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Greg Chalmers comes into this week's Honda Classic ranked 204th in the early FedExCup standings.

It's still very early but Chalmers has opened the season with just three cuts made in 10 starts. The lefty hasn't made the FEC Playoffs since 2013. Even with a 2016 victory, he didn't crack them. More recently, he missed the cut in five straight events before grabbing a T68 last week. As for this event, Chalmers is 5-for-7 since the time that PGA National took over hosting duties. With a little course experience under his belt, gamers could take a flyer in very deep leagues, but he's a long shot to truly contend.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 1:35 PM

Benjamin Hebert boasts converging trends for this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The young Frenchman slots in at 43rd on the Race to Dubai after climbing up with T17 at the Maybank Championship and T9 at the Oman Open on his last two starts. To go with that course form, Hebert has also shown a real liking for this week's exposed par 72. After a modest start in 2015, he fired 68-69-67 to take T10 in 2015 and backed that up with four under-par rounds to take T20 in 2016. He cashed again last year but had to settle for T65. Hebert was second on the All-Around stats in Oman last week so, given all his credentials, it's no surprise to see him ranked in the top 10 on Draftkings this week. There are plenty more well-known names in the field so ownership could be low if you're looking to create some difference in your line-ups.
Feb 21 - 7:50 AM

Mikko Ilonen has finished top 15 in three of the last five editions of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and he'll try his luck again at Doha GC this week.

The Finn was runner-up in 2014 after closing with 66 and that followed T9 the previous year. He added T13 two years ago although did miss the cut in both 2015 and 2017. He'll return to Doha having made his last three cuts, all in events held in the Middle East. Ilonen was T40 in Abu Dhabi, T57 in Dubai and then T26 in the Oman Open last week after a pair of weekend 70s. His recent putting stats look positive and could pave the way for another strong showing.
Feb 21 - 7:36 AM

Anthony Wall has been a reliable performer in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC and he's ready to do battle again this year.

The veteran Englishman has played in 17 previous editions and in the last 11 has appeared in the top 30 on seven occasions. That includes T6 in 2013, T15 in 2006 and T21 last year. Wall caught the eye in Dubai last month when starting out with a 63 to sit second after the opening day. He wobbled through the middle two rounds but hit back with a 66 to take T22. Either side of that he's missed cuts in Abu Dhabi and Oman but his record at Doha GC deserves respect and he could be a worthwhile cheap option for gamers.
Feb 21 - 7:27 AM

Robert Rock finally ignited his 2018 campaign with T7 at the Oman Open on Sunday and he'll peg it up with renewed confidence in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The Englishman posted T31 in Hong Kong back in November in his first counting event on this season's Race to Dubai but since the year turned he's swallowed MCs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Malaysia. That was until a top 10 in Oman last week where he shot three 69s and a 71. Best-known for holding off Tiger Woods down the stretch to win the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he's 4-for-7 at Doha although two of his last four appearances have resulted in top 25s. Rock closed with 67 to finish T22 in 2014 and added T20 two years ago. To balance that, he didn't make the weekend in either 2015 or 2017 so if you like patterns he's due a good finish this year. The T7 in Oman adds some sturdier logic to that idea.
Feb 21 - 7:06 AM

After a fortnight's break since T17 at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, Scott Jamieson makes the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters his next European Tour stop.

That top 20 in Asia, achieved with four rounds in the 60s, was just his third start of the campaign although we saw Jamieson show up brightly at the end of 2017 with T6 at the Andalucia Masters and a second place in the big-money Nedbank Golf Challenge, results which helped him finish a career-high 26th on the Race to Dubai. This is the Scot's sixth start at Doha and he's 3-for-5 so far with a best of T12 in the weather-shortened event in 2012. He's not managed a finish inside the top 60 since then which dims his appeal a little.
Feb 21 - 6:55 AM

A combination of pedigree, course and current form makes Thorbjorn Olesen the odds leader at this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The Dane, rated a 16/1 chance, is a four-time European Tour winner (three of those coming since October 2014) and finished 10th at the World Super 6 Perth last time after shooting 70-67-69 in the three strokeplay rounds before losing his opening six-hole clash in Sunday's matchplay. Olesen's past course form at Doha GC is of particular appeal as he followed up T22 in 2013 to take third in 2014 and improved again to finish runner-up in 2016. He admits to always enjoying windy conditions and that's usually the case in Qatar on this exposed layout. After T53 in Abu Dhabi and T29 in Dubai, Olesen gives the sense that something is building and this would be an obvious place for him to challenge for another title.
Feb 21 - 6:15 AM

Russell Knox heads to The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this week looking to continue his consistent play.

Knox has made the cut in eight of the nine events he has entered this season, save for an anomaly at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he opened with a first-round 74 before shooting a respectable 68 in the second round. Before Phoenix he was 37th or better in five straight events, including a pair of top-10 showings. Knox can go long off the tee, but he is able to harness the power ranking 38th in Driving Accuracy Percentage and sixth in GIR. There aren't many holes in his game right now. There is concern since he missed the cut at this event last season in a weather-marred tournament, but he was third in 2015 and he lost in a playoff in 2014, so he has had success here recently.
Feb 21 - 6:01 AM

After banking his first top 10 finish in over a year with T9 in Oman on Sunday, Stephen Gallacher will look to stay hot in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

With six top 25s since T9 in the Dubai Desert Classic last February, the Scot hadn't fallen off the charts but he was overdue an appearance in the top 10 and got one thanks to a strong 67-68-70 finish after opening with 74. Of course, when we think of Gallacher in the desert, we recall his astonishing record in that Dubai event where, prior to his T9 12 months ago he'd clocked up two wins, a second and a third. He hasn't hit those same heights in Qatar although some old form shows T4 here in 2002 and T8 in 2004. He added T12 in 2011 but has missed the cut for the last two years. Boosted by last week's effort, Gallacher could easily give gamers a good reward this week though.
Feb 21 - 6:01 AM

Ben Martin pulls into The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this week looking for his sixth consecutive cut made.

The last time Martin was sent packing before the weekend was at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Since that event he has bounced back with three finishes of 26th or better, including last time we saw him at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He isn't a masher off the tee, but he is fairly accurate and he ranks 59th on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (70.706). The best part of his game this season has been his work on the greens, ranking 35th on the PGA Tour in Putts Per Round (28.59). He is a dependable DFS option more often than not, especially at a mid-tier price.
Feb 21 - 5:52 AM

Patrick Reed is looking to bounce back at The Honda Classic in Florida this week after a missed cut last time out at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

There hasn't been much gray area with Reed this season. He has been really good, or really, really bad. Reed has finished 23rd or better in four of the five events which he has made the cut, including a Top 5 finish at the Hero World Challenge. Of course, he is a new dad and might not be getting a lot of sleep lately, so cut him a little slack. The last time we saw Reed at The Honda Classic he had a plane ticket in his hand on Saturday after a missed cut in 2016, but that followed up a seventh-place showing in 2015 at PGA National's Champion Course. He has made the cut three times in four previous showings at the event, so a Top 20 showing is certainly possible if his short game is working.
Feb 21 - 5:40 AM

Ian Poulter heads to The Honda Classic in Florida this week looking to make his fourth cut in four PGA Tour events so far this season.

Poulter topped out with a 15th-place finish at The CJ Cup in South Korea, and he was in contention for a Top 20 before tumbling down the scoreboard with a final-round 75 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a couple of weeks ago. He is a solid, yet unspectacular DFS option these days. He doesn't mash off the tee, he has been a below-average scrambler and his putting has gone south, as he ranks 151st on the PGA Tour in putts per round (29.58). Yet, here he is, still making cuts. If he could display some level of consistency in one facet of his game, he'd be a dangerous low-cost DFS option.
Feb 21 - 5:34 AM

Kevin Kisner heads to The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida looking for a turnaround this week.

Kisner started off with a fourth-place finish at The RSM Classic in Georgia back in mid-November, and he has been tumbling down the leaderboard since. He was 12th at the Hero World Challenge, 17th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, 25th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, 50th at the CareerBuilder Challenge and then a missed cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Hopefully Kisner has bottomed out and he is ready to ascend again. He has made the cut in each of his first three showings at The Honda Classic, but Kisner has been 48th or worse in each event. Kisner is a risky DFS option until he starts to show a bounce back.
Feb 21 - 5:29 AM

Jeff Winther hasn't finished worse than T27 in four starts on the current Race to Dubai and he'll look to add to that impressive form in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The Dane won his European Tour card by finishing tied second in Q-School Final Stage back in November and has cashed in on his early opportunities with T14 in Mauritius, T27 in Joburg, T20 in the BMW SA Open and T21 in last week's Oman Open. His countrymen Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen have relished the windy and exposed conditions at Doha GC so Winther could be a sneaky pick to play well on his course debut this week. He ranked 10th for greens in regulation in Oman last time.
Feb 21 - 5:22 AM

Pablo Larrazábal slots in at 21st on the Race to Dubai heading into this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

This has become an annual visit for the Spaniard, who has played every edition since T62 on debut in 2009. In those nine starts he's cashed six times including each of the last three. He recorded a best of T13 two years ago after an opening 65 and also cracked the top 25 in 2012. A winner against world-class opposition in Abu Dhabi in 2014, Larrazábal can certainly hit the heights in desert conditions although he suffered a pair of missed cuts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last month. He responded to those disappointments with a top three in Malaysia after shooting 64-66 on the weekend so his confidence is up again. He had to settle for T44 in Oman last week but the four-time European Tour winner feels his game is showing some good signs.
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