His PGA articles have been featured here on RotoCurve for the past year. Ryan is a former PGA professional, so his golf course and player insights are second to none. Ryan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now resides in South Florida with his wife and son.
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TPC Summerlin is a par-71 that plays just over 7,200 yards. That means there is one extra par-4 (instead of a 4th par-5) on this course, making par-4 scoring even more important. Holes 15 – 18 will be equally critical this week, as players finish with a drivable par-4, reachable par-5, water-guarded par-3, and a tough finishing par-4.
One thing to notice is that although the fairways can be difficult to hit, there isn’t much rough to speak of (welcome to desert golf). I think you might see a leaderboard similar to what we saw when Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open. When it comes to the type of player I’m targeting, I think I’m targeting scorers and ball-strikers more than anything. Regardless of the course, fantasy points come from birdie makers, and this course has had a mixed bag of winners in the past.
Last year’s leaderboard consisted of names like Rod Pampling, Francesco Molinari, Kyle Stanley, Keegan Bradley, Lucas Glover, and Pat Perez. Those players have one thing in common: they’re great ball-strikers and horrible putters. Based on this, I’ll be adding an extra emphasis on strokes gained approach this week, and negating putting.
The final narrative for this week is desert golf, and players who grew up or live in this area of the country. Charley Hoffman, Scott Piercy, and Ryan Moore all were raised in Vegas and went to UNLV, so they usually have extra motivation for the week. Hoffman has already said that he’s donating this week’s winnings to the Vegas shooting victims, so let’s all root for him.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
Chesson Hadley ($10,100)
Many casual golf fans still don’t know the name Chesson Hadley, but they should. Coming off a multi-win season on the web.com Tour, Hadley stormed to a runner-up finish at last week’s Sanderson Farms. Because he’s had PGA Tour status before, he’s played TPC Summerlin numerous times. He posted a 5th place finish in 2013, which bodes well for his chances this week. Although a small sample size, Hadley is near the top of the field in every statistical category I’m targeting this week.