PGA DFS First Look: A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

The PGA First Look is complete with a course preview, odds, salaries, Official World Golf Rankings, and course history.

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If you don’t pay regular attention to the PGA Tour like myself, then you are probably surprised that the 2019-20 kicks off two weeks after the Tour Championship. Golf is not only my favorite DFS sport to sweat, but it has the shortest offseason as well. I’m excited for the new schedule, as we have two new events in the fall and the Olympics to look forward to in 2020. We start with an event that is typically one of the favorites for PGA Tour members. The Greenbrier is a resort in West Virginia where you can golf, gamble, fish, and even try your hand at falconry.

The Old White TPC is a classical tree-lined Par 70 that measures just under 7,300 yards. While this is a resort course, it certainly has some teeth to it. The fairways are wide and easy to hit, the greens are large and easy to hit, and scrambling from the rough isn’t particularly difficult compared to other events. However, the bunkers are massive and tough to scramble out of and the greens are very tricky. While slow greens typically help negate putting, the opposite is true here. With the fairways and greens both being easy to hit, this usually turns into a putting contest.

The course itself was restored in 2006, it was toughened in 2012, and then had to be rebuilt in 2016 after huge floods that caused the event to get cancelled. The whole course was re-seeded and re-contoured, but there weren’t any changes as to how the course actually plays. The fairway are tree-lined, but wide enough to give sprayers of the ball a chance off the tee. The greens are larger than tour average and made of pure bentgrass. The course is 2,000 feet above sea level, which should add a little distance to every shot.

In terms of the type of golfer, there isn’t a mold that we can follow. We’ve seen shorter hitters and longer hitters win here in the past. Your ball striking has to be good enough to avoid the nine water hazards and the large bunkers, your short game has to be good enough to avoid making bogeys, and you have to make putts to contend. I’m looking for a strong all-around golfer that’s hopefully in good form.

Cut Rule: The top 65 and ties move on after the first two rounds.

Recent Winners of this Event: Kevin Na (2018), Xander Schauffele (2017), Danny Lee (2015), Angel Cabrera (2014)

Key Statistics (In Order of Importance)

1) Strokes Gained Approach
2) Bogey Avoidance
3) Strokes Gained Off the Tee
4) Birdie or Better Percentage
5) Strokes Gained Putting (Emphasis on Bentgrass)

Sportsbetting Card

We ended last season with a win, but finished the year down 19 units. When you are betting on outrights, you can’t expect to be profitable every tournament. In fact, you will go through stretches where you don’t hit a winner for months. We’ll clear the scoreboard and start from scratch heading into the 2019-20 season. Given the fact that many books don’t offer top five or top 20 bets, I will stick to outrights this time around. As the season progresses, I will add in matchup bets as well. Here is the card for this week’s Military Tribute at the Greenbrier:

Viktor Hovland 14/1
Joaquin Niemann 28/1
Byeong Hun An 30/1
Russell Henley 33/1
Sebastian Munoz 80/1

Season +/-: 0 units

Salaries, Odds, and Course History (no event in 2016)

Golfer DK Salary FD Salary FDRFT Sal Odds DK % +/- FD % +/- FDRFT % +/- Cuts 2018 2017 2015 2014
Viktor Hovland $10,900 $12,100 $17,100 13 0.00 0% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Jason Kokrak $10,500 $11,500 $16,800 17 0% 0% 0% 2/3 3 139 54 500
Joaquin Niemann $9,700 $11,000 $16,100 27 0% -17% -75% 2/2 5 29 500 500
Byeong Hun An $9,500 $10,600 $15,800 30 11% 11% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Bryson DeChambeau $11,100 $12,300 $17,700 12 0% 0% 0% 1/1 500 14 500 500
Brian Harman $8,900 $9,900 $14,700 50 0% 0% 0% 1/2 56 500 500 109
Russell Henley $9,400 $10,700 $15,700 33 10% -13% 0% 3/3 10 5 5 500
Kevin Streelman $8,600 $9,800 $14,500 54 0% -6% -6% 2/3 78 29 77 500
Russell Knox $8,400 $9,500 $14,400 61 0% 13% -5% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Sungjae Im $9,800 $11,200 $16,000 26 0% -20% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Marc Leishman $10,200 $10,900 $16,100 25 0% 43% 0% 0/2 500 500 78 90
Scott Piercy $9,600 $10,500 $15,400 35 -25% 0% 0% 2/2 74 500 29 500
Bud Cauley $7,700 $9,400 $14,400 62 28% 16% -11% 1/1 500 500 500 4
Scottie Scheffler $9,300 $10,200 $15,400 35 0% 15% -10% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Zach Johnson $8,300 $9,300 $14,100 64 -10% 15% 8% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Cameron Tringale $7,300 $8,800 $13,800 80 19% 13% -10% 1/4 78 87 111 4
Bubba Watson $10,000 $11,400 $16,000 25 0% -25% 17% 4/4 13 70 13 16
Sebastian Munoz $7,600 $8,700 $13,800 76 0% 26% -3% 1/1 500 3 500 500
Mac Hughes $7,200 $8,600 $13,200 96 -7% -4% -9% 2/2 13 20 500 500
Ryan Armour $7,600 $8,900 $13,500 85 -13% -3% 0% 2/3 21 74 22 500
Shawn Stefani $6,700 $7,800 $12,300 141 -7% 0% -7% 3/4 108 37 13 35
Sepp Straka $7,600 $8,900 $13,800 78 -3% 6% -6% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Keegan Bradley $9,100 $10,400 $15,300 37 8% -9% 0% 4/4 13 50 29 4
Harold Varner $8,700 $9,700 $14,600 52 6% 16% 0% 2/2 5 29 500 500
Andrew Landry $7,400 $8,500 $13,800 80 8% 31% -13% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Kevin Na $9,200 $10,300 $15,200 42 -8% -8% 0% 3/3 1 500 32 52
Nick Taylor $7,300 $8,200 $13,200 92 -2% 32% 4% 2/3 56 9 92 500
Martin Laird $8,800 $9,600 $14,400 53 -6% 19% 11% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Johnson Wagner $6,700 $7,800 $12,200 139 -1% 5% 3% 3/4 65 117 32 26
Kevin Chappell $7,000 $8,300 $12,500 119 -13% -7% 3% 3/3 30 500 37 16
Roger Sloan $6,500 $8,000 $12,600 125 20% 0% -13% 0/1 500 500 92 500
Brice Garnett $7,100 $7,700 $13,200 95 6% 43% -7% 2/3 94 500 32 35
Brian Stuard $7,000 $8,300 $13,000 107 4% 8% -8% 0/1 500 500 120 500
Jason Dufner $7,500 $8,900 $13,000 92 -29% -29% 10% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Adam Schenk $7,200 $8,100 $13,300 94 0% 31% -10% 0/1 94 500 500 500
Josh Teater $6,400 $7,300 $11,900 170 0% 4% 3% 1/1 500 500 500 45
Denny McCarthy $8,200 $9,700 $14,200 64 0% -16% 0% 1/1 39 500 500 500
Nick Watney $7,300 $8,900 $13,300 92 -2% -23% -2% 2/4 30 37 92 90
Cameron Smith $9,000 $10,000 $14,800 48 0% 0% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Bronson Burgoon $7,800 $9,100 $14,200 66 4% 16% -18% 1/1 30 500 500 500
Roberto Castro $6,900 $7,600 $12,900 110 8% 36% -2% 2/2 500 20 500 73
Jimmy Walker $7,400 $9,000 $13,400 87 3% -12% 3% 1/3 142 18 500 128
Talor Gooch $7,100 $7,700 $12,300 123 -33% 19% 9% 1/1 21 500 500 500
Doc Redman $7,000 $8,800 $12,900 112 -5% -51% -5% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Nate Lashley $6,900 $8,300 $13,000 110 11% 7% -10% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Sam Burns $6,900 $8,800 $13,200 101 19% -28% -11% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Cameron Percy $6,500 $7,500 $12,100 155 4% 9% -1% 2/3 56 126 60 500
Branden Grace $7,700 $9,200 $14,100 71 0% 0% -16% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Peter Malnati $6,700 $7,400 $12,100 166 -27% 2% -13% 2/3 56 29 500 145
Joel Dahmen $8,000 $9,600 $13,900 65 -4% -19% 14% 1/2 5 87 500 500
Bill Haas $7,500 $9,000 $13,400 88 -11% -18% -3% 2/4 94 37 92 23
Matt Jones $7,500 $8,200 $13,300 88 -14% 37% 5% 1/2 78 64 500 500
Danny Lee $7,900 $9,300 $13,900 73 -20% -11% -3% 3/4 94 9 1 16
Austin Cook $7,800 $9,200 $14,100 66 4% 10% -4% 1/1 5 500 500 500
Harris English $6,800 $8,200 $12,500 122 1% -6% -3% 1/2 108 29 500 500
Beau Hossler $7,300 $8,600 $13,500 89 2% 13% -14% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Hank Lebioda $6,800 $7,900 $12,200 141 -19% -8% -4% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Lanto Griffin $7,100 $8,100 $13,000 105 0% 24% -2% 1/1 26 500 500 500
J.J. Spaun $6,900 $9,500 $13,000 105 15% -130% -6% 2/2 13 29 500 500
Wes Roach $6,500 $7,200 $12,100 164 -4% 11% -11% 1/1 500 500 500 57
Sam Ryder $7,100 $7,700 $12,200 133 -45% 12% 5% 0/1 124 500 500 500
Doug Ghim $6,600 $7,900 $12,100 145 -1% -11% 1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
D.J. Trahan $6,600 $7,600 $12,300 139 7% 15% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Carlos Ortiz $6,800 $8,200 $12,200 143 -21% -30% -5% 0/1 500 500 78 500
Scott Stallings $7,000 $8,600 $12,700 111 -4% -23% 3% 4/4 13 58 67 35
Cameron Davis $6,800 $7,900 $12,400 132 -7% 3% -3% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Tom Hoge $7,000 $8,100 $12,500 119 -14% 4% 2% 2/3 69 126 37 500
Zack Sucher $6,100 $7,400 $11,500 236 9% -20% -1% 0/1 500 500 92 500
J.B. Holmes $8,100 $9,800 $14,000 68 -22% -65% 0% 3/4 94 9 22 23
Robert Streb $8,500 $9,900 $14,500 57 0% -27% -12% 4/4 11 2 2 71
Richy Werenski $6,700 $7,500 $12,100 148 -12% 10% 0% 1/2 69 117 500 500
Tyler Duncan $6,600 $7,500 $11,900 161 -12% 1% 8% 1/1 39 500 500 500
Scott Brown $6,400 $7,900 $12,100 170 0% -29% -15% 3/4 56 102 37 75
Brendan Steele $6,700 $8,500 $12,400 139 -1% -49% -7% 1/1 500 500 500 88
Boo Weekley $6,000 $7,000 $10,400 505 1% -22% -1% 0/1 500 102 500 500
Maverick McNealy $6,400 $7,300 $11,600 227 -18% -13% -4% 1/1 500 500 60 500
Kramer Hickok $7,700 $9,100 $13,800 75 -7% 0% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
David Hearn $7,400 $8,700 $13,400 87 3% 14% 3% 4/4 30 14 2 64
Ted Potter $6,400 $7,300 $12,200 156 9% 13% -13% 2/3 78 37 500 26
Tom Lewis $7,900 $9,400 $14,200 65 4% 4% -9% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Ryan Blaum $6,300 $7,100 $12,000 170 8% 11% 0% 1/2 108 7 500 500
Anirban Lahiri $7,200 $8,400 $13,200 94 0% 16% -2% 1/1 39 500 500 500
David Lingmerth $6,900 $8,400 $12,500 123 -13% -27% -8% 4/4 11 64 6 16
Dominic Bozzelli $6,500 $7,800 $12,100 159 -2% -14% -8% 0/2 78 87 500 500
Jamie Lovemark $6,300 $8,500 $11,800 200 0% -108% 0% 3/3 26 3 500 85
Patton Kizzire $6,700 $7,900 $12,400 136 0% 0% -6% 0/2 142 74 500 500
Jonathan Byrd $6,300 $7,000 $11,700 218 -6% 2% -4% 2/4 128 58 22 99
Fabian Gomez $7,200 $8,000 $12,900 110 -20% 23% 2% 1/2 56 500 142 500
Kyoung-Hoon Lee $6,500 $7,400 $11,900 170 -9% 0% 3% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Zac Blair $6,900 $8,700 $12,700 113 3% -40% 0% 2/3 65 73 78 500
Brendon Todd $6,700 $8,800 $12,800 121 12% -69% -12% 2/2 500 500 6 4
Seamus Power $6,500 $7,500 $12,000 170 -9% -4% 0% 1/2 108 50 500 500
Adam Long $6,300 $7,200 $11,600 218 -6% -7% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Matt Every $6,300 $7,100 $11,700 214 -3% 0% -1% 0/1 500 126 500 500
Patrick Rodgers $6,200 $7,800 $11,800 205 9% -34% -1% 3/4 124 70 60 45
Peter Uihlein $6,800 $7,600 $12,500 114 10% 31% 6% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Brandon Hagy $7,400 $8,700 $13,400 91 -11% 2% -11% 1/1 500 18 500 500
Henrik Norlander $7,100 $8,500 $12,500 119 -25% -25% 2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Stuart Appleby $6,000 $7,000 $10,400 609 -4% -27% -6% 0/3 94 147 500 118
George McNeill $6,100 $7,000 $11,200 255 9% -3% 0% 3/3 74 500 22 2
Alex Cejka $6,200 $7,000 $11,600 214 7% 4% 1% 3/3 13 9 60 500
Sung Kang $7,000 $8,000 $12,400 126 -29% -1% -1% 0/1 500 102 500 500
Billy Hurley $6,300 $7,000 $12,000 180 4% 11% -5% 3/4 47 87 37 4
John Huh $6,200 $7,000 $11,000 282 -3% -6% -2% 2/4 124 45 54 99
Arjun Atwal $6,100 $7,000 $10,400 464 -8% -21% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Ryan Brehm $6,800 $8,300 $12,600 123 0% -15% -8% 1/1 500 37 500 500
Harry Higgs $7,200 $8,600 $12,700 116 -35% -32% -3% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Robert Garrigus $6,200 $7,000 $10,700 350 -9% -11% -2% 2/3 153 45 37 500
Kristoffer Ventura $6,300 $7,300 $12,100 164 12% 8% -11% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Grayson Murray $6,800 $8,400 $13,000 105 25% 7% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Ben Crane $6,400 $7,000 $10,900 277 -24% -5% 0% 0/3 108 74 111 500
Xinjun Zhang $6,600 $8,000 $12,100 158 -9% -25% -6% 0/1 94 500 500 500
Sang-Moon Bae $6,300 $7,000 $10,800 267 -12% -4% 2% 2/2 500 500 54 16
Jim Herman $6,300 $7,200 $11,600 205 -1% -2% 3% 0/3 500 102 78 90
John Senden $6,000 $7,000 $10,400 527 0% -23% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Chase Seiffert $6,500 $7,700 $12,100 155 4% -1% -1% 0/1 78 500 500 500
Rob Oppenheim $6,400 $7,200 $11,900 186 -7% 1% -4% 1/1 47 500 500 500
Mark Hubbard $6,600 $8,100 $12,100 159 -10% -34% -7% 2/2 500 58 54 500
Scott Harrington $6,600 $7,600 $12,100 155 -4% 4% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Morgan Hoffmann $6,300 $7,000 $10,600 368 -21% -12% 0% 1/3 500 87 13 118
Rod Pampling $6,100 $7,000 $10,400 532 -10% -24% -3% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Fredrik Jacobson $6,100 $7,000 $10,500 409 -4% -17% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
J.J. Henry $6,100 $7,000 $10,500 409 -4% -17% -1% 4/4 21 45 13 57
Whee Kim $6,200 $7,000 $10,900 309 -5% -8% -3% 2/3 74 117 67 500
Joseph Bramlett $6,400 $7,000 $11,900 182 -6% 10% -3% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Tyler McCumber $6,200 $7,400 $11,500 227 3% -18% 1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Bo Hoag $6,600 $7,700 $12,200 140 4% 6% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Robby Shelton $6,400 $7,100 $11,600 214 -12% 0% 1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Chris Baker $6,500 $7,100 $11,900 195 -18% 4% -5% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Rafael Campos $6,200 $7,000 $10,800 305 -4% -7% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
D.A. Points $6,000 $7,000 $10,400 564 -2% -25% -4% 1/3 500 74 120 86
Martin Trainer $6,000 $7,000 $10,400 541 -1% -25% -4% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Matthew NeSmith $6,400 $8,400 $12,100 166 2% -73% -13% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Michael Kim $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 650 -5% -29% -1% 1/2 117 29 500 500
Rhein Gibson $6,100 $7,100 $11,200 259 8% -8% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Brendon De Jonge $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 727 -6% -31% -3% 2/4 147 74 60 64
Nelson Ledesma $6,200 $7,000 $10,700 341 -7% -10% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Daniel Summerhays $6,200 $7,000 $10,600 386 -12% -15% -2% 0/3 135 500 149 145
Sebastian Cappelen $6,000 $7,000 $10,500 427 4% -18% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
John Daly $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 1045 -9% -33% -5% 1/4 135 143 78 79
Ben Taylor $6,100 $7,000 $10,700 345 2% -11% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Mark Anderson $6,100 $7,000 $10,500 391 -3% -16% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Tim Wilkinson $6,100 $7,000 $10,600 377 -1% -13% -1% 1/3 500 87 142 57
Michael Gligic $6,300 $7,000 $10,600 377 -22% -13% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Vincent Whaley $6,200 $7,000 $10,800 309 -5% -8% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Vince Covello $6,200 $7,000 $10,400 436 -17% -20% 0% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Hayden Springer $6,100 $7,000 $10,300 611 -14% -28% -1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Davey Jude $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 909 -7% -32% -3% 0/1 147 500 500 500
Michael Gellerman $6,000 $7,000 $10,500 427 4% -18% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Mason Williams $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 589 -3% -26% 1% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Kyle Westmoreland $6,100 $7,000 $10,300 719 -16% -30% -2% 0/0 500 500 500 500
Joe Boros $6,000 $7,000 $10,300 917 -8% -32% -4% 0/0 500 500 500 500

Color Coding
Course history in BLUE indicates a top ten finish.
Course history in GREEN indicates a top 25 finish.
Course history in YELLOW indicates a made cut with a finish outside the top 25.
Course history in RED indicates a missed cut.

Legend

Term Description
Site % +/- The percentage differential between a golfer’s salary rank and odds rank. The higher the %, the better.
OWGR Official World Golf Ranking
Cuts Cut record of each golfer at this course in the last five seasons.
2014 – 2018 Columns Course history at this event in the last five seasons.

Cover Image Credit: USA Today Sports Images

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