PGA Punt Plays: Houston Open

Welcome back to my newest edition here in FantasyDraft’s Locker Room! If you haven’t played a PGA contest on FantasyDraft yet, I’ll fill you in. You can roster 7 golfers. Only the top 6 scores are added to your overall score, thus the lowest score of the 7 golfers in your lineup is dropped and does not count against you at all. It doesn’t matter if it was your most expensive golfer that bit the dust and missed the cut (Spieth earlier this year), or if it was a minimum salary punt play that performed like minimum price players typically do. The salaries for PGA on FantasyDraft are also rather tight so you usually must have a relatively cheap or min. priced player to help roster one or two “favorites to win”.

With that said, the purpose of this weekly PGA article is to enlighten you to the best PGA Punt Plays for the week. The overall goal here is to find the cheap golfer that can make the cut and aide your roster in case one of your “Top 6” falter or miss the cut altogether. If you roster one of these suggested players and they are the lowest score on your lineup, it usually means your “Top 6” performed adequately.

Last Week Recap: We didn’t have an article for you due to the hectic craziness of the Match Play event. So, when we say “last week” we really mean the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We had a 7th place finish in Sean O’Hair! I was 4/5 in golfers who made the cut with former back to back champ Matt Every being the sole loser. Swafford had an abysmal 4th round shooting a 79 and finished 75th. Billy Horse-crap shot a 68 in the 1st round but faltered late down to 54th. Lingmerth also had a 68, but in the 2nd round, but sucked everywhere else and finished 64th. 4/5 nonetheless.

2018 Houston Open

The Golf Club of Houston is a Par 72 that exceeds 7,400 yards in length. This course also has Bermuda greens that are known to be pretty fast to go along with its four Par 5s.

Cameron Tringale – $11,700

Tringale is the only one of my 5 Punts to be a perfect 5/5 over the last 5 years here. Want more course history than that? Well, he finished 4th here in 2014 and followed it up with a 5th in 2015. So yeah, he is my favorite Punt of the week. Not only is his course history here great, his recent form is also noteworthy. Take a gander: 30th in SG: TOT, 37th in SG: T2G, 27th in SG: SG, 24th in SG: APP, 11th in SG: ARG, and 48th in SG: P. Yup, still my fav.

Michael Kim – $11,700

Kim has only recently competed here in the last two years, not only making the cut both times but also finishing a very respectable 12th here last year. In terms of recent form, Kim ranks in the top 35 in SG: SG, SG: ARG, and SG: P. I believe I had Kim in a previous write-up already this year and he burned me. So yeah, there’s always that.

Robert Garrigus – $11,400

In the most recent 3 years that Garrigus did compete here, he hasn’t been cut. Sure, he withdrew in 2015, but that’s 3/3 on not being cut in my book! In last year’s contest, he finished a decent 20th here. While most of his recent form stats are mediocre, including a 52nd ranking in SG: T2G and a 40th in SG: BS, he does jump off the page with a 4th overall rank in SG: OTT.

Chris Stroud – $11,700

Stroud is the only Punt this week to miss the cut here last year. With that being said, he was 4/4 in the 4 attempts prior finishing 12th in 2014 and 17th in 2015. Stroud’s stats are comparable to Garrigus’. He has mediocre ranks with 32nd in SG: T2G, and 22nd in SG: BS, but a random 5th place spot in SG: APP.

Michael Thompson – $11,500

A perfect 3 for 3 in his most recent attempts, Thompson joins Kim as the highest finishers here last year for this week’s Punts at 12th place. Out of all my Punt plays this week, Thompson has the worst recent form. Nothing to get excited about anywhere. That probably means a top 10 finish.

PS. IT’S MASTERS NEXT WEEK!!! AWWWWWWW YESSSSSSS!!!

Stat Key

SG – Strokes Gained

SG: TOT – Total

SG: T2G – Tee to Green

SG: BS – Ball Striking

SG: SG – Short Game

SG: OTT – Off the Tee

SG: APP – Approach

SG: ARG – Around the Green

SG: P – Putting

Trevis Waters

Trevis has had a FantasyDraft account (MrFantasyGuru) even before the official launch of the site. He has also had well over a decade of fantasy sports experience and is a published fantasy sports writer with 3 books he hopes you don’t buy as they are now incredibly outdated. As a jack of all trades, he spends the wee hours of the morning teaching kids in China how to speak English, the afternoon working on all of the podcasts and free fantasy content you can find at ACKarmaSports.com, and the evenings filming for his movie review YouTube channel. Trevis is also the owner of Jasper the Dog, his lab/greyhound mix who became YouTube famous (and sponsored) for picking the March Madness bracket each of the past 4 years. You can find him on Twitter here @DFSKarmaTrevis

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