The PGA Tour is heading a little south from Maryland to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to play The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier. The course is a Par 70 that plays a shade under 7,300 yards. It features a wide range of hole distances with two Par 4s under 400 yards to go along with six between 400-450 and four more between 450-500. The Old White TPC played at average difficulty last year as the 27th of 50 courses at -.139 relative to par. As golfers make their way around the track, they’ll need to contend with 85 bunkers, 9 water hazards, and bentgrass greens. If you’re interested in a closer look at the course and some key stats I’m targeting, you can check that out here.
Expensive Golfers ($9,500+)
The top-priced golfer this week is Tony Finau ($11,500). If you’ve ever read anything that I’ve written, you know that I’m a bit of a Finau fanboy. He’s 2nd in DK Points over the past 36 rounds to go along with 2nd in Bogey Avoidance as well. That’s as good of a combination as any that you’ll find in most fields. The price may be prohibitive to a certain extent, but if you’re not getting some exposure to Finau, I think you’re doing it wrong this week.
Phil Mickelson ($11,200) is done with his apology tour and is ready to compete again this week. It’s hard to fade Mickelson on DK for a multitude of reasons. He’s 1st in DK Points and 4th in Bogey Avoidance over his last 50 rounds. Not many golfers possess Mickelson’s upside, and in a weak field, there’s no real reason to assume that he’d be far outside of the Top 10 when the week is over.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,700) continues to be viable in GPPs at the start of his young career. Since turning pro after the Masters, he’s made seven starts with four Top 20s and three missed cuts. His week at Quicken Loans National was an impressive performance considering that he didn’t have his A game. Off the tee he was stellar, but he still managed a 17th place finish despite being off on his approach and around the green. He’s 5th in DK Points over his past 24 rounds.
Mid-Range Golfers ($9,500 – $7,500)
Charles Howell III ($9,300) continues to make cuts and post Top 25s. His best putting surface is bent. Howell has gained strokes on approach in 11-of-14 starts dating back to the beginning of 2018. The knock against him will always be a lack of upside for DK Scoring purposes, which is a fair criticism, but his cut equity is unmatched outside of the top golfers in the OWGR. I’ll continue to plug him into my lineups until he gives me a reason not to.
Kevin Streelman ($8,600) and Anirban Lahiri ($8,300) both come in with some decent form. Streelman has made his last four cuts despite being dreadful around the green during that stretch. If he can get that sorted out a bit, we could be looking at a decent finish here soon. Lahiri was the beneficiary of a hot putter last week but has been trending in the right direction as far as his ball-striking is concerned. I’d give a slight edge to Lahiri because he has some more upside for a GPP, as he’s 17th in DK Points over the past 24 rounds.
Cheap Dart Throws (Sub – $7,500)
Bronson Burgoon ($7,000) is an interesting option at his price as well. He’s been a bit all over the place in terms of his results, but it seems like his ball-striking is beginning to stabilize. Burgoon’s gained strokes ball-striking in each of his last five starts despite mixed results when it comes to tournament finishes. He’s coming off of a confidence boosting 6th place performance at the Quicken Loans National last week.
If you’re chasing ball-striking, and you should be, Vaughn Taylor ($6,700) also makes some sense in this field. He’s 9th in SG: APP over the past 24 rounds. He’s made 6-of-7 cuts recently and is priced low enough to help you fit in the Mickelson’s and Finau’s of the world.
Robert Garrigus ($6,800) is putting together a solid stretch of golf at very low ownership recently. Three of his last four events have resulted in Top 30 finishes despite awful putting. Garrigus has gained strokes on approach in nine of his last 11 events with his putter holding him back from more positive finishes.