Fantasy PGA Preview: World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play

So last week I told you guys that this match play event had no fantasy relevance. That was until Fantasy Feud restructured their whole golf system to bring fantasy golf to us daily fantasy players.

Northern Trust recap

Well it was nice for golf to get back to a normal tournament. The weather was great. The golf was great. There were two main stories coming out of this event. Bubba Watson finally winning after his last win was the 2012 Masters. The other being little known Oregon Duck alumni Jason Allred coming out of no where to place 3rd. This allows him to play him the Honda Classic but it also the same time his wife should be delivering their child. It is a great story to follow.

As for the fantasy side of things I had the best week of the year so far. Though I cashed in all of my leagues it could have been something special. That is until I got Dufner’d. Then DeLaet’d. In the 20K Draftstreet GPP I was 33rd on Friday. Those guys sent me all the way to 222nd. I managed to claw back to 90th but still I was expecting much more Saturday morning.

My picks were okay, I would have preferred DeLaet doing much better than he did. Wilkerson made the cut, as did Chappell. Garrigus really looked the goods on the first two days but then faulted on the weekend. Basically the players did what I though they would but just didn’t blow my socks off. I’m officially off the Charles Howell III train.

Accenture Match Play

There is a lot of buzz about the future of this tournament. Tiger, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have all decided not to attend this weeks tournament. From what I have heard is that a lot of players do not like this course. Accenture has even pulled out of sponsoring this event. As for the setup itself. It is a 64 player single elimination. Upsets happen much easier than the typical March Madness brackets you are use to seeing. If a player WD’s an alternate with be slotted into that persons position regardless of what seed the Withdrawing player was.

The Course

The location for the Accenture is Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. The course is a Par 72 that runs 7,791 yards. Even though it is a long course the last few winners have not necessary long off the tee. There are 87 bunkers and 1 water hazard.

Format

From what it looks like from Fantasy Feud you get 1 point per hole won, 10 points for tournament winner and 5 points for tournament runner up. So lets look at last years winner and runner up:

Matt Kuchar
Round 1 won 3-2 (3 points), Round 2 won 2-1 (5 points), Round 3 won 4-3 (9 points), quarterfinals won 3-2 (12 points), Semi final won 4-3 (16 points) and final beat Hunter Mahan in the finals 2-1 (18 points + 10 for the win, total 28 points)

Hunter Mahan
Round 1 won 5-4 (5 points), round 2 won 3-2 (8 points), round 3 won 5-4 (13 points), quarter finals won 1up (14 points), semi finals won 4-3 (18 points) and finally losing to Matt Kuchar 1-2 (19 points + 5 points for runner up, total 24 points)

As you can see Hunter had more points than Kuchar after 3 rounds than Kuchar had after the quarter finals.

As for 3rd and 4th since they play as many games as the winner and runner up. Jason Day came 3rd and scored 17 points and Ian Poulter came 4th scoring 17 points.

Golfers

This wee the golfers section will be a little different. I will rattle off a few players I like vs a few players I do not like.

Players I like

Jason Day flag_australia $160,250
Right off the bat here is my pick to win it all. I won’t lie its a homer pick. Though its a pretty bloody good homer pick if you ask me (the guy making the homer pick). He is still looking to put the tragedy in losing 8 family members to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Since then he has publicly stated he wants to focus on golf. He can play a little cautious at times but that shouldn’t matter too much in matchplay. As stated above he came 3rd here last year. He has played here 2 other times going 17th and 9th for the 3rd best average finish of everyone in the field.
Ian Poulter $70,700
If there is a Mount Rushmore of current match play players Ian Poulter would be on there. Match play brings out the competitive drive in him. Whether it is the Accenture, The Ryder Cup or Volvo Match play he has won them all. For 70K he is a steal. Out of 10 Accenture tournaments he has 6 top 10’s to his name, as mentioned above he finished 4th here last year.
Jim Furyk $89,300
The former University of Arizona alum is heading back to his college town. Now since moving to Dove Mountain in 2009 Furyk has had 2 first round exits. 2 second round exits and a 9th. I think he is good for a third round appearance.
Stephen Gallacher $74,100
Here is my dark horse. Right now I have him making it to the 3rd round. As a 9 seed I see him having the weakest number 1 seed in the tournament in Justin Rose. However more on Rose later. Gallacher is coming off a win in Dubai. Where as the defending champ in that tournament was pair with Rory and Tiger. By the final round Tiger had dropped and he and Rory were in the final pairing, still managing to pull off enough shots to beat out an up surging Rory.

Players I Don’t Like

Justin Rose $126,100
UPSET CITY BABY!!!! Sorry had to add a little Dickie V in here. I think Rose is a first round knockout. Coming back from an extended break due to injury he looked far from impressive at the Northern Trust. It is a long course and Piercy can smack the crap out of the ball being 3rd in driving distance. He is also 28th in Putting. A nice combination. Last year Piercy came 9th, he beat out another strong matchplay player in Luke Donald. Out of all the number 1 seeds this by far is my pick as the weakest.
Graham DeLaet $155,200
So one thing I hated about last week was DeLaet. I was sure he was going to dominate. I look into many areas of golfers when picking players. Never in a million years would I think the Olympics might be an area of concern but it all click when I saw his twitter feed bitching about how his tee times weren’t good for watching hockey. Now I get why the beard is out as well. 155K for a guy who’s head seems to be more into the Olympics than golf. PASS!!
Dustin Johnson $190,000
This one is a total gut feeling. When watching on Sunday all Dustin needed to do to add pressure to Bubba Watson would make a birdie on a Par 5 hole that big hitters like himself could reach in two. Instead he puts it into the rough, then into a tree. I didn’t like him in this event for that, then I saw his past record. 5 events played, four first round exits. Hanson’s last two trips to this event have been a 17th and a 9th. I’m fading DJ as I think he might very well be a first round knockout as well.
Jimmy Walker $165,050
I know what you are thinking. Gibb, these are some of the hottest players in golf. Well I think Jimmy Walker is running out of gas. Remember in matchplay you can play great and still not advance. In the same breath you can play awful and still advance. I think Grace is going to stage the upset in the first round.

So there you have it guys. My picks and players I don’t like for this weeks matchplay event.

Good luck to everyone on Fantasy Feud as well as those playing in brackets.

Cheers

Gibb

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.

Comments

  • dncolonna

    Thanks Gib, informative as always. One note on the scoring, I don’t think the example you used is correct, but I could be wrong and it’s worth having FF clarify. In your example Kuchar won his first match 3-2, and received 3 points, but he could have won 5 holes in the match, and lost 2. That would have resulted in 5 points. That would also mean that whoever loses the match does not receive any points, although they too could have won a few holes along the way.

  • gibbathy

    2014 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year

    • Blogger of the Month

    No worries, I will email Justin from Fantasy Feud and make sure it is correct.

  • julieduke33

    Yeah I am confused as well on the scoring, the way it read it could be either way, thanks gIbbathy for getting the clarification … Don’t think it will change my picks but am curious

  • FastEddieFear

    Hi guys, allow me to clarify the scoring. Dncolonna you are correct, one point is given for each hole won – not for the margin of victory. We thought this was better for a few reasons.
    First off, it stops a full one half of the field from scoring zero. We want to give some partial credit to people who win a few holes and also will mean there are far fewer ties. Secondly, scoring would be really, really low if we just used the margin of victory.
    If anyone has any further questions, feel free to email me at efear@fantasyfeud.com or message me here.

  • julieduke33

    Thanks fast eddie that’s what I thought it was, much better this way than with every 1st round loser with a zero and thanks for putting a golf event together this week…new to golf this year and really enjoying it at fantasyfeud.

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