The Quest: 2020 American Express
Welcome back adventurers!
We have our first results to examine for the season and while we didn’t hit anything big in week 1, I think it was a good example of the MME lifestyle, where one or two good lineups nearly carried us to big money and helped us get back most of our entry fees. Let’s take a look at some numbers for the week:
Total Entry Fees: $85
Prizes Won: $61.25
Net Result: -$23.75
Total golfer used across 20 lineups: 24
Number of players that made the cut: 16/24
Lineups cashing: 4/20
Top Lineup: 479.5 (109th in $3 birdie)
Abraham Ancer 9.7% T38 (-2) 72.5
Sungjae Im 22.9% T21 (-5) 72
Nate Lashley 4.8% T53 (E) 55
Graeme McDowell 7.7% T4 (-9) 100
Henrik Norlander 1.5% T9 (-7) 83.5
Webb Simpson 17.2% 3 (-10) 96.5
I did a really good job of picking my expensive golfers this week as I had 0 of Justin Thomas or Patrick Reed who were the high priced duds though I did have a handful of Kuchar lineups. The thing that really killed my lineups was the mid priced value guys that I had mixed in to nearly every lineup with one or more of Long, Gay or Poston killing my chances at a 6/6 on the bulk of my entries. Luckily I did manage 2 6/6 which was a bit better than the field and those two lineups really saved my week. The one shown above finished just outside the top 100 in each of the gpps and if not for the late Sungjae triple bogey to lose the A4U70 and position points it probably would’ve been a good chunk better. On the positive side, I am also trying out some Fanduel golf this year and the soft pricing there and the fact that JT was nearly 60% owned meant that my 5/6 over there was able to do quite well and even took down a 100 player league to turn a nice profit and more than cover my DK losses. This week let us hope to turn a profit on both sites and move towards that GPP win.
This week’s event does not really lend itself to my normal process of narrowing down an ideal course fit, and that is because we have 3 different courses being used this week. Since every golfer will be playing at least one round on each course, it is hard to pin point if there is any traits that overlap between the courses, but based on my research, I think that all three courses will allow the players to hit a lot of 3 woods or less than driver off the tee if they wish (though guys can still unload and attack these courses with driver if they want) and we should put a strong emphasis on wedge play this week as all of the courses are relatively short by tour standards and will allow these pros to dial in their wedges for lots of birdie chances. We should also keep in mind that this event is played as a pro-am, so our golfers will have to deal with crappy amateurs along with them slowing the pace of play and taking away some of that ‘in the zone’ focus…so I would give a slight bump to veterans who have played this format here or at pebble in the past. Lastly we can afford to take a few extra chances in our gpp lineups this week with some more volatile players since everyone gets a full 3 rounds before the cut, and all of the courses are set up fairly easy due to the pro-am and resort nature of the courses.
Win a PGA GPP while entering the max number of lineups!
Starting Bankroll: $1,000
Last Week’s Bankroll: $1,000
Current Bankroll: $976.25
I will be limiting my entries to no more than 10% of my then current bankroll for any given week of PGA, which means we are capped at $97 in entries for this week. After reviewing the contests available on DK this week we are going to stick with the same three contests as last week with the $3 Birdie, the $1 Short Game, and the $0.25 Quarter Jukebox to max enter for a total of $85 in entries.
I’ll be back next week to review my results and continue the quest!
Until the adventure continues…