2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Classic

Fantasy Golf Picks for the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Classic

THE OVERVIEW

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas – Trinity Forest Golf Club is a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that only opened in 2016. It is a links-style track that is virtually treeless and uses constant undulation, native grass areas, and strategically-placed bunkers as it’s main defenses. This is the first year the Byron Nelson is using this facility and it may prove troublesome for many of the players who are not familiar with it. It should be noted that Jordan Spieth and Beau Hossler have extensive familiarity with the course.

The wind here could be a bit of trouble, so keep an eye on the forecast when selecting your players. For us, were are going to be looking at current form, correlating courses (perhaps Chambers Bay and Royal Birkdale), and SG Around the Green when selecting our line up.

 

PAST WINNERS

These past winners have been at TPC Four Seasons. This is the first year at the Trinity Forest course.

2017  -12   Billy Horschel    (Runner Up, Playoff:    Jason Day)

2016  -15   Sergio Garcia   (Runner Up, Playoff:   Brooks Koepka)

2015  -18   Steven Bowditch   (Runners Up:   -14   Charley Hoffman, Scott Pinckey, Jimmy Walker)

 

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2018 The Players Championship

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 Players Championship

THE OVERVIEW

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – TPC Sawgrass is a legendary Pete Dye track probably most famous for its 17th hole, a short (but epic) par 3 with an island green. This week, the course will play as a 7,189 yard, par 72, and it features a number of holes with significant doglegs, tough rough, a fair amount of water, and small Bermuda greens that are well-guarded by link-style bunkers.

The Players Championship is often referred to as the fifth major, and the past winners list reads as such (with the exception of 2017 winner, Si Woo Kim). Historically, those who finish well have played the event multiple times. Course knowledge, and subsequent smart shot selection, seems to go a long way.

Players will need to be accurate with their approaches and know when to leave the driver in the bag on a number of boxes in order to have success here this week.

The purse this week is rather large, so keep that in mind when selecting OAD picks.  When selecting players this week, we’ll be looking at a little course history, current form, Ball Striking, and Scrambling.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -10   Si Woo Kim    (Runners Up:   -7   Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter)

2016  -15   Jason Day   (Runner Up:   -11   Kevin Chappell)

2015  -12   Rickie Fowler   (Runners Up, Playoff:   Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner)

2014  -13   Martin Kaymer   (Runner Up:   -12   Jim Furyk)

2013  -13   Tiger Woods   (Runners Up:   -11   David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert, Kevin Streelman)

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2018 Zurich Classic

Fantasy Golf Picks for the 2018 Zurich Classic

THE OVERVIEW

TPC of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana – The TPC of Louisiana is a Pete Dye design (with a little input from PGA legend Steve Elkington) that opened in 2004. This week the course will play as a 7,425-yard, par 72 and it features a number of tree-lined holes that wind through the natural wetlands. Players will need to contend with a fair amount of water hazards and large, tricky bunkers, but those who find fairways and greens will be rewarded with plenty of scoring opportunities.

Last year was the first year for the team format and it saw the team of Blixt/Smith take down Brown/Kisner in a playoff. Beyond that, there is a fair amount of individual player course history that may be worth digging into. The recent change in format will add an extra dimension of uncertainty while picking players and player teams this week; however, FGWW will be selecting what they believe to be a strong model and trusting it.

When selecting players this week, we’ll be looking at a little course history, some Proximity 175+, Par-5 Scoring, and Strokes Gained Putting.

 

PAST WINNERS

team event

2017  -27   Jonas Blixt & Cameron Smith   (Runner Up, Playoff:    Scott Brown/Kevin Kisner)

individual event

2016  -15   Brian Stuard   (Runners Up, Playoff:    Byeong-hun An, Jamie Lovemark)

2015  -22   Justin Rose   (Runner Up:   -21   Cameron Tringale)

2014  -19   Seung-yul Noh   (Runners Up:   -17   Robert Streb, Andrew Svoboda)

2013  -20   Billy Horschel   (Runner Up:   -19   D.A. Points)

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2018 Valero Texas Open

2018 Valero Texas Open Fantasy Golf Picks

 

THE OVERVIEW

AT&T Oaks Course, San Antonio, Texas – The course in San Antonio this week is going to play tough. There’s plenty of trouble off the tee and inclement weather absolutely loves this event. A 2010 design by Greg Norman (with an assist by Sergio Garcia), The AT&T Oaks Course will play as a 7,435-yard par 72 and should prove difficult to score on. Players that do play well here, however, tend to play well here consistently, so you may want to look at course history a bit this week.

The model we’ll be using to select players includes SG:T2G, Par-5 Scoring, and Driving Distance.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -12   Kevin Chappell   (Runner Up:   -11   Brooks Koepka)

2016  -12   Charley Hoffman   (Runner Up:   -11   Patrick Reed)

2015  -11   Jimmy Walker   (Runner Up:   -7   Jordan Spieth)

2014  -8   Steven Bowditch   (Runners Up:   -8   Will MacKenzie, Daniel Summerhays)

2013  -14   Martin Laird   (Runner Up:   -12   Rory McIlroy)

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2018 RBC Heritage Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 RBC Heritage Open

THE OVERVIEW

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – The course at Hilton Head plays relatively short for a par 71 at only 7100 yards. However, it will still be a test this week. The track has narrow, tree-lined fairways, water hazards scattered throughout, and some of the smallest greens these players will see all year.

It’s hard to judge how much of a toll Masters week will have taken on the players who were in Augusta. Some, could be rightly drained, both mentally and emotionally. Others may be spurned on by either a disappointing or better-than-average week. It comes down to a judgement call, and for the more mild veterans, I wouldn’t bet against them. They seem to fare very well in this tourney.

While making our selections this week, we’ll be looking at Driving Accuracy, Proximity, and Around-the-Green Scoring/Scrambling.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -13   Wesley Bryan   (Runner Up:   -12   Luke Donald)

2016  -9   Branden Grace   (Runners Up:   -7   Luke Donald, Russell Knox)

2015  -18   Jim Furyk   (Runner Up, Playoff:   Kevin Kisner)

2014  -11   Matt Kuchar   (Runners Up:   -10   Luke Donald)

2013  -9   Graeme McDowell   (Runner Up, Playoff:   Webb Simpson)

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