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Torrey Pines GC, South course. 7,698 yards, par 72
Once a World War II Army base, the pros are split on their affections (or lack thereof) for Torrey Pines. One pro who doubtless adores the Pacific Ocean-fronting layout, one Tiger Woods, who returns to action this week at a venue where he's tasted victory seemingly hundreds of times.
Cut-making golfers will play three of their four rounds on the South course. The North course is a veritable birdie fest, and if you want to try to factor in weather, start times and Thursday/Friday tee times, feel free to code your own algorithm now. The South course is a 7,700-yard behemoth, and routinely plays as the hardest non-major venue on tour. So needless to say, if you can't stripe it, good luck. Fairway widths are less than generous and bunkering abounds.
If players are lucky enough to find fairways with their full-bore tee shots, they'll need to carve approach shots onto significantly smaller than average greens. Also, for you turfgrass enthusiasts, the greens are poa annua. Or, as Tiger Woods said in 2008, Plinko. And as last week's gale-plagued drama showed: wind can be a factor, to say the least. No 59s this week, folks!
Creme de la creme
Dustin Johnson: $11,100
Priced $300 cheaper than Jason Day with none of the health concerns. Dustin Johnson has recorded top-10 finishes in three of his last four starts worldwide. He finished 18th at Torrey Pines last year in miserable conditions. A start in Abu Dhabi last week should drive his ownership percentage down, but I expect he'll drink enough Body Armor this week and won't suffer a letdown.
Brooks Koepka $9.900
Hiding behind some big names, Brooks Koepka is affixed with a pretty nice price tag this week. BK's no stranger to the power game, this we know. And his lack of course history, combined with finish outside the top 40 in 2015 will scare some folks off. As the No. 8 golfer on Tour in Jeff Sagarin's rankings, Koepka should be priced higher than Rose or Mickelson. Lock him in.
Brendan Steele: $8,000
You don't have to look further than last week's winner, Hudson Swafford, who was priced at $7,900, to know that the $7K to $8K range is critical to your lineup building. California dude Steele had missed just one cut in six tries at Torrey Pines. He's also tallied top-10 finishes in his last two starts. 26th on tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee last year, Steele should put himself in position (pun intended) for a top-25 finish this week.
Tiger Woods: $7,900
Looking for a GPP punt? This guy has quite a bit of upside on this particular venue. Woods showed no problem hammering the ball, knocking down flags, and making birdies at the Hero World Challenge, it was the big numbers that killed him. If he can cut down on the latter at a bit of real estate he's historically owned, expect him to return value...and then some.
Chad Campbell: $6,500
A top-10 finisher at last week's CareerBuilder Challenge, Chad Campbell cracked the top 20 at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2015 and did respectable work in the wind last week. While he's neither bomber nor birdie machine, Campbell is a steady handed veteran who is plenty accurate off the tee and should manage Torrey Pines well.
Adam Hadwin: $6,200
Looking for a hot hand? While the venues of the CareerBuilder Challenge and Farmers Insurance Open have little in common, seeing the guy who finished second at last week's event priced at $6,200 is bound to elicit a pensive chin scratch from even the most conservative of DFS players. He finished 32nd at Torrey Pines in 2015 and probably doesn't need to do much better than that to return value.