K.J. Choi has decided to take a pass on this week’s event. He will be replaced in the field by Chase Seiffert.
After a handful of player movement on Monday, there is no news to report ahead of round one of The Rocket Mortgage Classic. Stewart Cink and Harris English withdrew early in the week due to COVID-19. Cameron Champ was a late add to the field, but will not be available in pricing pools until round 2. After testing false positive for COVID last week, the Tour added Champ as the 157th golfer in this week’s field. He will play the first two rounds as a single. Please make sure to double-check your lineups for any of the players tagged in this alert. Good luck this week grinders. ResultsDB will be up and running a few minutes after lock.
Last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic marked just the second career professoinal start for Matthew Wolff. The highly touted amateur known for his very unique swing was not able to overcome an opening-round 75 en route to a missed cut. In the year that has since passed Wolff has experienced both the highs and lows of life on the PGA tour. In addition to winning last fall Wolff has twice as many missed cuts as he does top 25 finishes. For game log watchers it will be easy to overlook back to back missed cuts by Wolff prior to this week, but with 3 of his last 4 rounds at par or better, this former OSU golfer is in better form ahead of this week than a missed cut would indicate. Wolff is an intriguing value golfer for the week as he typically plays the type of golf that is needed to compete at The Rocket Mortgage Classic. Birdies will be a premium on what could be an easy track, and Wolff has an aggressive style that could be a difference-maker.
At this point last week a Doc Redman was trending at a sub 7% projected ownership with a very reasonable $6700 price tag. Redman ended up at almost 10% ownership and with a T11 finish, he was a difference-maker for many in the world of DFS at The Travelers Championship. In what is shaping up to be a very weak field it is still somewhat surprising to see an $8500 Doc Redman (20%) near the top of this week’s projected ownership numbers. Redman comes into this week in excellent form, and if you combine that with his second-place finish at this event last year it’s easy to see how people could fall in love with him again this week. For those who are always looking to fade the chalk golfers, there are plenty of good reasons to scratch or go underweight on Redman in your player pool. At $8500 you would probably need a top 10 from Redman to contend in any large field GPP. ‘s. This week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic marks Redman’s 28th start on The PGA Tour, and while he has shown flashes early in his career, his only top 10 finish came at this very event last year. If Redman were to finish outside the top 10 but still post a very respectable T25 or better finish, his price tag would not kill your lineups but it would still be very hard to compete in large field GPP’s. Redman has 8 top 25 or better finishes his 27 starts on tour, and with two of those coming in the last two weeks it’s easy to see how ownership is trending his way. From a game theory standpoint, a high priced and high owned Redman is more likely to finish somewhere between 15th and 40th than he is inside the top 10. At his price and expected ownership, you can look to go underweight on Redman this week in GPP’s and maybe instead gain offsetting exposure to a talented and trending golfer by betting him to win( 47 to 1).
After an adventure-filled day of news on Monday, there is hope that this year’s Rocket Morgage Classic will play through the week without further interruption. The above players tagged in this alert have been added to the player pool and now have projections in LineupHQ. Surprisingly Kurt Kitayama has a higher price tag than many established PGA Tour players. In his limited starts on the PGA Tour Kitayama has yet to post a top ten or better finish. As a two time winner of the European PGA Tour Kitayama does have plenty of experience in the world of professional golf, but his high price tag makes his addition to a roster a very tough choice for the week. George McNeill is by far the most accomplished on this list but comes into this event in less than desirable form. McNeill has two career PGA Tour wins but has struggled to find many starts on Tour over the past few seasons. For now, this group of players at best should be considered a one-off large field GPP dart throw.
Rickie Fowler has not missed three consecutive cuts since the 2016 season. As he prepares to play in this week’s Rocket Classic, Fowler will look to put his current two missed cut streak in the rearview mirror. During the offseason, Fowler made a swing coach change and was even seen experimenting with a new putting grip during the second round of the RBC Heritage two weeks ago. Currently trending as a low owned golfer for the week, Fowler has a proven track record worth of talent needed to be a difference-maker at The Rocket Mortgage. While there is proof that the changes made in his game are not quite where Fowler would like them to be, his -3 score atThe RBC Heritage was just one shot off the cut line. We have seen that making the cut in the first three events of the restart has been a tougher task due to the strength of each field. Fowler could be closer to form than his results indicate and the intrigue of getting a player of his talent level in a weak field at a low ownership level has the feel of a strong leverage play.
In what could be a very busy week of player movement, Harris English becomes the second player to withdraw from the Rocket Classic on Monday. Unlike Stewart Cink, English figured to be a popular golfer for this week so his removal for the field could have impact on projected ownership. English tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Stewart Cink has decided to not play in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. He will be replaced in the field by George McNeill. At this time there is no injury news associated with Cink’s choice to not play this week. McNeill will get added to projections once he is added to pricing pools.
In what has been a very busy week in terms of player movement, there is no news of any last-minute player withdrawals this morning. The PGA Tour has decided to march on despite a handful of COVID related cases. Please make sure to double-check your lineups for any of the players tagged in this alert. Good luck this week grinders. ResultsDB will be up and running a few minutes after lock.
In a press conference, just a short time ago PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that PGA Tour players Webb Simpson and Chase Koepka have withdrawn this week as a measure of caution. Neither player has tested positive at this time. At this time replacements in the field have not been named.
Brooks Koepka is the second PGA Tour player to pull out if this week’s Travelers Championship due to his caddie testing positive for COVID. Rickey Elliott tested positive for COVID today and Koepka removed himself from the field. Koepka is the first superstar on tour to miss an event due to COVID and marks the fourth person to withdraw over the last two weeks due to the pandemic. Koepka played practice rounds last week with Graeme McDowell, who’s caddie tested positive last night. Just like McDowell, Koepka has also tested negative but has opted to not play this week.
Graeme McDowell will not play this week due to a positive COVID test by his caddie. McDowell himself has tested negative, but he will play it safe and sit out this week. At this time there has not been a field replacement announced to take the place of McDowell.
The PGA Tour just released an official statement regarding Cameron Champ. The two-time tour winner tested positive on Tuesday and will be replaced by Sebastian Cappelen. Champ is reportedly asymptomatic but will be in quarantine for the appropriate amount of time. Due to the timing of this move, Cappelen might not get added to the player pool.
The term of DFS fan favorite and the player known as Keegan Bradley are not usually put into the same sentence. Bradley is a player that many in the industry typically avoid. Currently projected to have a sub 10% ownership for the week Bradley is a player you could consider as a leverage golfer for the week. TPC River Highlands is a course that has suited Bradley’s game well in the past. Bradley is nine for nine in cuts made at this event with five top 30 or better finishes. If you are not sold on the idea of adding Bradley to your full week rosters, then his solid course history could provide enough evidence for roster consideration on showdown slates. In 36 career rounds at TPC River Highlands Bradley has seven rounds of 66 or better while only shooting over par six times. In his last five opening rounds of The Travelers Championship, Bradley has a scoring average of 66.2 highlighted by a 64 in 2016 and a 65 to start last year’s tournament.
Steve Stricker and Nate Lashley have both decided to take a pass on The Travelers Championship. D.J Trahan and Fabian Gomez will be added to the field, and are not currently available in the pricing pool. Lashley should be back in action next week as he looks to defend his title at The Rocket Classic.