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.
Brandon Stone ($9,600) – Won here with -21 in 2016 and also made the top 20 in only two other starts at Leopard Creek. Strong performer at home and found some real form at back end of last European Tour season with T26 in France and second place in Portugal.
Matthew Jordan ($9,100) – Plenty in this week’s field brandishing new European Tour cards but Jordan could be the best of them. Fifth in a class field at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and ended his Challenge Tour campaign with a top four at the Grand Final.
Zander Lombard ($9,000) – The leading home player at the revamped Leopard Creek last year when tied third and he’s flashed some excellent form recently, including T8 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge (also in South Africa) after holding the halfway lead.
Hugo Leon ($8,100) – Owns three top tens and a further three top 25s in his last ten starts so very capable of scoring big points.
Thomas Aiken ($7,200) – Not the most reliable in a finish but capable of putting himself in position. Three top fives at the course and only once outside the top 20 in his last four starts at Leopard Creek. Found some recent form in Europe too.
Hennie Otto ($6,900) – I’ll add a fourth home player. The veteran won on the local Sunshine Tour just two starts ago and is also a course winner. A nice combo for someone under 7k.
Total salary: $49,900
Charl Schwartzel ($10,400) – An obvious threat with a golfer who’s only played a hit-and-giggle pro-am since April, but if you’re going to take a risk on a player in such circumstances surely it would be him? 15 starts, four wins, four seconds. Not bad.
Calum Hill ($8,900) – A winner on the Challenge Tour in 2018, he won twice again on that circuit in 2019 and smartly made the cut on his PGA Tour debut at Mayakoba.
David Drysdale ($7,500) – Hasn’t made a top 25 since Crans, but even in Turkey he was looking forward to this week. Has ten top 30s in 13 appearances on the course and was second last year.
Julien Guerrier ($6,400) – Injury ruined his 2019 season, but he closed it with three cuts made on his return and now back at a course he was T17 at in 2009.
Pablo Larrazabal ($8,400) – His 2019 season drifted away from him somewhat, but he was T14 in the Portugal Masters and T9 here last year.
Oliver Wilson ($7,700) – Last seen collecting T30 at the Nedbank Challenge when he was actually T4 with 18 holes to play. T5 on the course last year.
Total salary: $49,300
2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour
Last week: Having Jon Rahm wearing the captain’s armband didn’t have too much impact, but after a dire first half of the season I’ll accept a place in the top 800. Congratulations to our private league winner (details every January on my Twitter account) Darren Connolly who actually finished second in the entire contest.