DraftKings is back and they’ve gone all Black Keys on us! They’ve tightened up the salaries and I love it.
During previous no-cut events, you could have a look at the vegas odds and slap on the top three favorites and then round it out with any bottom-feeders that fit into your lineup. Even a simpleton could put together a half-way decent lineup and hope for some luck. With higher stud pricing this week, that just isn’t possible. If you want Bubba or Day in your lineup, you got to fork over 28 percent of your total salary.
DraftKings is bringing up the skill aspect of the game. No complaints from me. The tournaments starts a day later than usual which explains my schedule being pushed back a day. The full preview will come tomorrow but for now, have a look at these DK suggestions and go draft now.
Featured Contest: $2 Chip Shot. Winner takes home $1,000
Matt Every @ $6,100: Top 15s on six of his last 10 bermuda tracks.
Charley Hoffman @ $7,100: Average Finish of 36th during his last 10 Bermuda starts.
John Senden @ $7,300: Average Finish of 42nd over his last 10 Bermuda starts, including Valspar win.
Chris Kirk @ $9,800: Top 30s in eight of last 12 played on bermuda greens.
Matt Kuchar @ 12,100: Top 10s in five of last 10 bermuda; top 25s in nine of last 10.
This team is the best we got when it comes to putting bermuda. The greens here at The Plantation Course are extremely grainy bermuda. They glide with the grain but really get held up going against it. They are said to be some of the toughest greens to read on TOUR. Some others that are solid on bermuda but didn’t make the roster due to salary or sample size that I’ve collected are Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, ZJ, and Robert Streb.
Matt Kuchar @ $12,100: 6th-9th-6th-3rd-25th
Geoff Ogilvy @ $7,300: 1st-1st-19th-13th
Ryan Moore @ $9,200: 10th-28th-6th
Ben Crane @ $6,200: 9th-21st-25th-9th
Hunter Mahan @ $8,800: 26th-25th-5th
Talk about slim pickings when it comes to course history. First, it’s hard to get back to this event on a yearly basis. After Kuchar there really isn’t anyone with a large sample size of success here. Ogilvy’s two wins are nice, but that was in his prime. Ryan Moore and Crane have a pair of top 10s, but also have finished 25th or worse. Mahan looked good in his T5 debut but 26th and 25th since. Ughhh. Zach Johnson is a perceived horse, but his median finish here before winning last season was 19th place. Not exactly a lock to finish high.
Handpicked Value Plays
John Senden ($7,300): I could have gone an easier route and picked the lowest salaried golfers here for guaranteed four rounds of value, but instead I went with someone that could really get into contention this week. The Aussie has been here once before and left with a mediocre (but not terrible) T19 finish. He’s been inside the 75th percentile of finishers in nearly all of his last 10 starts. If he does the same this week, that would mean a top eight finish! Not bad for such a cheapy.
Geoff Ogilvy ($7,300): He has won each of his past two trips here. He won at the Barracuda late in the season and his form improved dramatically by season’s end. He says this course reminds him of courses back in Melbourne, so he should feel very comfortable yet again this week. With 10+ golfers below him in salary, I expect Ogilvy to get overlooked this week for cheaper options. Sleeper Status, indeed.
Steven Bowditch ($6,500): Notice the trend yet? Aussies galore! I’m loving the Australian theme this week, as I think they have some small geographical advantages. They are familiar with similar green surfaces, the Pacific Ocean is their friend, and they know how to handle that wind. Bowditch was in a rough spot in his life before he took down the Valero, but now it’s all peaches and cream. You got to love a feel-good story like his, and his game continues to build consistency. Give him a hard look this week.