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Expert Picks: D+D Real Czech Masters

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: August 14, 2019, 6:20 am 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

@DaveTindallGolf

DraftKings

Gavin Green ($9,300) – Ranks 19th for birdies this season and opened with 64 on the way to third place here last year. Recent form suggests a win could be imminent.

Tom Lewis ($9,200) – Can be a strong course horse at venues which require low scoring. Won Portugal Masters with -21 and -22, and a combined -24 here the last two years.

George Coetzee ($9,000) – 10th in SG: Putting this season which bodes well for his course debut. Last seen finishing T9 at the Scottish Open.

Scott Jamieson ($8,100) – Two top tens in four starts at Albatross and some encouraging recent form. Fifth place in SG: Putting charts strengthens appeal considerably.

Jeff Winther ($7,600) Enjoying best season on the European Tour and has been in the top ten after seven of his 12 rounds at Albatross, finishing 27-25-9.

Tapio Pulkkanen ($6,800) – Really took to this course last year, sitting in the top five for the first three days before a Sunday slide. Three top 15s in last nine European Tour starts. Oh, and the last four winners of this event had a surname beginning with 'P'.

Total salary: $50,000

On the cusp: Bernd Wiesberger ($11,400), Lee Westwood ($10,600), Thomas Pieters ($10,000), Lee Slattery ($8,800), Andrew Johnston ($7,900), Grant Forrest ($7,600)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: While Matt thrived, a couple of false moves and I'm now outside the top 2000. Time to regroup.

Pos: 2,059th

Gavin Green (captain): Going a bit left-field here but I have a lot of faith in the rising Malaysian star. Took third on his course debut last year and three top tens over the summer. 

Lee Westwood: Showed the benefits of a light 2019 schedule with a top four at Royal Portrush. Three previous starts here and posted T9 in 2017.

Eddie Pepperell: Has played in all five editions of this event and cracked the top ten in three of them. Pepperell and Prague are a good mix.

Tom Lewis: Back to form with T11 at Royal Portrush and this sort of a test (low-scoring par 72) is right up his street. Sixth and third here the last two years.

Erik van Rooyen: This has been a great tournament for those looking for a first win and the South African's knocks on the door have been loud this season. 

Bernd Wiesberger: Two wins and a second in his last seven starts = no-brainer pick in this field.

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Bernd Wiesberger ($11,400) – Fit again and back in his happy place which is regular European Tour events. T32 at the Open, before that seven finishes of T23 or better in eight starts with two wins.

Andrew Johnston ($7,900) – Back on the course and the smile is back too. T4 in the Scottish Open and I like that he was second at Tseleevo, a Russian course that winners at Albatross played well.

Victor Dubuisson ($8,900) – Tripped up a bit by the links swing, but this is far more his type of examination. He can get the driver flowing and attack the course.

Grant Forrest ($7,600) – Involved in the mini-revival of Scottish ET performers and can improve on that at a course that should suit his modern game.

Gaganjeet Bhullar ($7,400) – The flamboyant Indian was T7 on the track last year, also played some good golf at Tseleevo and he made a load of cuts ahead of the links swing.

Tapio Pulkkanen ($6,800) – I have this down as his type of test. He hits the ball miles and he was bang in contention last year when opening 65-69.

Total salary: $50,000

On the cusp: Lee Westwood ($10,600), Thomas Pieters ($10,000), Andrea Pavan ($9,500), Julian Suri ($9,100), Scott Jamieson ($8,100), Mikko Korhonen ($7,800)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Just slipped out of the top 500, but still a little giddy about the successes of July. But that in itself is a reminder that the next few weeks impact on this game less than the BMW PGA Championship which follows.

Position: 563rd

Bernd Wiesberger (captain): Major reasons for his inclusion made above, but it’s also true that his game is perfectly suited by a modern resort test such as this (it’s also the case that 49% of gamers have included him).

Lee WestwoodDeep down I suspect he dislikes courses like this, but he likes a trip to Prague. T4 at Royal Portrush last time out – anything like that form reads well in this field.

Erik van RooyenThree top 20s in his last four starts on the European Tour. That’s enough for me this week.

Thomas PietersPast winner and the track suits. T20 last time out on the regular European Tour. Less bothered by the T67 at the Open which did not suit.

Andrew Johnston: As mentioned above I really like his chances this week. Spirits high and the track looks a decent match.

Eddie PepperellFive visits to the layout and he’s excelled, finishing T22 or better four times, with three of them top tens. 

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.