Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA Fort Worth Invitational Colonial 2018
Formerly the Dean & Deluca, we’re back at The Colonial, straight out of Fort Worth, Texas and now renamed the Fort Worth Invitational. The longest running non-major event held at the same site, since 1946. This is an invitational tournament and has a smaller field, with only 125 invitees. The most notable invitee in the past 15 years was Annika Sorenstam, and she just missed the cut.
So why bring up Annika Sorenstam? It’s because she carefully chose where to play her first regular PGA event, a place where she thought she had a good shot at making the cut. Her game was accuracy off the tee and hitting greens, but in the end, it was her putting that did her in. However, even with her 268 yard average drive for the week, she still had a shot at making the cut in Fort Worth.
This brings us to the course at the Colonial Golf & Country Club. It’s a Par 70, 7204 yard, test of golf with tight fairways and small bentgrass greens. It’s not a long course, and short hitters have just as much of chance for success here, which is why a player like Annika Sorenstam chose this place for her first try against the men.
So what does it take to win here? A player who can hit fairways, but if he does miss, as on average, players hit 55% of the fairways for the week at Colonial, a player who has shots in his bag. Also, missing in the right spots is key, giving yourself the best angles to the greens. Thus, ball striking ability comes into play. These things also feed into proximity, especially with small greens. Finding players that hit it closer to the pin, than most, will have a better chance for a high GIR this week compared to tournaments with big greens. Great ball strikers tend to have this ability more than others. We’ll also be looking at course manager types and the very best scramblers.
This will be an interesting week. There will be a lot of choice. Many players suit this style of play, as it brings the short hitters back into the spotlight in a major way. Finding players that are in form, or the gems that you think are rounding into form will be huge. For many players on tour, these are realistically the only places they can get nice pay cheques, so they need to play well to keep their cards. We like weeks like this, as it feels like a level playing field again. As much as we love long bombers, we also want to watch golf played the right way.
So to sum up what we’re looking for: All around players, great ball strikers (that don’t have to be great putters), scramblers, proximity from the fairway and from the rough. form, history, and as always, putting.