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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- Fantasy Golf Picks: Genesis Open PGA DFS “Sleepers” - February 13, 2018
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- Fantasy Golf Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA DFS “Sleepers” - January 30, 2018
It was an impressive (comeback) win by Jason Day at Torrey Pines, where he knocked off Alex Noren on the 6th playoff hole. Overall, it was a tough week, with many of my staples underperforming and missing the cut. The biggest culprits were Jhonny Vegas and Brian Harman, both of whom missed the cut. Ryan Palmer came through with a T-2nd, and managed to salvage the week. My unicorn, Martin Flores, was in the top-10 all week until the back nine on Sunday, which was disappointing.
This week, the Tour heads back to TPC Scottsdale, where players face the famous Stadium Course. Although we have a ton of course history to draw upon, there was a recent renovation by Tom Weiskopf which dramatically changed the event, and made the course much more difficult. But here’s what we know: it’s a par-71 course, stretching nearly 7,300 yards. Players have different ways of playing the course, but it’s driver-heavy – everyone will be hitting drivers. This makes strokes gained off-the-tee the key stat of the week, in my book. Weiskopf added bunkers, narrowed the landing areas, and created a course that really makes players think. It also will highlight the best players, as we’ve seen the last three seasons (Brooks Koepka win, Hideki Matsuyama wins each of the past two seasons). The course also has a ton of drama, featuring reachable par-5s, a drivable par-4, and the famous 16th hole. It’s a par-3 that’s surrounded by grandstands and stadium seating making for an insanely raucous atmosphere. For correlation courses, I’m focusing on recent form, but will also be looking at results from TPC Summerlin, host of the Shriner’s.
This week’s field is headlined by Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and Hideki Matsuyama. One thing that I will note – although it’s hard to quantify – is that it’s Super Bowl week. Many of these top players have sponsor commitments and appearances scheduled, and many will attend parties before the Super Bowl. Use that information at your own discretion.
Scottsdale, like Orlando, is a hotbed for PGA golf. Many Tour pros played college golf in the area, and still reside in Scottsdale. Names in the field who still live and practice in Scottsdale include Aaron Baddeley, Pat Perez, Bryce Molder, Martin Laird, Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson, and Chez Reavie.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
*We have 5 elite players in the field, so I’m going to highlight my favorite to headline this week’s article.
Jordan Spieth (At $11,400, he may bee too expensive and under the radar)
I hope Spieth goes a little under the radar this week with Rahm and Hideki eating up ownership, because I love his chances just as much. In two tries here, Spieth has finished 7th and 9th. He’s likely going to be paired with one or both of his best friends on Tour (Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) this week, so I expect them all to fare pretty well. Spieth strung together three straight top-10s this winter, before falling to 18th at the Sony Open. Either way, Spieth continues to be an elite ball-striker, and his poor recent putting will come around.