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Generally, the goal is to have a lineup of all six golfers making the cut. Some weeks it will vary, but a majority of the time, six is the goal. Every week the spreadsheet will be updated with the field and stats necessary to look into when determining your lineups.
We finally, really begin the PGA Season, as we enter our first regular sized field of 2018 in Waialae for the Sony Open! The field strength is average, as it’s headlined by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, but after that, there’s not much to be crazy about. With regular sized fields means cash games are back in play, and of course, we now begin to look for safety with upside, as opposed to taking risks on certain plays. Waialae presents bermuda grass greens and fairways, and a Par 70 course, meaning just two Par 5’s. There are several players sporting good history at this event, and one in particular we will discuss as a must play.
With that being said, lets talk about some picks.
Previous 4 Winners:
2017: Justin Thomas (-27)
2016: Fabian Gomez (-20)
2015: Jimmy Walker (-23)
2014:Jimmy Walker (-17)
2013: Russell Henley (-24)
KEY STATS FOR THIS WEEK:
- SG Tee-Green
- SG Putting
- Birdie or Better
- Par 4 Scoring
- Fairways Hit
– DFS PGA Plays of the Week –
Justin Thomas ($11,600)
- While it may seem bland to sit here discuss the defending champion as the top play this week, why shouldn’t we? The #4 ranked player in the world had a monster, breakout campaign in 2017, collecting 5 wins, two more than he had in his career going in. Thomas ranks fifth in our Cheat Sheet this week, he’s the second most expensive golfer in the field, only behind Jordan Spieth who is first in both those areas. While Spieth enters coming off a 3rd place finish last year at Waialae, and a 9th place finish last week, I actually don’t love his chances of winning this week. Thomas made this golf course look like mini golf, rallying to a -27 victory, with the closest competitor seven shots off his lead. Thomas looked quite bad for most of the Tournament of Champions, but he rallied on Sunday to shoot a -6 (67). Thomas opened last season with back-to-back wins in Hawaii, and although he finished T22 last week, he remains a heavy favorite here. His ball striking is among the best in the business, and he profiles as the top Birdie or Better player, number two in Par 4 Scoring, 6th in T-G, while ranking as a Top 50 player in Putting and GIR. If he can keep the ball in the fairway, his game is flawless. Justin Thomas is my pick to win as a repeat champion, and will be an excellent pivot off Jordan Spieth, who figures to generate the highest ownership of the two.
Also, see the odds for a TOP 5 or TOP 10 finish this week. Utilizing our picks and PGA CHEAT SHEET can provide huge value in the betting market!