It was an exciting Masters on the weekend! Unfortunately, we didn't get the Tiger of old contending or having Phil in the mix. However, we couldn't have asked for a better Sunday! I think we were to emotionally attach to the fact that Tiger had a realistic chance and by Sunday, it was more of a disappointment than anything else. On Sunday, we had the Ryder Cup re-match 6 months early. The atmosphere was intense and the best way to watch it, in my opinion, was streaming online for the feature groups. At the end, it was Reed to pull it off for his first major! On the article, I mentioned 7 golfers, and only 2 missed the cut and the other 5 finished inside the top 30. Overall, it was a solid first major of the year!
We are headed to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. Dustin Johnson is in the field this week for the first time in almost 10 years. Wesley Bryan is your defending champion, and besides your #1 player in the world that's in the field, this is just a “meh” type of field after having a few weeks of being spoiled. The course that they're playing at is called Harbour Town Golf Links and it's a Par 71 and 7,099 yards long. The stats that I'm looking at this week are B.O.B. %; SG: Off the Tee; SG: Approach the Green; Proximity; SG: Around the Green; and SG: Par 4 scoring.
Webb Simpson ($9,400) – Simpson is rounding into form in the middle of the season and now he's at a place where he seems to play well year after year. He has made 4 cuts here out of 4 starts in the last 5 years. He has a runner up finish back in 2013 and he finished just outside of the top 10 last year. He's 6th in the field for B.O.B. %; 20th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 30th in the field for SG: Around the Green. With having recorded 2 top 10 finishes in his last 4 starts, expect for him to be a popular pick this week.
Cameron Smith ($9,000) – Smith is becoming a talented player. He played very well at The Masters and now he's getting notice. He has finished in the top 10 in his last 4 starts back at the Genesis. He's 14th in the field for Proximity; 14th in the field for SG: Around the Green; and 19th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. He does have history here, finishing 15th in 2015 and 29th in last year. He's knocking on the door for that first win, look for him to be in my lineups for the rest of the season.
Adam Hadwin ($8,100) – Going back to the Canadian this week. Adam played exceptionally well last week at The Masters. It looks as though he's getting his feels back on the greens. He has 3 top 15s in his last 4 starts. He's 2 for 3 here for making cuts, including a 22nd finish last year. He's 4th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; 4th in the field for SG: Around the Green; and 8th in the field for SG: Approach the Green. With his recent play as of late, he's going to be my pick to win the RBC Heritage.
Luke List ($8,900) – Just like Smith, List is knocking on the door for that W in 2018. He has finished in the top 30, 7 straight times, going back to the Farmers. He's 4th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; 6th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 7th in the field for SG: Around the Green. He's only made the 1 cut here back 2016, however, he's a much better player now then 2 years ago.
Xander Schauffele ($7,700) – Xander, also known as “X”, is becoming a consistent player and a reliable player. He has 3 top 20s in his last 4 events, including a 9th place finish at The Genesis. He's 4th in the field SG: Off the Tee; 21st in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; and 44th in the field for B.O.B. %. With no course history, his ownership % should be cap somewhat and will be my dark horse pick this week.
Cash Games: For cash games, I like to play the small field 50/50s, for example, anything less than 100 entrants. I tend to make just 1 lineup and that lineup will have the 6 golfers who I think will have the best chance of making it to the weekend and have the upside of a top 10 finish.
3 Entry Max GPPs: For these tournaments, think of it as one lineup for cash, one for leagues and one that is completely different than the first 2. This technique is very common among the DFS community and even the DFS pros. Just start of with your cash lineup then use a “2 vs. 2” strategy for the other lineups.
20 – 150 Max GPPs: With these, you can have a player pool anywhere from 15-100 players. For 20 max GPPS, I tend to stay closer to 15-18 golfers in my pool. For 150 max GPPs, I recommend using around 25-30 golfers.
As of Monday evening, there doesn't seem to be any advantage with tee times. If anything, I will give a slight edge to late-early tee times. The reason, is that they are calling for winds gusting up to 16 mph on Friday afternoon. If there are any updates, I will let you guys know via twitter.
Good luck everyone!!