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 The Sweet Spot - Valero Texas Open
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 07:41

Golfer Review

For this section, I’ll list five players at different price points to consider for tournaments (GPP’s). 

DraftKings/FanDuel

>$10,000

In order, I like Sergio, List, Hoffman, Moore, Kuchar. Sergio has the wind and ball striking advantage over all of these guys but is quite possibly the 2ndworst putter of the group (hi there Luke List). As I mentioned in my preview article, I think Kuchar is gassed and expensive Ryan Moore just isn’t someone I like to pay for. 

  • Sergio Garcia ($12,000 DK / $12,800 FD): 15-20% exposure –Sergio’s mess on Firethorn was very public and I think is still at the forefront of people’s minds this week. When they start their rosters, I can see them choosing course horse Kuchar (and really why wouldn’t you?) over Garcia, but I won’t be making that choice. Prior to his missed cut at the Masters he had made six straight cuts on the PGA Tour which included four Top 12’s. He’s got plenty of upside this week and one would have to think he’s got something to prove especially considering he served as a consultant to Greg Norman on the redesign in 2010.

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 Trophee Hassan II - 4/17
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 13:45

This week the Euro Tour heads to Morocco where the fairways are kikuyu (think South African players/those who have had success during the South African swing) and the greens are a mix of pencross and poa annua. The course is long, so driving distance will be...


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 Valero Texas Open - 4/17
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 13:02

The PGA Tour is in San Antonio this week for the Valero Texas Open. Wind is a pretty big factor this week, so it’ll be important to target strong wind players as well as our normal array of statistics. We’re back to a Par 72, which means we get to target Par 5 scoring again, which is nice.


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 The Sweet Spot - RBC Heritage
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:01

DraftKings/FanDuel

>$10,000

In order, I like DJ, Kuchar, Leishman, and Casey. DJ coming in at what might be the lowest ownership we’ve seen on him when he’s the clear-cut favorite means you probably should play him at some level. Kuchar has been a horse here over his career and always seems to play well on Pete Dye courses. Leishman looked gassed on the weekend at Augusta after hanging tough through 36 holes and makes for an interesting tournament play at relatively low ownership. Casey’s scrambling last week looked really bad so he’s the first one out of this pool this week.

  • Dustin Johnson ($12,000 DK / $12,800 FD): 15-20% exposure –I know he’s only here because of the new sponsorship obligation, but he’s far and away the best player in the field, crushed Pete Dye courses over his career (won at PD’s Austin CC and has been playing better at THE PLAYERS). He can bomb it all around this course with an iron and his short game has been improving. I really like that we don’t have to commit 30-40% of our lineups to include him this week.

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 Open de Espana Preview - 4/10
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:46

Euro Tour golf is back and what better place to start than home of the recently defending champion to miss the cut at the Masters – Sergio Garcia (poor Sergio McGarciavoy… too stubborn to club up, too stubborn to take a better drop. Personally, I thought Lerner’s tweet was pretty funny, and Angela needs to chill, but whatever).


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 RBC Heritage Preview - 4/10
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:04

What a Masters!

Patrick Reed held off Euro foe Rory McIlroy in the penultimate grouping and impressive Sunday runs by Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. From the green jacket to the plaid jacket, we head to Hilton Head and Harbour Town Golf Links. There are only three par 5’s on the course this week, so while they’re important to score on, players will need to make up strokes on some of the easier Par 4’s in order to contend.


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 The Masters 2018
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:53

Hello friends, and welcome to Augusta National. With me as always is my good friend Sir Nick Faldo, on the course we have Ian Baker-Finch, etc. This year we have Sergio as the defending champion, a task like no other. Tiger Woods was the last to successfully defend his title in 2002, prior to that it was Nick Faldo in 1990.


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 The Sweet Spot - The Masters
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:13

DraftKings/FanDuel

>$10,000

In order, I like JT, Spieth, DJ, Tiger, but it’s more of a 1a thru 1c with the first three. DJ’s game has been off since the win at Kapalua. I’m not weighing his performance at the WGC at all because he was playing super aggressive and once he got down early he didn’t give a flying f*ck – he should be the lowest owned of this group. Tiger is a fade from a DFS perspective, but as a fan, I hope he wins. Spieth and JT are the wild cards from this group and I could see either or both finishing in the Top 5 come Sunday. 

  • Justin Thomas ($10,800 DK / $11,800 FD): 20-25% exposure –Thomas looked gassed at the Match Play as expected, but fought through the 3rd-place match to a decent finish. The way he’s dominating the Tour this year is very similar to how DJ was dominating last year coming in and had he not fell down the stairs, I think we would’ve seen a different outcome. While JT isn’t my pick to win, I think he makes for a nice semi-contrarian play at the top of the board because people could talk themselves out of playing him again this week (I’ve done this multiple times for no good reason and am finally taking a stand against that mentality this week) and he does have win equity as he won as recently as the Honda Classic and is already a major champion.

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 The Sweet Spot - Houston Open
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 09:03

DraftKings/FanDuel

>$10,000

In order, I like Stenson, Phil, Fowler, Rose, Spieth. The last three there are basically a coin flip as I have my own requests for how they play here this week for next week’s reasons, but I stand by my rankings regardless of bias. Stenson should be the lowest owned of the group and provides the strongest all-around game in my opinion. I think Rickie and Jordan are very much looking ahead to next week as is Rose, but I think Rose’s game is in a better place where he could peak this week and ruin his chances next week.

  • Phil Mickelson ($10,200 DK / $12,400 FD): 25-30% exposure – Phil’s been smashing this year and I’d like to think last year’s result here was an anomaly which gives us the opportunity to roster a big-time scorer at a discount and possibly a decreased ownership this week. We know he loves to tinker with his game here, which should also play to our favor as our peers will let that bias creep into their minds and talk themselves out of rostering him for the likes of List or Spieth.

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 Shell Houston Open
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:59

Even though many compare this course’s traits to that of Augusta, success at one or the other doesn’t necessarily translate as only two winners of the SHO have placed in the Top 15 the following week – Anthony Kim (destroyer of hearts) and Hunter Mahan (insert your own pun here).


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