Each week, Dave Tindall and Matt Cooper will give their picks for the European Tour DraftKings option. The official season-long 2020 Fantasy Race to Dubai game run by europeantour.com is set to return just before the Masters.
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.
Martin Kaymer ($10,600) – A new course so it's fair to lean on current form, especially of the desert variety. Kaymer has gone 8-16-13-10 from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Saudi to Oman so looks a no-brainer here.
George Coetzee ($8,800) – South Africans had a brilliant record at Doha GC, the previous course, and there will be some similar traits at the new venue, Education City. Coetzee has 2-8-MC-7 in his last four starts in this event and his current form is hot too (6-8-2).
Adri Arnaus ($8,500) – MC in Oman but he has a habit of bouncing back quickly. Third in Dubai three starts ago and tied 14th in last year's Qatar Masters.
Grant Forrest ($7,300) – The windy conditions in Doha have played into the hands of the Scots (Andrew Coltart and Paul Lawrie have three wins between them). Forrest is in fine form with T10 in Oman and T16 in Dubai.
Connor Syme ($7,300) – Another of the new wave of Scots. Matched Forrest's T10 in Oman last week and already has three top 11s on the European Tour this season. Could be a bargain.
Zander Lombard ($7,300) – Backed up a T26 in elite company at the WGC-Mexico with a top 25 in Oman on Sunday. Hopefully he'll be another South African to make his mark on this event.
Total salary: $49,800
Joost Luiten ($9,500) – Relentless in his consistency and hasn’t missed a weekend since July. Admittedly there are a few no-cut events in there, but he’s three times been T10 and he’s due to lower that as a best in this run. I also like his game for a new test because it’s simple and suits many places; others need the right fit.
HaoTong Li ($8,900) – Top 25s in Saudi Arabia and Oman are a good guide for this week and a hint that he’s due another excellent performance.
George Coetzee ($8,800) – The unlikely King of Qatar, who is 7-for-8 in the country, with six top 12 finishes, five of them T8 or better and a pair of seconds. New course, but no reason the vibes should not remain strong.
Eddie Pepperell ($8,300) – Fourth and first in this tournament in the past and the new Olazabal-crafted course will be a new challenge, but I’m not overly concerned. T11 when last seen in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Alejandro Canizares ($7,200) – Progressive form is handy (MC-15-6), especially the last of those, the T6 in Oman last week. But he is strong in Qatar (five top 30s in nine starts) and has finished third and second twice in just seven starts on Olazabal designs.
Soren Kjeldsen ($7,100) – A winner and also second on the Olazabal-designed Sevilla, also arrives fresh off the back of five cuts made, hinting at form in four of them.
Total salary: $49,800