Cheap Whacks - The Open Championship & Barbasol Championship

Intro

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.

Last Week

Dylan Fritelli got his first PGA win at the John Deere. Was really an uneventful finish as Henley carded an early 61 and the leaders after day 3 stunk it up. Of course my wife had Fritelli and I did not so she made all the monies last week. Over at the Scottish Open – Bernd Wiesberger took the lead on 16, gave it back on 17 then was lucky to par 18 after a crappy drive to force a playoff with Benjamin Hebert. Neither of them wanted to win as they both parred the first go around on 18 then both bogied the 2nd time through. The 3rd time was the charm to end the playoff as Hebert bogied and Wiesberger parred for the win. Pretty pathetic playoff as they both missed putts they should have made but I’m sure they were feeling the pressure.

The PGA picks were Chad Campbell, Chase Wright, and Richy Werenski. The picks again were close but no cigar. Chad Campbell made the cut but did not survive the MDF as he stunk it up on Saturday. Chase Wright’s stink job was on Thursday which took him out of contention but a good Friday had him miss the cut by only 2 strokes. Richy Werenski was solid all week finishing in 47th and getting the A4U70 bonus. Still a giant failure on the picks though.

The Euro picks were Anton Karlsson, Haydn Porteous, and Niklas Lemke. Again close but no cigar with the picks. Karlsson missed the cut by a stroke. Niklas Lemke just never had anything going and finished his first 2 days at -1 during a birdie fest week. Porteous made the cut and had a solid week finishing 34th at -13. Missed cuts really hurt this week as the winner finished -22 so the scoring was high.

Rank By DK Points Scored

1. Richy Werenski – 84.5; My Rank – 3
2. Chad Campbell – 43.5; My Rank – 1
3. Chase Wright – 34.5; My Rank – 2

1. Haydn Porteous – 89; My Rank – 1
2. Anton Karlsson – 32.5; My Rank – 2
3. Niklas Lemke – 28; My Rank – 3

PGA Tour – Barbasol Championship

Where the #$%@ is The Open Championship??? Chill homie – look below in the Euro section. I’m lazy and didn’t want to rename the headers and it technically is a Euro event as well :). Weak sauce event where average golfers are at premium prices and golfers you’ve never heard of are teeing it up. Only 1 year of course history as the event changed locations. I may just roster Smylie Kaufman for the hell of it this week. If you insist on coming this low here are some random names because they might do better anyway. There are 44 golfers in our salary range.

Hunter Stewart ($6,400) – I have a nephew named Hunter so why not. Local to the area and I saw an article on him this week that said he’s played this course a thousand times. He withdrew last week which is concerning but I couldn’t find any info on the reason. He shot an 81 on day 1 so thinking it was a WD because he knew he wouldn’t make the cut anyway. Coming in with a WD and MC in his 2 events but had a run of 4 straight cuts made prior to that. Hoping he has the home advantage and can do well.
Confidence LevelModerate; Spreadsheet Rank: 22

Charlie Wi ($6,200) – I’m pretty good at Wii golf so why not. He has only golfed in 2 events this year and made the cut both times. He finished 71st at the Puerto Rico Open earlier this year which is similar is strength of field. He finished 44th here last year and we’d take that finish again this year.
Confidence LevelModerate; Spreadsheet Rank: 53

Hunter Mahan ($6,500) – Another Hunter – looks like the stars are aligning so why not. He is in awful form but he’s normally golfing with the big boys. Russell Henley’s performance last week is also putting doubts in my mind about how much I value recent form. Mahan finished 7th place last year here so let’s hope he can do it again. He ranks 8th in the field in Off The Tee so let’s hope some clubs other than driver are working this week as well.
Confidence LevelModerate; Spreadsheet Rank: 88

If I were making 10 lineups I would be 20% Mahan, 20% Stewart, and 10% Wi.

Order Of Preference

1. Hunter Mahan
2. Hunter Stewart
3. Charlie Wi

Euro Tour – The Open Championship

I always think of pompous Ohio State fans who say “theeeeeee Ohio State University” when I think of The Open Championship. It will always be the British Open to me. Anywho rant over. Our last major of the year is here. Let’s make it a good one. I really like Rory so I’m going to need a golfer or 2 at this level. There are 62 golfers in our salary range – here are the 3 I like this week.

Lucas Glover ($6,500) – Mediocre recent form. 50% cuts made in his last 4 events but he did make his last 2 cuts and finished top 10 both times. Hasn’t golfed at the British Open in a while – 2013 was his last appearance and he MC’d. Stats are what are pointing me his direction. He ranks 3rd in the field in Scrambling, 4th in Bogey Avoidance, and 25th in Total Strokes Gained. Let’s hope Glover came to play this week or he may have to deal with his wife when he gets home.
Confidence LevelModerate; Spreadsheet Rank: 32

Ryan Palmer ($6,500) – I have a love/hate relationship with Palmer. Form is pretty good but he did miss the cut at the Players and PGA Championship this year. He hasn’t golfed at the British Open in a couple years but he finished 30th in 2016 and in 2015. Stats are pretty middle of the pack in most categories but he does rank 13th in Birdie Or Better Percentage. I have the most confidence in him at this range but I’ve been burned by him before. Hopefully not this week though.
Confidence LevelHigh; Spreadsheet Rank: 39

Nate Lashley ($6,300) – I said after his win in Detroit that he would be out of our price range the rest of the year. Wrong!!. He’s back in our available range so we plug him in as he hasn’t failed us yet. Form is pretty good including the win I mentioned a couple sentences ago. Stats are pretty good as well as he ranks 12th in Bogey Avoidance and 19th in Scrambling. He’s never golfed at the British Open but I also have faith in him with his performance at the US Open this year.
Confidence LevelHigh; Spreadsheet Rank: 49

If I were making 10 lineups I would be 40% Palmer, 40% Lashley and 20% Glover

Order Of Preference

1. Ryan Palmer
2. Nate Lashley
3. Lucas Glover

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