Trophee Hassan II Fantasy Preview

The European Tour returns to action this week and that means we finally have another Euro Tour DraftKings slate.

They are getting closer and closer to finally playing in the continent of Europe but this week we head to Northern Africa, Morocco in particular, to take on Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. This lengthy track with bentgrass/poa greens was used in the 2010 and 2016 editions of this event, so we only have a small morsel of course history.

Players to Watch


Joost Luiten… If we need to identify the class of the field, look no further than the Dutchman. On top of raw skill, he’s also seen this course before, posting a 14th-place finish back in 2010. He is the man to beat, in my eyes.

Jeunghun Wang… The defending champ here but also flying straight from Augusta National. He grades out the best in the field on long courses but with jetlag in the mix I can easily drop him from my list of targets this week. The next in line for performance on long courses would be: Victor Dubuisson, Gregory Bourdy, Nicolas Colsaerts, and Jaco Van Zyl.

Trevor Fisher Jr.… A specialist on his home continent, Fisher Jr. is one to watch this week. He is very familiar with the kikuyu grass that is featured tee-to-green this week. The next in line for performance in Africa would be: Dean Burmester, Jaco Van Zyl, Jeunghun Wang, and Richard Sterne.

Aaron Rai… The 22-year-old is terrorizing the Challenge Tour right now, arriving fresh off a win at the Kenya Open. He finished 2016 with 11 top 20s on that circuit. Rai recently posted a T7 at the Joburg Open just over a month ago, so this level of field is not overwhelming to him. A bit of a wildcard this week, but a lot of upside.

Robert Rock… It’s hard to be a course horse with only two years of data but the hatless wonder has finished T7 and T3 in his two attempts at this week’s course. His form is nothing to write home about, but this definitely looks like a spot where he can jumpstart his season.

Plug-and-Play… They’ve had a bit of time off over the last few weeks but I think we can jump back on the trio of Jordan Smith, Romain Langasque, and Alexander Bjork. They have proven to be very steady early in their Euro Tour careers and there is nothing intimidating about this week’s field. Slightly below them would be Thomas Detry, also worth a strong look this week.

My Top 25 for the 2017 Trophee Hassan II

1. Joost Luiten
2. Dean Burmester
3. Mikko Korhonen
4. Robert Rock
5. Alexander Bjork
6. Jordan Smith
7. Chris Hanson
8. Maximilian Kieffer
9. Anthony Wall
10. Romain Langasque
11. Alexander Levy
12. Paul Dunne
13. Brandon Stone
14. Trevor Fisher Jr.
15. James Morrison
16. Richie Ramsay
17. Stephen Gallacher
18. Dylan Frittelli
19. Jorge Campillo
20. David Drysdale
21. Nino Bertasio
22. Mike Lorenzo-Vera
23. Thomas Detry
24. Lasse Jensen
25. Aaron Rai

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