Volvo China Open: European Tour DraftKings Picks

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Bradley Dredge — 106th

Since returning from a lengthy absence in 2014, this Welsh pro has been one of the most consistent players on the European Tour — he’s not going to win any majors, but we know what to expect from him. For that reason, Dredge should be a nice, sensible fantasy play for this still relatively unfamiliar course.

In just four starts this year, Dredge has survived the cut in three events and found the top 35 in every one of them, peaking with a tie for 19th in Abu Dhabi. After a couple of months off, he looked rather sluggish in his return to action at last week’s Shenzhen International, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt — he’s 43, after all, and that time zone difference is no joke. His tie for 15th at last year’s Volvo China Open is certainly an encouraging sign, as are his impressive ball striking skills — he’s been hitting more greens in regulation than ever this season.

Dredge already has a nice history with this event, and even if he didn’t, his consistency and enviable skill set make him a good bet to succeed anywhere. Now that he’s back in the swing of touring life, he should be able to earn his $7,600 salary this week.