Hyundai Tournament Of Champions 2015 Preview
It’s a week and a half early but I’m just so excited for the new daily fantasy golf season and the Hyundai Tournament Of Champions 2015.
The field hasn’t been finalized and we expect as few as 30 players playing in this year’s edition, so that means, you’ll need something close to a perfect team to win this week.
Since there aren’t many golfers this week and I have some time on my hands, let’s discuss each golfer, not a at length, but just enough.
Kevin Streelman – He finished 3rd here last year in his first try. In that week, he finished 1st overall in putting. He’s been very hit or miss with the putter over the years. It seems he trades great years with average ones. However, he is an above average putter and that needs to be respected. If his value is right, he’s an interesting play.
Billy Horschel – He finished 6th here last year and I don’t see any reason why he can’t be a winner here. He’s an excellent putter and terrific iron player. With the wide and rolling fairways, he should have all the opportunity for throwing darts and dropping bombs. I’ll have him on my teams.
Geoff Ogilvy – He’s a 2 time winner of this event and has played well since July of 2014. He’s consistently one of the better putters on tour and should be taken seriously for this event. He may have a high price tag, in which case, I’d only sprinkle him on some tickets as there will be other value to be found. However, if for some reason he is not, he should find a place on your teams.
Jason Day – Rory Mcilroy is number 1 in the world, and in my opinion Jason Day is the number 2. He is a phenomenal putter and he’s in for a big year, barring injury. He’s my Master’s pick and my pick to win here. He’s on all my tickets.
Matt Kuchar – Over this course, he’s the most consistent golfer in this field. I expect him to be the second to third highest salary of the week. He’ll be on many of my tickets. Great putter.
Adam Scott- Very similar to Kuchar, and he’ll be number 1 or 2 in salary. Use him the same way you use Kuchar. Often.
Chris Kirk – He’s a tremendous putter and prognosticators have exulted him to a Ryder Cup mainstay for years to come, however, if he’s priced too high in this event, I may have to pass. It would be hard, but sometimes you must make tough decisions.
Justin Rose – Not sure if he’ll play, but I hope he does as he’s a definite pass for me. He’s all about top iron play, and on this course, I’d rather go with the percentages and take a putter. He’ll also be top 4 in salary and I’m not willing to pay that much for him. He had a really hot stretch but cooled off by the end of the year.
Angel Cabrera – I just don’t take him anymore unless he’s the cheapest guy in the field. It’s not worth the agony. Owning him is a sure fire way to become a manic depressive with all the highs and lows in every round.
Ryan Moore – Here’s a guy that’s all about the irons at this course. His putting rankings have always been in the bottom half of the field and he’s still managed a 10th and a 6th here. Unless he’s a discount, I probably won’t be paying for him this week.
Zach Johnson – Last years winner of this event and thus you’ll need to respect that. However, it was the 2nd year he actually putted well in his 7 trips here. The rest were pretty lack luster except for a 5th. Like Moore, unless he’s a discount, I probably won’t be paying for him this week.
Bubba Watson – This is a tough one. Thus is Bubba Watson. His putting statistics aren’t great, yet he’s won 2 Masters. His sweet spot is putting from 15-20 feet. However, for him this week, I think his iron play will matter more. He will be really long and have tons of short irons into greens. I’ll have him on some tickets, depending on his price.
Ben Crane – He’s mixed good results with poor ones over this course. I think he’ll be one of the cheaper players to take and based on his putting skills over the years, he’s definitely a guy to sprinkle on your tickets at a bargain price.
Patrick Reed – He finished mid pack last year and he’ll be a player that you never know what you’re going to get. I’ll probably have him around because he just goes for pins. He birdies and in daily fantasy, i’d rather have a guy who finished 16th and made 30 birdies than a guy who finished 6th and made 20.
JB Holmes – He’s not a good enough putter for me to take. He’s had a high finish here before when he was number 1 in greens in regulation. I’ll pass here.
Tim Clark – His strength is driving accuracy and that’s not a factor on this course, so i’ll be passing on him.
Scott Stallings – Poor track record here. Poor putter, not on my teams.
Hunter Mahan – He’s had 1 good outing and 2 poor ones over this course. His stats say he should excel over this course, however, he’s Hunter Mahan. I find him very untrustworthy for an expensive player. I never get it right when he plays well or plays poorly, so I’m not touching him at all.
John Senden – His one showing here was a 19th. He was a mainstay on my teams at the end of the year, but this is a new year. If he’s cheap, I’ll take him somewhere, if he’s on the expensive side, I won’t.
Sang Moon Bae – He finished 21st in his first outing here but he is a solid putter. His iron play isn’t high quality and that was his downfall here last year. I’m going to stay away.
Jimmy Walker – He finished 21st last year with good putting stats but lousy iron play. His GIR was abnormal here last year and if it gets on track, he’s right up at the top. I’m a big Jimmy Walker fan and I’m hoping to get a discount on him this week.
Charley Hoffman – Two starts and an average finish of 22nd place. His stats say he should play better over this course, so he’s all price dependent for me.
Russell Henley – Bad News: He finished 27th over this course last year. Good News: He didn’t putt well here last year and he’s one of the better putters on tour. Which means, he now knows what the greens are all about and can come back with experience. If he can be had for cheap, he’ll be on some of my rosters.
Camillo Villegas – In one word…… No. I’ve just jinxed myself and he’ll win.
Steven Bowditch – He’ll be the cheapest player int he field possibly and he will not be on my team. He doesn’t putt well and his GIR is just as abysmal.
Matt Every – An intriguing player for the week. Over the past few years he’s ping ponged up and down in GIR stats and putting stats. He’s probably somewhere in the middle of all these stats, which means he’s above average in both. He will probably be a very affordable player to fill in for the low end and his poor driving distance and accuracy won’t matter much here. A nice longshot.
Chesson Hadley – Very inconsistent. I will not be touching him.
Brian Harman – I can’t find any knocks on him that will have me stay away. He’s above average in GIR and Putting, so he’s worth a pick at a good price.
Matt Jones – Not sure what to make of of Jones, so i’ll stay away. He’s just inconsistent from year to year in all stat categories that matter here.
Martin Kaymer – Probably not playing this week. I like him when he’s cheap, but not when he’s expensive. Odds are he’ll be expensive this week, if he plays, so I’ll stay away. If I do use him, it will be once.
Ben Martin – A real risk reward player that should find this course suits his game very well. He has a tremendous GIR and is terrific putter. Not terribly long or accurate, but as stated before, he’ll be able to get away with that here. If he’s cheap. he’s in play.
Hideki Matsuyama – I never take him on the right weeks and he always seems to screw me. I see him more as guy who excels on tougher courses. An excellent course manager. He’ll be higher priced this week and I’ll look elsewhere.
Rory Mcilroy – I’ve heard that he’s definitely not playing and I don’t think I need to say much about him. He can win anywhere.
Seung-Yul Noh – He’s only 23 and getting better. This past year he improved his GIR dramatically and won on tour, will this year be the year he fixes his putting? He’s all price dependent for me.
Kevin Stadler – Excellent tee to green player with a heinous putting stroke. If he has enough opportunities, he can drop them. What you’re taking here is his consistency. If his irons continue to be as good as they are, he’ll have an above average showing. with upside. Price dependent and health dependent. But probably worth a shot.
Robert Streb – He’s coming in hot, if thats possible off a layoff. He’ll now become over priced in my opinion and I will stay away this time around, even though I like him.
Nick Taylor – A rookie winner already, but I’ll pass. The week he won lacked any of the big competition and then he went back to finishing in 56th place the next week. My pick for bottom 5.
Brendon Todd – Not a great long iron player but he’s good from mid range and in. He’s also a top putter. Tip Top! I really like him this week and he’s very consistent as well. Will be on many of my teams. My sneaky play for the week. A real shot to win in my opinion.