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In this Tuesday release, we will look at some picks for the Fantasy Race to Dubai. Tomorrow, we will return to showcase our picks for the PGA TOUR event.
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2018 Fantasy Race to Dubai
Dave Tindall is our main man in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.
Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.
Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)
Last week: Another good one. Up over a thousand spots despite no Westwood. Graph going up nicely after the depths of nearly 9000th so a shame the season is ending.
Tommy Fleetwood: Twice a winner in Abu Dhabi and has hinted at big things here. T9 in 2016 and a pair of middle 65s last year. I expect 2017’s Race to Dubai winner, who could still theoretically retain his crown, to sign off with a bang.
HaoTong Li: Top five in South Africa last week made it five straight finishes in the top 11. A T13 at this venue last year is all the evidence I need to think he can be right up there again.
Shane Lowry: Closed with 63 to finish runner-up here last year and also has two other top eights at this course. Looks close to another breakout performance.
Rory McIlroy: Could leave him out at other venues due to recent iffy form but not here. Rory’s a two-time course winner and loves desert golf.
Jon Rahm: Spot the desert theme – Arizona State Sun Devil. T5 in Phoenix Open as an amateur. Winner at 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge. Winner here last year.
Tyrrell Hatton: The rhythm of golf suggests Sergio takes a step back this week after winning at Valderrama and flying near the sun all week in South Africa. Instead, I’ll throw in a final course horse. Hatton is 8-2-13-6 here and has 11 top 15s in 14 starts in the United Arab Emirates.
Matt Cooper is part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com. He was the winner of the Ladies European Tour’s Fantasy League in 2011.
Last week: When Sergio burst clear of the field there was an element of me counting my chickens, as I sped to the game hub and looked at who else had picked him as captain. Not as many as selected Rory was the answer I wanted and got. Alas, it was not to be. A strong late move, but the Spaniard's flat weekend cost me about 100 places.
Xander Schauffele (Captain): Giving the US raider the armband. He hits it far enough, he drains enough putts, he enjoys big event and he's not dazzled by enormous prize funds.
Rory McIlroy: Plenty to like about his course form (seven top tens including two wins from just eight starts), but the form is dreadful. Included because he'll remain popular and a good week for him, if not on my rota, could be disastrous. Not a strategy I'm proud of, but it's playing to the format.
Sergio Garcia: Every chance of another good week, but the slightly limp weekend is a concern, as is the one top five from seven course starts which have never been worse than T21.
Jon Rahm: The course always looked a great fit and so it proved. Difficult to know much about his form, but happy to take the chance. Wouldn't entirely surprise me if he defended the title.
Tommy Fleetwood: Not a great fit for his game, but I've a hunch he might play well this week and make a game of the Race to Dubai. I suspect he'll come up short of defending that, but will be a points accumulator along the way.
Martin Kaymer: I'll allow myself one leftfield pick, as I have done throughout the final four weeks of the season. Hasn't worked very well so far, but fingers crossed! He's a desert winner, solid enough course record, T4 in Turkey, responded well to a poor R1 in South Africa.