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Experts Picks: Australian PGA Championship

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: December 18, 2019, 8:17 am 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

@DaveTindallGolf

DraftKings

Cameron Smith ($11,200) – The official no-salary European Tour game doesn't resume until January. In the meantime I'm happy to splash the cash on the two-time defending champion, a Queensland local, who loves the course and will still be a little juiced after the Internationals got turned over in Sunday's singles and lost the Presidents Cup.

Wade Ormsby ($9,000) – Boom or bust here but a second and a ninth are enough to get my interest. T27 in the recent Australian Open suggests he could be on the verge of something again.

Hugo Leon ($7,700) – Incredibly unlucky not to win his card after a strong end to the season. I like the fact that his good weeks are top tens rather then just top 20s. Made the cut here on his one previous start in 2017.

Dimitrios Papadatos ($7,400) – Cracked the top 20 here last year and also tied sixth in 2015. One worth following on his home Aussie soil and showed that again when tied 16th in the Australian Open two weeks ago.

Nicolai Hojgaard ($7,400) – Admits he's motivated by the win for twin brother Rasmus in Mauritius a fortnight ago. Flashed his talent when runner-up to Sergio Garcia in September's KLM Open.

Ben Eccles ($7,100) – He's 4-for-4 at Royal Pines and posted tied sixth last year. The local man was T45 in the Australian Open and T10 in the New South Wales Open prior to that.

Total salary: $49,800

 

Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy

DraftKings

Andrew Dodt ($9,300) – Missed the cut last week in Indonesia which may actually be a blessing in disguise. The stakes are much higher this week and he's gone close here before with top 15s in both visits. 

Johannes Veerman ($7,900) – He's settled for a lot of (mostly) middling results over the last few months before missing the cut last week in Indonesia. Similar to Dodt, the extra two days to travel and prep may work in his favor. The hope is that a reset could charge the batteries and unlock the type of play that has resulted in four Euro Tour top 25s over the last 10 months. 

David Bransdon ($6,900) – Had gained strokes over the field in each of his first 8 laps at RACV Royal Pines before getting crushed over the weekend last year (77-76). Can lean on his T4 from the 2017 edition. 

Yechun Yuan ($7,300) – The youngster from China should be feeling confident from his top 20 at the WGC-HSBC this fall. Fired strong out of the gate here last year on debut (2-under 70) but faded to 76 on day two to miss the cut. 

Terry Pilkadaris ($7,000) – Not getting any younger but you don't need power at this week's layout which puts him in line as a top-25 candidate. That's all you really need at this price tag. 

Adam Scott ($11,400) – All this value has opened the board for anyone I want at the top. I'll take the best golfer in the field. Will there be a Presidents Cup hangover? For my sake, I hope not. 

Total salary: $49,800

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Cameron Smith ($11,200) – I’m going all-in with the top two performers in the field. Seeking the three-peat and might be feeling a little under-used last week in Melbourne.

Adam Scott ($11,400) – Another class act and I’ll forgive him the missed cut here on his last start. Finished 3-2-1 at Royal Pines before that.

Dimitrios Papadatos ($7,400) – Made quick starts recently without hanging around, but could do so at a course he's owned two top 20s at.

Louis De Jager ($7,200) – Great value for a man who was T4 in Mauritius and T14 in the Portugal Masters.

Marcus Armitage ($6,600) – Bang in contention on his last start at Leopard Creek ahead of a poor final round, but he was saying the right things afterward.

Pedro Figueiredo ($6,200) – The Portuguese player actually ranks 17th in the field for adjusted score average over the last eight weeks so a touch of value.

Total salary: $49,900

 

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.