Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Strategy | PGA Shriners Open 2018 | Draftkings UPDATE
We’re feeling pretty good coming into this Las Vegas event and we’re actually going to lay some money down this week to back up our confidence game. Most of the guys we like are playing a lot better lately and they come to a course that suits their game. What else can you ask for? And no, Paulina Gretzky isn’t an option for something you can ask for. Now for the shitty cut and paste of our preview after that terrible introduction.
The Par-71, 7,223 yard TPC Summerlin course was designed by Bobby Weed and player consultant Fuzzy Zoeller, TPC Summerlin has been honored by Golf Digest as one of “America’s Best” golf courses, and the course ranks as one of the “Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in the United States”. Amazing riveting info right there, I know! So what you should first take note on? The thin air. This course plays way shorter than the written distance. Guys that usually hit 280 from the tee, hit it 300 and so on. Another thing about this course, you must shoot a minimum of 5 under every day to win here. It’s birdie central. So is putting needed? Of course you should always want guys to make putts, but in this tournament, the greens in regulation for even the worst golfers are very high. This week, it’s a numbers game and all about opportunity. You can see this by who played well here in the past. Of the players in this weeks field that have played 3 or more times with solid records, we have: Russell Knox, Jason Bohn, Kevin Streelman, John Huh, Spencer Levin, Webb Simpson, Carl Pettersson, Brendan Steele, George Mcneil, Kevin Na, Nick Watney, Ryan Moore and Davis Love 3. When you look at this list, you see solid tee to green players, Huh may be an exception, but these guys are known for getting there in two and not being great putters with a couple of exceptions. They can succeed here because of the sheer volume of birdie putts they get on this course. So besides form, we’ll be concerning ourselves with these types of players this week.
Also, an FYI, Kevin Na, Ryan Moore and NIck Watney all call Nevada home. Na and Moore have won here before and Watney has finished 2nd.
Now for the breakdown.
Brendan Steele 100% – He had a terrible August and September, but seems to have righted the ship a little. His SGTG is always solid and he’s made 5/6 cuts at this event with a high of 13th. Hopefully he’s a low owned cheap guy for us. That’s what we’re counting on. He just needs putts to fall.
Harold Varner 100% – We think he’s turned the corner and is playing much better golf than most of his 2018 season. A solid SGTG play with a middling history at this event. We think he has the right game to tame this course, he just needs some putts to fall like Steele.
INCREASED Kevin Na 100% – His SGTG was a little off last year at 83rd overall, but he still had one of his best season, if not his best season on tour. He’s coming in playing so-so golf, but he’s won and been a runner up at this event in the past. He’s a hometown guy too.
Scott Piercy 75% – He’s a Las Vegas native who seems to be a on a mini-roll lately. Hopefully it’s the start of something bigger. He was 24th in SGTG last year and it was his putting that completely failed him. With a solid start to the year, the confidence might propel him this week to a big finish. He’s been 6th and 7th at this tourney before, so watch out for him as a darkhorse.
INCREASED Ryan Moore 75% – He’s been hit or miss all season, but when he hits, he hits. 12th in SGTG last year, a hometown boy, and a former winner of this event. A nice price too. Hopefully people lay off him because of his two shitty performances in Asia.
Patrick Cantlay 50% – He’s playing solid golf as always and he won this tournament last year for his first win too. A top tier SGTG player and a must have on your teams this week.
REMOVED Matt Kuchar 0% – He was 7th at this event all the way back in 2008 and there’s no reason he can’t duplicate that success again. Hopefully the long layoff won’t effect him much, but we’ll take this course manager, as he rarely misses cuts, especially at smaller events like this.
Gary Woodland 50% – He’s coming in super hot and he’s finished 18th at this tourney in his only try. He was also 19th in SGTG last year, so he’s on our squad. We think he’ll be the highest owned guy this week.