Big time tournament write up from our resident Euro Tour Pro, Ash Morrisson. He's spent the last 2 days gathering intel on the course and players to give you all the insight you need!
Recap from Portugal.
First of all my apologies for an off week, I had 5 of 14 miss the cut (7 under $7k) and I didn't have our very deserved winner Matt Wallace who started with a bang in round 1 scoring -10 and followed that up with -7 in round 2. My best placed finishers were Oliver Fisher T6 ($6,900), Tom Lewis, Max Orrin and Ashley Chesters ($6,800) T18. I should of stuck with picking players from England with high pedigree on links style courses and not tried to mix things up too much, true to links golf sometimes you can just be a little unlucky and its often unpredictable.
Even though I hang my head in shame with the results from my picks like I would after having too many "Mick Jaggers" from 3ft. Mainly thank you to the huge lack of interest this side of the pond with the Players going on, the few line ups I had made a very small profit, little gutted I missed the opportunity to take advantage and draft more teams, but I hope some of you did.
Just like the European Tour I thought I would add something new, joking aside its really because I had a very unique opportunity this week and wanted to boast about it ;)
On Monday I teed it up for my first TP Tour event for 2 years and amongst those in the field were a lot of current and former European Tour stars, including the likes of Andy Sullivan and Richard Bland, Even though I was nervous as hell and putted like a hack on greens running close to 14 on the stimpmeter, it was still an incredible day, a rare chance to get to know these guys better and of course get a little insight into who's hitting form coming into the next 2 events.
Also next week we have the BMW at Wentworth, our flagship event, the one I enjoy the most and only a couple of hours drive from home. Not only will I be attending tournament days but to give you all the best info I can I will also be there all day for both the practice day and pro-am... such a hard life.
Next Up - The Rocco Forte Open, Sicily, Italy.
The players will certainly be appreciating the much shorter flights as they now hop across to Italy. This is claimed to be a new event to the European Tour schedule however not the first time they have played an event at this location and identical in almost everyway to the Sicilian Open held in 2012.
A slightly stronger field but still missing masses of big names, as those absent start prep for the newly re-designed west course at Wentworth.
A gem of a golf course to enjoy and hopefully some spectacular golf to equal the views of the Mediterranean sea literally a stones throw from most of the fairways.
This event is being played on a collaboration of holes from the 2 championship costal courses at Verdura Golf Resort, Sicily. The holes cleverly selected and designed have been put into play to offer the very best they have and to create as much dramatic golf as possible. The last 6 holes of this composite course run along side the coastline an the 18th hole is considered to be one of the very best holes on tour.
The composite course measures 7,217 yards with a par of 71 and only 3 par 5's on offer. The greens are creeping bentgrass, and firmer than usual. Elsewhere its bermuda and the rough over seeded with rye. Fairways running fast with a firm bounce and general difficulty will depend very much on the coastal winds.
It would be very foolish not to keep an eye o the draw and the weather up to the last minute, the stronger the wind the much tougher the challenge will be for the players here, there could very easily be a good and bad side of the draw and this will without doubt influence and last minute adjustment I make to my drafts
As it stands were not talking brutal winds or conditions in fact far from it, however it is looking like the pm/am side will have a slight benefit, however as I said keep an eye on it as the advantage could increase or even flip.
Key Stats and Strategy
Last time out the stats that lead to good performance were very balanced, suggesting that ball striking is the real key attribute, fairways hit will be essential to hold greens if they really firm up into the weekend. Form is almost always a factor and 'again' you will need consistency in scoring performance as the cut could catch you out if not enough birdies made. I wont be shy to use players similar in aggressive playing style to the last event and due to calm forecast I will build a few line ups with simply bombing and birdies in mind.
From this section I will be drafting Jordan Smith $11,100 and James Morrison $10,900 and even using both in a studs and scrubs draft
Jordan Smith missed the cut in China however this should only help lower ownership a little and motivate him to play well here. As I have mentioned in many of my write ups he is very gifted at this game and after a week off competing he has been relaxing, practicing, having fun taking in the Spanish Grand and practicing more. I know it wont be long before he picks up a win and this thought is certainly shared by a lot of his fellow competitors.
James Morrison I cant think of a single good reasons why not to play him this week, ticks boxes for stats, a true steady performer, extremely consistent even if the wind blows, whatever side of the draw he is I will be happy to play him.
$9,000 - $10,000
Matteo Mannesero $9,500 He will be inspired by home crowds and eager to win on home soil, getting ever closer to hitting fine form again and no better location to impress. A ball striker and all round solid game, just needs a hot putter to win.
Phachara Khongwatmai $9,400 A very aggressive style player, hunts out flags and goes for everything, if he gets on a streak scoring could be very impressive as could his placement on Sunday.
Richard Bland $9,300. Richard played at Ealing in the same event as me on Monday and from what I heard from his playing partners somethings clicked and he's swinging and putting really well
Scott Jamieson $8,800 Solid all round game, ticks loads of boxes for stats and also very well suited to the course, Should be a guarantee to make the cut so should be a solid cash play
Chris Hanson $8,700 I hear Chris has been working very hard and swinging great at the moment, has a well suited game to do well hear, very good from the tee and solid on the greens, like above one I'm gonna stick in some cash line ups
Trevor Fisher Junior $8,300 One of the best ball strikers out there, hits it miles and straight. When the putter gets hot the birdies or better will flow with ease at this course
Julian Surri $8,100 This I admit is a player I know little about and maybe someone out there can help educate me better on this player.. What I can tell you is there is a massive amount of buzz about his capabilities and last weeks 2nd place finish has certainly caught the attention of many.
$7,000 - $8,000
Oliver Fisher $7,700 Perfectly suited to the course, trending in the right direction for form, highly capable scorer and a 6th place finish last week. I believe even with the $800 price increase he is still great value in this field.
Max Orrin $7,100 As I mentioned last week, Max is based at a coastal course and knows as well as anyone how to play these courses and the wind should it pick up. I would be happy to draft him on either side of the draw, especially as Max is a real birdie or better performer.
Ashley Chesters $7,100 Trust me Ashley is a name to keep watching, as an amateur he had the most amazing record, knows how to win and after seeing him play last week you can see it wont be too long before he is a name everyone will know.
Edoardo Mollinari $7,100 This pick as always is a bit of a gamble, consistency box is by no means ticked.. Has won already this year and of course would love another win especially on home turf. With the wider fairways and calm conditions forecast he does have the game to play stunning golf and score big in your draft.
Less than $7,000
There is a huge chunk of players in this section and equally a load I would consider, I will simply reel off a list of some I'm playing and if you want more info or want to know why just fire me a tweet.
Tom Lewis, Andrew Dodt , Chris Paisley, Daniel Im, Adrien Saddier and Nino Bertasio all at $6,800
Sebastian Soderberg, Matt Ford, Paul Maddy all at $6,500
Anyway that's me done for another week and now time to order my practice day tickets for next weeks even at Wentworth, hope you all have a great week and as always best of luck in all your drafts
Good to be Back.
After a week off thanks to Golf Sixes were back on with a Euro event on Draft Kings, to be honest for a while I thought it wasn't going to happen, especially with a late decision to open contests and then the prices posted with only 33 hours until tee off.
Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort.
First of all this is really a Challenge Tour event, Co ranked with the European Tour but massively missing the players. The course is not the most spectacular nor from what I gather the most challenging either. A par 73 resort course, designed to play like a links but inland and measuring just over 7,400 yards.
Being a resort course, commonly visited by drunken Britt's who look more handy with a crowbar than they do a golf club, this course really shouldn't pose too many problems for these extremely gifted players who are striving to make a name for themselves.
Personally I really enjoy playing these courses, not because they look great or even play well... simply because there easy and offer up loads of chances for birdies. Smash it down in the acre of space they call fairways.. more like runways.. take advantage of the 5 par 5's and a few short par 4's and walk off with loads of birdies.
Of course my theory above on inland links courses all depends on the winds and the weather, well so far they forecast thunderstorms on Thursday that might cause delays and even possibly cause PM players Friday to have to tee off on Saturday... Winds are nothing more than a freshening breeze so with the potential of some rain Thursday and no wind this course is ready to be attacked.
Key stats and Stratergy
I'm keeping it very simple this week and if I'm very honest only drafting a few line ups, my focus is on The Players, I love this event and cant wait to see spectacular golf from the worlds best on one of the great iconic courses.. no doubt this sentiment and strategy will be shared by many.
On a serious note, big fairways and pure quick putting surfaces... I'm gonna take a few big hitters this week but its not essential to score well it just increases the chance of ultra low rounds.. I will be looking for skills with putter in hand. Birdie or better performance and of course good form holds huge weight. Course fit is something that will influence my line ups as well. I'm hoping a few players I know will play well this week on a style of course there all very accomplished on and suited to playing.
Trevor Fisher $11,200 - Been in real solid form impressing on multiple tours, hits hit long and straight, course should fit his game and if the putters hot expect plenty of birdies and a very low round. By a long way holds the best form from the 3 highest priced players and will hopefully be lower owned than the favourite from Portugal Ricardo Gouveia
$9,000 - $10,000
Justin Walter $9,600 - With 2 top 15 finishes in his last 4 outings, this big hitting South African has the game to contend for the title this week, we are seeing improvement after improvement in his stats and with Portugal being a popular destination for him to do well it would be no surprise to see him pick up his highest place to date
Max Orrin $9,400 - Max is based at North Foreland GC, a clifftop links course not far from me. He will be very well suited to the style of course on offer this week and also in fine form, a very talented player with a very solid game... one to keep an eye on for a win.
$8,000 - $9,000
Pep Angles $8,900 - This young talented player from Spain plays with the confidence of a junior and in many ways swings with that same freedom, he has really impressed in a number of events this year, still developing consistency but on a good week which I expect this to be has the potential to score big in DK thanks to his birdie or better conversion.
Jeff Winther $8,500 - Going into my picks for birdie or better performance, form other than 1 missed cut and in the weakened field could see a solid top 10 and good scoring
$7,000 - $8,000
Tom Lewis $7,700 - Tom is very accustomed to playing this style of course and probably best known for his performance as an amateur in The Open, recording the lowest ever amateur score of 65 in a major. Tom has also had previous success in Portugal where he won the Portuguese Masters. Returning to form and looking like his potential will shine through.
Sebastian Soderberg $7,200 - So far this year Sebastian has performed well on the European Tour, he has only competed in 3 events, however made the cut on all occasions, finishing T48, T11 and T26 to date. Love this play in both cash and gpp, will surely make the cut and contend
Less Than £7,000 - Will be sticking my neck out this time and giving you a good list of value picks.
Oliver Fisher $6,900 - Very used to playing links style golf from his amateur days, best results this year have come on courses closer to that character as well.
Joel Stalter $6,800 - Finished T19 in his last outing and looked very confident, inside top 25 4 times this year and a best finish of T7 at the South Africa Open.
Ashley Chesters $6,800 - Ashley is a real class act and exceptional at links style golf, during his days as an amateur he achieved a +5 handicap playing most comps on tough links tracks.
Gary King $6,700 - Gary is very highly regarded by his fellow competitors on the Challenge Tour.. this is a players pick and one I'm going to back.
Matt Ford $6,600 - A very local pro to me and one I follow with high interest. Matt is itching to return to the European Tour after failing to keep his card last year, has been scoring very well and even finds the time to compete regionally (and wins every time) Matt loves these style of courses and has the perfect game for it, not big of the tee but solid everywhere else.
Nathan Kimsey $6,300 - Gone off the boil a little bit in recent weeks, however returning to a Challenge Tour field where he was extremely successful, this could be the perfect week to find form, another player very good on links courses.
Ben Eccles $6,200 - 2 of 2 cuts made on the European Tour and one top 10, decent form on his national tour, no reason why this form cant continue.
Right that's me done for this week and already preparing for a proper European Tour event next week and my favorite event at Wentworth the following week.
Best of luck to all of you and as always don't hesitate in getting those questions across to me on Twitter
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Ash DELIVERED last week for the Shenzhen getting a bunch of boys through the cut and nailing the winner in Bernd. Check it out this week as he's been digging in a little extra with no PGATour DFS.
Ash does his thing for this one riding the DFS hott streak and gearing up to make his own waves on the European Mini Tours. Give him a read and draft well!
Our mate, Ash Morrisson is back for more EURO DFS action! He was smokin hott with his picks when he left off 5 weeks ago! Take advantage of this freebie from the Tour Junkies.
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Our resident Euro & stud golfer, Ash Morrisson, gives you loads of insight for this week's EuropeanTour event consisting of 210 players! He even manages to work in a little piece about how bad ass of stick he is...we see you Ash!
Whilst the European Tour, Asian Tour and Australasian Tour have a bit of fun and play around with a unique format in a tri-sanctioned event. It would seem that DK have decided to take a week off on golf outside of the PGA Tour.
Cant say I blame them and if truth be told I'm a little happy they have, it's safe to say this formats a little out of the normal and researching across 3 or more tours in multi format play would of been almost as much of a nightmare as the purist to the game will find these changes.
There will be a cut made after 36 holes and again after 54.. not too strange so far however after the 54 hole cut the top 24 players will play match play over 6 holes with any match tied going to a 93 yard play off hole and if no result the holes repeated but closes to the pin wins?!
So this week I might kick back a little as well, play a little more golf and rely heavily on David and Pat's insight to help build my DK balance...
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Our EuropeanTour DFS guru tells you how to tame the "Hot Sticky Cobra" & avoid 3 whacking!
Realizing full-well that there is a certain stigma attached to Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS for short), we are here to dispel those notions and persuade you to give Daily Fantasy Golf a try. DFS is certainly not for everyone (read on to see if you fall into that group). The following is an intro to PGA DFS and why you should play, followed soon in another post via "One Groove Low" to look at some tips on how to play and who to look out for this season (also applicable to regular fantasy golf).
We're firm believers in the great hipster millennial-mind of Simon Sinek, who says “start with why.” So, why would anyone choose to invest time & money in playing DFS? Naturally this answer varies to some degree depending upon the person, as does the veracity with which people play DFS. It's a wide spectrum, which is great. You do you, man. Here’s why we play:
As I'm sure holds true with anyone visiting this site, we LOVE golf. Playing golf, reading golf, going to golf tournaments, indoctrinating our kids in golf, etc. Simple enough.
When it comes to watching golf on TV, we used to only watch the majors, Ryder Cup, and then a few random events with passing interest. We tried to go deeper, but just couldn’t get excited about the actual golfers. It wasn’t the act of watching golf that was less than stimulating. It was the act of watching #LPCP poster boy, Matt Kuchar, headline an event with Shawn Stefani and Cameron Tringale right on the heels of his Sketchers on moving day. We just couldn’t do it. But now that we've got some skin in the game and know the players it's a whole different ballgame. Watching the Sanderson Farms Championship is now akin to watching a Thursday night Jaguars/Rams game with the sole intent of seeing if Bortles feeds in garbage time for my fantasy squad or if the Rams can protect the under.
We're competitive. Aside from church league basketball (We're from Georgia, it's a big thing here) and actually playing golf, this is where we can let our competitive juices run wild. We play in a couple of DFS leagues with only friends. Who doesn’t love taking his friends' $5 week in and week out? Winning is fun. Doesn't matter what. Hell, one of us won a Potty Putter at the office party this past Christmas. The feeling I get when I win in DFS is especially rewarding, regardless of if the payout is $3 or $30K - just want to see the screen turn green (which happens when you're winning)!
We like the numbers, stats, and research. The process of digging in to the course, the key stats for success, and the players that either line up or don’t each week is the best part. It's the same reason people enjoy tracking the stock market. We dig deep every week before we record our podcast, and you can do the same or just rely on experts that you are keen to trust.
One of the things we didn't mention above: “I like winning millions of dollars while seeing my handsome mug on the side of a DraftKings bus in downtown BeanTown." Of course we enjoy winning. But, we're not doing this to quit our day jobs and neither should you. We only spend what we can afford to lose - think of it as an entertainment expense. Hell, you're more likely to lose $29 and 2 hours of your life going to see some dumpster fire movie with your wife. Is DFS gambling? Yes, unequivocally. As is playing fantasy football for free on Yahoo! while having a side pot with your homies. However, there's nothing wrong with responsible gambling. As humans, we gamble on various and sundry things all the time. Golfers gamble. Gambling is as much a part of golf as Johnny Miller’s ego.
In the intro we mentioned we'd tell you if you should stop reading this. Here you go...If you have a problem with gambling, spending too much money, or an addictive personality, then don't play. If you literally don’t have 15 minutes a week, a positive balance in your checking account, or any friends, then don't play.
Okay, you're still reading? Currently, if you want to play PGA DFS, you will only be able to play through the DraftKings website or app. However, FanDuel will likely be adding PGA to its offerings in the very near future, as both companies have now merged and DraftKings continues to see tremendous growth in the number of people playing PGA DFS. Every Monday afternoon before a PGATour event, DraftKings will release the player prices for that event based on odds. Each player is given a dollar amount typically ranging from $5K to $13K.
Ostensibly your job is simple: fill six roster spots without spending more than $50K in salary cap. Points are earned or lost on a hole-by-hole basis, with players earn points for pars, birdies, eagles, an albatross, an ace, and conversely lose points for bogeys, etc. Players also earn points for where they stand on the leaderboard at the end of the week. If one (or more) of your players don't make the cut then they don’t earn your team any points over the weekend. This point structure greatly rewards players who tend to make birdies and play aggressively (think modified Stableford scoring). But keep in mind that they need to hang around and play the weekend. Roll into the weekend with your full compliment of six players having made the cut and you enjoy a tremendous advantage. Amazingly, picking six golfers out of a field of 140+ is much harder in practice than it is in theory.
If PGA DFS sounds like something that you'd enjoy then get started by signing up for DraftKings and wait with bated breath for our follow-up article where we'll outline viable strategies and highlight some guys you NEED to know to get that "Green Screen Disease" in 2017...
EuropeanTour DFS expert, Ashley Morrisson, breaks down the hottest plays for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2017. Ashley's from Europe, so PAY ATTENTION!
"One Groove Low" is the new home for Tour Junkies musings on all things golf. David & Pat will write ONLY when inspired. Inspired writing is the only writing worth reading. We aren't going to force ourselves to put out garbage each week or month. But, when there's a golf take burning in our heart, OGL is where it will reside.
The phrase, "One Groove Low", is a favorite of ours used to indicate literally that a golf shot was hit just a little low on the club face resulting in a less than stellar outcome. However, we also recognize that for hack golfers like us to use this term, is in and of itself ridiculous. We aren't that good. We plan to use it here on the site to describe our more irreverent approach to golf that may not be all that popular with the masses.
While perusing the pages of OGL you can expect to find refreshing takes on the PGATour, EuropeanTour, DFS, DraftKings, FanDuel, other forms of golf betting, and just golf culture in general. We're here to inform & entertain. We're here to talk about the game we love the most.
This is also the weekly write up home of EuropeanTour DFS Degenerate, Ashley Morrisson. Ash grew up and currently resides in the U.K. He plays on mini tours and coaches golf professionally while keeping his ear close to the ground for any EuropeanTour news. He's quite familiar with the courses, conditions, and players. This brings an edge to his Euro DFS content that few provide. May your screens be green!