Barracuda Championship Fantasy Preview

Just like I did with the Barbasol, I’m going to give a short rundown of the stats this week and then provide my top 25 rankings. This is an alternate-field event so OAD and betting is likely the only format in play this week.

The course is a par 72, Jack Nicklaus design, with bentgrass greens. It resembles the Muirfield Village mold of very generous fairways but tough-to-hit greens. Part of that difficulty lies in the altitude, picking the right club will be crucial this week.

The tournament uses Modified Stableford scoring, but there is nothing to suggest one type of golfer fits this format best. You would think targeting eagle makers is the route to take, but some recent champs include Greg Chalmers, J.J. Henry (2x), and Geoff Ogilvy. Nothing about their stats suggest they should be racking up birdies or eagles.

Before we get to the lists, I will say it’s worth giving a boost to local knowledge. Anyone with ties to Nevada gets a boost for me. A few names that stand out are Nick Watney, Alex Cejka, and Andres Gonzales. I’m sure there are more if you dive deep, but those were the ones I recognized on first glance of the field list. A longshot possible connection is Wyndham Clark. His swing coach works out of TPC Summerlin in Vegas… I have no idea how often Clark makes the trip to Nevada, but he has the pedigree and possible experience in the area, so it’s worth considering if you want some kind of longshot angle this week.

Cut-Made Probability

Seamus Power
Ollie Schniederjans
Chez Reavie
Ben Martin
Daniel Summerhays
Brandon Hagy
Kevin Tway
Harris English
Nick Watney
Robert Garrigus
Trey Mullinax
J.T. Poston
Chris Stroud
Ricky Barnes
David Hearn

Top-20 Probability

Seamus Power
Chez Reavie
Ollie Schniederjans
Daniel Summerhays
Kevin Tway
Ben Martin
Nick Watney
Harris English
Brandon Hagy
David Hearn
Trey Mullinax
Robert Garrigus
Ricky Barnes
Ryan Palmer
Cameron Tringale

Top-5 Probability

Chez Reavie
Rick Lamb (WHAT!?)
Kevin Tway
Ben Martin
Ryan Palmer
Daniel Summerhays
Cameron Tringale
Brendon Todd (WHAT!?)
Ollie Schniederjans
Luke List
Curtis Luck
Sebastian Munoz
Trey Mullinax
David Hearn
Brian Gay

Recent Form (Most Strokes Gained over last 10 weeks)

Chez Reavie
Ben Martin
Ricky Barnes
Robert Garrigus
Seamus Power
Harris English
Trey Mullinax
Padraig Harrington
Scott Stallings
Kevin Tway
Daniel Summerhays
Brandon Hagy
David Hearn
Sam Saunders
Peter Malnati

Course History (Most $ Earned at the Barracuda)

J.J. Henry
Vaughn Taylor
John Rollins
Tim Herron
Greg Chalmers
Geoff Ogilvy
Jonathan Byrd
John Merrick
Kyle Reifers
Craig Barlow
Mark Wilson
Brian Gay
Bryce Molder
Alex Cejka
Nick Watney

Golfers that show up on all five lists: NONE

Golfers that show up on four-of-five lists: Chez Reavie, Kevin Tway, Ben Martin, Daniel Summerhays, Trey Mullinax, David Hearn

Golfers that show up on three-of-five lists: Ollie Schniederjans, Robert Garrigus, Nick Watney, Harris English, Brandon Hagy, Ricky Barnes

My Top 25 for the 2017 Barracuda

1. Ben Martin
2. Chez Reavie
3. Kevin Tway
4. Daniel Summerhays
5. Trey Mullinax
6. David Hearn
7. Robert Garrigus
8. Nick Watney
9. Ollie Schniederjans
10. Brandon Hagy
11. Harris English
12. Ricky Barnes
13. Brian Gay
14. Ryan Palmer
15. Cameron Tringale
16. Seamus Power
17. Alex Cejka
18. Curtis Luck
19. Luke List
20. Rick Lamb
21. J.J. Henry
22. Geoff Ogilvy
23. Vaughn Taylor
24. Jonathan Byrd
25. Wyndham Clark

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