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Expert Picks: Portugal Masters

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: October 22, 2019, 3:02 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

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DraftKings

Lucas Bjerregaard ($10,100) – Course horse, highlighted by a win here two years ago. T23 at Alfred Dunhill Links (another tournament he's won) on last Euro Tour start.

Chris Paisley ($9,000) – It's a birdie-fest this week and Paisley got hot (T8) in France last week. Has shot three rounds of 65 at this course in his last two visits, finishing T5 and T12.

Ryan Fox ($8,800) – Links specialists have a great record here (it's exposed, flat and windy so makes sense) and Fox is excellent in such conditions. T18 last two starts so coming back to form as well.

Padraig Harrington ($7,700) – Two-time Open winner Harrington was the 2016 champion here, thus confirming the links correlation. Went 4-for-4 in Europe last month with two top 15s.

Hugo Leon ($7,400) Paying under 7.5k for someone who has three top tens and a further two top 20s in his last five starts looks good business.

Paul Lawrie ($6,700) – Really stretching the links angle now perhaps but Lawrie has been in superb form on the European Senior Tour. Former runner-up here and top five in 2016.

Total salary: $49,700

On the cusp: Eddie Pepperell ($10,500), Tom Lewis ($10,000), Sam Horsfield ($9,300), Jeunghun Wang ($7,600), Ricardo Gouveia ($7,300), Alvaro Quiros ($7,100)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Terrible. Skipper (Matthias Schwab) missed the cut and no-one in the top ten. Drop of over 400 spots.

Pos: 3,592nd

Matt Wallace (captain): Best player in the field so let's keep it simple and give him the armband. No great course form but opened with 64 last year. T7 in Italy last time.

Eddie Pepperell: Second and third the last two years so that makes him a no-brainer in this format despite a lack of stellar recent form. 

Mikko Korhonen: 9-for-9 since the end of June and a course horse too. The reliable Finn can step it up after a pair of top 25s on his last two starts.

Tom Lewis: The two-time winner and defending champion was fifth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on his last European Tour start. In he goes without too much thought.

Andy Sullivan: Course horse with a win and a second at Dom Pedro. Top 25 in Paris last week suggests he's ready to go big again in Portugal.

Lucas Bjerregaard: His run of four top 20s here includes a victory two years ago. Top 25 on his last European Tour start and T45 in Houston a couple of weeks ago.

 

Matt Cooper

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DraftKings

Mikko Korhonen ($9,600) – Now a two-time winner at this level and frequently overlooked. Made his last nine cuts and looked good in Madrid and Rome.

Andy Sullivan ($9,100) – He loves the course, winning in 2015 and finishing second a year later. He was T20 last year.

Alexander Levy ($8,100) – Missing lots and lots of cuts this year but when he makes the weekend he makes the most of it and a past winner on the course (shot a 61). If he makes Saturday, plenty of potential.

Ryan Fox ($8,800) – Finished T18 in his last two starts, hinting that he’s finally out of the form funk. T27 in this event last year with a round three 64.

Alvaro Quiros ($7,100) – A similar play to Levy: when he’s bad, he’s bad, but when he’s good he’s great value. 12-for-14 on the course and a winner in 2008.

Min Woo Lee ($7,000) – T6 last week in Korea and this track could really suit his aggressive game from the tee box.

Total salary: $49,700

On the cusp: Matt Wallace ($11,200), Lucas Bjerregaard ($10,100), JB Hansen ($9,200), Dean Burmester ($7,900), Kalle Samooja ($7,600), Hugo Leon ($7,400)

 

2019 Fantasy Race to Dubai – European Tour

Last week: Not a vintage one.

Position: 608th

Matt Wallace (captain): Made his European Tour breakthrough in Portugal and gone 2-for-2 at the course. Just needs to find his game at the weekend on this track.

Tom LewisMissed two cuts over in the States but now back in Europe where he was last seen finishing T5 in the Dunhill Links. Two-time course winner.

Lucas BjerregaardNever outside the top 20 in his last four starts in the tournament and a winner in 2017. Last time in Europe he contended when defending the Dunhill Links.

Adri ArnausThree times a runner-up this season and also fourth in the recent Open de Espana. All in all a superb rookie year and his aggressive approach should be a good fit.

Mikko Korhonen: In addition to the good form mentioned above he boasts a fine course record: three times in the top 12 including last year and when third in 2016.

Andy Sullivan6-for-7 in total at the course and a decent warm-up when T23 last week in the Open de France. 

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.