Golf moves to primetime as The Tour heads to Korea for this week’s CJ Cup. Just a reminder that you have just about two hours to finish up your rosters. As of now, there is no major news to report and it appears that Luke List, Pat Perez, and Matt Jones are all ready to play. There had been speculation earlier in the week around all three not playing. ResultsDB will be up and running 15 minutes after rosters lock. Please check back to see how your lineups stack up against the field. As always we will post any late-breaking news before lock. Again roster lock is at 7:00 P.M. eastern time, so please get those rosters sets.
Despite having a very good track record in his two starts at this event Jason Day looks to be a player who will go under-owned for the week. Currently projected to have a sub 10% ownership for the week, Day is a player you can target as a pivot off other popular players in his price range. In his last two starts at The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Day has finished with very respectable showings of T5 and T11. Over his two starts at this event Day has made an average of 20 birdies. If you are uncomfortable throwing Day into main type roster build then his solid course history makes for a great spot to target in showdown slates. Typically ownership for showdown slates runs in line with that of the main slate, so we can expect Day to be great spot for leverage in both formats.
Now a year removed from winning his first PGA Tour event Kevin Tway will look to make the most of his third appearance in The CJ Cup. Like many other players before him, Tway has struggled at times after winning his first event. Priced-down due to his less than stellar play over the last few months, someone of Tway’s caliber stands out as a great place to attack in this no-cut format. If you are going stars and scrubs this week, then the long-hitting Tway is the type of play that can pay off his salary despite a top tier finish. With four scorable par-five holes in play this week, we want to attack players that have the length to take advantage of such opportunities. In his first two trips to this event, Tway has averaged 13 birdies per tournament. If we get a week where he throws in a few more birdies or even an eagle, then there is a strong chance that Tway will end up as one of the better point per dollar golfers.
It’s hard to believe that Tommy Fleetwood is winless on the PGA Tour. For a player with this much talent, it’s only a matter of time before the wins start to pile up. Win equity is a factor used to determine price, and because of this, there is value to be had with Fleetwood this week. Making his first appearance at The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Fleetwood will look to take advantage of a game that really has no weaknesses. In addition to an elite level of ball striking, Fleetwood is a good putter who has a proven ability to go low and make a ton of birdies. Priced-down in comparison to his peers Fleetwood makes for a great core piece in all formats for the week. Coming into the week with back to back top 15 or better finishes on The European Tour Fleetwood will finally look to get the winless monkey off his back.
With multiple injury-related withdrawals, many in the DFS community found it easy to get off Marc Lieshamn during the start of the wraparound season. A very low owned golfer for the Safeway Open, Leishman was able to post a high finish rewarding those in the field who were willing to take a chance on his game returning to form. Heading into this week’s event we can see the same pattern for Leishman. With two very good showings in the past at this event, Leishman will have more ownership than he did in his last start, , but with still somewhat low projected ownership there is still a chance to gain some leverage for the week. Motivated to keep his game in shape for a Presidents Cup start later this fall, Leishman has a ton of motivation to play well this week. Just a few hundred more in price than some other popular golfers the addition of Leishman to your roster builds is a great way to add both upside and leverage this week.
It’s been almost two months since Jordan Spieth last competed in a tournament. In what has been a well-documented fall from the top ranks in the world of golf, Spieth will look to regain the form that saw him as one of the better players in the world. During his off time, Spieth will have spent the time necessary working on his game in hopes of improving his erratic driver play. Entering this week at a very low projected ownership number it’s safe to say that the majority of the DFS world has very little faith in a return to form for Spieth. While his form off the tee is something that we should have a concern with, there is a strong case to be made for trying to get ahead of the curve in a potential comeback season for Spieth. While most will take a wait and see approach with this past major champion, those who want to be aggressive with Spieth could potentially gain an edge on a player who is hungry to return to the winner’s circle.
Earlier today there was a big cloud of uncertainty as Pat Perez, Matt Jones, and Luke List all had their tee times removed from the PGA Tour website. All three players now have times listed on the site and appear ready to play this week. As always we will keep an eye on any news up until lock. Just a reminder that rosters lock Wednesday evening for this event in Korea.
While there has been no official word on any player withdrawing this week, the three players listed above are missing an official tee time on the PGA Tour website. We will keep an eye on the news wire and provide official information when it becomes available. For now, the best plan of action is to avoid adding any of these golfers to your roster build pools.
There is no major news to report ahead of the first round. There is a chance that we have a weather bais draw that favors golfers who play early on Friday. From a showdown slate perspective, you could take advantage of this potential draw by stacking some early wave golfers for Friday’s round. There is a strong front moving through the area Thursday evening so if you are leary of trying to attack this week via weather bias draw you can use the showdown slate to gain an edge via weather. ResultsDB will be up and running 15 minutes after rosters lock. Please check back to see how your lineups stack up against the field.
Kevin Roth’s weather report for The Houston Open is up in the main forum. The unusually hot stretch of fall weather will end this week for most of Texas as a front moves into the state late Thursday bringing wind, rain and cooler temperatures on Friday. In terms of DFS, we have a choice to make on how we handle the potential front and its impact on Friday golf. With pretty much equal weather for both waves on Thursday, our attention instead turns to who could likely have the better draw on Friday. The chance of some kind of delay could throw a wrench into the idea that early morning golfers on Friday could have an advantage. As it currently stands the best plan of action for stacking tee time waves is to do just that. If you are MME building for the week it’s a good idea to get exposures to lineups that favor on side of the draw. By no means is there a clear choice in the potential wave advantage, but in case there is an edge you can allocate a small percentage of your builds to complete the narrative that one side of the draw wins out over the first two days of play.
Playing in his first full season as a PGA member Maverick McNealy is a golfer we can target early in the season in terms of salary relief. Like a few other players in this field, McNealy earned his card via the season-long race on The Korn Ferry Tour. A few years removed from a very successful collegiate golf career, McNealy understands how important these fall wrap-around events are in terms of keeping his card for next season. Entering this week on the heels of back to back made cuts, McNealy will look to post his best finish of this young season at The Houston Open. Had it not been for an awful second round ( near the lead after round one) at this year’s Greenbrier event, McNealy would have entered this week having made 3 of 4 cuts with possibly a top tier type of finish. Like many other players before him, McNealy will have to learn from his mistakes if he has any hopes of making an impact at this level. In a field where the majority of players have a price bump due to the lack of overall talent, McNealy at near the bottom in terms of pricing stands out as a great choice of salary relief for the week.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen some familiar players earn spots into the current event via Monday qualifications. At times throughout the year, we can even look to target some Monday qualifiers in our MME builds. This week however is not one of those weeks. With a combined experience of less than 7 PGA Tour starts between the four Monday qualifiers it would be quite a stretch to consider the players listed above as a roster option. Andy Zhang and George Cunningham have the most experience of the four players. Zhang played a full season on the Korn Ferry tour last year but did very little in his 22 starts. Cunningham has played well in his limited starts on tour, so if anyone from this group could be considered for a GPP dart throw, then you could possibly take a stab on this Texas A&M alumni. That being said all four options should be considered long shots in terms of having a big impact this week.
Long known as one of the more accurate swingers of the golf club, Henrik Stenson had become somewhat famous for using a trusty 3 wood. More times than not Stenson would take the driver out of his bag and play courses with his 3 wood. The famous 3 wood began to show signs of wear and tear and when Stenson noticed the face had begun to cave in it became apparent that a new club would be needed. Stenson is currently testing new club models and will have a replacement 3 wood in his bag at this week’s Houston Open. Players switch clubs all the time, and we should not expect this change to effect Stenson this week. Playing in his first start of the 2020 season Stenson is the biggest name in the field this week. Looking to improve on a pair of top 7 finishes in his last 3 starts at The Golf Club of Houston.
In a week in which there is really not a ton to love in terms of top-end spends, Russell Henley is a golfer you can look to lean on due to a really strong course history. In his last five starts as the Houston Open, Henley has gained 57 shots tee to green. In addition to his win, Henley has 4 top 8 or better finishes at this course. One of the more impressive things about Henley is how consistent his play has been at this event over the last five seasons. In his last 20 rounds at The Golf Club of Huston, Henley is a combined 66 under par and with only 4 of those rounds at 71 or better ( par 72) this former champ makes for a great start in all formats this week.
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