Our stats guru's picks for your Fantasy team this week.
It’s Dunhill Links week on Tour once again and the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns will present a unique challenge to a field of of the top golfers in the world as well as a host of celebrities in the Pro-Am format. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Branden Grace and Tyrrell Hatton headline a field that includes 11 of the previous 15 winners of this event.
The tournament typically sees players feast on birdies at the Old Course and Kingsbarns while trying to battle the notoriously difficult Carnoustie layout. The wind always plays a factor on these links courses and the ability to convert birdie chances and avoid three putts often proves crucial.
Pick of the Favourites: Tommy Fleetwood
Heading into the Desert Swing at the start of the year, Tommy Fleetwood could hardly have envisaged what the following eight months would bring. Victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the HNA Open de France have been at the heart of a stunning season, resulting in an impressive run atop the Race to Dubai Rankings. Fleetwood also sits at the summit of the Stroke Average (69.81) and Greens in Regulation (77.2%) categories on tour, underlining his consistency in 2017.
Perhaps just as important, the 26 year old performs traditionally well at the Dunhill Links. Fleetwood has the best scoring average at this event of anyone with more than 25 rounds (68.8) and has earned top 15 finishes in five of his six previous appearances. A runner-up finish in 2014 is the pick of his previous results here, making him a serious contender to be posing with the trophy on the Swilcan Bridge come Sunday evening.
Form Horse: Lee Slattery
All is right in Lee Slattery’s world right now. Not only did his wife give birth to their second child last month, the man from the north-west of England has been in a rich vein of form. Slattery has captured three top tens in his last six appearances, including a runner-up finish at the D+D REAL Czech Masters. He followed that with a share of sixth in the mountains at the Omega European Masters, during which he boasted a superb second round 62.
The 39 year old’s tie for ninth at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open boosted his positon in the Race to Dubai Rankings and set up that impressive run in the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Slattery has had mixed results in this event, but did post a fifth place finish over the Scottish links in 2012. However, as a native of Southport, home of Royal Birkdale, he will be used to the challenges links golf poses. A first title since the 2015 M2M Russian Open could be in the offing.
Wildcard: Florian Fritsch
It is always an important time of year for Florian Fritsch, a man who famously only plays events he can get to by car. The German comes into this week on the back of a strong showing at the British Masters, where he finished in a tie for fourth. What better time, then, to be playing in an event where he has performed well in the past. In two previous appearances, Fritsch is yet to finish outside the top 20, including a share of seventh last year.
The Munich-native also won the team competition that runs alongside the regular stroke play event in the company of Michael Ballack in 2015. He has proved he can compete on the Scottish links before and will need to do so again, with the 31 year old currently ranked 114th in the Race to Dubai Rankings, 14 places below the all-important top 100. If there is a player likely to sneak under the radar this week, Fritsch could be the man.
Those are our three picks, now it's time to make yours. Pick your seven-man Daily Fantasy team for each round of this week's event and play in either free or money games.