Tee 2 Green
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
Par 70 7,139 yards
For the first time since 2006, this TPC golf course located in Maryland will play host to the Quicken Loans National. Big renovations from 2006-2008 costing upwards of 20 million dollars helped take this course to the next level. All the greens were rejuvenated with new irrigation systems. The bunkers now mimic those in Scotland with sod-faced bunkers (I’m sure this will be mentioned during the telecast over the weekend on CBS), along with long fescue that will make the best golfers pay for going into the hazard or even being near them. The old golf adage tends to hold true on this course: many greens lean towards the water that runs through this beautiful course. Rock Run Creek shapes many of the holes, and golfers should be passive when having to putt toward the RRC. The irons will need to be dialed in this week and control ball spin as many greens have false fronts, making balls retreat 30 yards from their landing spot and into the approach if not precise. Longer hitters don’t necessarily have the advantage on this course like they do at many others. Usually when looking into a golf tournament coming up, I’ll go back and look at previous winners and guys that place well from year to year. Does it help for me to tell you that Billy Hurley III won with an impressive -17 last year? Nope. So…maybe don’t read that last sentence. Whoops.
Sidebar, but right in the middle? I don’t know. Let’s just roll with it. The Travelers Championship showed us how golf can come down to the last swing. First sudden death playoff hole, Jordan Speith sinks one from a green side bunker (he had just played from that same bunker 4 strokes ago.) Heck of a finish, and SportsCenter should have the bunker shot in the top 10.
Inside Glance this week is different in the fact that it has nothing to do with my brother or myself. Quicken Loans National is a Tiger Woods Tournament put on by his foundation. Follow them on twitter @TWFoundation “85% of the students live at or below the poverty line, 97% are first generation college students.” (tigerwoodsfoundation.org). Think what you will of Tiger Woods; that’s your opinion and I can’t argue against your beliefs. But I wanted to point out the good that still happens in this world. The TWFoundation allows for students and teachers alike to be more successful and pursue their dreams.
Top DFS Players this weekend
This week doesn’t hold a dominate field but still offers many great golfers to choose from. Fowler, Reed and Thomas headline this week’s tournament at TPC Potomac. Will they steal the show, or will it be an upcoming star? It can be very tough in a limited field to find value. You must use stats, knowledge and some luck to figure this week out. let’s dig deep into the bunkers to find the best possible plays this week. Time to increase our pocket green!
Ricky Fowler Salary – $12,000
The only top 10 player in the world at this tournament. He has 5 top 5 finishes this year, including a 5th place finish at the U.S Open two weeks ago. He took last week off to prepare for this week and should come out hungry! Fowler tends to get off to hot starts and really feeds off the crowd. A fan favorite this week, will be surrounded by spectators every hole and should pace this tournament from start to finish.
Patrick Reed Salary – $11,100
Reed has six top 25’s in his last 7 events and must be considered the most consistent golfer as of right now. He can really push the tempo on the course unlike any other. Reed had seven birdies in his final round last week but added 3 bogeys to push him under the leaders and he finished in 5th. He should get off to another hot start as he excels on shorter courses like this. Avoiding the big mistakes will be the difference however between Reed lifting a trophy or going home empty again.
Marc Leishman Salary – $9,800
Leishman now has made 13 of his last 15 cuts and has one of the best Iron games there is. He ranks 10th in total shots gained and 21st from tee to green. When your this consistent at getting up and down you always give yourself a chance on Sunday. A rising star, find a way to include him in your linuep
Down the middle
Billy Horschel Salary – $8,800
You knew I was going to pick this former Florida Gator. He may be inconsistent, but when he is hot, he can really chomp! Horschel has 3 top 5 finishes this year and 4 top 10 finishes total. He has great tournaments and then has a horrific outing. Well he had another bad outing at the U.S Open with a 150Th place finish. He took a week a off and says he feels great. So that means this week he will finish in the top 10 right? Maybe the crowd will do the gator chomp this weekend.
Keegan Bradley Salary – $8,700
Bradley also has 4 top 10 finishes this year and ranks 16th in shots gained off the tee. The big deal here this week at tpc potomac is that players who can get off the tee and put themselves in a great spot to approach the green can walk away smiling after each hole. If Bradley can find his short game this week, he can fill his pockets on Sunday night!
Xander Schauffele Salary – $8,400
Xander, I love that name! With 4 top 25’s in his last 7 events, you don’t want to pass on this guy. He has jumped out to very hot starts in each but then plays mediocre through the weekend. He needs to build his confidence and no better opportunity than this week against a weaker field. He finished 5th in the Sanderson farms championship and 5th two weeks ago in the U.S Open. My pick to win the tournament.
Play it as it lies
Danny Lee Salary – $8,200
Lee has 3 top 10 finishes this year and used his superb putting in each. Tpc Potomac is a beautifully designed course setting up birdie chances on many of the par 4’s. I can see Lee excelling this week based on his consistent putting and the layout of this generous course. Affordable and very valuable if he is on his game.
Morgan Hoffman Salary – $7,800
Morgan now has 5 top 30 finishes this year and really excels on shorter courses. Short game player with great rhythm and pace. He doesn’t stand out in any category but does a great job at staying calm and normally pushes himself at a few strokes under Par. You can really see how relaxed and confident he is. Won’t make many “great” shots, but makes just as many “good” shots as anyone.
Graham DeLaet Salary – $7,500
DeLaet been great so far this year with 5 top 10 finishes. He ranks in the top 20 in both shots gained off the tee and putting. You have to love a golfer who steps up and strikes the ball with confidence like this man. He had a chance this past Sunday but fell apart at the end. If he can stay focused on Sundays, you can focus on making money off of him.
Kevin Na Salary – $7,400
Were you mad at the comments he made before the U.S Open? “Na” I actually liked the aggressive comments. Na comes into this tournament with 3 top 10 finishes this season and two solid tournaments in a row. He has great pace and is very strategic ranking in the top 20 in shots around the green. Very smart golfer, should make the cut and have great value on Sunday.
Bryson DeChambeau Salary – $6,900
Best golfer name on tour? Maybe! DeChambeau Ranks in the top 25 in total shots gained off the tee. His hat is mad fresh and so is his silky golf swing. Big bro recommended him this week and I couldn’t agree more. He has 3 top 30 finishes this year and seems to play on Sunday quite often. Should make the cut into the weekend and that’s great value at his price.
Lucas Glover Salary – $6,900
I love Glover each week and the price is always right! He has 4 top 10 finishes this year and ranks 42nd in the FedEx Cup rankings. Also he Ranks in the top 20 in shots gained off the tee as well as tee to green percentage. He favors short courses and I favor pocket green. Load up Glover as your sneaky value play this week.
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