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 The Sweet Spot - The Northern Trust
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 09:30

 

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 European Tour - Made In Denmark
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 15:00

The course was designed by Philip Spogard who also designed Carya Golf Club (host site for the Turkish Airlines Open, so look at the results from that event as a comparison). The course is susceptible to the strong winds as it was designed to let mother nature be the defense against the players. They lengthened the course by about 200 yards from last year, but the par 5’s still aren’t too absurd. One of the three is 644 yards (the shortest one is 471 yards which is the same distance as one of the Par 4’s they’ll be playing as well) so Par 5 scoring should be a lock as well as driving distance. Scoring will mostly take place on the short Par 4’s as the course plays host to five holes that play under 400 yards. Bombs away...


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 The Northern Trust
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 15:00

Week one of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is here and we’re in New York at “Augusta of the North”, according to Tim Shifflett head professional. Scott Brown played the course last year after missing the cut at Bethpage and made the comparison as well, but I’m not 100% buying into that comparison quite yet. It has been said that it’s a second shot course where hitting the correct quadrant on the fast greens is imperative in being able to score well. There are also shaved areas around the greens, sharp edged bunkers and mulch around the trees, so I guess to the naked eye it may “look” a bit like Augusta, but by no means will we be using Augusta as a comp-course. Six of the par 4’s are over 450 yards, there’s a drive-able par 4 on the course as well that measures in at 315 yards and is surrounded by hazards (both water and bunkers) – wind direction will play a big role in how players decide to attack this hole. There are only two par 5’s, one of which measures over 600 yards and appears to be a three-shot hole even for the longest of hitters. It should be a fun week seeing a new course on Tour, so let’s get into the plays...


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 Wyndham Championship Plays - 8/16
Posted by @theguyinsandieg on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 15:20

This tournament is a lower grade tournament due to the fact a majority of the world top ranked players that played in the PGA last week and have decided to take this week off. Si Woo Kim, last year’s champion, is not even in the field to defend his title. This is the week where some of the lower ranked players have an opportunity to make a statement and jump a few spots on the FedEx leader board, as this is the last tournament to get into the top 125 to earn a play off spot.


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 The Sweet Spot - Wyndham Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 09:35

 

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 European Tour - Fiji International
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:00

DraftKings has decided to run contests for this event (giant head scratcher considering the field and the lack of enthusiasm they have for their Euro product) so we’re diving deep right off the bat this week for good plays to mix in with the top of the board this week. Before we get to the course, let me be clear: If you have to play this week, I’d limit most of my exposure to GPP’s and either a small amount to cash games, or 0% and make sure you scale way back on the amount you have in play (unless there’s massive overlay). The course looks gorgeous, but I can’t say I know much about it other than it looks like a resort course (as if anyone would be playing in Fiji if it wasn’t). The course features five par 4’s under 400 yards, and none of the Par 3’s are over 200 yards. Aussies have shown up...


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 Wyndham Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:00

The final week of the regular PGA Tour season is finally here. It’s been a long grind for a lot of our favorite players and some not so favorite. This week we’ve got some bubble boys to discuss, but as usual we’ll lean on course horses and players in form. The greens here are some of the easiest to hit which means we should see an increase in greens in regulation percentage, but they’re big & have some decent undulations to them; Proximity to the hole will be important to ensure they’re not putting through various breaks. There’s only two par 5’s on the course this week, but you absolutely have to score on them or you’ll get lapped by the field so I’ll be using all of the scoring to Par statistics this week as opposed to just Par 4 & Par 5 scoring performance/birdies or better...


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 The Sweet Spot - PGA Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:37

 

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 PGA Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 15:00

The year’s final major is upon us and luckily for us its being held at a venue we have plenty of course history for! Below I’ve listed the winner of the PGA Championship for the year listed, as well as the winner of the Wells Fargo Championship (as this course typically hosts that event as well during the year. This year the WF was held at a different location in preparation of the PGA). Early reports as of writing are that the forecast calls for a lot of rain, so naturally we’ll need to keep a close eye on tee time draws and the forecast. I will say that historically wet conditions have been very good to Rory, but that was back when he was trying to accept Tiger’s throne and the competition wasn’t quite as balanced as it is today. DJ, Day, Rahm, Hideki, Sergio, Brooks, Pieters, Fleetwood and a couple others have the ability to take advantage of soft conditions so let’s not hand Rory the Wannamaker quite yet...


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 WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:00

First things first, we’ve got a no cut event this week and already I’ve been getting messages about how I treat these events. Normally, I try to not play at all. We’ve been going pretty hard now week after week pretty every week since January and a break can be good (unless you’re on a heater, if you’re on a heater you do not take a break because you don’t want it to end unnaturally). That being said, I have little will power when it comes to DFS because it’s fun and I enjoy playing it. So, what I end up doing is scaling back about 30-40% of my normal volume and play my one lineup as usual, but just in select contests. This week however, I plan on playing my one lineup and MME’ing either the $4 on FD or the $8 (sigh) on DK. I did the $4 on DK last week and 20 lineups just isn’t enough lineups to get the kind of exposure to players that I wanted. It was also really tough to narrow down my player pool in a full field event (so maybe I should stick with that same game plan this week since it’s a smaller field?) and I ended up cutting out guys I really liked last week (Keegan, Vegas) because I didn’t see a point in having 10-20% of them when I was only playing 20 lineups. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the plays...


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