Euro Tour DFS Preview: The Lyoness Open
The European Tour makes its way to Atzenbrugg near Vienna for the Austrian Open. A place where we can throw another shrimp on the barbie. The strength of field for this event makes the FedEx St. Jude Classic feel like The Masters. Most of the top talent for the European Tour have already made their way to Oakmont for the U.S. Open. As we saw last week, there is an influx of local talent that could be possible gems for GPP’s.
The course itself is Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg near Vienna. It is a par 72 track that runs 7,458 yards long. The main defense for this course is water and it comes into play on 13 holes. The fairways are not narrow, so bombers do have some freedom. Though the course is flat and exposed to the wind. If the wind picks up don’t be surprised to see some balls splash down. The greens will be running at a 11.5 on the stimpmeter and consist of Agrostis and Poa Annua.
A quick glance finds two players that are members of this course, but in their combined four starts at this event, they are +62 from par. I think I might be passing on Benjamin Weilguni and Rene Gruber.
Official World Rank: 46th
DraftKings Price: $11,600
Event History: 9 events (5 made cuts, 1 win)
Last Event: 15th (BMW Championship)
Analysis: For the longest time Wiesberger has been the other “Berger” in the DFS world. While Daniel Berger has been tearing it up on the PGA Tour, Wiesberger has been playing solid golf as well. He has not missed a cut on the European Tour since last year at the Porsche European Open in Germany (September). His overall record in his home country has been nine events with five made cuts, at the Diamond Course he is four cuts made in five starts, with a win and a runner up. The strength of his game is hitting greens in regulation (ranked 20th on Tour). Skimming back over the history of events played at this course, those who have hit greens in regulation the best have usually finished pretty high.
Official World Rank: 177th
DraftKings Price: $9,600
Event History: 8 events (8 made cuts, 3 top 25’s)
Last Event: 30th (Nordea Masters)
Analysis: Richard Bland takes a giant leap in salary this week, going from $7,600 in Sweden last week to 9.6K this week. His event history here has been eight cuts made in as many attempts. The Englishman has only missed one cut since September and that was in Australia at the Perth International. Since that event he has made six consecutive cuts including a run of four straight top 25 finishes. His only disappointing finish was a 65th place at the much stronger BMW PGA Championship two weeks ago. He is ranked 40th in greens in regulation and 15th in putting. His 16th place rank of scoring average would indicate he is great at converting those birdie chances.
Official World Rank: 40th
DraftKings Price: $9,400
Event History: None
Last Event: 20th (Nordea Masters)
Analysis: This pick would be a high end GPP play. With the course being over 7,400 yards with wide fairways it might suit the long hitting man from Denmark quiet nicely. He hits the ball over 300 yards per drive and is ranked 32nd in hitting greens in regulation. Last week in Sweden he was ranked second in driving distance (317.6), 21st in fairways hit and 14th in greens in regulation. He is also averaging -7 par per tournament for par 5 scoring. He might be overlooked due to having never played this event before.
Official World Rank: 142nd
DraftKings Price: $9,000
Event History: 7 events (7 made cuts)
Last Event: MC (BMW PGA Championship)
Analysis: If you are looking for a consistent performer at this course then take a look at Lee Slattery. The Englishman is coming in with poor form missing cuts in England and Ireland. His overall record at this event is seven made cuts in seven starts but his only top ten finishes came right here at the Diamond Country Club. Slattery his the ball very straight (29th) and finds a lot of greens in regulation (32nd).
Official World Rank: 345th
DraftKings Price: $7,200
Course History: 5 events (2 made cuts, 2 top 15’s)
Last Event: 37th (BMW PGA Championship)
Analysis: The Scotsman David Drysdale falls into the same boat for me as Lucas Bjerregaard. A players that excels in hitting greens in regulation. Though the big difference between the two is that Drysdale is a shorter hitter and hits the ball much straighter. In his last event Drysdale was second in fairways hit and ninth in greens in regulation. He also drove the ball further than most of his other tournaments this season. If the fairways are firm and flat, his lack of distance might not hurt this week. In his five starts at the Diamond Country Club he has made the cut in four of them. The one missed cut was actually a withdrawal where he was at even par for the tournament. Since the course is exposed it never hurts to have a Scotsman in the wind.
Official World Rank: 267th
DraftKings Price: $8,000
Course History: 2 events (2 made cuts, 1 second)
Last Event: 74th (Nordea Masters)
Analysis: Sometimes you need to go with an old crafty vet. Thomas Bjørn fits both nicely. We’ve seen his name in years past in DFS events, but as the years move on his name is slipping from the world stage. His form this year has not been terrible, but nothing to phone home about either. His last start at this event was in 2013 where he finished second to Joost Luiten. He reminds me of a European Tour Steve Stricker these days. Only playing when he wants too. I think he is in play in all formats.
Official World Rank: 424th
DraftKings Price: $6,800
Event History: 1 event (1 made cut)
Last Event: MC (Nordea Masters)
Analysis: Known as the quickest golf player on the European Tour, Renato Paratore admits he only usually takes two practice swings per round. He sees the shot and then hits the ball. In his lone start at this event last year he placed 32nd. Reading an article from the Nordea Masters about him, he feels very comfortable about where his game is at. He has been making more cuts of late and for 6,800 could give gamers some nice cap relief.
So there you have it folks, my picks for the Lyoness Open.
Good luck to all.