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.
Eddie Pepperell ($10,500) – Defending on a different course and at a different time of year. But Pepperell loves the links and will bounce off the home crowds again.
Victor Dubuisson ($9,000) – Two top 11s in his last three starts, the Frenchman was tied ninth at nearby Hoylake in the 2014 Open Championship. An element of risk as always but he’s in a good place right now.
Tom Lewis ($8,100) – Another links lover and rise up the world rankings which booked him a place in the WGC-Match Play was fuelled by some big home-soil performances in the Fall last year. Knows this course too.
Nacho Elvira ($7,900) – Runner-up in Qatar so can thrive on exposed, windy tracks. Was set for another big week in China before a R4 slip but he’s playing some fine golf this season.
Callum Shinkwin ($7,500) – So nearly won the Scottish Open a couple of years ago and another who can thrive on linksland. Tied sixth at the Indian Open two starts ago.
Lee Slattery ($6,800) – Playing the local angle. Slattery is from Southport so has bags of experience at Hillside. Made last three cuts on European Tour, two of them top 35s.
Total salary: $49,800
2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour
Eddie Pepperell (captain): Didn’t get the chance to defend his first title (Qatar) but the laid-back Englishman should take it all in his stride. He heads my team of mainly links-loving Englishmen.
Tommy Fleetwood: Wouldn’t back him at short odds but last two hosts have made the top 15 so the “too many distractions” theory can be overplayed. Expecting a solid week if not a winning one.
Tyrrell Hatton: Two-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so loves golf by the sea. Form starting to turn around and this could kick-start his season.
Jordan Smith: Four top 15s in his last five starts, including T5 in China on Sunday. Iron play superb at the moment and took third in this event last October.
Victor Dubuisson: On his best form, he’s one of the top five contenders in the field this week. Recent results suggest V-Dub is very close to it.
Eddie Pepperell ($10,500) – He’s just a very, very fine links performer who lost a play-off in the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down and was T6 in last year’s Open at Carnoustie.
Ryan Fox ($9,200) – Another top links performer with four top sixes from four Irish and Scottish Open starts
Richie Ramsay ($7,200) – The Scot recorded T14 last week in China and was very excited about his form. Loves links golf and last time he was in Southport he was T5 at halfway in the Open.
Matthew Southgate ($7,000) - T6 at Royal Birkdale and T12 at Royal Troon in the Open, plus T4 in the Irish Open at Portstewart. Links golf and big crowds trigger his golfing brain.
Ashley Chesters ($7,000) – The Englishman played the British Amateur at Hillside in 2011 and he also returned there last month for a recce with the ET caddies.
Andy Sullivan ($9,100) - Three top 25s on the bounce and plenty of top six finishes in the Irish and Scottish Opens on the linksland.
Total salary: $50,000
2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour
Last week: More slow progress and a little frustrating because a) Korhonen wasn’t entirely off my radar and b) his fellow Finn Pulkkanen was right on it. In fact when the latter and Ashun Wu were clear after 36 holes my DraftKings selections were on track for a huge bounty.
Eddie Pepperell (captain): In addition to being the defending champion and a superb links golfer, his form in the States was superb and the top 20 at The Heritage looks good for this week.
Tommy Fleetwood: Slightly wary of him getting the win whilst hosting, but absolutely no reason he can’t put up a good showing.
Tom Lewis: He has course experience from the 2011 Amateur Championship and links pedigree from success in the Open at Royal St Georges.
Andy Sullivan: Not only a solid performer on the links, but loves playing at home (10-for-11 in England) and played the 2011 British Amateur at Hillside.
Matthew Southgate: The fondness for links golf goes beyond his achievements in the pro game (see above) – he was a winner of the St Andrews Link Trophy too.
Ryan Fox: The Kiwi is fully rested after the early season, which included his first win at this level, and should be licking his lips at this test.