinic here, 12 months ago. He ranked top 5 in fairways hit and greens in regulation on the week. From there, he was also top 15 in strokes gained around-the-green and strokes gained putting. It was an well-balanced attack. He did all that in his tournament debut, although he had seen the venue numerous times during his days at the University of Arkansas. Cook didn't slow down after that win as he finished his rookie campaign with eight top 25s to his credit, finishing 38th in the FedExCup race. More recently, he's lost strokes to the field in four of his last six starts but a return to happy hunting grounds could provide the needed spark to kick-start the new season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 13 - 10:28 AM

Davis Love III plays the role of tournament host as he prepares for this week's RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club.

DL3 will be making his ninth appearance at this event. He has just one top 30 in those visits (T4/2012). More recently, he hasn't found a top 30 on the PGA TOUR since last year's CIMB Classic (T28). That was 13 months ago. After the event, Love's design team is also set to embark on a redesign of the Planation Course at Sea Island Golf Club. He knows the course extremely well but his lack of form or course history makes him a long shot to contend this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 13 - 10:14 AM

Andrew Landry readies for his third start of the season as he turns his attention toward this week's RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club.

The Texan posted a T66 to open the season at the Safeway Open. He was a pre-tournament WD at the CIMB as well as THE CJ CUP. There was no injury cited but he returned to action last week with a missed cut at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He's yet to really find momentum but he'll try to end the calendar year on a high note, anyway. Heading to Sea Island Golf Club, this is the site of his T4 last year. That was a career-best finish at the time but since then he finished runner-up at the CareerBuilder Challenge and then won the Valero Texas Open. Gamers should consider him a viable mid-range option in weekly fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 13 - 10:05 AM

Jon Rahm will defend his DP World Tour Championship title on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai this week.

Big hitters with a hot flat stick tend to thrive on this Greg Norman course and so it was no surprise that the big Spaniard was in contention 12 months ago. Nor, at the time, was it outlandish that once he found himself in that position he pushed on and completed the win. However, at first glance he doesn't look in the form of that last year and yet in actual fact T11-T22 (his last two starts) compares well with the MC-T36 run with which he approached his maiden start. Looking more long term, in 2017 he came into this week with 13 top tens of which two were wins, and this year it is eight top tens and three wins. Swings and roundabouts. Last year's combination was strong: 4th for Driving Distance, 3rd for Total Putting, 2nd for All-Round, and he closed it out with a weekend 65-67.
Nov 13 - 4:22 AM

Thomas Pieters will make his fourth start in the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai this week.

When the Belgian ranked third for Driving Distance and first for Putting Average on his debut across the Earth Course in 2015 on his way to T22 you'd have thought there was every chance he could improve on that with his subsequent visits. But after recording follow-ups of T40-T58 you wonder if the reverse is true: if he could only finish T22 when he smacked the ball miles and holed lots of putts something important was holding him back. About to complete his fifth season at this level he remains a curio: He led the Abu Dhabi Championship at halfway in this first start of his season on the way to T5. Since then? Just three more top tens and not one of them since the end of August.
Nov 13 - 4:20 AM

China's Ashun Wu is preparing for his first time teeing it up in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course.

A third European Tour career win this year has earned the Chinese golfer his first visit to Jumeirah Golf Estates. His Middle East form is a solid 6-for-8: He's finished T24-MC-T37 at Emirates, T16-T22 at Abu Dhabi, T52-T28 at Doha and MC in Oman. His form also consistent, with seven events of four rounds under his belt (albeit the last three were no cut). His win came in that run (at the KLM Open, a sparkling effort), but it is notable that he has broken 70 in seven of 14 week day rounds and only two of 14 at the weekend (and not once in his last ten).
Nov 13 - 4:19 AM

Can Mike Lorenzo-Vera build on his solid DP World Tour Championship debut 12 months ago when he tees it up on the Earth Course this week?

It would be a monumental achievement if the genial Frenchman won his first European Tour event (on his 173rd start) in the biggest funded one of all, but a decent week is not out of the question. On debut last year he opened with a steady 70-72 before a weekend 65-68 earned him T13; he ranked 12th for Total Putting as he found his range on the huge greens. He's also shown hints of form in recent weeks and it started to come good in South Africa. At the British Masters he opened with a 68 for T5, but fell back for T48. In Turkey a Friday 65 saw him leap up the scoring but again he slipped back, this time for T43. In the Nedbank Challenge he pegged T11.
Nov 13 - 4:18 AM

Joakim Lagergren will tee it up in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course for a second time this week.

The Swede will be hoping to improve on his first experience of the Greg Norman test after he finished T40 in 2016. He posted a pair of 69s that year, but was stymied by an opening lap of 74. A winner this year, in the Sicilian Open, it has not been plain sailing since then. In fact he's gone 15 starts without making a top ten and only once making the top 20. He's not without good memories of the Middle East because he very nearly made his breakthrough in the 2016 Qatar Masters, losing a play-off to Jeunghun Wang.
Nov 13 - 4:17 AM


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