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Henrik Stenson back in action for the Valspar 03-06-2018
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson returns from a four-week layoff as he sets his eyes on Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Copperhead Course for this week's Valspar Championship.
The Big Swede's last five PGA TOUR starts have produced finishes of T2-T51-T17-WIN-T17 but we've seen him in the States just once since the start of September. More recently, he's rattled off finishes of 8-T6-T60 on the European Tour. The Orlando resident will make the short jump over to Innisbrook to play this event for the fourth time. His three previous visits have yielded 4-T11-T7. Stenson should be considered in all fantasy formats this week.
Stricker preps for Valspar after Senior win 03-06-2018
Steve Stricker
Arriving fresh of a PGA TOUR Champions victory, Steve Stricker takes his talents to Palm Harbor, Florida, for this week's Valspar Championship.
Stricker was hovering all over the winner's circle on the senior circuit and he finally got the job done in Arizona last week. Perhaps that hoisting of the trophy will spark some fire for Stricker who hasn't won on the PGA TOUR since the 2012 Tournament of Champions. Recently on the big stage, Stricker is 2-for-2 this season with finishes of T31 and T26 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Gamers looking to ride last week's win could certainly throw their chips on Stricker this week. At the very least, you are likely to escape with a cut made and a moderate paycheck.
Sharma receives special invite to the Masters 03-06-2018
Shubhankar Sharma
Shubhankar Sharma has accepted a special invitation to play in the 2018 Masters Tournament.

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World No. 66 made huge waves last week at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and that huge performance did not go unnoticed. The 21-year-old led after rounds two and three before fading to T9 on Sunday. Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said this about Sharma, "Golf is a global game, and throughout our history we have extended invitations to deserving international players not otherwise qualified." The young Indian star is flying back home this week to play at his home course (Hero Indian Open) but he'll continue to rack up the air miles since he'll be headed back to America in about a month. Sharma will be making his major championship debut but he proved last week that he's not scared of the spotlight.
Hadwin heats up ahead of Valspar defense 03-06-2018
Adam Hadwin
Adam Hadwin hoisted the hardware at the 2017 Valspar Championship, his first victory on the big stage, and he'll return this week for a chance to defend his title at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course.
The Canadian enters the week on the heels of back-to-back top 10s. He was slumping last fall but the CareerBuilder Challenge snapped him out of that funk, posting a T3 in the California desert. The recent form has been anchored by strong approach play, gaining 3.4 strokes on approach at the CBC, gaining 4.7 strokes on approach at the Genesis, and a whopping SEVEN strokes approaching-the-green at last week's WGC-Mexico. On the downside, his putter is a little cooler than last year. Before his victory he had rattled off 12 straight events where he gained strokes with the putter while this year he's actually lost strokes putting in four of his last six. If Hadwin can match the hot iron play with his historical putting, he should find his way back into contention here in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Dylan Meyer gets invite into the Valspar 03-06-2018
Dylan Meyer
Illini senior Dylan Meyer will test his talents on the PGA TOUR as he preps for this week's Valspar Championship.
Meyer has received a sponsor's invite to play in this week's Valspar. The defending Big Ten Player of the Year is still an amateur, playing his senior season at the University of Illinois. Meyer was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis last May, but made a speedy return after a three-day stay in the hospital. During his TOUR debut last year, he posted rounds of 70-72 to miss the cut at the John Deere Classic. Meyer currently ranks 6th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. There is plenty of potential here, so gamers should keep close tabs on the youngster this week.
Can Chawrasia complete home Open hat-trick? 03-06-2018
Defending champion S.S.P. Chawrasia is just one of many great storylines in this week's Hero Indian Open on the Player Course at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
The little Indian's dominance of this tournament since it became part of the European Tour is little short of astounding. This is the fourth running and he is yet to be bettered over 72 holes. In 2015 Anirban Lahiri defeated him in a play-off, in 2016 he won by two, last year by seven. In addition to those results he has another three second placed finished in the event's history. And on home soil on the European Tour? Nine starts, four wins and that play-off loss. It's little short of nutty. He opened this season by leading the Hong Kong Open through 18, 36 and 54 holes before ending the week T7. More recently he missed the cut in Dubai and Qatar, then made it in both Malaysia and Oman (but failed to make the top 50). An enigma for sure, but a rather wonderful one.
Will Tabuena's Indian travails continue? 03-06-2018
Miguel Tabuena
Miguel Tabuena needs to transform a dreadful country record if he is to contend in this week's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
An 11th visit to India for the young Philippino golfer, but in all those starts he's never been closer the lead than at the end of his first round, when a 69 had him T10 in the Asian Tour's 2011 SAIL Open. In fact that lap is one of only two sub-70 efforts in 29 circuits in the country. He is 5-for-10 with a best of T30, has a round one average of 74.00, a weekend average of 74.20 and pegged 73-72-83-72 on the course last year for T51. Better news is that in 2018 he has recorded T8 in the Singapore Open and T14 in the Myanmar Open, but missed the cut in the Maybank Championship. Tough gig this week based on past form.
Fraser hoping for better fortunes at DLF 03-06-2018
Marcus Fraser
Marcus Fraser will hope to get to grips with the Gary Player design this week in the Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
There have been sign of life in Fraser's form over the last few weeks, after a run that was very flat. He opened the European Tour season with four straight missed cuts with a T63 in the Singapore Open in the middle of that run. The World Super 6 Perth might have bumped him from that run with its novel format, as he made the knockout stages, but not the quarter-finals. T29 followed in the Asian Tour's New Zealand Open, with four rounds that were sub-70. He has a T3 in the Indian Open (in 2015) and T4 at the resort (in 2014 on the Palmer Course), but was tripped up by the course last year, carding 82-73 to miss the cut.
Guerrier all set for his Indian Open debut 03-06-2018
Julien Guerrier
Will Julien Guerrier enjoy or endure a new travel experience in this week's Hero Indian Open on the Player Course at DLF G&CC in New Delhi?
A first visit to the country (for golfing reasons, at least) for the Frenchman and it comes shortly after he gave his card-retention exercise a much needed boost when third in the Oman Open. He was in contention all that week and whilst looking nervous, he never looked frightened. The immediate response was a missed cut in the Qatar Masters but he added T38 last week in the Tshwane Open. Currently 49th on the Race to Dubai.
1999 champion Atwal back at Indian Open 03-06-2018
Arjun Atwal
Arjun Atwal returns to DLF G&CC to take on the Gary Player Course in this week's Hero Indian Open in New Delhi.
The first Indian-born winner on the PGA Tour, and a three-time champion on the European Tour, Atwal almost made it four early in the season, when he opened with a 62 at the Mauritius Open, held the lead all week until caught late on by Dylan Frittelli and then lost in extra holes. He made another fast start in his last outing, the Maybank Championship, when a 67 had him T4 prior to recording T34 and the week before he was T10 in the Asian Tour's Myanmar Open. Good form, then, and he'll surely enjoy the wave of goodwill flowing the tournament site after Shubhankar Sharma's WGC debut. A winner of this tournament in 1999 and T55th on the course last year.
Luiten heads betting for Hero Indian Open bid 03-06-2018
Joost Luiten
Recent Oman Open winner Joost Luiten has decent experience in India and he's favorite with the bookmakers for this week's Hero Indian Open.
Luiten contested the Indian Masters 10 years ago and has made six other trips, the most profitable of those coming with T16 (2011) and T17 (2012) at back-to-back Avantha Masters. He didn't make the cut on his Indian Open debut in 2016 despite a second-round 68 but this is his first start at the DLF Golf & Country Club. The Dutchman climbed from 89th to 68th in the world rankings after his Oman win but still has a way to go to reach his peak of 28th in 2014. He's certainly going in the right direction again though and either side of his recent victory Luiten was T11 in the Maybank Championship and T37 in last week's WGC-Mexico Championship. He tees off from the first alongside Chris Wood and Emiliano Grillo in one of the elite groups at 12pm local time Thursday.
Ormsby has converging trends for Indian Open 03-06-2018
Wade Ormsby offers a nice package of location, recent and course form for this week's Hero Indian Open at DLF Golf & Country Club in New Delhi.
The Aussie is a winner in India having captured the 2013 Panasonic Open and he finally made the big breakthrough on the European Tour when landing last October's Hong Kong Open. At this course last year when so many of the field fell apart, Ormsby battled on to finish T22 and it's a venue where his accurate driving is a real advantage, just as it was in Hong Kong. He arrives on the back of T50 in the WGC-Mexico Championship but his finish was hugely compromised by an opening 79. Ormsby shot 67-69-71 over the final 54 holes and finished the week as the most accurate driver so should have some confidence for his return to India.
Tanihara continues Euro Tour journey in India 03-06-2018
Hideto Tanihara
Hideto Tanihara slots in at 43rd on the Race to Dubai ahead of his first start in the Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC.
The Japanese golfer played his first full season on the European Tour last year and finished 27th on the RTD after cashing in 14 of his 16 starts; he's consistent. This year he's 5-for-6 with a standout performance of T5 at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia. Tanihara was also T28 in Qatar last time but that result doesn't flatter him as he was 9th with 18 holes to play before enduring a tough Sunday. Tanihara made the semi-finals of last year's WGC-Dell Match Play but won't be there this time due to his world ranking slipping to 79th from a peak of 47th. He'll be hoping to use this week to try and get back towards the world's top 50.
Rai should get plenty of backing at Indian 03-06-2018
Aaron Rai
Aaron Rai has never teed it up at the Hero Indian Open but will try his luck in this week's edition at DLF Golf & Country Club.
The rookie's parents are of Indian heritage, migrating to Kenya before settling in England and the local press are aware of his connection. What he'll make of the Gary Player layout remains to be seen given how scores ballooned their last year but the youngster, despite missing the cut at last week's Tshwane Open, has some decent recent form this year with T19 in the Qatar Masters and T37 in Oman prior to that. He hit over 80% of greens in regulation in those two Middle East events and is known for his putting prowess. An accurate driver, he might well have the right skills to tackle this week's course.
Bhullar gets home start at Hero Indian Open 03-06-2018
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Gaganjeet Bhullar has appeared in nine previous Indian Opens but is still looking for a first top 10 finish as he makes his way to DLF G&CC for this year's edition.
The local man is 5-for-9 with a best of T16. It came on the Palmer course at this week's venue although that's a complete different animal to the Player course where Bhullar was T43 last year. Ironically for a player known to start fast, it's poor first rounds which have cost him in this event. His last four are 74-77-77-77 and the latter three led to a WD and a pair of missed cuts. The 29-year-old is an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, the most recent coming in October, so he's surely due for a big week in his home Open. He has form of 27-10-27 in his last three strokeplay starts since the start of 2018.
Havret looking to maintain nice Indian record 03-06-2018
Gregory Havret
Gregory Havret's patience almost lasted four days in last year's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi, can he complete the job this week?
His T4 finish last time out in the Qatar Masters was extremely welcome, being his first top ten on the European Tour in 18 months and it gave his season a kickstart, leaping him to 65th on the Race to Dubai having gone 3-for-6 prior to it with a best of T37 in the Dubai Desert Classic. He has a neat record in India: 6-for-7 with four top 25 finishes including T3 at this week's resort (on the Palmer Course) and T6 in this event in 2016. Last year he coped pretty well with the course, lying T12 or better after the first three rounds (70-74-72) before a final day 79 saw him slip back to T34.
Janewattananond takes solid record to India 03-06-2018
Jazz Janewattananond
Jazz Janewattananond is still looking to show the European Tour his best golf as he plays this week's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
Plenty of experience playing golf in India for the Thai golfer, and plenty of it stretching into the weekend too, but he rarely gets in contention. He's 8-for-9 with a best of T8 in the Asian Tour's Panasonic Open. More specifically he was T34 when playing this tournament and course 12 months ago, needing rounds of 71-79-74-71. He's made 30 starts on the European Tour and has just the one top ten finish, when T2 in the Fiji International last August, an event almost no European Tour regulars played in. Did finish T4 in the Sinagpore Open in late January.
Donaldson stuck in up & down 2018 rut 03-06-2018
Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson makes a first return to India in six years for this week's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
When he finished T4 in the end-of-regular-season Andalucia Masters to clinch his full playing rights the Welshman may have hoped for a Graeme Storm-like redemption this year. Alas it has not happened that way (yet at least). Instead there has been a relentlessly yo-yoing performance graph: T23 in Hong Kong, missed cut. T34 in South Africa, missed cut. T45 in Dubai, missed cut. T59 in Qatar ... what next? Another missed cut? The other worry would be the good weeks keep getting worse. But surely that is random. Twice visited India for results of MC and T51 (in 2008 and 2012).
Oliver Fisher heads to Delhi after Qatar 2nd 03-06-2018
Can Oliver Fisher ride the wave of his Qatari runner-up finish in the Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi?
A tough start to the season was turned around on his last start, when solo second in the Qatar Masters. Prior to that he'd made two cuts in six starts: T38 in the South African Open and T44 in the Oman Open. With that one week of fine golf he leapt to 25th on the Race to Dubai. Given that he is something of a perennial underachiever (a phrase which always somewhat assumes the big expectations were correct in the first place) perhaps this result will give him some freedom to play. All too often he is forever chasing playing rights for the next season. This week marks his first visit to the course, but not the resort. He was T8 on the Palmer Course in 2010, his best finish (and only top 20) in six starts in the country.