Cheap Whacks - The CJ Cup & Open De France
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 $7,000. 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.
After a couple solid weeks in a row I laid a stinker up last week. My personal lineups both went 4/6 in cuts which resulted in me not cashing in both the Euro and PGA. I had the winner, Lanto, in the PGA but so did 35% of everyone else. In the Euro, spent a buttload of money on Molinari just for him to take the weekend off.
Over in the Euro – Bernd Wiesberger got the win in Italy edging out Matthew Fitzpatrick. Over in Houston, Lanto Griffin was able to hold off Scott Harrington and Mark Hubbard to get his first PGA Tour victory. Lanto has been on a crazy hot streak and everyone was on him.
The picks for the Houston Open were Zack Sucher, Stewart Cink, and Rafael Campos. I don’t think our main pick could have got any worse with Sucher. He put up a whopping 6 DK points. Cink and Campos were much better picks. Cink finished 9th place and provided much needed value. Campos made the cut but placed 54th which was good enough for his price.
The picks for the Italian Open were Jason Scrivener, Jack Singh Brar, and Sebastien Soderberg. JSB missed the cut and didn’t do much for us. Scrivener made the cut and put up a respectable DK total despite finishing in 55th place. Soderberg was the best of the bunch with a 25th place finish.
1. Stewart Cink – 94; My Rank – 2
2. Rafael Campos – 59; My Rank – 3
3. Zack Sucher – 6; My Rank – 1
1. Sebastien Soderberg – 78; My Rank – 3
2. Jason Scrivener – 61.5; My Rank – 1
3. Jack Singh Brar – 26; My Rank – 2
Not sure what to make of the event. JT won in 2018 with a score of -9. Koepka won last year with a score of -21. I valued Bogey Avoidance more than Birdies so hopefully that works out. Short field and a no cut event so we can take some chances on cheap guys because we know they are going to play all 4 rounds barring a WD. Let’s avoid a Sucher pick. There are 37 golfers in our salary range.
Jeongwoo Ham ($6,100) – He spit out as my #2 overall golfer due to only having data for recent form. The OWGR site is down while I am typing this up but he has had a pretty good 2019 with 3 wins and only 1 missed cut in 18 events. At his price just looking for a 40th place finish. He’s a good way to fit in a couple expensive guys
– Moderate; Spreadsheet Rank: 2
Adam Long ($6,700) – He’s missed a lot of cuts in the 2019 calendar year but he has been on his game in the new season. He’s made 4 cuts in a row with the last 3 all being top 25 finishes. Stats are good – he ranks 8th in Approach and 12th in Birdies. Hopefully he can get us a top 15 here.
– High; Spreadsheet Rank: 23
Si Woo Kim ($6,800) – He’s made 6 cuts in a row. Don’t have to worry about a missed cut here. He’s golfed both years in this event and finished 23rd last year and 44th in 2017. Stats aren’t great but he ranks 20th in Around The Green and 24th in Bogey Avoidance. Looking for him to improve on that finishing spot this year.
– Moderate; Spreadsheet Rank: 48
If I were making 10 lineups I would be 40% Long, 20% Ham, and 20% Si Woo.
Order Of Preference
1. Adam Long
2. Jeongwoo Ham
3. Si Woo Kim
Getting our tour of European Open events. This week it’s off to France but unlike the previous 2 events we have a full set of course history. Some familiar names in the event headlined by Alex Noren who won the event last year. There are 60 golfers in our price range.
Jeong-Weon Ko ($6,100) – An amateur making his first appearance on the Euro tour. He’s golfed in 7 events this year (4 on the Alps Tour and 3 on the Challenge Tour) and has only missed the cut once. At his price I’m more than willing to fire him up because I like too many expensive guys.
– Moderate; Spreadsheet Rank: 6
Cyril Bouniol ($6,800) – He’s having an excellent year on the PGA Tour Series China. He’s only missed the cut twice in 13 events and has 5 top 10 finishes including a victory. This is all on a lower tour but still pretty impressive. He golfed here in 2015 and finished 57th place. Not terrible but hope for a little better finish this year.
– Moderate; Spreadsheet Rank: 8
Ricardo Gouveia ($6,800) – This one is for LFN. Gouveia is one of his guys. Picking him solely this week on Course History as he has the best in our price range. He’s missed more cuts than he’s made this year but putting our chips in that this is an event he likes. Stats really don’t instill any confidence either but again this is purely a course history play.
– Moderate; Spreadsheet Rank: 59
If I were making 10 lineups I would be 50% Scrivener, 30% Brar, and 10% Soderberg.
Order Of Preference
1. Jeong-Weon Ko
2. Cyril Bouniol
3. Ricardo Gouveia