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Expert Picks: Maybank Championship

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: March 19, 2019, 8:22 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



Ryan Fox ($10,500) – I give him a very similar chance to Thomas Pieters but he’s nearly $1k cheaper and has strong course form too.

George Coetzee ($9,000) – Something around 20-under is the target so step forward birdie machine Coetzee. Back to form in the last fortnight.

David Lipsky ($8,200) – Little dip in the last few weeks but course form of 17-2 here and took T10 in the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Maximilian Kieffer ($7,700) – Nice price for a guy with converging trends; T11 at course last year and current form of 14-2.

Phachara Khongwatmai ($7,200) – Teenage Thai star owns a pair of top 20s here and returns on the back of T12 at Thailand Masters two weeks ago.

Renato Paratore ($7,000) – Finished T35 in Kenya and then waited by green to congratulate compatriot Guido Migliozzi. I’m playing the inspiration card.

Total salary: $49,600

On the cusp: Fabrizio Zanotti ($10,200), Jazz Janewattananond ($8,800), Andy Sullivan ($8,300), Brandon Stone ($7,300), Thongchai Jaidee ($7,100), Berry Henson ($6,900).


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Harding did the business again but a slight drop.

Position: 2,692nd

Thomas Pieters (captain): He’ll win one of these low-key Euro Tour events before long and should relish this birdie-fest.

Ryan Fox: Third last year and returns as a European Tour winner after landing the World Super 6 Perth. T11 in home New Zealand Open on latest start.

Jorge Campillo: Second at Saujana last year. Second in Qatar last time. Second in Oman two starts ago. I’ll make him third pick then.

Mike Lorenzo-Vera: Another one of the runners-up in Qatar where he ranked 1st for All-Around. Fan of this course after 17-7 the last two years.

Fabrizio Zanotti: Took the title at Saujana two years ago and returns with form of 11-2-24.

Thomas Detry: Tied 11th in Qatar made it 5-for-5 on the European Tour this season and cracked the top 25 here 12 months ago.


Matt Cooper



Ryan Fox ($10,500) – Celebrated his recent breakthrough European Tour victory at the World Super 6 Perth with T11 in the New Zealand Open.

Fabrizio Zanotti ($10,200) – He’s found a rich seam of form at the start of this season, string together six complete weeks of golf, all T32 or better, and responded well to the crushing T2 in Oman with T11 in Qatar.

Aaron Rai ($7,800) – His arrow-straight driving should be a fine fit for the course and he wouldn’t be the first player the thrive here having done so at the Hong Kong Open.

Min Woo Lee ($7,700) – Six starts into his professional career and although there has been a touch of feast or famine, it’s hard not to be impressed with three top 20s, two of them top fives. Nice salary.

Prayad Marksaeng ($6,500) – Absolutely no doubt that he’s a veteran, but he was last seen finishing T9 in the Thailand Masters and he has four top tens on the course. Don’t often get that for less than seven thousand.

Thongchai Jaidee ($7,100) – Not quite the veteran Marksaeng is, but boasts a better course record (two wins) and was T18 in the recent Oman Open.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: Jazz Janewattananod ($8,800), Pablo Larrazabal ($8,500), David Lipsky ($8,200), Chris Paisley ($7,900), Wade Ormsby ($7,800), Mikko Korhonen ($7,600)


2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Someone not only selected Guido Migliozzi last week in this game, they also made him captain. Either that man is Guido’s dad or he achieved something more remarkable than the Kenyan Open winner himself. Bravo.

Position: 2,904th

Fabrizio Zanotti (captain): In addition to the strong current form, the Paraguayan must be emboldened by the return to the scene of his win in 2017. Started his defense well too (68-69 before 75-70 at the weekend for T60).

Ryan Fox: Brings more than good form to the table this week – he was also T3 on the track 12 months ago, tagging a final round 66 onto an opening series of three 68s.

Thomas Pieters: Yes, he missed the cut last time out in Qatar, but before that he laced together nine top 30 finishes, many in better company than this week.

Jorge Campillo: Fresh from a pair of runner-up finishes and guess what? He was also runner-up last time he played the course. Possibly a clear case of being far too obvious.

Adrian Otaegui: Only finished T52-T39 at the course, but his strong tee-to-green game should be a strong fit.

Alexander Bjork: Missed the cut on his only course appearance and has been consistent rather than spectacular this season, but he ranks fourth for stroke average over the last six months in this field.