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Expert Picks: Made In Denmark

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: May 21, 2019, 11:56 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

Erik van Rooyen ($10,000) – Would have liked Matt Wallace but paying $12k means too many compromises elsewhere. Van Rooyen also made the top ten at Bethpage so could be a worthy stand-in.

Thomas Detry ($9,000) – Still think that this is just the level of event that will give him a first Euro Tour win. T7 and T14 in two starts at MID and top 15 at British Masters last time.

Soren Kjeldsen ($8,100) – Thrives in front of his home fans at Himmerland (23-8-2-15) and T15 at Hillside is a timely return to form for the little Dane.

Pablo Larrazabal ($8,000) – Knows how to win, T8 at Hillside last time and putter warming up.

Oliver Wilson ($7,300) – 3-for-3 at the course and has four top eight finishes in his last ten Euro Tour starts.

Michael Hoey ($7,100) – Reliable cut-maker since February (7-for-7 across main/second tier tours) and was T4 in a Challenge Tour event at Himmerland last year. 

Total salary: $49,500

On the cusp: Matt Wallace ($12,000), Lucas Bjerregaard ($10,300), Alexander Bjork ($8,900), JB Hansen ($7,600), Hayden Porteous ($7,300), Guido Migliozzi ($6,900)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Gamble on making Schauffele captain looked set to pay off… until he bogeyed the last five holes. Down a few but still in the top thousand so no damage done despite feeling it wasn't a great week.

Position: 935th

Matt Wallace (captain): Up to 25th in the world rankings after his top three at Bethpage. A man who likes a mission and this week's is clear - to defend the title he won last year.

Erik van Rooyen: Further evidence of his ascent came with an excellent T8 at Bethpage. Two second places and a sixth in his last six regular Euro Tour starts.

Thomas Pieters: Former winner here and dug in well after poor start for T23 at the PGA. Also T23 at the Byron Nelson.

Jordan Smith: Didn't make the PGA field (a shame as he was T9 at Quail Hollow in 2017) but hot form on the European Tour (6-5-14-7) suggests he's ready to shine on his Himmerland debut.

Lucas Bjerregaard: Denmark's leading light in 2019 and he practises at Himmerland when back at home.

Soren Kjeldsen: Going to bump him ahead of Olesen. T15 at British Masters sets him up ideally for his home event where he's never been outside the top 25.

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Matt Wallace ($12,000) – A concern that he is tired and/or overwhelmed by media duties, but he can also thrive on what must be sky-high confidence.

Thomas Detry ($9,000) – T14 in his only visit to the course (including a round three 65) and a cut-making machine this season (9-for-10).

Richard McEvoy ($6,600) – Notched a pair of 67s in the middle of his British Masters effort which hints at a return to form and now he is back where he likes playing golf, in Europe. 6-for-8 in Denmark.

Kalle Samooja ($6,900) – Made five of his last six cuts, contended a few times and now returns to a course he was second on last summer on the Challenge Tour.

David Horsey ($7,600) – Not only a course winner but also a runner-up. Moreover he has made his last five cuts. Decent salary in the circumstances. Likes this grade of field.

Bernd Wiesberger ($7,900) – Only managed T70 at Hillside, but before that T23 and T14 to suggest the form is not too far away. Course debut but his baseline golf gobbled up fields like this at a much bigger salary.

Total salary: $50,000

On the cusp: Lucas Bjerregaard ($10,300), Erik van Rooyen ($10,000), Alexander Bjork ($8,900), Soren Kjeldsen ($8,100), JB Hansen ($7,600), Robert Rock ($7,600)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Another little slip backwards. It really is turning into a rotten year. I remain curious as to how the successful plays of 2017 and 2018 have proved totally hapless this time around.

Position: 3,176th

Matt Wallace (captain): Huge ownership but little downside. Foolish to risk leaving him out and losing ground whatever he does. Plenty of reason to expect a good week too.

Lucas BjerregaardCould say much the same about this pick as the last. Neat top 20 last week at Bethpage Black.

Thorbjorn OlesenNever entirely fired in this home event but a class act and has three top 20s in five starts.

Lee Westwood: Quite fancy him to take to the Himmerland test and take particular pride in playing the short par-3 in front of his girlfriend-caddie.

JB HansenMakes plenty of birdies, but throws in some huge numbers as well. Won on this track on the second tier last season and T6 in Oman.

Thomas PietersTwo poor performances against a win on the track, but he’s due a week of genuine contention after flirting for so long and why not at a spot he holds dear in his heart?

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.