Fantasy PGA Preview: Waste Management Phoenix Open

So the grades are in for DraftKings’ first week of PGA and I say they passed with flying colors. To be honest I did not think they would fill the 50K tournament, but not only did they they fill it, they filled it quickly. Kudos to DK. Not to be outdone, Draftstreet has accepted the challenge and stepped up, offering a 100K tournament for The Masters. When sites complete, we all win. At this rate there very well could be a million dollar tournament down the road for PGA. Exciting times.

Farmers Insurance recap.

Well the PGA lads went to Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance but the US Open broke out. If it wasn’t for the North Course the finishing scores could have been in the low single digits. This tournament owned Tiger, broke Phil and had a guy by the name of Scott Stallings win it all. From what I read he was owned by 0.4% of the 50K challenge on Draftkings. It had a lot of people saying “Who the hell is Scott Stallings?”. Even though I like seeing the little guys win I will admit I was pulling for him to miss his birdie putt on 18. I had Choi, Day and DeLaet on different teams and was pulling for a win from either of those 3. DeLaet being the main one. To his credit though Stallings sunk the putt, putting him in the winners circle and getting him to the Masters.

I will say I have mixed emotions about my picks last week. Only three of them made it to Sunday which I was shocked. Tiger, Fowler and Gonzo were all smart plays but last week showed you why they are called “picks” and not “locks”. One thing I noticed from last weeks build up to the Farmers was the advice given from Notorious, StlCardinals and myself. Mr Noto was on Choi (finished 2nd), StlCardinals was on Day (finished 2nd) and I was on DeLaet (finished 2nd). Not a bad trio if I say so myself. Good job guys.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Well what can I say about this tournament other than it has one hole that would make Shooter McGavin cringe. The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale is considered the loudest hole in golf. Basically you have 35 thousand fans drinking beer, cheering (and jeering) every shot made. The whole hole is surrounded by a stadium. There is no where to hide on this hole. Put your tee shot within birdie distance and you hear a roar from the crowd. Miss the green altogether and don’t be surprised you a boo’d relentlessly. Oh, and lets not forget the caddie races. It is like the Oakland Raiders fans of golf.

This week the PGA boys are at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. It runs 7,267 yards long and is a PAR 71 course. There are 72 bunkers and 5 water hazards. It is a course that sets up for golfers to go low. Don’t expect scores as low as lasts years -28 by Phil. Look for scores between -15 to -20.


Graham DeLaet Canada_flag_50w $20,175
Is it cheating if I write about the same guy as last week? It feels that way but you know when you notch your third straight top 10 then why buck the system, right? He is only 20K which I feel is a nice price for him here. AS discussed last week DeLaet is a monster off the tee and is one on the top golfers on tour in hitting greens in regulation.
Marc Leishman 17,769
So this is pretty much a carbon copy of the write up of DeLaet. He has had three straight finishes in the top 10. His price is too good not to mention him in this article. He is currently ranked 57th in the world. The highest his world ranking has ever been in his career. Though his GIR stats are not the best so far this season he did tie Bubba Watson for the best GIR percentage last week.
Pat Perez $15,145
So the last time I wrote about Pat Perez it failed miserably with him missing the only cut so far this season. So here goes, Perez not only has finished in the top 20 three of te last for events (last week finished 2nd), he is also a hometown hero. Born in Phoenix, attended Arizona State and now resides in Scottsdale. He DQ’d here last year after signing an incorrect scorecard. Before that he had made the cut here every year since 2007.
Scott Stallings $13,866
So here is the man who left everybody saying “Who is that guy?”. Last weeks win pushed Stalling from just outside the top 100 to now just outside the top 50 players in the world. Though on the surface his results look horribly inconsistent when you look deeper you will notice he usually follows his top 10 finishes up pretty well. His last PGA win was the True South tourney in 2012, he followed that up with a 7th at the Canadian Open. Last year he was fourth at the Colonial which lead to a run of three straight top 10 finishes. At 13K he could give great value.
Kevin Stadler $12,448
I always have a chuckle when I pick Big Kev. He is five cuts made in five starts this season and just like last season he is solid in everything except putting. He is teeing off in the early morning and should relish the cooler conditions. Like Perez, he is also a Scottsdale resident. Last year he finished 11th.


John Rollins $9,431
If you are looking for a sub 10K then Rollins might be your man. Sure his current form has been scattered but his history at this event has been impressive. He has played here 11 times and has made the cut in all 11. Better than that his average finishing position has been 30th. Just to give you a comparison Phil Mickelson (regarded the King of this course) has an average of 34th in his 23 career starts here. I would only recommend Rollins in a GPP league as his recent form of 4 cuts made in 7 starts this season scares me a little.

So there are my picks, good luck to all



About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.


  • n8dog31

    Love the column…any advice for a one & done? I’ve narrowed it down to Palmer, Keegan, Woodland or Kirk.

  • jecarl2

    Holy crap I thought that was a baseball stadium at first glance!

  • gibbathy

    2014 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year

    • Blogger of the Month

    Just a quick note. I just read Stallings was hooked to an IV after getting the flu after the Farmers. Makes me a little more nervous to roster him.

  • gibbathy

    2014 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year

    • Blogger of the Month

    I don’t play one and dones but I would go either Palmer or Kirk.

  • n8dog31

    Thanks Gibb!

  • julieduke33

    Gibbathy, Stallings had a interview on about his illness today ans he seems perfectly fine…Just thought I’d give you a heads up if you want to watch it

  • calvin5430

    Leishman scares me except in a GPP, but hard to fault recent form. Love Perez and Stadler this week. My sleeper this week is Overton – at only $12.6k I think he the best value on the board. He does well on scoring courses and hard to fault his recent play. Good luck this week.

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