What an awesome week at The Canadian Open! It was another solid performance with core. With Kuchar having a strong finished on Friday to make the cut and for Finau to have a similar finish on Sunday to finish inside the top 5, which helped me at the end. For draftkings, I had 5/20 lineups having 6/6 through the weekend and I had some Charley Hoffman, but no Vegas. I still managed to make a nice profit for the week. Congrats to Vegas on defending his title at Glen Abbey!
We are headed to Akron, Ohio for the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational. The course is called Firestone Country Club (south course) and it's a par 70, 7,400 yards. It's only a 70+ player field this week, which means there is no cut. So, for lineup construction, I would definitely leave some money on the table. Dustin Johnson returns to defend and has a chance to win 3 WGC titles in one season! No other player has accomplished that, not even Tiger, with his 18 titles of WGCs. For stats, I'm only looking at 3. B.O.B. %; SG: Approach The Green; and SG: Around The Green. I'm also looking at the player's recent performance in their past 3 starts and, if they have any, their past 3 years at this event.
Dustin Johnson ($11,800) – At the top, you're going to have to make a tough decision on who to fade this week. As I do like Rickie and Matsuyama heading into this week, however, I believe they are going to be in the top 5 in ownership % this week, along with Jordan Spieth. With that being said, I'm choosing D.J., because I think he can win this week and become the first player to win 3 WGCs in a season. For stats, he's ranked 5th overall for what I'm looking for. He's 10th in the field for B.O.B. % (14th); 3rd in the field for SG: Approach The Green (3rd); and he's 22nd in the field for SG: Around The Green (43rd). Recently, he's has some time off to recover from his back injury, which definitely has helped his performance the last 2 weeks. Making both cuts and finishing inside the top 10 last week. Being the defending champion and having a chance to make history, I believe he can win and I'm going with the narrative.
Marc Leishman ($8,000) – Leishman has been consistent as of late, and it shows in his performance. In his last 3 starts, he has 2 top 10s and the other start was a tied for 17th. He has played here in the last 3 years, and his best was finishing in 3rd back in 2014. For stats, he's ranked 15th overall. He's 24th in the field for B.O.B. % (34th); he's 21st in the field for SG: Approach The Green (37th); and he's 23rd in the field for SG: Around The Green (44th). With his recent play recently, he can be a nice dark horse for this week.
Gary Woodland ($7,500) – Woodland is in good spirits now and it looks like his game is coming around because of it. He has made his last 3 cuts which includes a 14th last week. He has played twice in the last 3 years and he finished tied for 19th in 2014. For stats, he's ranked 10th overall. He's 22nd in the field for B.O.B. % (28th); he's 11th in the field for SG: Approach The Green (13th); and he's 24th in the field for SG: Around The Green (54th).
Wheelsy's Honourable Mentions
Rory Mcllroy ($11,400) – For draftkings scoring, there's no one better than Rory. As long as he can make the cut, then he is usually at the top for most DK points for the week. The good news for this week, is that there is no cut!
Brooks Koepka ($11,100) – In my mind, I think Koepka is like a “mini Rory” for scoring DK points. He's ranked 5th in B.O.B. % and with a t6 finish two weeks ago, he'll be fine addition to the player pool for this week.
Thomas Pieters ($7,300) – I think this a pure value play for Pieters. It reminds me of Kuchar, back at The Open when he was around this price and he was super chalky. I'm not sure Pieters will reached 30% in ownership, but he'll be in the high teens this week. He's getting known in the U.S. and with having no experience at this course, he'll be a fine gpp option for this week.
Pat Perez ($6,100) – I'm not sure why Perez is down here so low, but I'm going to take it. He's rank 3rd in SG: Around the Green. He's played here once, back in 2009 and he finished 22nd that year and with a miss cut a DQ the last 2 starts, I think he will be a nice sneaky tournament option for this week.
For exposure this week, I'm going a bit more aggressive and have my core at 60-80%. The reason being, there is no cut. So as long as they don't get a WD, like Berger and Koepka last year, then your guys should be fine. For multi entry gpps, I recommend using the core plus adding 10-12 more players to complete your player pool. For 3 entry max gpps, I would just use the core and add around 6-8 more. That way, if your core hits, then you will have a really good chance of having a nice payday! Which, at the end of the day, that is what we're all trying to achieve!
Good luck everyone!