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 European Tour - Nordea Masters
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:27

This tournament is Sweden’s version of The Masters in that it brings out a fairly strong field (composed of a lot of Swedish born players) and was previously known as the Scandinavian Masters. This event has been played at a few different courses in the past, but will be making its return to Barseback Golf & Country Club for the first time since 2009. The course is long having five Par 4’s over 450 yards, and one Par 3 that will play over 200. There’s only one Par 3 on the back, so I expect the majority of the scoring to come from the inward nine this week. All of the Par 5’s measure under 600 yards, but Ricardo Gonzalez won here in 2009 despite a third round 77, as Gonzalez was one of six players to fire in the sixties in round one and one of five to shoot in the sixties in round 2; getting off to a fast start seems imperative for our plays this week...


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 Memorial Tournament
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:15

The Memorial is a Jack Nicklaus hosted event on a Jack Nicklaus designed course in Dublin, OH. The field is invite only, so with a smaller field comes the pressure of making sure your lineups get all 6 players through the cut to ensure you’re seeing green numbers come Sunday. Past winners here have been a mixture of strong players (Tiger has won here five times, Kenny Perry (3), and Greg Norman (2), as well as Major winners Justin Rose (not in the field), Tom Watson (2) Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, and Fred Couples and random pop-ups (William McGirt, David Lingmerth, KJ Choi, Carl Pettersson, and Bart Bryant) so “class” would be the guys I’d lean on this week, as well as players who are trending either in their career arc, or in form. If you’re looking for corollary courses, Augusta will pop up all week as one, but I’m not extremely hell-bent on only using that for my research. It helps, but I won’t be putting too much emphasis on that this week...


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 Dean and Deluca PGA Plays - 5/24
Posted by @theguyinsandieg on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 15:21

Tournament Matchups

Cauley over Palmer is the most solid of the 3 plays. Cauley is 8/12 in cuts made and Palmer 5/12. This is Palmer’s home course but with the year he’s having I don’t understand why so many people are so high on him this week. Both are 67% in GIR and total strokes gained are almost identical. Cauley’s game is better and more consistent than Palmer’s is at this point. Play on Cauley and don’t be surprised to see Palmer miss the cut.


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 The Sweet Spot - Dean and Deluca
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:18

 

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 European Tour - BMW PGA Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 11:30

This week is the one year anniversary of the birth of Euro DFS for DraftKings, Happy Birthday – we’re sorry you have daddy issues because you’re constantly neglected! The fairways are tight and the greens are small, so accuracy will be at a premium this week. Of course, there are a few bombers we’ll be targeting because length off the tee can make up for a ton of accuracy, but we’ll need to be cautious with those plays and not overload our lineups with too many sprayers of the tee ball. The greens were re-seeded last year so it should be interesting to see how well they’ve taken to the new seed. Typically, a year from seeding is plenty of time for them to grow in, but we don’t know how much play has been limited during that time. Aside from the green surface being re-seeded, the greens themselves on the 8th, 11th, 14th & 16th were completely reshaped and the 3rd, 4th, 5th , 12th and 15th greens were partially rebuilt AND all of the bunkers on the course were redone as well as 29 of them being completely removed. This course is far different than in year’s past, but of course all of the players are ranting and raving about the changes (weird, right? I highly doubt they all love all of the changes, but whatever)...


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 Dean & Deluca
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 11:00

OVERVIEW

The final leg of Texas golf is upon us this week in Fort Worth. Last year Jordan Spieth reclaimed his form from his Masters debacle to capture a three shot victory over a surprising Harris English in a weak field (something we have yet again this week with all of the top Euros playing in the BMW PGA at Wentworth). The course is considered a ball strikers course where players will be forced to hit less than driver to put themselves in prime position to attack flags. We also have some course comps this week to look at, so I’d recommend looking at past experience at the following courses/events: Harbour Town (RBC Heritage), TPC Four Seasons (Byron Nelson)...


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 The Sweet Spot - Byron Nelson
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 09:38

 

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 European Tour - Rocco Forte Open
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:40

Last week was a good week to dial it back a bit due to DraftKings running bigger tournaments for THE PLAYERS, this week I recommend scaling up between where you’d normally play, and where you played last week as this is a good week to take advantage of some plays that might be lesser known to the casual European Tour DFSer. New event and a weak field this week in Italy, so buckle up. The course is primarily links style, so we’ll be targeting those that play well on that type of course layout, versus tree lined “specialists” as well as a few Italian-bred players. Length off the tee looks to be the main benefactor here, so when in doubt, target bombers...


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 AT&T Byron Nelson
Posted by Taras Pitra on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:17

Interesting week last week where we saw a large number of 6/6 lineups make it through the initial cut and if you were able to avoid the MDF’s by Kuchar & JT, you saw some nice returns. This week we head back to Texas for the first of back-to-back Texas events to complete the Texas swing. At the top of the field we have DJ, Spieth, Day and Masters winner Sergio Garcia leading this fairly weak field. The past few weeks haven’t seen the chalk hit as we’re used to, so make sure you’re paying attention to your aggregate ownership percentages when building your lineups, being massively chalky can be detrimental when the dust settles on a week where the chalk falls flat, regardless of contest selection...


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 The Sweet Spot - The Players Championship
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 09:44

 

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