Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier at The Old White TPC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Putting on Bentgrass|
The field isn’t strong this week, but the course isn’t a pushover necessarily, as the Old White TPC generally hovers around Tour average relative to par year after years.
The fairways are generally easy to hit here compared to average, but golfers who finish top 20 still gain fairways against the field. That means there’s an accuracy angle we could dig into if we wanted, and I think it's useful, but off-the-tee play overall is more important at this course than usual on the PGA Tour. Strokes gained: off the tee should take precedent, but driving accuracy is a differentiator.
Approach play should pretty much always be the number-one stat because of its statistical relevance, and this week is no different, and really, I'm simplifying this week and seeing all-around golfers.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Viktor Hovland (FanDuel Price: $12,100 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1300) - Hovland's sample is still small on the PGA Tour at 36 rounds, but he grades out first in strokes gained: tee-to-green, first in strokes gained: off the tee, and third in strokes gained: approach. Hovland also leads the field in adjusted stroke average since the U.S. Open.
Bryson DeChambeau ($12,300 | 13/1) - Bryson has been working on his swing and is still an elite golfer relative to this field, leading it in adjusted stroke average in 2019. Even while struggling, he's seventh in total strokes gained over the past 50 rounds and 16th in strokes gained: off the tee. I prefer Hovland, but Bryson is a fine tournament pivot.
Joaquin Niemann ($11,000 | 22/1) - Niemann is 15th in approach and 10th off the tee to rank 1st in total strokes gained average over the past 50 rounds. Since the U.S. Open, he's second in the field in adjusted stroke average. Niemann is a plus putter on bentgrass, which he gets this week, and that makes him a real threat to win and pay off his salary on FanDuel.
Byeong-Hun An ($10,600 | 29/1) - An is the only golfer to rank top-10 in all three tee-to-green stats (ninth off the tee, fourth in approach, third around the green). The putter is always dreadful (119th over 100 rounds on bentgrass), but we're getting one of the world's best tee-to-green players at a reasonable salary this week.
Scottie Scheffler ($10,200 | 33/1) - Scheffler is a Korn Ferry Tour standout and a name that we’ll all get to know soon. Just 10 of his past 32 PGA Tour rounds have come in 2019, but his older data is fantastic, and the recent results are great, too: 11 top-11 finishes out of 18 events in 2019.
Kevin Streelman ($9,800 | 50/1) - Streelman has missed two straight cuts but is in a weaker field than those (the Wyndham and the Northern Trust). Streelman ranks third in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds and is seventh in approach and ninth in bogey avoidance. He's a safe option below $10,000.
Russell Knox ($9,500 | 60/1) - Knox enters second in approach and fifth in opportunities gained over the past 50 rounds. Off the tee, he's 62nd, but he does what we're looking for, ranking 23rd in fairways gained. He ranks ninth in adjusted stroke average in 2019 despite a mid-level price, and for a safe play in the mid-range, I think we can look to Knox.
Bud Cauley ($9,400 | 60/1) - Cauley grades out 32nd in approach and in opportunities gained, and he’s 1st around the green in the 50-round sample. Unfortunately, the putting is rough (99th), and the off-the-tee play (95th) is also. However, all golfers in this range have some blemishes, and he is 12th in adjusted stroke average in 2019.
Andrew Landry ($8,500 | 80/1) - Landry has finished 3rd, 19th, and 30th in three events since the start of July (the John Deere, the Wyndham, and the Northern Trust), and he is 105th in datagolf's world rankings despite sitting 146th in the Official World Rankings. Over the past 50 rounds, he’s 26th in approach and 33rd off the tee while sitting 2nd in opportunities gained.
Cameron Tringale ($8,800 | 80/1) - Tringale ranks 16th in adjusted stroke average in 2019 and is 15th in approach over the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour. He's the 12th-best value in the field when comparing adjusted strokes to his salary.
Brian Stuard ($8,300 |100/1) - Stuard, 17th in approach and 11th in opportunities gained, ranks third in fairways gained over our 50-round sample, and that's something that implies safety here. Hitting fairways and showing good approach numbers is never a bad recipe for a high floor. Stuard is 11th in this entire field in adjusted stroke average in 2019 over 72 rounds.
Talor Gooch ($7,700 | 100/1) - You may not need to go this low, but Gooch leads the field in approach over our 50-round sample. He's been falling off a bit of late, yet he's 23rd in adjusted stroke average in all of 2019. He's a fine tournament dart in a stars-and-scrubs build.