“Going for The Green” – this week’s five golfers fit the course well and have good form or course history, and are targeted as part of a more balanced lineup on FantasyDraft.
CHARLES HOWELL III – $17,600
On the outside looking in, a win and get into the Masters scenario provides a little added motivation for the Augusta, Georgia native this week. Howell heads to Houston playing what could arguably be some of the best golf of his career. His 13 starts on the season have resulted in eight top 25’s and four top 10’s while only missing the cut once.
With that coveted spot in the Masters on the line, Howell gets to take on a course where he’s found some success in the past; his last four starts at the Golf Club of Houston have resulted in three top 10 finishes. While he doesn’t necessarily excel at any one thing, Howell is very consistent across this week’s key stats.
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green – 41st (.748)
- Birdie or Better % – 72nd (22.10%)
- Scrambling % – 15th (66.53%)
- Driving Distance – 45th (298.3)
With the form, the stats, the course history and the added motivation, Howell checks all the boxes for a great play this weekend.
LUKE LIST – $15,900
Always a statistical darling, List comes into this week’s event riding some solid recent form. His last four appearances have all seen him play the weekend, with the last three resulting in finishes inside the top 37. His 17th place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational has led me to believe he can compete around here as well, another golf course with plenty of water hazards and fast greens. In fact, List has proven he can play well here, shown by his 27th place finish last year.
List’s 21st overall rank in SG:T2G should certainly suit him well around the Golf Club of Houston as well as his 312.9 yard Driving Distance average. Although the greens are technically made up of Bermudagrass, they are overseeded with bent and ryegrass, causing them to correlate better with players who putt better on bentgrass surfaces. This bodes well for List as he gains over .3 of a stroke more with the putter on Bentgrass than he does on Bermuda.
KYLE STANLEY – $15,800
Another player who pops up nearly every week when looking at relevant stats, Stanley comes in on the heels of back to back top 27 performances. Stanley is an incredible player tee-to-green, shown by his fifth rank on Tour in SG:T2G. The hesitation with Stanley always comes from his poor putting performance; he currently ranks 183rd on Tour in SG:Putting. Although the greens are fast this week, they are very flat relative to the majority of the putting surfaces on Tour. Stanley’s 9th overall rank in Proximity gives me hope that he won’t have to navigate too much of the putting surface in order to find the cup.
CAMERON SMITH – $15,700
If there is one narrative the holds true nearly every year, it is that Australians play well in Texas. Whether it be a random appearance on the leaderboard by Tim Wilkinson or Stuart Appleby, the Texas tournaments always seem to bring out the best in the Aussies. Much of the correlation can be made due to the windy conditions faced across the Lone Star State’s tournaments. Last year’s tournament was Smith’s turn to crack the 20 in Texas as he finished 19th here in his first attempt.
On the season Smith has played in 46 of the potential 48 rounds of the tournaments he’s entered. Each of his last three starts have resulted in finishes inside the top 50, the most recent of which was a 39th place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The key to Smith’s success in the early portion of the year has been exceptional scoring on both the par-3s and the par-5; he currently ranks 9th and 38th respectively.
STEWART CINK – $15,500
Although Cink is in the midst of a career year, he continues to get little to no respect from the DFS community. On the year Cink has made 10/12 cuts, finishing inside the top 30 eight times. There isn’t any one facet of Cink’s game that is carrying him to success, rather consistency across all aspects.
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green – 30th (.918)
- Birdie or Better % – 48th (22.96%)
- Scrambling % – 115th (59.66%)
- Driving Distance – 78th (293.3)
Obviously the Scrambling leaves a lot to be desired, however if Cink continues to hit over 70% of Greens in Regulation, there should be no concerns about his ability to get up and down. Cink has played well here in the past, making the cut in each of his last four appearances, the best result coming in 2013 when he finished sixth.
These five golfers leave you with $19,500 for your final roster spot leaving the majority of the field in play for your final pick. Using the “Going for The Green” picks alongside the “Weekend Warriors” on DFSDatalytics.com makes for many great combinations that can take down both GPPs and cash games.
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