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Expert Picks: Scottish Open

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: July 9, 2019, 6:01 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


Matt Kuchar ($11,000) – Like him for next week too. Kooch has a second and a fourth in two of his last three Scottish Opens and is a two-time winner this season.

Henrik Stenson ($10,000) – After bubbling under, Stenson is once again coming into his own in the summer months. Great body of work in Scotland including an Open win.

Jorge Campillo ($8,100) – Fifth in the Order of Merit and added to his points with T7 in Irish Open after T15 at Valderrama. T8 in 2016 Scottish Open.

Oliver Wilson ($7,400) – Still a bargain despite his string of strong results. Top 20 in Irish Open and is a previous winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano ($6,700) – Closing 65 in Ireland secured a fourth top 25 in last six starts. Enjoying life back on the European Tour.

Stephen Gallacher ($6,600) – Adding a bit of Scottish flavor. Gallacher has slightly lost his way since winning in India but an impressive record at home suggests he’s worth risking.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Rafa Cabrera Bello ($9,500), Martin Kaymer ($9,200), Eddie Pepperell ($9,000), HaoTong Li ($8,900), Robert MacIntyre ($7,700), Edoardo Molinari ($7,300)


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Surprised that the simple act of making Rahm captain led to a leap of exactly a thousand spots. He also helped me finish a PB 24th in Draftkings. Shared five of the same golfers with the winner but he had Wiesberger to my Harding and it cost me thousands of dollars!

Position: 930th

Rory McIlroy (captain): He’ll have one eye on next week for sure but the other eye is still capable of guiding him to a big finish/win. Won the week before the U.S. Open.

Henrik Stenson: Reports that the rough is up tallies nicely with Stenson ranking 1st for DA in last two starts, both top tens. Won Open at Troon and was runner-up at Muirfield which is adjacent to this week’s course.

Andy Sullivan: Runner-up last week and a regular in the top ten on Scottish links courses. In he goes again.

Matt Wallace: Fear he’s having a bit of a dip but everyone picking him so this is bit of a cover bet which sometimes has to be done in this format.

HaoTong Li: A little under the radar but he’s someone to take seriously on the links and top 15 in Ireland last week was another example.

Eddie Pepperell: The creative mind of Eddie P is programmed to do well on links tracks and he keeps on showing it. Fourth at last week’s Irish Open and three top sevens in last four starts in Scotland.


Matt Cooper



Rickie Fowler ($11,200) – If this were the PGA Tour I’d swerve, but I like the way he approaches his ventures to the ET and this event especially: four starts, four top tens, one win in 2015.

Tyrrell Hatton ($9,100) – Missed the cut last week, but hurt by a R1 73 and carded 69 second time around. Has seven top tens in his last ten starts in Scotland and loves links.

Jorge Campillo ($8,100) – Not always convinced on the links but made a second Irish Open top ten on the trot last week and T8 in this event in 2016. Eight times in the top 20 in his last ten appearances.

Lucas Bjerregaard ($7,500) – Missed four cuts since the PGA Championship T16, but that provides value on a quality performer returning to Scotland for the first time since he won the Dunhill Links.

Grant Forrest ($7,100) – Noticed yet that he has a lot of post-shot Jordan Spieth mannerisms? It’s striking. Great finish for T14 last week in Ireland and qualified for the Open with second on this week’s course.

Matthew Southgate ($7,100) – Last chance saloon for his Open hopes. Loves links, loves the region he’s playing in, Forrest likens the course to Castle Stuart and Southgate had his first taste of playing in a weekend last group during this event there in 2013.

Total salary: $50,000

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($11,800), Henrik Stenson ($10,000), Rafa Cabrera Bello ($9,500), Eddie Pepperell ($9,000), Kevin Kisner ($8,600), C.T. Pan ($7,700)


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Jon Rahm did the business wearing the captain’s armband and that produced a leap of 2,000 places. Game on.

Position: 2,365th

Rory McIlroy (captain): Had his troubles this year but also owns 11 top tens in 13 starts and that quality in an ET event ought to make it 12 in 14. Only real fear would be high wind.

Eddie Pepperell: His most recent links efforts read: T4 Lahinch, T2 Hillside, T44 Dunhill Links, T6 Carnoustie, T2 Gullane. That’ll do me.

Tyrrell Hatton: He’s quite fond of this event: five starts, four finishes of T22 or better, three of them top ten.

Henrik Stenson: Most recently seen finishing top ten in the Canadian and U.S. Opens, now can make it three at an event he’s made the cut at in his last seven starts.

Bernd Wiesberger: His tied second was a great effort considering that in his last 27 holes he forgot how to putt. He three-putted the 12th and then missed four birdie putts inside six feet. Not finished worse than T16 in his last four ET starts.

Erik van Rooyen: Missed the cut last week, but his top 20 in last year’s Open, top five in the same season’s Irish Open and continued good form remain impressive.