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 Turkish Open Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 21:50

This is the first leg of the “Final Series” for the Race to Dubai, which means a little bit more incentive for the guys near the top as well as those outside the Top 70 to try to qualify for next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge. This week there are 78 players in the field, which means there’s no cut this week. The field strength was decent at the top until Tiger, Rory and Patrick Reed withdrew from the event, but after those removals we’re left with the typical European Tour field this week. Had Rory or Reed stayed in it could’ve opened up some fairly obvious value for the guys priced near the top, but we don’t need to talk about something that didn’t happen. 


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 Daily Spin Shriners
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 21:23

So sleepy, but can’t get myself to turn off ESPN and the heads up battle at the final table of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. What had been an exciting, interesting match has now become a slow, death march to the end. It feels a lot like my cash games a week ago where at least one player on each roster tanked and the stars did not rise to the heights we had projected. We have not seen such a poor performance out of DJ since the PGA Championship as he never got on track in any meaningful manner and took the life out of one of the optimal lineups.


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 The Daily Spin - WGC HSBC
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:30

For the second week in a row, we will have ourselves some late night golf to watch as the tour moves on to Shanghai for the WGC HSBC this week for what could be dubbed, the major of the fall season. Many of the top American players will be done until January after this event. For the European player, the Race to Dubai heats up in the weeks ahead, but as the contests for DraftKings are a little on the unpredictable side in terms of field size and prize pools, I am highly uncertain about what to expect in the months ahead. Fortunately, we get to enjoy this event with a very strong field and only a few key names near the top not participating this week, with Jason Day missing due to injury and Jordan Spieth choosing to take some additional time off after probably playing a little bit too much in the intervening months after winning the Tour Championship a year ago...


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 Jeff's Hardcore GPP Core - Portugal Masters / CIMB Classic
Posted by Jeff Bergerson on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:05

We had a couple FGI members win GPPs last week and both gave credit to the Core, which killed it last week in the British Masters. Obviously when four out of the top five guys in the Core take (Noren-1st, Weisberger 2nd, Fleetwood-4th, and Bland 4th) you are definitely giving your teams a great opportunity. Others did well enough to compliment the big dogs, including Ilonen- T12, Kjeldsen-T28, Paratore T22, and Fritsch T33. We only had two guys miss the cut throughout the entire Core, which is incredibly tough to do on the European Tour. Overall, the optimal lineup that our Euro Model produces has won cash games the last two weeks, and the Core has been really good for the last couple of months now. Keep working hard with your research...


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 The Daily Spin - CIMB Classic
Posted by Jeff Bergerson on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 14:28

The PGA swing season is off and running and we are off to a fantastic start after riding Brendan Steele’s come from behind win last Sunday to a very profitable day that saw two of three optimal lineups win in cash games and many of you with teams that crushed it in GPP events. The weather was a little tricky and a late cut line move kept it from being a dream week in terms of potential winnings, but considering all of the new faces and time off between events for most players, it was a very satisfying week. The key to our success in these early fall events remains the same year after year; do not take stupid, unnecessary risks and wade into the new player pool deliberately, gaining some exposure to the young players, but watching closely to see...


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 CIMB Classic Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 14:12

First thing’s first, this week there’s no cut so make sure you’re choosing your contests wisely. Last week’s picks did pretty well overall even with all of the weather delays and whatnot so I am happy about that and I hope you all did well using them. One thing I will say is that if you normally play one or two lineups and there’s weather concerns before the tournament, I wouldn’t suggest swapping out all of your players to stack a flight of tee times, but I would recommend making another lineup using that strategy. Because of the weather concerns I got off of some strong plays that were teeing off in the afternoon which ended up biting me in the end, and had I stuck to my original lineup and hedged with an AM stack I would’ve profited a small amount (which is better than losing my shirt). Congrats to Brendan “Blue” Steele after capturing his first win since 2011, he was my gut call of the week and came through huge for us. The key thing I’ll be honing in on this week will be how guys played last week + course history at this course...


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 Portugal Masters Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 13:32

Another week in the books and another “Masters” event on the European Tour (yes I used this line last week, but it holds true again this week). This week we actually have some course history to look at so we’re not flying too blind. Distance off the tee will be key this week so you’ll notice a lot of bombers will be listed in the picks sections. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer in 2004, so expect more of a resort course style of design (which should lead to lower scores). The course is a very flat links course with minimal trees and four lakes come into play...


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 British Masters - Jeff's Hardcore GPP Core
Posted by Jeff Bergerson on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 17:12

Last week the Alfred Dunhill was very good for us and the Hardcore Core.  In fact, only two guys included in the Core missed the cut, which is extremely difficult to do in what has proven to be a highly volatile European Tour.  I am kicking myself for not including Hatton, as I went back and forth on him multiple times leading up to publishing time.  Even without him, I was able to double my money in GPPs and I know many of you did well too, from your emails and tweets. This week we have another strong field for the British Masters in the U.K and we will try and follow up on the success that we have had over the past month. I talk a little about a strategy I have been using for Euro events as well this week.

Good luck!


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 British Masters Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 17:02

Another week in the books and another “Masters” event on the European Tour. It was fun to see our boy Ty Hatton get the win last week after having terrible form for about a month and a half, but last week’s GPP picks were a great success and I’ll look to keep that train rolling again this week. There’s no course history this week as the British Masters recently added The Grove to the rotation of courses so we’ll be relying heavily on form and the limited statistics we have...


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 Players to Watch from the Web.com Tour
Posted by Jeffrey Hopkins on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 11:40

The Web.com Tour came to an unfortunate end after the Tour Championship was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. It was a sigh of relief for the players inside the 25, but a bitter ending to those who thought they had one more chance to secure a tour card with a strong finish. Regardless, that’s how things work sometimes and there will be 50 players advancing to the PGA Tour or returning there once again. The 2016-17 PGA Tour season begins this Thursday at the Safeway Open in California. This means we’re going to see the Web.com Tour graduates on the PGA Tour, most for the first time. Those of you who have been following along will have a strong advantage knowing which young studs might make some noise. Last season, then Web.com Tour graduate Emiliano Grillo won the Safeway Open in his first event on the PGA Tour. Those who were paying attention at the end of the Web.com Tour season last year knew Grillo was on a hot streak and had some serious potential heading into the fall season. Let’s take a look at my favorite graduates for this upcoming season...


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