Daily Fantasy Golf Preview: The Players Championship
Recap Wells Fargo Championship
Close, but no cigar just about sums up last week on Draftstreet. I only entered the $11 GPP because I haven’t felt as confident there. The picks were looking good heading into the weekend as I had 6-6 make the cut, including 4-4 in the blog, but I ended with two MDFs after Saturday’s round. FantasyFeud continued to go fairly well so I am excited about the coming week. With FanThrowdown adding golf, I might pick them up next week.
Preview The Players Championship
The 5th major. The Masters is “a tradition unlike any other”, but the Players is “a field unlike any other”. It’s a full field based on rankings, tour status, and prior exemptions from other tournaments. There aren’t around 90-100 golfers like the Masters, no open qualifiers lowering the quality of field like the US and British Opens, and there aren’t PGA teaching pros like the PGA Championship. Each major offers something different and unique and I do like that about each one, but as far as the top heavyweight tournaments, you can’t get any bigger than this when it comes to the strength of field.
TPC at Sawgrass will host this year’s version, as it does every year. The course will be playing 7,215 yards with a par 72, highlighted by the famous island green on #17. Matt Kuchar captured the victory last year with a 275, -13 total. The scoring is always pretty low with the last four winners shooting double digits under par and six of the last seven. TPC is a ball striker’s golf course with not as much emphasis on length. Sure you have winners like Mickelson and Woods, but you also have the opposite end with golfers like Funk and Clark taking home the trophy.
DraftStreet & Fantasy Feud Golfers of the Week
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Lee Westwood (DS – $21,932): There are absolutely a ton of golfers you could put in this top spot but I’m going with Lee Westwood on Draftstreet. I picked him last week and doing it again this week. When it comes to consistent ball strikers the last few years, Westwood is definitely near the top. He’s made every cut this year and finished inside the top 10 the last three including last week where he finished T4 at the Wells Fargo. Last year he finished a disappointing T61 with a brutal 74-77 over the weekend. Westwood didn’t play here in 2011, but does have a T4 in 2010.
Steve Stricker (DS – $14,987): The thing about Stricker is he has a very limited schedule this year so it is real hard to gauge how well he is playing. But the fact is, in five tournaments he has played; his worst finish is a T38 with no other finish outside the Top 20. That stretch includes three top 5s and a T20 at the Masters, where he faltered on Sunday with a 75. Stricker did miss the cut here last year, but finished T12 in 2011 and T22 in 2009. With his price so low, I have to give him a shot.
Tiger Woods (FF- $200,000): Yes it is an obvious pick, but you can’t get stubborn and not take him. I’m sure I don’t have to go over his stats but he has won three times in six events this year with a T4 at the Masters in his last start. It is true his last few starts at TPC haven’t been good at all (T40 in 2012, WD in 2011 and 2010) but he was hurt and is back on form. I wouldn’t bet against him and would rather start with $800k and 9 picks.
Stewart Cink ($32,000): After starting the year with 3 of 4 missed cuts, Cink as turned it around nicely. He hasn’t missed a cut in his last seven tournaments with four of those being top 25 finishes including his last three. He finished T64 here last year with a disappointing 78 in the 3rd round but recorded a T19 here in 2011.
Good Luck this week and don’t forget to check for withdrawals. I will leave a note in the comments if any of the golfers I write about withdraw until Wednesday night at 8pm leading up to the tournament