The stars of the European Tour are joined by their celebrity counterparts on the links for this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. PlayON looks at who’ll have success in Scotland this week.
As the European Tour’s only pro-am, and coming so soon after the Ryder Cup, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has the slightly relaxed feel of the summer barbecue after a big night out. However, its primary venue at the Home of Golf, St.Andrews, dispels any notion of the tournament being seen as coming after the Lord Mayor’s show. As such, this field is as strong as any you’ll see on tour.
Important to remember is that the cut comes a round later this week, following the conclusion of the third day’s play. With all four rounds played on three separate links venues, picking players who have excelled here in the past takes on added importance. Previous winners have tended to be strong wind players, or players with a history of solid links performance. A cursory glance at the recent British Opens at St. Andrews and Carnoustie would be a good place to start.
High Priced Options
Thomas Pieters (€20.9m): The young Belgian will be full of confidence after a stunning showing at the Ryder Cup. The rookie took home more points than any player, showing why he’s been such a popular DFS pick for the last few months. Pieters’ form is too good to ignore right now. Get him in your team.
Bernd Wiesberger (€19.7m): A relative bargain at under €20 million, Wiesberger has the combination of form and course knowledge we cherish at Daily Fantasy Focus. He finished in the top five at this event last year. Pair that with similar performances in his last two events and you’ve got a potential winner on your hands.
Mid Priced Options
David Howell (€14.3m): The 2013 Alfred Dunhill winner has enjoyed a mediocre season so far, but had a third in Prague at the end of August. He’s made three out of four cuts since then and usually plays well at this venue.
Paul Dunne (€11.1: The tournament has a history of being won by long shots and by Irishmen and Dunne was just won shot off the pace after two rounds a year ago. He was raised on links golf and contended for the British Open last year as an amateur.
Low Priced Options
Jean Hugo (€7.0): Finished 7th last time out, ending a miserable run of missed cuts. He may have found his swing after a brutal second half of the season.
Michael Hoey (€6.7m): It’s rare you can pick up a former champion at this kind of price, but 2011 winner Michael Hoey comes in at less than seven million. The Ulsterman has had a very rough run of it and needs a paycheck this week. Can fond memories help him find some form?