Still ranked inside the top 30 in the world, Matt Kuchar comes into this week as a golfer with little to no interest in terms of ownership. The low price tag on Kuchar for the week directly reflects his unassuming play since the tour restart in June. Since the Colonial in June, Kuchar has played in 8 events making 6 cuts with 2 top 25 or better finishes. Not horrible golf, but also not the upside that most are used to getting out of Kuchar. Trending at a low ownership number for the week Kuchar has the proven talent in big events to merit a spot in your roster builds. Kuchar will plot it around this week and if a few putts drop he could make noise towards the weekend. With three top 25 or better finishes in the last 5 U.S. Open’s Kuchar has gained almost 28 strokes tee to green in his last 22 rounds at The U.S. Open. Arguably the most accomplished player in this field yet to win a major, Kuchar would like nothing more than to finally add an elusive major win to his resume.
A poor first round at last week’s Safeway Open really put Brandt Snedeker in a tough spot heading into Friday’s round. Snedeker fired a solid 32 on his front nine on Friday but faltered late to miss the cut. Over the last few weeks, I have seen bits and pieces of Snedeker working with Bradley Hughes on his game. Hughes is one of the hottest coaches on tour with a growing stable of players. Brendon Todd relied extensively on Hughes to rebuild his game over the past few years. Snedeker will head into this week’s U.S. Open with very little fanfare and could make for a good low owned GPP flyer for the week. Typically a steady type of player that relies on his putter, Snedeker fits the mold of what can be a good player on a hard U.S. Open course.
Sam Horsfield will not play in this week’s U.S. Open as he has tested positive for COVID-19. Rory Sabbatini will take his spot in the field. Players added to the field after prices were released should get added to the pricing pool by Tuesday.
News broke this evening that standout rookie Scottie Scheffler has tested positive for COVID-19. Scheffler will be replaced in the field by Branden Grace. Scheffler is reportedly asymptomatic and will remain quarantined at his home in Dallas, Texas.
With a little over ten minutes until the first PGA event of the 2021 season, there is no major news to report. ResultsDB will be up and running shortly after lock, please check back to see how your lineups stack up against the field. If you are playing showdown slates then you can gain a small edge by playing morning golfers this week. With POA greens there is always a strong chance that lower scores come from the morning waves when the putting surfaces are the smoothest. Good luck this week Grinders!!!
Just a few years ago Maverick McNealy was in serious consideration for college golfer of the year. In terms of upside in comparison to consumer confidence this former All American standout has not really lived up to his potential in the world of professional golf. Hopefully, with this new season, McNealy will have a renewed interest in claiming his first PGA Tour win. McNealy switched coaches to Butch Harmon almost a year ago and could be a golfer that people have forgotten in terms of his talent. McNealy is a great ball striker who is not afraid to play the aggressive type of golf needed to win this week. Playing a ton of golf on the west coast during his college days, McNealy’s putting stats are also much better on POA greens. With a sub, 6% predicted ownership level. McNealy makes for a great pivot off other chalky golfers in his price range ( Cameron Tringale).
Two more player moves to report on what has already been a busy week of field adjustments. Two lesser-known players in Bryson Nimmer and John Hu are both out of this week’s field. Alex Cejka and Sang-Moon Bae are now both in the field.
Two more golfers have decided to take a pass on this week’s Safeway Open. Vaughn Taylor (ribs) and Ben Martin have both been removed from this week’s field. Chad Campbell and Jonathan Byrd are now in this week’s field. Both players will receive projections once they are added to DFS pricing pools.