European Tour Fantasy Golf: Trophee Hassan II DraftKings DFS Picks

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 28: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands plays a shot during the second round of the 2017 Volvo China open at Topwin Golf and Country Club on April 28, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 28: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands plays a shot during the second round of the 2017 Volvo China open at Topwin Golf and Country Club on April 28, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) /

European Tour fans, this is your week to shine in the fantasy golf world! DraftKings is not offering daily fantasy contests for the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic team event. That means that the Trophee Hassan II will be the sole focus of fantasy players around the world? Need a little help adjusting to a different field? We’ve got you covered.

The European Tour heads to the Trophee Hassan II this week. The high-profile tournament has been played on the same course in Rabat, Morocco since 2016. This presents the DFS community with valuable information. And really, when we’re talking about fantasy golf, the more information you have, the more likely you are to come out on top in whichever format of game you choose.

The information that I am making reference to is course history. Previous course history provides the DFS player solid and definitive data when assessing players to have in your DraftKings lineups. Several players in this week’s field have played this tournament multiple times since 2016; it’s no surprise that they’ll litter our recommendations.

The winner of the 2018 Trophee Hassan II won with a score of just 8 under par. It’s obvious that this week’s course is a difficult one based on the winning score in 2018. This week, I will be placing a great deal of emphasis on players that have performed relatively well at this event since 2016. It should be noted that I always look at course history when playing daily fantasy golf. The difference for me this week is the difficulty of scoring on this track. I tend to think that the course history statistic is slightly more important with tournaments that are difficult like the one presented to us this week in Morocco.

With no further ado, here are the guys I’m targeting in my lineups this week on the European Tour.

Joost Luiten (11,500)

Joost Luiten is the highest priced player in DraftKings contests this week. Some DFS players will want to fade Luiten due to his high cost. That’s fine. Really, I hope they do. I firmly believe that Joost Luiten is without a doubt the class of this field and has high win equity. He will be in all my cash games and at least 70 percent of my GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) lineups. If you don’t have the winner in your player pool you aren’t likely to win any DFS contests.

Luiten is fourth on the European Tour in strokes gained on approach. Luiten is also a strong putter and has nice scrambling ability around the greens.

Luiten has top-12 finishes in four of his last six events. He finished in a very respectable tie for 6th place at the WGC Mexico earlier this year. He checks the box for course history as well. Luiten has played the Trophee Hassan II in each of the last two years finishing inside the top 13 both times.

Jorge Campillo (10,700)

Jorge Campillo has been playing absolutely outstanding golf in 2019. His last four tournaments include four top-three finishes. With regard to this week’s field, Campillo leads all players in greens in regulation. He has played this event the last two years. Campillo finished in a tie for 19th at this event in 2017. At $10,700 on DraftKings, he’s certainly not a budget baller, but if you’re looking for pure strength at the top of your lineup, you could do far worse.

The former Indiana Hoosier is the definition of a journeyman, with ten years as a pro under his belt. He has yet to close out a victory, but don’t let that override his recent form. There’s plenty of value to be had here.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (9,000)

It doesn’t matter if you can pronounce his name – all you need to know is that Christiaan Bezuidenhout is absolutely on top of his game lately. This guy has compiled three top-ten finishes in his last four tournaments. Additionally, Bezuidenhout checks the box for course history. He finished 22nd at the 2018 Trophee Hassan II. This is all adding up to a strong player at a somewhat less-than-premium price. You can save a decent chunk of change to full out the other five slots of your roster if you start building here.

Adrian Otaegui (7,600)

Adrian Otaegui has been somewhat inconsistent in 2019. However, he is coming off a top-ten finish in his last event on the European Tour, the Hero Indian Open. Otaegui was also the runner-up at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth back in February. That was a unique match-play event, but a second-place finish is still nothing to shake a stick at. Otaegui has played this event all three times it has been held on this course. His results over the last three years at this event: 22nd, 56th,19th. I’m not about to guarantee a world-class performance here, but you’re getting high potential for a relatively low risk, with just $7,600 invested here.

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Honorable mention: Budget players I like to fill your lineup

  • Aaron Rai (7,500)
  • Darren Fichardt (7,200)
  • Renato Paratore (7,100)

As always, good luck this week! Let us know who your favorite fantasy golf pick is this week on the European Tour!