The European Tour’s Race to Dubai continues this week with the Tenerife Open. With a very similar field to last week, will the champion come from someone showing recent form or someone else entirely, and who should you have in your Fantasy team?
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The Austrian has gone T7-T7-T8 in his last three starts. Last week he was 2nd in ‘strokes gained - approach’ and 4th in ‘strokes gained - tee to green’ amongst those who made the cut on a pretty similar test to Costa Adeje. Although, this week’s course is a bit more undulating and he grew up playing mountainous courses. If the putter works, he’ll take some beating.
The six-time European Tour winner hasn’t finished outside the top-12 in his last three starts, including a T8 in Gran Canaria. He ranks 20th in par-3 scoring this season, which is a definite advantage given there are six short holes on this week’s layout. He’s not the longest off the tee so the fact four of the five par-5s are under 550 yards also plays into his hands and should give him more eagle chances than usual.
Will it be third time lucky? After racking up two runners-up finishes in his first 215 starts, he’s doubled that tally by finishing 2nd the last two weeks. There’s always a danger of the mental excursions of challenging two weeks in a row catching up with him, but I’m buoyed by his performance last week after losing a heartbreaking play-off in Austria. The bottom line is he’s playing the best golf of his career.
The Frenchman is sneaking back up the rankings, he once featured inside the top 20 players in the world but fell to 478th last year. His 20 rounds this year have seen him average a score of 68.65, these score cards still feature a few dropped shots. His Ryder Cup quality is still very much there he just needs the consistency of a run of events. A golfing enigma which is a risk in your team. But if he performs to his ability Victor will gain you points against the rest of the players in the league.
The Scotsman has been on Kit’s radar all year, his consistency is impressive. Hill has recorded 3 top 5’s in 5 events this year. He is making nearly five (4.75) birdies per round and limiting the bogies to only 2 per round (which ranks him 4th in unforced errors). Costa Adeje has six par 3’s which makes Hill’s ranking of eighth in par-3 scoring this season a significant stat to look at. The 26 year old has won three times on the Challenge Tour, his best finish on the European Tour was 4th in a star-studded Saudi Arabia field. Calum’s caddy Phil Morbey (Wobbly) worked for Ian Woosnam during his Masters win, he has also worked alongside Ross Fisher, Matt Wallace and Thorbjorn Olesen.
Waring won’t be a stand out for any manager's team but here is some inside information. Paul loves Tenerife, he has used the island as warm weather training venue for the past few years and in particular Golf Costa Adeje. His caddie for the Canary Island swing is best mate Alex Evans, who has also been by his side for speed training this winter. Waring has added an extra 25 yards to his drives for 2021. He now pushes 200mph in ball speed which equates drives over 320 yards. The Liverpool fan hasn’t played much this season and results haven’t been great. However I see his form turning and a final round of a 66 on Sunday in Gran Canaria will put a spring in his step as he heads to his favourite place in Europe.