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Expert Picks: Trophee Hassan II

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: April 23, 2019, 1:43 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

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DraftKings

Joost Luiten ($11,500) – The backbone of this week’s team as he very rarely disappoints on the European Tour. Improved his position each time in three starts on this course – 14-13-9.

Alexander Bjork ($8,500) – A quiet start to the season but last April brought a third here followed by a breakthrough first win at the China Open so it’s time for the Swede to shine.

Mikko Korhonen ($8,000) – Will hit more greens than most here and challenged in 2016 when T6 after 54 holes before finishing T22. Likes a tree-lined course.

Adrian Otaegui ($7,600) – Just a two-hour flight from Spain to Morocco and Otaegui’s game is a good fit. Two top 25s at Dar Es Salam and T10 at the Indian Open last time.

Darren Fichardt ($7,200) – Played all four rounds last year and strong recent scrambling stats hint at a good finish. Fine form in March with T20 in Qatar and T7 at the Maybank.

Oliver Wilson ($7,000) – Has three top five finishes in his last seven European Tour starts, including second in Qatar last month. A bargain on those figures.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Alexander Levy ($9,800), Victor Dubuisson ($9,200), Tom Lewis ($8,400), Adri Arnaus ($7,800), Ashley Chesters ($7,400), Adrian Saddier ($6,900)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Back to work for the rank-and-file on the European Tour after dark weeks either side of the Masters. Hoping to push towards those top thousand spots.

Position: 1,782nd

Joost Luiten (captain): No-brainer. Course form. Current form. Reliable.

Alexander Levy: Last year’s winner. Record when defending? 3-MC-2-14. Also note that three of his five wins have come in April.

Jorge Campillo: Campillo played four times in March. He finished second, third twice and tied 20th. Backs it up with a top 20 here in 2017.

Victor Dubuisson: Less risky in this format than DraftKings so I’ll give V-Dub another whirl. T4 here on only start, T10 in India last time and French widely spoken in Morocco. It all helps.

Julian Suri: Back from injury and has found a groove quickly with T20 in Malaysia and fourth in India after leading. Slightly under the radar but shouldn’t be.

Andy Sullivan: T11 and T7 last two starts and T7 on only appearance at Dar Es Salam. There’s a converging trends candidate right there.

 

Matt Cooper

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DraftKings

Joost Luiten ($11,500) – The Dutchman is a bit of a monster in regular European Tour events, his relentless game churning out the top 20s. This season he is 4-for-5 and every cut was T12 or better.

Erik van Rooyen ($9,500) - A chat with him in Turkey revealed a golfer who has an impressive gameplan. He’s happy to build a solid foundation on the ET and will let the win come. Another good week looks imminent.

Paul Waring ($7,900) - Twice in the top ten during the Desert Swing and he loves this track: T3 in 2017, T9 last year.

Ashley Chesters ($7,400) - Played in the final group out at Valderrama and that reads well this week. Another RTJSr course, another tight test from the tee. T8 in 2017.

Guido Migliozzi ($6,900) - A bit of a hunch, but his management team are out in Morocco this week and Kenya, where he won, might be a half decent guide for this test.

Hurly Long ($6,600) - The Texas tech grad has been playing on the third tier Pro Golf Tour in Morocco recently and tearing it up with seven top 11 finishes in eight starts. Possible bargain.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Adri Arnaus ($7,800), Richard Sterne ($7,700), Josh Geary ($7,700), Victor Dubuisson ($9,200), Austin Connolly ($6,700), Peter Hanson ($6,700)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: It feels good to be back with regular tour action and my strategy this week is simple. I’m packing the team with the solid types. I’ll be in Morocco all week, feel free to send questions via Twitter.

Position: 1,951st

Joost Luiten (captain): Adores the course and the stats back it up (never outside the top 15 in three starts). His ET form is relentless too and he’ll be hungry.

Alexander Bjork: Collected a nice T3 here last year and it proved a nice warm-up for his maiden win in China. Good vibes and ready for 2019 to ignite.

Jorge Campillo: Will he ever win? Who knows, but he’ll earn a lot of points trying. His short game might hold up the win this week (and other weeks), but his long game is assured.

Alexander Levy: Likes to return to courses he has played well at in the past and what little we’ve seen of him recently was impressive.

Erik van Rooyen: T7 last year, in the hunt all week, and back banging on doors again. Not afraid of the Kikuya grass, in fact sniffs a chance it helps him.

Nacho Elvira: Endured play-off agony here three years ago and a repeat of that just two starts ago – time for extra hole redemption?

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.