2018 Puntacana Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic – This is the inaugural year for the PGA’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. The event has been held the past two years as a Web.com stop and is now acting as the opposite field for the WGC Dell Match Play.

The course is set along the Caribbean Sea on the eastern most tip of the island and will play as a 7,600-yard, par 72 this week. It is a Tom Fazio design that features paspulum turf, a fair bit of undulation, and nice, wide fairways. The wind could be a factor here this week, so keep an eye on the forecast and tee times when picking players.

When selecting players this week, we’ll be looking at Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, SG Approach, and players who have played well in Mexico or Puerto Rico in the past.

 

PAST WINNERS

(Although this is the first year for the PGA iteration, Nate Lashley and Dominic Bozzelli have won the past two Web.com events.)

 

THE ODDS    (Bovada 3/20/2018)

Emiliano Grillo  +800

Jim Furyk  +1400

Scott Piercy  +1800

Patrick Rodgers  +2000

Rory Sabbatini  +2000

Chris Wood  +2500

Graeme McDowell  +2500

Harris English  +3300

Kelly Kraft  +3300

Paul Dunne  +3300

Corey Conners  +4000

David Lingmerth  +4000

Fabrizio Zanotti  +4000

Robert Garrigus  +4000

Trey Mullinax  +4000

Kevin Tway  +4000

Abraham Ancer  +5000

Brice Garnett  +5000

Daniel Summerhays  +5000

Derek Fathauer  +5000

Harold Varner III +5000

Retief Goosen  +5000

Seung Su Han  +5000

Troy Merritt  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Emiliano Grillo

Corey Conners

Rory Sabbatini

Chris Wood

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Nate Lashley

Tyler Duncan

Sam Ryder

Roberto Diaz

Seamus Power

 

LONGER SHOTS

Nate Ashely  +6000

Adam Schenk  +6600

Alex Cejka  +6600

J.T. Poston  +6600

Keith Mitchell  +6600

Martin Flores  +6600

Michael Kim  +6600

Richy Werenski  +6600

Robert Streb  +6600

Sam Ryder  +600

Seamus Power  +6600

Tom Lovelady  +7000

Andres Romero  +8000

Bronson Burgoon  +8000

Cameron Tringale  +8000

Matt Jones  +8000

Roberto Diaz  +8000

Stephan Jaeger  +8000

Cameron Percy  +10000

David Hearn  +10000

Ricky Barnes  +10000

Tyler Duncan  +10000

 

FAITHFULS

Jim Furyk

Graeme McDowell

Retief Goosen

K.J. Choi

 

THE ‘FORE’ SOMES

‘FORE’ SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a “low tier” betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a “mid tier” (30:1 – 75:1), and a final player from a “high tier” (75:1 & up).  

KEITH’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Emiliano Grillo  (8:1).  Grillo at chalk is not the most enticing of prospects, but the young Argentinian is carrying some good form into this event. He jumped out to a great start at the Indian Open a couple of weeks ago and has had solid finishes at both the Mayakoba and Farmers this year. He gains strokes off the tee, on approach, and putting. His one blip is around the greens, but with the chance to hit some easy greens here this week, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Trey Mullinax (40:1) & Kevin Tway (40:1).  Trey Mullinax finished T11 in this event in 2016, so he will know exactly what to expect this week. He absolutely bombs it off the tee (currently averaging 319.7) and just had his best finish of the season, coming in T8 at the Valspar. Kevin Tway earns this spot based almost entirely on his length off the tee (current average of 314). Tway has had a string of missed cuts recently, but given that this is a lighter field and that his two best finishes of the year have come on somewhat correlating courses (The CIMB and Farmers), the 29-year-old from Oklahoma gets the nod.

Ricky Barnes (100:1).  DISCLAIMER: There are a bunch of good names in this range, but I am going with school affiliation above all. Ricky Barnes shows up once or twice a year on a weekend leaderboard. In this lighter field, and with the chance to net some probably-needed exempt status, the veteran Wildcat will most likely be arriving in the Dominican Republic with scoring on his mind.

 

**(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Patrick Rodgers  20:1

Trey Mullinax  40:1

Adam Schenk  66:1

Tom Lovelady  100:1

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Rory Sabbatini  25:1

Kevin Tway  40:1

Tyler Duncan  100:1

Davis Love III  125:1

 

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear the team’s thoughts on the event and tweet us @fantasygolfww or #fgww.

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