Fantasy PGA Preview: World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship

Well ladies and gentlemen I won’t lie, I am coming off one for the more deflating weeks I have had in DFS. Here’s to getting the ship back on track.

Honda Classic recap

So if I had to add a soundtrack to the Honda Classic for me. I would say Thursday was a Smash Mouth – All Star kind of day, nothing went wrong. Friday and Saturday would have definatly been a 2 day endless loop of Tom Petty – Free Falling. Finally by Sunday afternoon it would have been a bit of Queen – Another one bites the dust.

There are not too many times you will see four guys tripping over themselves in order to avoid winning a tournament, but in the end Russell Henley took one for the team. Though he did win, it was more a Rory McIlory loss. Speaking of losses, Tiger Woods withdrew citing a back injury—the same injury that he suffered towards the back end of the season last year. This could be an interesting development since we are getting into the run for The Masters.

My picks from last week did okay. Luke Donald and Matteo Manassero shined, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood struggled a little with Erik Compton failing to make the second cut and Billy Horschel bombing out completely. In the end it was kind of ordinary.

WGC Cadillac Championship

Due to popular demand, Notorious and I are going to work on opposite sites, alternating each week. So for my preview this week I will be hitting up Draftkings again.

This event will be a no cut event. I have mixed feelings about no cut events. You are never truly in it or never truly out of it. These are the best golfers in the world so picking players that can keep the rest of the field at bay over 4 days is a tall task for anybody. Since it is a no cut event, you are looking for all your players to be in the 35th to 40th position or better by the end of Sunday.

The Course

Though the address is the same as year’s past, this course has been renovated with the greens redone and the course lengthened. 17 of the 18 holes have been redone in some way or another with the 18th hole being left untouched. You have to use caution when looking at past year’s events here. This course is nicknamed “The Blue Monster” and if the wind picks up then that is exactly what this course will be. When it is calm it is just as scary as Mike Wazowski.

The weather could be interesting for this week. Friday’s forecast has Doral getting 15 mph winds while the other 3 days are in single digits. Thursday there are thunderstorms in the forecast. It might be wise to take a look at the players teeing off at the start of the event early Thursday morning. There could be a lengthy delay that could possibly push the back end of the field for Thursday into Friday and then make them tee off again in that wind while right now the wind looks to die down towards the end of Friday. If this happens, it would make those who tee off first on Thursday potentially dodging the worst of the wind. But please check the weather before the event.

The course itself runs 7,481 yards and is a Par 72 track.

Golfers

When you combine the best players in the world, on a renovated course, with no cut line, you get possibly the hardest situation in all of Daily Fantasy Sports to predict. One strike against Draftkings this week is not having Russell Henley listed—with a win last week he would have been a decent play this week.

My picks this week will mostly consist of old hands with 2 younger golfers mixed in. Experience might play a role in performing well this week.

Sergio Garcia spain-flag $9,800
I was tossing up who to put in the top spot. I really like Jason Day to continue his great run but Sergio was sneaky good last week. I was watching him struggle for the first two days thinking he won’t make the cut. He squeezes in and when it was all said and done he finished 8th. I would love to have both Jason Day and Sergio on my team but I did not like the way my roster looked. Since the BMW Championship last season, Sergio has played 9 events around the world. Only 2 of those events have been finishes outside the top 10, with a 19th being the worst finish. He placed third here last year.
Luke Donald $9,200
Donald was one of the only bright spots for me last week and like Matteo I am rolling with him again. Even though he came off a very disappointing first round exit in the Accenture matchplay event, he bounced back at the Honda with an 8th place finish. If you took away his finishing 43rd here last year, Donald’s record at this event has been rock solid.
Charl Schwartzel $8,200
In my mind there might not be a better time to pick Charl than right now. He just burnt a lot of fantasy golf players last week. It was brutal. I am just going to chalk this up to one bad week. Over the past few years I can only find one time where Charl had back to back poor events. The guy is great at bouncing back! For tournament play you need to zig when the others zag, and those burnt by his poor play last week will probably shy away from Charl. He has finished in the top 25 here the last 4 years.
Matteo Manassero $7,600
As I said before Matteo was a bright spot in both my write up and my roster last week. So why change it? He, like Sergio, finished the Honda with the lowest 4th round score—67. This when everyone else was falling apart. Matteo finished 12th last week. At the Honda last year he finished 29th then back it up the following week with a 23rd. If he can transition his 12th last week over to a similar result like he did last year, you will be in a great spot.
Francesco Molinari $7,700
Just call me Luigi, because I’m going Italian this week. Last time we saw Francesco was at the Accenture, we didn’t see him for long because he was bounced in the first round. He placed 40th in the Northern Trust the week before. His recent form is not why I like him. His 28th last year was the worst finish he has had at this event. In his 3 other trips here he has finishes of 13th, 3rd, 14th. All of these finishes have come after being knocked out in the first round of the Accenture. He has a nice price that gives you some roster flexibility.
Victor Dubuisson $7,400
I told myself during the Accenture final that I would take Dubuisson in his next event. I was delighted to see his price was not high. Even in his loss to Jason Day he looked like a winner. Battling back from 3 down to push Day to 5 extra holes. He now owns the title of best finish on the PGA tour by a Frenchman. This will be his second WGC event in his career and if he can tackle it like he did his first then look out rest of the field.

So there you have it guys, my picks for Draftkings for this weeks Cadillac.

Good luck to all.

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.

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