Cheap Whacks - Rocket Mortgage Classic & Andalucia Masters
You want to play DJ, JT, Rahm, Rory but you can’t find a way to make the salary work. The goal of the article is to identify cheap golfers who will make the cut and maybe even make a run up the leaderboard. The only rule is that all golfers selected must be cheaper than $6,600. Note – This article is DraftKings specific in regards to salary.
Confidence Level is how confident I am in the golfer to make the cut.
High = Load Him Up; Moderate = Use with caution; Low = GPP Longshot Only.
Spreadsheet Rank weights different stats such as Course History, Recent History, Strokes Gained, etc. to determine a final ranking for each golfer. Ownership percentages listed are assuming I build 10 lineups.
A full week with Euro and PGA both in action. The picks were bad – just awful. I personally made a 4x cash in the PGA and finished almost dead last in my Euro tournament. The Travelers saw Zach Sucher fall apart on Saturday and Keegan Bradley almost catch Chez Reavie on Sunday after Reavie had a 6 stroke lead to start the day. Chez came away with the win and helped my lineup cash. The BMW International saw a playoff where Andrea Pavan outlasted Matthew Fitzpatrick. Matthew Wallace continued his good play with a 3rd place finish. Again my lineups are posted on Twitter linked above if you want to see.
The picks for the Travelers last week were Jim Knous, Brandon Harkins, and Tom Hoge. Jim Knous missed the cut by 3 strokes. Harkins and Hoge both made the cut however Hoge got chopped by the MDF after round 3. Harkins finished the tournament in 60th place at +1 overall. Not great.
The picks for the BMW International last week were Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, Kristoffer Reitan, and Shiv Kapur. All 3 missed the cut and we failed miserably. I went balanced and still had 4 of my 6 golfers miss the cut. Just an all around whiff last week on the Euro.
1. Brandon Harkins – 59.5; My Rank – 2
2. Tom Hoge – 53.5; My Rank – 3
3. Jim Knous – 22.5; My Rank – 1
1. Nicolai Von Dellingshausen – 39.5; My Rank – 1
2. Kristoffer Reitan – 28; My Rank – 2
3. Shiv Kapur – 19.5; My Rank – 3
I dont know how it can be a classic when this is the first year for the tournament. PGA comes back to Michigan finally. Was hoping Grand Blanc, as I live 10 minutes from there, would get the tournament back but Detroit Golf Club was able to reel in the PGA Tour for an event. Unfortunately I won’t be attending but will make plans for next year if this stays a yearly event. Gotta take Rickie Fowler at the Rocket Mortgage right? “PMI – what does that even mean Rick?”. Take whoever you want on the higher end of the salary spectrum, we’ll focus on the lower end here. There are 59 golfers in our salary range and I’ll be honest – none of them ranked out highly. It’s tough sledding down here but we’ll take a whack at some picks.
Denny McCarthy ($6,500) – Welcome to Dennys. Form is not good right now. Coming in with 3 missed cuts in a row. The good is when he does make a cut he usually has pretty decent finish. Stats are pretty good and more heavily weighted as this is a new course so the course history factor is gone. He ranks 1st in the field in Putting and 11th in Birdie to Bogey Ratio. The bad is the Approach where he is ranked 111. Hopefully can have a decent Approach game this week and keep that putter going.
– Low; Spreadsheet Rank: 55
Tom Hoge ($6,400) – Hoge and Grinder back to back weeks. He gave us a MDF last week but still had decent scoring. He’s only missed 1 cut in his last 6 tournaments – he just hasnt placed higher than 43rd in any of those. He’s really good at Approach where is ranked 20th, the rest of the stats he falls near the back of the pack. Again not a ton to work with down here. I think he makes the cut again but dont expect higher than a 50th place finish.
– Low; Spreadsheet Rank: 59
Chip McDaniel ($6,300) – A golfer named Chip has to be good right? Still young. He got a sponsor exemption to play this week so hopefully that motivates him to do well as he’s trying to earn his card. He’s golfed at 5 events this year and has only missed the cut once. He finished 5th at the Corales in a weaker field. Hopefully he uses that sponsor exemption as motivation and can make a run at the top in a stronger field. Out of the 3 golfers mentioned in this article – Chip is who I would prefer to roster.
– Low; Spreadsheet Rank: 67
If I were making 10 lineups I would be 20% McDaniel, 10% Hoge, and 0% McCarthy.
Order Of Preference
1. Chip McDaniel
2. Tom Hoge
3. Denny McCarthy
One of my DFS golf certainties is always take Sergio at Valderrama. He always performs well here and this year shouldn’t be any different. The question is going to be how chalky will he be. Let’s find some cheap golfers so we can pay up for Sergio and one more expensive guy.
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia ($6,000) – Mmmm Alfredo. Ranking is purely off of recent form on the Challenge Tour. He’s made 10 cuts in a row dating back to last year. Again all on the smaller Challenge and Alps Tours. At bare minimum pricing I think he’s worth taking a flier on. He will probably make my single bullet this week as it stands right now. I still need to do a little deeper dive on him but for the sake of time and this article I just looked at the OWGR website and he passes the sniff test.
– Medium; Spreadsheet Rank: 1
Hugo Leon ($6,300) – He’s made about half his cuts this year. Coming in with 2 made cuts in a row including a 9th place finish at the Belgian Knockout. No course history. The stats he is pretty good. He ranks 17th in field in Off The Tee and 29th in field in Greens In Regulation. The concern for me is the 84th ranking in Driving Accuracy. Skinny fairways this week means going need better accuracy. Even with that I think his entire package is worth taking a shot on in a GPP.
– Low; Spreadsheet Rank: 45
Max Schmitt ($6,500) – I pivoted him out in his home country last week and he made the cut. Of the golfers mentioned in this article, I think he has the highest upside. He’s made about half his cuts this year but he did finish 4th at the Made In Denmark. No course history for him either. Nothing statistically sticks out for him but he is in the upper mid of the pack in multiple categories. The concern with him is the Driving Accuracy where he ranks 89th in the field. Worth a GPP flier for the T20 upside just don’t go too crazy.
– Low; Spreadsheet Rank: 54
If I were making 10 lineups I would be 40% Alfredo, 20% Schmitt, and 20% Hugo.
Order Of Preference
1. Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
2. Max Schmitt
3. Hugo Leon