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Golfers

Gary Woodland usa flag 50x35 $20,785
There is not much to dislike about Woodland these days. 5 out of his last 6 tournaments have been top 25 finishes or better. He finished last week 11th at THE PLAYERS. In a field this weak he is a solid option. He has made the cut here 4 out of 5 times with 4 straight cuts made since 2010. He is known as a power hitter and this is a short course, but last week he showed that he is quite capable of leaving the driver in the bag. Last week I was kicking myself for not picking Woodland, I won’t be making that mistake this week.
Graham DeLaet $18,906
With a course that demands hitting greens in regulation, why not go with the guy who leads the PGA in GIR. His current form might scare some people off, but remember his 2 missed cuts in his last 3 events were at THE PLAYERS and The Masters. This field will fall to the feet of the bearded one. Earlier in the year everyone was predicting that it was only a matter of time before he won a PGA event. His stock hasn’t been this low all year. DeLaet could just surprise everyone and pull out a sneaky win in a glorified Web.com event.
Lee Westwood $10,000
After finishing in the top 10 of the Masters Westwood went to Asia and dominated a tournament there. He later came back to lay an egg at the Wells Fargo, only to storm back for THE PLAYERS.
Adam Scott $10,000
I have caught flak (in good humour) in the past about selecting Australians for my articles. Is this a homer pick? Possibly. However when you boil it down, he is the current number 1 in the world, coming off back to back top 5 finishes (including a win). Has made back to back top 5 finishes at the last two British Opens and won the last event at Royal Melbourne. Feeling comfortable on a golf course is half the battle and rest assure Scott is comfortable here. With value down low he is the perfect anchor for your team
Jim Furyk usa flag 50x35 $8,900
I really like Furyk at this price. His history in the last three US Opens has been boom or bust but I think this might be a boom year. He is a former US Open winner and has the ability to find fairways with great accuracy. Yes the fairways are wider but all that means is Furyk has even more room to work the ball into the fairways. His greens in regulation this season has been average at 46th, but his greens/fringe in regulation is 18th on tour. He is the number 1 scrambler on Tour this season as well. His results in the big event this season has been solid as well.
Hideki Matsuyama $8,500
Raise your hand if you had heard of Hideki Matsuyama this time last year? Nobody should have their hands up. Last years US Open was his coming out party. Just months after turning pro in Japan, Hideki played in his first US Open and finished 10th. Now he returns to the event that started his US career off. Just this time he is not heading to the US Open with a Japanese Tour win, but a PGA Tour win. Not just any PGA win either, the Memorial (in terms of strength of field it currently sits at the 4th hardest this season). He didn’t just hang with Bubba and Adam Scott (winners of the last three Masters) he beat them down the stretch and showed great composure on the 72nd hole with a Birdie to force a playoff.
Brendon Todd usa flag 50x35 $7,600
In the 7K range is where the real value is on DK this week. Brendon Todd has been playing lights out as of late. His last three finishes have been top 10 (including a win). Todd played high school golf in Cary North Carolina competed on a few of Pinehurst’s many golf courses. In two state championships Todd beat out 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson on two different courses here at Pinehurst. He knows the area, he is a local player and he comes in with great form. Awesome value here.
Francesco Molinari $7,400
Molinari has been playing great golf when it counts this season. So far in the 2014 year his finishes at some of the better events are as follows; Dubai Classic (T-13), WGC Cadillac (T-25), Arnold Palmer (T-5), Masters (50th), THE PLAYERS (T-6) and the BMW PGA Championship (T-7). If he can poke his nose into a top 25 finish I would be more than happy considering his price.

Sleeper

Jamie Donaldson $6,600
Donaldson is coming into his own as a professional golfer. Just like Molinari his results at some of the bigger events have been solid, not as good as Francesco but solid none the less. When I decided to put these two players into my article I did not know they were in the same group as each other. Hunter Mahan rounds out the threesome. I think will be a great group for fantasy golf. His 6.6K tag allows you to grab a top priced golfer while also having a player that has the ability to contend.
Marc Leishman $17,868
Big Marc Leishman. He has shown he plays this course rather well. In 5 starts here he has made the cut 4 times with all of them being top 25 finishes. Two of those have been top 10. He finished up strong last week at THE PLAYERS. He shoot a 67 which was tied for 6th best on Sunday. He will be taking that form into a course that suits his game quiet nicely. That is a recipe I like when creating my teams.
Erik Compton usa flag 50x35 $13,927
Can I be cheeky enough to get away with Erik Compton in back-to-back articles? As the Zen Master said We’ll see. He had a nice tidy 69 on Sunday to finish 34th at THE PLAYERS. Now he gets to the Byron Nelson and a weaker field. His last trip to Texas saw him finish 12th (Shell Houston). The week prior to that he did WD at the Valero Texas Open but at the time was coming 33rd. In his previous trips to the Byron Compton has finished 33rd and 36th.
Jim Furyk usa flag 50x35 $10,000
One thing about Draftkings is that getting the 10K players on your team can get challenging. As stated above the top two players at this price range will be Kuchar and Zach. So in a tournament play maybe Jim Furyk would be the better route. Over the last 5 events this season, Furyk has being playing lights out as well. In fact his average finish over his last 5 starts has been 6.2. When we look at Kuchar’s last 5 starts his average is 6.4. Furyk has played this course 18 times and picked up 7 top 10’s. He is coming off back-to-back 2nd place finishes. He is the 10K player I will be looking at.
John Senden $8,700
I know what you are thinking. Hey Gibb, last week you picked an American, a Canadian and an Australia one, two, three. Well you would be correct. I like Senden this week as stated above. His average finishing position in his last five starts has been 23.2. These include solid performances at The Masters and THE PLAYERS and he’s coming off an 11th last week. He has made 8 cuts out of 11 starts at this course, though his last missed cut was last year (hardly the same player from a year ago). He has the experience to play well here and has had two top 10’s here in his career. A far better price than fellow Aussies Marc Leishman and Adam Scott.
Kevin Na usa flag 50x35 $8,600
I started to write about Kevin Na then I stopped. I started back up, then I had to stop and reconsider what to say. I started typing then I just had to pause a little and think about it some more. Finally I gripped down and decided to give a full swing at it. And here I am. All joking aside its nice to see Kevin smiling on the golf course again. Thus the reason I chose that picture. Na has never been confused as a big hitter, but as we know it doesn’t matter on this course. Na has played here 8 times and he made the cut 7 times with one withdraw (in his first start.) He has notched two top 10’s here. He has been playing solid all year and could be a forgotten man
David Hearn $7,400
Don’t look now but in the last two PGA tournaments there has been three different Canadians in the top 10. Hearn took 6th place at THE PLAYERS in his last start, when you think about who else was in the top 10 with him that is an impressive performance. Then the following week two fellow Canadians come out and get 2nd (Mike Weir) and 7th (Graham DeLaet). Canadian golf is firing on all cylinders right now, eh? He is an accurate driver of the ball, can find greens in regulation better than most on Tour and is riding a wave of momentum. A nice value for the 7K price range.
Justin Rose $22,882
So after reading a few articles today I read that this course was designed with Augusta on the brain, but it also could easily be used as a US Open track. Well when you look at recent form in those tournaments Justin Rose is a hard man to pass up. He came in first at the US Open last year and finished 14th at Augusta this year. His last three events on US soil have been top 10 finishes. One of those being the PLAYERS championship. I like the way DS priced their players this week. Rose is an easy price to obtain. He won this event in 2010 and has recorded two top 10’s in his last two trips here.
Jordan Spieth usa flag 50x35 $19,547
Went off the Spieth train but now I am back on it, and why not? Augusta? Sawgrass? A Jedi fears not these things. So far in the two biggest events this season he has shown he has the talent to hang with the best talent in the world. What am I saying? He IS one of the best talents in the world, well maybe besides Patrick Reed. He is following Justin Rose in the world rankings, coming in as the 10th best player. At 19K he is almost must play at this point. If you do fade him it might be due to variance in tournament play, but even then I wouldn’t.
Jason Day $17,312
This might be a sneaky tournament play. He is fresh off an injury. The same injury that he suffered before the Masters and aggravated during the Masters. Still he managed a 14th at that tournament. If it is completely healed and he can shake off the rust, there is no reason Day couldn’t do some positive damage in what is now his hometown. This is purely a gut call and I will have him in a few tournament teams.
Hideki Matsuyama $14,483
Last week I had Hideki in my lineup right up to Wednesday night, then I subbed him out for Paul Casey. Well that failed. I think Hideki might be on a comeback of sorts. It was almost this time last year when Hideki burst onto the scene at the US Open. He was tied for the lead after the 3rd round last week and then shot 1 over to come in 10th. His recent form has been trending in the right direction.
Bo Van Pelt usa flag 50x35 $14,312
BVP is a term that gets used a lot here on Rotogrinders, just not in golf, at least this year. Van Pelt has been a forgotten guy this year, but I can not blame anybody for doing so. His play has been less than average. However he, like Hideki, are trending in the right direction. He placed 26th at THE PLAYERS and then 14th last week at the Crowne. For his price I would settle for a similar result than that. He is 8 out of 10 in making the cut here and his last 4 starts have been top 25 finishes (including one top 10)

Sleeper

Stewart Cink usa flag 50x35 $11,932
Cink is my dark horse (if you hadn’t guessed by my sleeper title). The last time he missed the cut here (and the only time), the year was 1997. He has played 18 times at the Memorial. The last time he finished outside the top 30 was in 2005. He has made 11 out of 13 cuts this season and is riding a 6 cuts made streak. For 11K he gives you great roster flexibility
Franklin Corpening usa flag 50x35 $5,300
I am going to cheat a little. I am taking my Super Super Sleeper from last years article about the Crowne Plaza and slot him right back into this years article. I was quite pleased on the Friday afternoon a year ago when Franklin made the cut, but it was in the final round that made me ecstatic. Franklin carded a 62 (one shy of the course record) on Sunday to finish 14th. Though he is a Web.com player his knowledge at this course would rival many top PGA pros. It is more evident than ever that the younger PGA players no longer fear playing versus the elder statesmen. As seen from his Twitter feed, Franklin is looking forward to playing in his home town tournament. Good luck to Franklin!
Brice Garnett usa flag 50x35 $9,008
If you read my articles weekly (I feel bad for those who do), you would have heard about me talk about Brice Garnett before. Brice is sort of my go-to guy at the sub 10K range. He has made 13 cuts in 16 events (granted has missed the second cut 3 times this season). Had a successful tour to Texas earlier in the year picking up a top 10 at The Shell and a 31st at the Valero Texas Open. To go deeper, his last two Texas trips on the Web.com tour he had a pair of top 10’s when the played the WBN Classic in 2013 and 2012. Could be something in the Texas water.
Graeme McDowell $9,700
Like I said above the obvious play this week is Jim Furyk, but the player with the best form entering this tournament is Graeme McDowell. Three straight top 10’s (including a win at the French Open). One of the most accurate drivers of the ball on Tour (17th), the best putter (1st) and if he misses a green in regulation he is the (31st best) at scrambling. If people are loading up on Furyk then McDowell could be a great counter.
Charl Schwartzel $9,600
My second pick is everybody’s favourite wart, Charl Schwartzel. He has recorded two top 10’s in his last 3 events. He has the 10th best average finishing position in this field at the Canadian Open. I am not looking at the history for this course, but how he backs up the flight from the UK the week prior. Charl is 27th in total driving and 45th in scrambling. In this field those rankings are near the top.
Scott Brown usa flag 50x35 $7,700
Scott Brown did not make the trip to the British Open. Well-rested and a shorter flight than those listed above, Brown is coming off a 5th at the John Deere Classic. If you go back to his breakthrough win in 2013, Brown has failed to miss the cut after a top 10 finish just once and that was at the Fry’s earlier this season. In fact his record of backing up a top 10 finish with an another solid finish is pretty good. Nice value for 7,7K.

Super Sleeper

Hudson Swafford usa flag 50x35 $5,000
Have you ever seen that Bridgestone commercial with Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples where they tee off the ball with their cars and knock it in the hole? Have ever wondered “who is that third guy?” Well let me introduce you to Mr. Hudson Swafford. His stats in total driving (10th) and ball striking (6th) are great for this course. He is 19th in greens in regulation but the flat stick is what lets him down (123rd in putting). Since the greens are small I put less of a premium on putting so that is is okay. Though coming off a missed cut (very common in this field) his last 4 events has been the most consistent since joining the PGA Tour. If he can get you a 50th or above you are doing well.
Keegan Bradley usa flag 50x35 $9,300
I was kicking myself during the British Open. All my research said I should be locked on Keegan and while I originally had him I dropped him for another player that missed the cut altogether. Keegan has played here three times and has walked away with nothing worse than a 15th finish (2011). He won this event in 2012 and was runner up last year. He is coming off a 4th at the Greenbrier and a 19th at The Open. He would make a great cash game play.
Bubba Watson usa flag 50x35 $8,600
Since this is one of the longer courses on Tour and its been rather wet in Akron lately so you know Bubba has to be licking his chops. Bubba will will use his power to get a competitive edge on the field. He would make a great GPP play since he is coming off a missed cut at The Open. Looking back on the very next event after a major, Bubba has played solid regardless of if he made the cut at that major or not.

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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