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Australian veteran Marcus Fraser will make just a third trip to the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain this week.

Just the two trips to the southern tip of Spain for the Aussie and mixed returns: In 2004 he managed T24, but he missed the cut in 2011. He likes tree-lined courses, but clearly has seen little at this layout to prompt him to return on a regular basis. This week he arrives whilst languishing at 146th on the Race to Dubai so has little choice. Two weeks ago he opened 68-68-67 to lie T3 after 54 holes of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but a final lap 77 saw him manage only T10. At Walton Heath in the British Masters he could manage only T48.
Oct 16 - 2:03 PM

Callum Shinkwin needs something special this week in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain.

It's been a tough campaign for the Englishman for whom T8 in the Italian Open is his only top ten finish. Since then he has made only four cuts in 11 starts and arrives fresh off three failures to play all week. Hence a ranking of 123rd on the Race to Dubai and the need for a fine performance to retain his card. He has played the course once before, in the 2016 Open de Espana, but he scraped into the weekend with a pair of 75s and then added 78-79 at the weekend, which is not an effort that screams for inclusion in any selection this week.
Oct 16 - 2:02 PM

Steven Brown will make his course debut in this week's Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain.

The Englishman plays out of Wentworth and it has often been true that specialists at one perform well at the other. That said, Brown shot 80-77 on the West Couse in May at the BMW PGA Championship. He was T2 in the Made in Denmark on a tree-lined track and had a great chance of winning it, eventually losing out in a play-off to an inspired Matt Wallace. Since then he missed four cuts and was then T16 at Walton Heath in last week's British Masters. His card is safe (97th on the Race to Dubai) so he can play a free hand and might be a sneaky outsider for a top ten.
Oct 16 - 2:01 PM

55th on the Race to Dubai, Joakim Lagergren tees it up in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain this week.

It's been a funny season for the Swede since his maiden win in May at the Sicilian Open. He followed it with three missed cuts, followed it with four weekends on the bounce, then another four failures to play four rounds, before T29 last week in the British Masters when an opening 68 had him T5 on Thursday night. It was a first sub-70 lap in 12 tries. He often plays tight, tree-lined venues very well (top tens at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Carya, Milano, Delhi), but that trend has never been in evidence in two starts at this course. He shot 69-83 in the 2016 Open de Espana and 75-73 in this event last year.
Oct 16 - 2:00 PM

Bradley Dredge will make an 11th appearance in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain this week.

The Welshman is right on the cusp of retaining his card, lying 111th on the Race to Dubai, needing to move up at least one spot, but threatening his hopes is a course record which is showing diminishing returns. In his first four starts at the RTJ Sr track he featured in the top ten every time at some stage in the week, recorded his best finish (T3) in debut in 2002 and had a pair of top 20s in 2003 and 2005. Since then? Never inside the top ten at any point in the week and a best of T34 in 2016. T6 in the KLM Open and T16 at the Portugal Masters, he missed the cut in both of the last two weeks.
Oct 16 - 1:59 PM

Richie Ramsay needs a good week in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain and has some form there.

A third visit to the RTJ Sr track for the Scot and on both previous occasions he started with sub-70 laps on Thursday. His 65 (T1) in 2011 set him on target for T3, but the 69 (T7) in 2016 could only lead to T29. A worry might be that he still lacks even one sub-70 round on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. He's 124th on the Race to Dubai and one reason is that he is 101st for Driving Accuracy, but he's also 59th for Greens in Regulation so it's not all bad. He's going to need something special to avoid Q School and hasn't had a top three since the Irish Open last summer.
Oct 16 - 7:15 AM

Wade Ormsby saved his card in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain last year; this year he doesn't need to.

The Aussie had missed the cut on debut at the Spanish course in 2016, posting 78-80, so must have little reason to think he could pull a card-saving effort out of the bag, but he did just that, going 73-70-67-70 to grab T5. At 33rd in Driving Accuracy he has the tee box game for this course, but 164th for Greens in Regulation is less impressive. The Hong Kong Open champion like tree-lined venues but hasn't made the top ten since the week after that success in China just under 12 months ago.
Oct 16 - 7:14 AM

Jeunghun Wang will make his course debut in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain this week.

The Korean has had a downbeat year after a promising T6 in the Dubai Desert Classic. But he was T9 at halfway in the KLM Open and the same position after 18 holes at Walton Heath last week (finishing T29). At 85th on the Race to Dubai he will be sniffing points to make the big money events and at 63rd in the Driving Accuracy tables he has the game from the tee to maybe thrive. More pertinently he has a win on a tight, cork tree-lined, RTJ Sr layout in the form of Royal Golf Dar Es Salam two and a half years ago.
Oct 16 - 7:13 AM

Stephen Gallacher will make a seventh course appearance in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain this week.

His first five visits reaped five weekends but a best of only T12 (in 2011, his only top 25). Then 12 months ago he posted 77-73 to miss the cut. Given that he lies 174th in the Driving Accuracy rankings, you'd be hard pressed to think he can finally find that top ten. His form is a little promising however. He's made six weekends on the bounce, completed five top 30s, the best being T10 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship when he was T3 after 54 holes. It's a bit of a worry that he closed with a 75, just as he did last week at Walton Heath in the British Masters.
Oct 16 - 7:12 AM

Oliver Fisher doesn't have the worst record in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain, but he has thrown in some big scores.

Twice this season the Englishman has flirted with victory, when leading the Qatar Masters before finishing second, and then when also leading the Portugal Masters ahead of T7. It's enough for him to be 66th on the Race to Dubai and eyeing a visit to the lucrative DP World Tour Championship. However he's always found it difficult to keep a big number off his scorecard during the week at Valderrama. He was T25 in 2008, but three times never broke 73. Missed cuts in 2011 and 2016 witnessed three laps of 77 or more, and even when T12 last year he opened 72-73. In fact his Sunday 68 was a first sub-70 lap here in 12 attempts. At 241st for Driving Accuracy and 189th for Greens in Regulation this might not be the ideal test for him.
Oct 16 - 7:11 AM

Ian Poulter is well rested ahead of his appearance at this week's CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The Englishman is making his first start since going 2-2-0 at the Ryder Cup. He finished the FedExCup Playoffs with finishes of T48-MC-T51, possibly looking ahead to the big event in Paris, or even fatigued after a strong season. The fall brings a good opportunity to hit the reset button. Poulter is historically pretty good at that, with seven of his 12 career European Tour wins coming in September, October, or November. He also won the 2007 Dunlop Phoenix in November of 2007. Gamers should keep a very close eye on Poulter over the next few months.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 10:07 PM

Hyun-woo Ryu readies for his second career start on the PGA TOUR as he heads to South Korea for this week's CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

The 29-year-old Korean splits his time between the KPGA Korean Tour, Japan Golf Tour, and Asian Tour. He's posted 11 worldwide top 10s since the start of 2017 which has him positioned at 178th in the OWGR. That earned him a seat into the field this week as one of the top 3 available golfers of Korean nationality, based on the OWGR (Sungjae Im and Sung Kang the other two). His home country has been comfortable stomping grounds this year, finishing T4 or better in three of his last five starts on the KPGA. His lone PGA TOUR appearance was a T24 at last year's WGC-HSBC Champions. Ryu should be considered a long shot but it's certainly possible that he sneaks his way into a top 25.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:39 PM

World No. 22 Hideki Matsuyama ended his 2017-18 season on a high note and now he turns his attention to THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the first start for him this season.

Matsuyama was set to peg it at TPC Kuala Lumpur last week but he backed out early in the week, citing an injury (undisclosed). We should get some more clarity on the severity when he reports for his pre-tournament presser that takes place on Wednesday afternoon (local time). Matsuyama is coming off a mediocre season by his standards as he battled with a wrist injury. The Japanese superstar found his form at the end of the year with five straight top 15s. Gamers should assume he's ready to rock this week unless we hear otherwise on Wednesday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:30 PM

Justin Thomas won the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and he returns to Jeju Island, South Korea, for a chance to defend his title.

JT led by three strokes after an opening 9-under 63 last year. The winds picked up over the final three rounds and Thomas actually won the event with that same score (9-under 279). He beat out Marc Leishman in a playoff to secure his trophy. Thomas had 10 bogeys and two doubles but he erased that with 19 birdies and a pair of eagles. Both of those eagles came in the opening round. The Alabama product has nine career wins with five of them coming in no-cut events. Thomas remains an elite option in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:23 PM

Sanghyun Park heads to Jeju Island, South Korea, for his appearance at this week's CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

Park is in the field via his performance on the KPGA. He currently has a large lead in the Genesis Points race. He's won three of his eight starts this season on the Korean Tour. The 35-year-old has two career starts on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut at last year's Open Championship and finishing T50 at last week's CIMB Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:03 PM



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