PGA $8,000+ ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
The PGA Tour rolls into Detroit where DJ headlines an incredibly thin field that will force coaches to pick a few unknowns down the bottom this week.
With a real lack of top-end options the man at the top will be probably the highest owned-player on the slate. DJ is the best (by far) player in this field and when the bookies have a guy at $6 to win a PGA event, you kind of have to pick him in your teams.
One problem with taking DJ is you instantly have just 15k left per player for the other five. This will be a very popular problem this week because there really is no reliable ‘balance’ build you can make here. Guns and scrubs for me all day – nailing the cheapies is massive this week.
Dustin Johnson ($23,990): Hands down the best player in this field. If talent or class really reflected price he’d be 27k+. This course has 4 Par 5’s which makes DJ an even better play. Absolute must-pick for mine.
Hideki Matsuyama ($20,340): Our stars and strubs build features three of the top four guys and Deki gets the nod over Fowler just bit more consistent recently. Think this is very winnable for Matsuyama.
Gary Woodland ($19,950): Little concerned about taking Woodland off the US Open win but the reality is he played amazing golf and he arrives at a course with four par 5’s, three of which are very get-able in 2 for the bigger hitters and there are few bigger than Woodland. These three guys should all be in the top 5 which means we just need some scrubs to make some cuts.
Vaughan Taylor ($14,670): Made his last 5 cuts in a row including a 4th placed finish at the Travelers last week. Ranked #1 in this field in Putting and his approach game has been solid. If he has a good week off the tee (always a concern) he will be in contention here.
Sebastian Munoz ($11,060): Munoz’ approach game, normally a great strength, failed him at the Travelers but prior to that he had been playing very solid golf with a 10th at the Canadian Open and an 11th at the Byron Nelson. His putting failed to save him last week but here I think we should see the irons come back and the putter return as well.
Sep Strakka ($9,550): Ranked #9 in Approach and #13 in Ball Striking in this field, Strakka seems well under-priced in this field but if you saw him putt last week you’d know why he was down here. he could not have putted worse last week at the Travelers. he lost almost 6 strokes putting to miss the cut. Like we saw at the Byron Nelson and the US Open, if he putts just half bad, he will top 30 (which in this field could well be top 15!).Latest