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With the PGA TOUR taking a break over the holidays, this section will feature European Tour picks exclusively over the next month.
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These 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. I would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.
Dave Tindall's DraftKings Picks:
Rafa Cabrera Bello ($10,500): Runner-up at Hong Kong GC the last two years and boasts impressive current form, with top three at CJ CUP and top 20s in WGC-HSBC and DP World Tour Champs.
Ashley Chesters ($8,200): Straight hitter made top four at Valderrama and this test should be right up his street. Can build on debut T39 last year.
Miguel Angel Jimenez ($8,100): Four-time winner of this event. Veteran can still compete seriously on this 6,700-yard track as highlighted by T7 here last year when closing with 63.
Aaron Rai (7,800): Came back to life with top ten in South Africa two weeks ago and has ideal mix of DA, GIR and Scrambling in recent stats. That’s a great recipe for Hong Kong GC.
Paul Peterson ($7,700): Short and steady southpaw took a while to crack the code here but finished runner-up last year. T16 at Valderrama.
Angelo Que ($7,700): Filipino course horse has a second, a fifth and three other top 15s here. Winner in Japan recently and T17 in last week’s Dunlop Phoenix.
Matt Cooper's DraftKings Picks:
Sergio Garcia ($11,000) – Only T19 on debut last year, but willing to give him another go because he loves the course and I am very keen on one angle this week: Valderrama. Winners there thrive at Hong Kong GC.
Ashley Chesters ($8,200) – Further to the Valderrama link, when that Spanish courses hosts event in the Fall it has proved a useful guide for Hong Kong. Chesters was 4th this year.
Gonzalo Fernandez Castano ($7,400) – And continuing the above theme, GFC was in the top ten at Valderrama. I also believe that sooner or later he’s going to contend again.
Gregory Bourdy ($7,200) – T11 at Valderrama (is he still going on about that? Yes, sorry) and a past winner on the course. Also counter-intuitively I like that he failed to get his card back at Q-School.
Paul Peterson ($7,700) – Loves the course, was second last year and played Valderrama nicely for a top 20.
Miguel Angel Jimenez ($8,100) – Another past winner who adores this sort of test and it will allow him to perform at this level, something he will adore.
Josh Culp's DraftKings Picks:
Rafa Cabrera Bello ($10,500) – If I were creating a single-entry team or a cash lineup I would roll with Sergio as my anchor. In GPPs, I like taking a shot on another Spaniard. "I think it’s a course that really suits me. I am a more of a strategy player and I have played there many years. I am normally very accurate off the tee and I think that is crucial in Hong Kong."
Sean Crocker ($9,000) – This USC product has some serious form on the Challenge Tour, arriving with top 5s in four of his last five starts. He's on serious breakout watch as he makes his first start as a European Tour rookie. The books are caught napping here which leaves him as a GPP-only play for me at $9K.
Kurt Kitayama ($6,900) – This young UNLV alum has been looking for a home. He's played events sanctioned/co-sanctioned by TEN DIFFERENT TOURs since last year's Safeway Open. Played his way through Q-School so he will begin his journey as a rookie on the Euro Tour. He's finished T22 or better in 10 of his last 16 international starts.
Aaron Rai ($7,800) – Like Dave pointed out above, he snapped out of a slump recently and now he heads to a course that should suit him, despite a missed cut in his debut last year. He ranked 4th in driving accuracy last season.
Paul Peterson ($7,700) – I talked about him in the DFS Dish. He's a great course fit and he showed a bit of life in his most recent start, a top 20 at Valderrama. "It sets up good for me. You know, it’s relatively tight which suits me, because I’m not the longest guy in the world. It benefits good putters, so I’ve just always felt like I underachieved a little bit out here a little bit." He said that a few years ago, before snapping out of his underachievement with a runner-up finish at this event last year.
Miguel Angel Jimenez ($8,100) – He's gained 64 strokes over the field in his last 10 visits to Fanling. That includes a top 10 last year. This old dog still has plenty of tricks.