Expert Picks: Vic Open

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Each week, Dave Tindall and Matt Cooper will give their picks for the main European Tour option – DraftKings.

The lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field.

The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. We would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.

Dave Tindall



Ryan Fox ($9,800) – Won't be able to defend his ISPS World Super 6 Perth crown as the event has been pulled. But must have a decent chance of making it an ISPS double here. Cracked the top 30 in the last two Desert Swing events and plenty of classy form on links tracks.

John Catlin ($9,200) – There are hardly any players in the top 200 playing here but Catlin is one of them (182nd) after some nice form in Asia. The American is trending nicely after a 22-16-2 run to start the new decade.

Connor Syme ($8,900) – A windy, links test should suit a Scotsman and David Law proved that when winning here last year. Syme at his best has the beating of most of this field.

Brett Rumford ($7,600) – Always one to consider on home turf and made the top 20 here last year. Playing well enough to make an impression again.

Nick Flanagan ($7,500) – Third at the Australian PGA in a better field than this and 10th and 13th here at 13th Beach. And you can get him for just 7.5k; seems like good business.

Matthew Stieger ($6,800) – A course horse, with a second and a pair of top 20s. Shot a brilliant 65 in a very windy round three last year and the forecast suggests it will blow again which could play into his hands.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: HaoTong Li ($11,000), Lucas Herbert ($10,400), Sean Crocker ($8,500), Nick Cullen ($8,100), David Law ($7,400), Josh Geary ($7,200)

Matt Cooper



Lucas Herbert ($10,400) – Responded well to his breakthrough win with T27 in Saudi Arabia and now heads home to celebrate (hopefully with a good performance) alongside friends and family. T6 in the tournament two years ago and blew a bright start last year.

Matthew Jordan ($8,600) – Form not great (1-for-3 this season), but the linksland should suit because he plays at Royal Liverpool and thrived last year in the British Masters at Hillside (T16) and in the Dunhill Links (T5).

Sean Crocker ($8,500) – Went 3-for-3 through the Desert Swing and a repeat of that form would reap rewards this week. Three trips down under all garnered top tens.

Ashley Chesters ($8,200) – He’s 3-for-4 this season and he enjoys links golf. T12 in the event last year and repeated that on the Old Course in the 2015 Open, too.

Dimitrios Papadatos ($7,900) – Not quite turned decent start into nice results in his last three starts, but made the cut every time and has three top 15s in the tournament, including a win in 2017.

Dale Whitnell ($6,200) – Needed a bargain and going with the one-time Walker Cupper who might find the course to his liking.

Total salary: $49,800

On the cusp: HaoTong Li ($11,000), Min Woo Lee ($10,200), Ryan Fox ($9,800), Denzel Ieremia ($9,400), Andrew Dodt ($8,800), Travis Smyth ($8,400)