Daily Fantasy Golf Preview: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Recap RBC Canadian Open
It was a fairly successful week for the blog in the RBC Canadian Open. Jim Furyk led the way with a T9 finish, followed by Ernie Els and Chris Kirk tying for 21st. Chez Reavie came in tied for 31st despite a +1, 73 on Sunday, while Gary Woodland finished T61 after a disappointing weekend. All in all, it was five for five in made cuts with the one fade, Billy Andrade, missing the cut.
Brandt Snedeker won after shooting -16 for the four day tournament, but you have to think it was Hunter Mahan’s tournament to lose if he didn’t withdraw due to his baby being born. He was already -13 with the weekend to go and there were some very low scores out there Saturday.
Preview WGC Bridgestone Invitational
The best golfers in the world will make their way to Akron, Ohio this week for the third of the four World Golf Championships. The tournament is annually held at Firestone Country Club which is 7,400 yards with a par 70. Keegan Bradley is the defending champion after a one stroke victory over Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker last year. It is important to note, there is no cut this week. Unless your golfers withdraw, everyone will get four rounds of golf. Also note, this is the last week to qualify for Draftstreet’s “PGA 20k Big Score” as the main tournament takes place next week during the PGA Championship.
Temperatures should hold steady in the mid 70s all week with not much wind to report. Thursday there is a decent chance of afternoon thunderstorms but nothing else major in the week.
This will be my last week writing blogs so I decided to mix it up and just post my full DraftStreet lineup. I am only entering it in the $2GPP so I figured why not. Besides, I always seem to make one or two last minute changes. Without further ado, here it is:
DraftStreet WGC Bridgestone Sample Lineup
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Jim Furyk ($15,580): I wrote about Furyk last week. He started the year doing well and faded off recently. However, he did come in with a T9 finish last week. If not for a double bogey on the closing hole last year at this event, he would be the defending champion. Still, a runner up finish is very good and he isn’t even $16k. He’s my value pick this week given the price.
Martin Kaymer ($13,118): Furyk got the nod for best pick from me, but Kaymer is a very close second. After being #1 in the world, Kaymer has fallen all the way down to #36. However, he has shown signs of improvement as of late: T4 at the BMW, T13 at the Alstom Open, and most recently a T32 at the British Open. He has also had some success at the Bridgestone Invitational with two T29s in the last two years and a T22 in 2010.
Henrik Stenson ($17,288): Stenson’s game has been on form this year and the only thing missing is a win. He has two runner-up finishes including his last time out at the British Open. His worst finish in the last four tournaments played is a T21 at the US Open. Granted, he hasn’t played in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational since an 80th place showing in 2010, however he did finish T29 in 2009. Either way, he is a much different player now and I look for him to have success this week.
Bubba Watson ($17,413): Watson has had high finishes throughout the year, but to me his game is getting more stable as the year progresses. He hasn’t missed a cut in seven events and includes no finish outside of T37 which was back at the Players in May. A few costly errant shots and the ball just not finding the hole on the greens has cost him a chance to contend a few times. I look for that to change this week. He has a T19 last year, T21 in 2011, and T22 in 2010.
Keegan Bradley ($18,377): The defending champion has had a little bit of a struggle this year. His game is not near as consistent as he would have liked. He’s following high finishes with poor ones and/or missed cuts. For instance, he finished T61 at the weak-fielded John Deere Classic but came back for a T15 at the British. I give him the nod here because he is barely over $18k, won last year, and finished T15 in 2011. The golfers around him in price have also had up and down years, so why not go with someone that has had great success at this course in the past.
Jason Dufner ($17,686): This is basically my “feel” pick of the week. Noone has been talking about him and his year hasn’t been that great. I don’t think he will be used that much in GPPs so this is my chance to make up ground with a good showing. He’s coming off a T4 at the US Open but followed that with a missed cut at the Travelers. He bounced back on Sunday at the British to finish T26. Dufner finished 7th here last year in his only trip.
There you have it, my tentative lineup for this week in the $2 GPP at Draftstreet. Good luck this week and the remainder of the golf year. I will leave a note on or before Wednesday at 10pm if any of the golfers I mentioned withdraw.