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It was a nice sweat on the weekend. My cash lineup was up on the leaderboard in the $33 and it had a shot for 1st! Unfortunately, just didn't have enough players inside the top 10. Overall, it was a good week for my lineups. Cashing in all 4 50/50s and cashing in all but 1 tournament entry. It's been a solid run for the 2018 season. Let's keep the ball rolling!
It has finally arrived, and it is finally happening! You know what I'm talking about…TIGER IS BACK! There are 2 players who I'm playing for sure this week, Jon Rahm and Tiger. Those 2 will be very popular and I don't care. The question will be rather or not I will be 100% on both them.
The course that the field will be playing at is called Torrey Pines. Like last week, you are going to have multiple courses to deal with. You have the South course and the North course. They are both a Par 72. The South course is over 7,400 yards and the North course is under 7,400 yards. Traditionally, the South Course is the toughest of the 2. Ideally, if you can have most of your core starting on the North, you will have a better chance of having 6/6 for the weekend. The stats that I'm looking at for this week are Strokes Gained: Birdie or Better %; Strokes Gained: Off the Tee; Strokes Gained: Approach the Green; Strokes Gained: Around the Green; and Strokes Gained: Par 4 scoring.
Marc Leishman ($9,200) – Leishman has been solid so far for 2018. In his first 4 starts, he has 2 top 10s, including a 2nd place finish at the CJ Cup. He did miss the cut here back in 2016, however, he came back the following year with a top 20 finish. For stats, he's 4th in the field for SG: B.O.B.%; 12th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 15th in the field for SG: Approach the Green.
Tony Finau ($8,700) – I do have a feeling that Finau will be the most popular play this week. He finished 4th here and has made 2 previous top 25 finishes as well. He has a runner up finish at the Safeway Open and finished 11th at the WGC – HSBC. He's 12th in the field for SG: B.O.B.%; 9th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 23rd in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. He's a lock at this point for all formats.
Gary Woodland ($8,600) – Just Leishman, Woodland has been consistent in his first 5 starts. He finished in 7th at the Sony and 18th at the Shriners. I can imagine he'll be a popular pick, due to his course history. He hasn't miss a cut in the last 5 years and he finished 20th last year. He's 8th in the field for SG: Approach the Green and 14th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring.
J.J. Spaun ($7,500) – Spaun seems to be getting very close for his first win and obviously, I want to be on him when it happens and it's possible it will be this week. He already has 3 top 15 finishes this season, including a runner up finish at the RSM Classic. He finished 9th here last year. He's 4th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; 5th in the field for SG: B.O.B.%; and 5th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. He's my pick to win this week!
Chesson Hadley ($6,800) – I really don't know how popular Hadley will be this week. If you just look at his recent play and stats then he should be somewhat popular. He has 3 top 5 finishes to start of his 2018 season. He's 3rd in the field for SG: B.O.B.%; 11th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 11th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. The only thing that will detour him from being popular is his course history. He has a miss cut in 2014 and then he finished 58th in 2016.
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 give me the best chance of 6/6 and finishing high in both cash and GPPs.
3 Entry Max GPPs: For these tournaments, think of it as one lineup for cash, one for leagues and for a GPP. 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 2. You should have roughly 8-10 players total for overall pool.
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.
If you keep a tight core and player pool, then if it hits, you will have a good chance of having a nice payday!
Good luck everyone!