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Expert Picks: Turkish Airlines Open

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: November 6, 2019, 2:27 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

@DaveTindallGolf

DraftKings

Tyrrell Hatton ($10,500) – Has found his mojo again in the last month or so, reeling off four top 20s, including T6 at the CJ CUP. Two decent results at this week's course.

Robert MacIntyre ($9,700) – Three second places and a top six in the Open Championship since the start of May. Full of confidence, as shown by T17 in China on Sunday.

George Coetzee ($8,500) – Third in France, T14 in Portugal and returned home to win a South African Tour event last week. T12 on debut at this course and fifth in this event at Carya in 2016.

Thomas Detry ($7,500) – Makes a bunch of birdies and that's what's needed here. Third in 2018 edition at Carya and top ten in France last time.

Chris Paisley ($7,400) Nice price for a player who has T5 and T8 on his last two European Tour starts. No reason why he can't keep it going.

Fabrizio Zanotti ($6,200) – Has a top 20 at the course, was T8 on his last appearance in the tournament and T12 at Spanish Open two starts ago. Looks an excellent cheap option.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Patrick Reed ($11,200), Danny Willett ($9,500), HaoTong Li ($9,400), Victor Perez ($8,800), Mikko Korhonen ($7,100), Guido Migliozzi ($6,800)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: At last, a good week! Up a thousand spots due to the very obvious strategy of making Rory captain and getting Schauffele on board too.

Pos: 2,513th

Tyrrell Hatton (captain): Really got it going on the weekend in China last week and has a record of thriving in birdie-fests at this time of year. Never worse than T26 in four starts at this event.

Patrick Reed: Form hasn't dipped since top five at Rocket Mortgage at end of June. Added a 12th top 25 in 13 starts with T8 at WGC-HSBC Champions last week.

Robert MacIntyre: Deserves a win after a trio of runners-up finishes this season. Fully expecting another big week from the Scottish left-handler.

Justin Rose: Not as keen on him as some even though he's the two-time defending champion (both on different course). Can't quite string four rounds together at the moment but can't be left out in this format.

Matt Wallace: Perhaps pushing even harder than normal and getting in his own way but I'm expecting another biggie soon from the Englishman.

Kurt Kitayama: In the mould of Dubuisson (twice) and Koepka, who won the three previous editions at Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Two top fours in October.

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Bernd Wiesberger ($9,900) – Not much to write home about last week in the WGC, but he’s rarely excelled at that level; he’s a regular European Tour stalwart and will like this field as he seeks a fourth win of a fine comeback season.

Robert MacIntyre ($9,700) – Admits that ever since he confirmed his card he has freewheeled and he’s done that to some purpose rather than idling.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($9,000) – Three top 20s in his last four starts, maintaining the superb form of a breakout season.

Andy Sullivan ($7,500) – Arrives off the back of T23-T8 and returns to a course where he was T4 back in 2014.

Wade Ormsby ($6,400) – I like playing the Aussie at tracks he has some form on and he has that this week courtesy of T4 in 2014.

Thomas Detry ($7,500) – No course experience but T3 in the event last year and although there is no cut this week his 17-for-21 ratio is ultra-consistent.

Total salary: $50,000

On the cusp: Matthias Schwab ($9,600), Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($7,900), Alex Noren ($9,100), Kurt Kitayama ($8,600), Tom Lewis ($8,100), Paul Waring ($8,000)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: A solid week with McIlroy and Schauffele reaping plenty of points.

Position: 415th

Justin Rose (captain): It would be madness to not include a man seeking his third win in three tournament starts when he has the class Rose owns. Well within his scope to join the greats of Europe who have claim a three-peat.

Patrick Reed: 12 top 25s in 13 starts against better fields that this. Keep that up and he’ll build points.

Shane LowryI’ve not quite earned the corn I hoped supporting Lowry in recent weeks, but I’m keeping the faith. Sooner or later he’s due again and the course could easily suit his eye.

Bernd WiesbergerAs mentioned above, the Austrian is a monster up against the European Tour and three wins in the season are not to be sniffed at. Also protecting number one in the rankings.

Matt Wallace: Lurched to T60 last week after two top tens, but I’m given him a chance to prove that it was a case of one disastrous round (84 in R2).

Danny WillettHolder of the ET’s two biggest titles and every chance he will win again soon. T4 and T11 on the course in the past.

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.