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Fantasy Three to watch in Spain

Fantasy Three to watch in Spain

From Scotland to Spain, the European Tour travels to Madrid for the Mutuactivos Open de España at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid this week.

Jon Rahm

Which players should you be keeping an eye on? Our stats guru has crunched the numbers to bring you three selections for your fantasy teams this week.

Favourite - Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm returns to Madrid as defending champion and the strong favourite to join Sergio Garcia and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as the only Spanish players to successfully defend a title on home soil.

Last week’s missed cut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was a rare blip for Rahm who has been in excellent form in recent months, but a trip back to his nation's capital could yield more success.

His record at this event speaks for itself - with only 72 holes in the books he boasts one win, a score of 20 under par and on average he gained three strokes per round on the field in this event. Go 397 miles south to Valderrama and Rahm also finished tied for second at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Outside of Spain the World Number Four has commanded respect and ground out top ten results in five separate countries this year alone - including a win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, a runner-up finish at the BMW PGA Championship and two top tens in major championships. He's the home favourite for a reason.

Jon Rahm

Form Horse - Sergio Garcia

After a week off Sergio Garcia is back on the European Tour and is aiming to win on Spanish soil for the third consecutive season.

El Niño also has extra incentive this week, by looking to triumph in his second consecutive European Tour start after making the KLM Open in Amsterdam his 16th Tour victory just three weeks ago.

Historically he is one of the top performers at the Open de España - holding one win and two top five finishes to his name. With 648 holes played and a total score of 45 under par, only one player has a better aggregate score to par at the tournament, Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

Garcia has won back-to-back events once before in his European Tour career and they were both held in Spain: the 2011 Andalucía Masters and Castelló Masters the following week.

Sergio could join Seve Ballesteros as the only player to win a European Tour event on Spanish soil over three consecutive years with a win this week, and we wouldn't put it past him – seven of his 16 career European Tour victories came in Spain.

Sergio Garcia

Wildcard - James Morrison

James Morrison is a two-time winner on the European Tour , the last of which came at the Open de España,

It's been an up-and-down year for the Englishman, who revealed in a Player Blog he was close to giving up the game he loves, but a strong summer has put him on track to finish the year on a positive.

A string of top 30 finishes throughout August and September were capped off with a deserved solo fourth place at the KLM Open, and when you dig into his stats his driving accuracy has played a big key - he ranks 18th on the European Tour.

Back on Spanish soil he's played the Open de España eight times, finishing inside the top five on three occasions with a record of 1.34 strokes gained on the field per Open de España round.

James Morrison

Those are our picks, did we do enough to convince you? Add them to your European Tour Daily Fantasy Game and your line-up in the Fantasy Race to Dubai before the action begins on Thursday.

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