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Expert Picks: BMW PGA Championship

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: September 17, 2019, 2:58 pm ET

Each week, Dave Tindall and Matt Cooper will give their picks for the two main European Tour options – DraftKings and the official season-long 2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai game run by europeantour.com.

The latter is no-salary. Simply select a team of six golfers and nominate a captain whose points are doubled. Points are based on official Race to Dubai points earned by your players.

The DraftKings lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field.

The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. We would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.

Dave Tindall


Francesco Molinari ($9,600) – The defending champion has the best course record in the field, last year’s victory adding to a run of 7-9-7-5-55-2 from 2012 to 2017. The perfect place for the Italian to find a spark.

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,300) – T12 and T8 the last two years at Wentworth; twice a runner-up on the European Tour in recent months as well as a top four in the WGC at St. Jude.

Shane Lowry ($8,800) – A theme of his results down the years is how well he plays in front of British/Irish crowds. Showed it to devastating effect at Royal Portrush and has done so here plenty of times.

Bernd Wiesberger ($8,500) – Red-hot from May to June with two wins and a second before kicking on again with a top five in Germany last time. Has a T12 and a T15 at Wentworth so can play the course.

Dean Burmester ($6,900) – Four strong names to this point so need to go bargain hunting. Burmester definitely fits the bill having finished T9 and T12 in his two Wentworth starts. Third in Sweden three starts ago.

Richie Ramsay ($6,700) – Reliable record at Wentworth with five cuts in last six years. 4-for-6 on European Tour since early July suggests he can make the weekend here once more.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($11,900), Paul Casey ($10,700), Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,000), Joost Luiten ($7,800), Robert MacIntyre ($7,800), Andrew Johnston ($7,300)


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Had Garcia but not as captain. No move. Now the big money kicks in though. Time to really focus.

Pos: 2,892nd

Matthew Fitzpatrick (captain): A slightly ambitious choice but Fitzpatrick is getting better at Wentworth year on year. His first win came on home English soil and he’s been hinting at another victory all summer. Relatively low ownership so this is hopefully my big move.

Rory McIlroy: Rory won the PGA TOUR Player of the Year for consistency so I expect something in the top five this week. Runner-up last year and won here in 2014.

Jon Rahm: A bit of a specialist in Rolex Series events so big things expected on his Wentworth debut. That lack of course form is just enough to stop me making him captain.

Paul Casey: Twice a winner on the course, top 20 last year and returns to his homeland after following third at East Lake with victory in the Porsche European Open in Germany.

Shane Lowry: I have to find a place for the Royal Portrush hero. He loves it at Wentworth – four top sixes – and will have an extra bounce in his step when announced as the Open champion.

Francesco Molinari: Form has dipped in the United States but T11 at Royal Portrush and his record here is phenomenal. Won last year and only once outside the top ten in the last seven years.


Matt Cooper



Paul Casey ($10,700) – Third in the Tour Championship at East Lake and then winner, an impressive one too, at the European Open two weeks ago. Back on home turf.

Shane Lowry ($8,800) – I’m figuring that the month off will have granted him time to clear his head and allow him to fully kick on from the major championship breakthrough.

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,000) – Admittedly he has missed four cuts on the course, but he’s also collected five top 25s and was eighth last year. Earned three top tens in his last three regular ET starts.

Erik van Rooyen ($8,700) – Six top 20s in his last seven starts, including that breakthrough win in Sweden and was T20 on debut at Wentworth last year.

Dean Burmester ($6,900) – A peculiar season, but his T3 in Sweden gave it a bump start and now back on a track he has finished T9 and T12 at.

Fabrizio Zanotti ($6,000) – Taking a punt on his course form (not his current efforts – not top 50 in five starts!). Has six top 25s from his ten Wentworth starts.

Total salary: $49,100

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($11,900), Aaron Rai ($7,000), James Morrison ($6,900), Luke Donald ($6,800), Colsaerts ($6,500), Nino Bertasio ($6,500)


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Sergio was on board, but a poor effort from the rest of the team so no movement of any note in the rankings.

Position: 407th

Paul Casey (captain): I dealt with his excellent form above. The deal is sealed with his love of the course (twice a winner, in this event and the old World Match Play), Confident too.

Rory McIlroy: Worried that nine of his 28 course laps were 74 or worse, but a must-have on the team based on the fact he has won there and is in great form.

Francesco Molinari: Finished T11 on his defense of the Open title and going to give him a crack at something similar here. Six top tens in his last seven Wentworth starts.

Shane Lowry: No better place for him to return to competitive action: 8-for-9 on the course, six of the weekends reaping top 15s and he’s come close to the win, too.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: A late replacement for injury worry Justin Rose. Fitz has played well this year, is due a win and has good course form (T47-T12-T8).

Jon Rahm: Not finished worse than T13 in his last eight starts and eats up regular ET fields for breakfast.