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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA Sony Open Hawaii 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA Sony Open Hawaii 2018

We’re happy we didn’t play last week as we would have sucked really badly. We at least wanted to see who was playing off the break and Brooks Koepka was not one of them. If we played, we would have had him, but that’s why we were patient. Now we’ll do another shitty preview for you.  We don’t really respect YOU, the reader, to put our full effort into helping you at the moment. Actually, this brings up a much bigger issue that we’ve been meaning to talk about, but haven’t had enough courage to voice our feelings about. We kinda feel like you take us for granted these days and it’s tearing our hearts apart, one tiny string of blood vessels at a time. We just want to be loved. Who doesn’t? We’re humans too. Love us! Please! Now this has become embarrassing. Now we’re embarrassingly embarrassed. Geez! We wish we never voiced our opinion. Ah, man. Screw you guys…….. Onto the golf.

The Sony Open is at the Waialae Country Club which is located on the east side of Honolulu and is a Par 70 that measures 7,068 yards with the fairways and greens being Bermuda grass. There are plenty of palms and tropical vegetation scattered around the course. There is usually a steady breeze blowing off the bay which can produce high winds at times causing plenty of issues for the players. Keep your eye on the weather. 

There are many players this week with impeccable records at this this course. Brian Harman, Pat Perez, Jimmy Walker, Charles Howell 3, Spencer Levin, Webb Simpson, Marc Leishman, David Hearn, Jerry Kelly. Matt Kuchar. Steve Stricker. All pretty stellar. That’s quite the mixed bag of players, and there are a ton more playing this week with impressive stats as well. So what’s the correlation?

This is the toughest question to answer as every year seems to be so different than the other, and we think the wind has a lot to do with it. For the most part, you’ll see many guys that play well here, play well at other oceanside course tournaments, like the Heritage and the OHL. You’ll notice that everyone makes more bogeys than usual here too, even at the top of the leaderboard. When the wind is up, you’re not going to hit your spots like usual, so scrambling becomes key in our opinion. We went back to  2005 and worked are way to 2016. We  looked at predominant stats, and in most years, hitting fairways off the tee is a commonality for players on the leaderboard. This obviously translated into better Greens in Regulation, and for those that struggled, hitting greens, we go back to the old scrambling stat we mentioned earlier. We prefer Scrambling within 10 yards of the hole in this case over the general scrambling stat rank. Guys of all lengths can play well here too. Besides that, form is always a nice indicator and you can never win without a solid putter.

So that’s our take on the Sony Open. It’s a simple one, but sometimes simple is all you need. Well, that’s what my mom says when I ask her why she likes my dad.


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