Game week six is a big one as Rory McIlroy hosts the Irish Open whilst the PGA Tour is in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson. Here are Golf Monthly's Fantasy Golf Picks:
Fantasy Golf Picks: Irish Open & Byron Nelson
This week on the European Tour it’s the Irish Open hosted by Rory McIlroy at the stunning K Club in County Kildare.
Last year’s tournament was won by Soren Kjeldsen who won in a play-off over Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger at Royal County Down.
McIlroy comes into the tournament as 4/1 favourite after a very strong ball striking week at the Players Championship where he struggled with the putter.
On the PGA Tour it’s the AT&T Byrson Nelson where Steven Bowditch defends the title he won last year.
Jordan Spieth is favourite and will be looking to win his first PGA Tour event in his home state – he’s been runner-up three times in Texas but is still searching for his first W.
Fantasy picks for week six:
USA 1: Matt Kuchar – Kuch finished T3rd at the Players last week so his game is looking good.
USA 2: Jordan Spieth – The world number two has three runner-up finishes in Texas and comes into this week as favourite. It’s only his second appearance since the Masters where he imploded early on the back nine but has since laughed it off.
GB: Russell Knox – Russell had a very good week at the Players, barring Saturday’s 80 where he recorded a nine on TPC Sawgrass’ daunting par-3 17th hole. The WGC-Champions winner shot three rounds in the 60s and finished T19th.
Ireland: Rory McIlroy – The world number three played near flawless golf tee to green last week at TPC Sawgrass but struggled with the putter. He will dominate the field from tee-to-green this week and with a home crowd in a tournament that he is hosting, he could easily rise to the occasion.
Scandinavia: Soren Kjeldsen – The defending champion had a great Masters, ending the week T7th. Despite not being long off the tee, Kjeldsen is extremely accurate and with great memories of last year’s event, the Dane could prosper at the K Club.
Rest of Europe: Bernd Wiesberger – The Austrian lost out in a play-off to Kjeldsen last year so he’ll be coming to the Irish Open with lots of confidence as he looks to go one better than in 2015.
Asia: Jeunghun Wang – Wang has just won back-to-back on the European Tour, becoming the first man to do so since Rory McIlroy back in 2014 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and USPGA Championship. We can’t back against him winning a third week in a row because his game is in tip-top shape.
Africa: Brandon Stone – Brandon has already won on tour this season at the South African Open and has had a fine campaign since, finishing T2nd at the Shenzhen International, 6th last week at the Mauritius Open and T10th at the Tshwane Open.
Australasia: Scott Hend – The Aussie is having a fantastic season and there’s no signs of him slowing down just yet. After his win at the True Thailand Classic in March he’s had two top six finishes and a top 12. He does seem to play his best golf in Asia but on the big stage in Ireland this week he should impress.