Favorite Plays by Tier
The Northern Trust
Liberty National GC: Jersey City, NJ Par 71: 7,370 Yards
- 2013: 22nd Toughest (out of 43), played 0.151 Strokes OVER Par
- 2009: 8th Toughest (out of 51), played 1.282 Strokes OVER Par
Roster Lock: 7:10 am EST (6:10 CST, 5:10 MST, 4:10 PST)
Temperatures should be in the mid to high 80s, maybe even seeing 90 on Thursday. Maybe a stray shower on Thursday afternoon, but nothing major. The wind will have a slight impact, with 10-13 mph winds on both Thursday and Friday afternoons. Maybe a gust up to 20 but nothing more. The calmest winds of the first two days is Thursday morning. So, I guess there is an ever so slight advantage to the Thursday AM/Friday PM wave, but not significant enough to change lineup or picks based on it.
We have a consensus highest projected owned player this week: Patrick Cantlay. He may approach 25% in contests from what I'm seeing. Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson are also trending towards high ownership. As far as the rest, here are other players who are in the Top 5 highest owned on Fantasy National and FanShare Sports, in no particular order: Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, and Joaquin Niemann. I don't know if we see anyone outside of the three I mentioned earlier get to 20%, but these other players are names I could see at 15% or above. It also wouldn't surprise me if Gary Woodland, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, or Rory McIlroy hit that mark as well.
- Rafa Cabrera-Bello withdrew on Tuesday, as he and his wife are expecting a child. Congrats to the family, and if you had planned on using him, make sure you choose someone else.
- It's weird that James and I went through our podcast, and other podcasts that I've listened to, and none of us really mentioned the name of Tiger Woods. The warmer weather should help, but he did cut his pro-am short on Wednesday and expressed concern about the workload of the Playoffs. Tiger rates well statistically, but I think the health concerns are enough to make him nothing more than a riskier GPP play.
- The question I tried finding out an answer to today was the status of Adam Scott's putter. When he has used the long putter, he has gained multiple strokes putting. When he has used a short putter, the complete opposite. From what I could tell on Twitter (nothing official), one account said he had both putters in his bag. Another said he was using the short putter in the Pro-Am and was missing a lot of putts. He has popped a little bit in ownership, but the use of the short putter is a concern to me. As of now, I am not using him in my single lineup, but is still a viable play if you want to use him in tournaments. I would probably avoid him in cash due to this putter concern.
- I have moved off of Brian Harman as my favorite play in the 7k tier. Instead, I will make it Bubba Watson. When I started looking at how both golfers did on Par 71 courses, Bubba was better across short and long-term models. The same was true for distances between 7200 and 7400 yards. When I combined the results, it was apparent Bubba was the superior play. I also looked at courses that fit this model, and Riviera came up as one of them. I find that significant because Bubba has won there twice and has similar scores to what we are expecting at Liberty National this week. I still think Harman is a good play, I just like Bubba better. One other thing in Harman's favor: He has won and played well at the John Deere Classic, which is a Par 71 and falls between 7200 and 7400 yards.
Football and Golf in the Fall on My Fantasy Fix
A few things about the upcoming fall here on My Fantasy Fix. James and I will continue to do our golf podcast during the Swing Season. It will most likely be posted on Tuesday nights. We will also give some opening thoughts on the upcoming week in the NFL season and look at the Thursday Night game. We're still deciding if they will be in one podcast or two separate ones.Those will still be free. There will not be a Wednesday Update for golf during the Fall Swing, but the tournament history and course ranks will still be posted by Monday night.
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That's all I have for this week. Good luck in all of your contests as the Playoffs start.
It's still taking me some time to get used to this being the first playoff event, and not the PGA Championship. The Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup Standings make the playoffs, but this week's field will be no greater than 122. Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, and Sam Burns are not playing, despite being in the Top 125. With the Top 70 in the standings this week moving onto the BMW Championship, Burns and Stenson's seasons are over, as they enter this week below 70th place in the standings. There are no alternates for anyone else who may withdraw, and there is no MDF. So if 81 golfers make the cut, all 81 will play the weekend; no secondary cut.
In 2013, Adam Scott won at -11, and the cut was Even par. You can look at the 2013 results in the tournament history file, but outside of that, I don't know if it holds a lot of value this week. Recent form and course fit will be much more important. If you want to really dig into this more, the 2017 Presidents Cup was also held at Liberty National. As far as the stats, I think you will want to focus on Approach/GIR, along with birdie ability and proximity form 200+ yards. I don't mind looking at Par 5 scoring, as that popped as being important in 2013. Eight of the eleven Par 4s fall from 400-500 yards (3 from 400-450, 5 from 450-500) so that can be included as well. I don't know how much I will emphasize current FedEx Cup position going into this. That may be more of a factor for weekend tournaments but I don't see the need to factor it in for the entire tournament.