Our statistics guru has hand-picked three players for your Fantasy team consideration.
From Switzerland to the Netherlands, we are in Spijk this week for the KLM Open. First played in 1912, the event was played at the The Dutch for the first time last year and its 7,000-yard, Colin Montgomerie-designed layout.
Averaging just under its par of 71, the course proved difficult to find fairways but was relatively tame on and around the greens.
With 150 players in the field, who should you add to your Daily Fantasy team this week? Here’s three players our statistics guru has hand picked for your consideration.
Favourite: Joost Luiten
The local favourite is also our favourite this week, in the form of Joost Luiten. The Dutchman has shown an ability to perform well in front of his home crowd, with two wins and five top tens at this event. Twelve months ago, the 31 year old fired a final round 62, including ten birdies, to win the KLM Open by three shots. He also led the field in scrambling, making par or better 83 per cent of the time he missed a green. In 38 career rounds at this event, Luiten has beaten the field’s average score by 1.67 shots per round. Whilst his form this season has been steady if not spectacular, with ten top 30 finishes in 18 starts, he always tends to play well in the Netherlands.
Form horse: Adrian Otaegui
If you’re looking for a form horse, look no further than Adrian Otaegui. The Spaniard picked up his first European Tour victory at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play three weeks ago and has found something in his swing in recent times. Having failed to finish in the top 50 in any of his first 16 starts this season, Otaegui now has five top 20s in his last six starts, including two top five finishes. In his eight rounds at the KLM Open, the 24 year has hit 14 per cent more fairways than the field average, a crucial statistic when you consider that The Dutch was one of the toughest courses on Tour last season in terms of fairways hit. Otaegui also led the field in Putts per Greens in Regulation last year, with an average of just 1.57.
Wild Card: Eddie Pepperell
Eddie Pepperell has endured an up-and-down year on Tour but could be one to watch this week. Having lost his Tour card in the final event of 2016, the Englishman has played well this year with four top 25 finishes in the last two months, including the US Open and a top five in last start at the Czech Masters. Pepperell is one of only two players to average better than two under par per round at the KLM Open (with a minimum of ten rounds) and has shot 70 or less in ten of his last 11 rounds at this event. He finished in the top five in both 2014 and 2015 and knows a good week this year could see him move into the field for the end of season Rolex Series events.