Daily Fantasy Golf Preview: WGC – Cadillac Championship
Recap Honda Open
Things were looking great after Friday’s 2nd round. I was even kicking myself for not entering GPPs because I had all 6 guys easily make the cut. Then Saturday happened. That was possibly the worst total score I’ve had in one day. My golfers shot a combined 24 over par which was highlighted by Horschel’s 81. Still though, at the cheap price, he did get a top 50 even with that ridiculous 3rd round. Graeme McDowell was a good pick up resulting in a Top 10, and I managed to cash in 2 out of the 3 leagues I entered.
On the opposite side, Rory was a good pick to avoid and everyone is aware what happened with him. The one down spot was Geoff Ogilvy getting a 2nd place finish. His finish was as surprising as Michael Thompson winning the event. Both now qualify for the WGC this coming week after having disappointing results prior to the Honda.
Preview WGC Cadillac Championship
The golfers will be making a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens south to the “Trump Doral”, which is more notably known as the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. The course will be playing between 7100-7300+ yards with a par 72. In the last 11 years, 10 times the winner has had to shoot double digits under par with 8 of those 4 round totals (including the last 5) being 16 under par or better. There will be no cut this week in the small field, so you will need plenty of birdies and will have more than enough time to catch up from a slow start with all 6 of your golfers getting in 4 rounds (barring a withdrawal ofcourse). In this small field with the best golfers in the world and no cut, this is the best tournament to try fantasy golf if you are looking for a change of pace. Let’s take a look at a few golfers:
Justin Rose ($28,496): Justin Rose is coming in as the defending here at Doral. Last week he finished T4 while earning a T17 at the WGC Match Play. In tournaments around the world, the only person hotter and more consistent is Charl Schwartzel. He seems to be an obvious choice again this week; the only problem is pairing him with lower priced golfers. I don’t plan on using anyone below $13k so it’d be very hard to fit him in a lineup. For that reason, I am passing.
Keegan Bradley ($21,326): Bradley will likely be my top pick this week. In his last 3 stroke play events, his worst finish is T24 at the Phoenix Open. Last week he finished T4 with a two day weekend total of +1, which was very good compared to the field. Last year at this event, Bradley concluded with a T8 due to a final round 75 in windy conditions. I expect another Top 10 from the South Florida resident this week.
Peter Hanson ($15,836): If I had to guess which mid-range priced golfer would get picked the most, it’d be Peter Hanson. He is coming off a T17 at the WGC Match Play and a T13 last week at Honda where he ranked 1st in greens in regulation and proximity to the pin. To be 1st in both of those stats is pretty impressive and shows just how well he is hitting the ball. Last year at Doral Hanson finished T4 with Charl Schwartzel, just 3 shots back of Justin Rose.
Michael Thompson ($12,717): I normally stay away from golfers that win the prior week for various reasons such as being mentally drained and/or their Draftstreet price skyrockets. This week is no different with Thompson mainly because of his poor play prior to the Honda. He wasn’t even in the field this week until the win and he’s only made one previous cut this year with it being a T78 at the Farmers Insurance Open. With golfers like Clark, Senden, and Pettersson priced only slightly higher, I’d rather take my chances with one of those three if I needed a player in this range to complete my lineup.
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.