High Priced

PGA: U.S. Open - First Round

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($11,300): There’s some very interesting names at the top of the salary charts this week as players try and make one final impression on captain Darren Clark for Ryder Cup purposes.  Pressure sometimes doesn’t always equal good play though and the man with the least amount of pressure this week is Fitzpatrick as he’s all but sewed up his Cup spot with a T5 last weekend.  The talented Englishman already has a win at a similar field event this year in another Northern Europe venue and is now coming off his best showing in quite some time.  Fitzpatrick doesn’t smash it off the tee (190th on tour in Driving Distance) but that shouldn’t really matter here as the course this week doesn’t play long at all.  I think he’s in a great spot to put up a big week and possibly land his second win in the last couple of months. 

Marc Warren ($9000): Warren is a quality player who’s been getting it done on the Euro Tour for a while now.  He’s struggled this year with accuracy off the tee (181st on tour) but recently his game has started to take form.  A generally solid putter, Warren won this event two years ago and should benefit this week from course familiarity if nothing else.  At $9000, and coming off his best finish in quite some time, Warren’s a golfer many will overlook but someone I fully expect to compete here this week.  Definitely target him as a low owned play in tournaments.

Thorbjorn Olesen ($8800): I’ve discussed Olesen a few times already in this column.  He’s a very talented young player who already has some big wins to his name.  Olesen can be very hot and cold, but when he gets off to a good start, a great week for fantasy purposes is always possible.  While his finishing position at the Olympics wasn’t fantastic he did make a ton of birdies and he was actually 6th in SG: putting for the week, a good omen as putting seems crucial to success at this week’s venue.  Olesen was T7 at this event two years ago and I think he can build on that here.  At $8800 he’s fantastic value that comes with a little risk but tons of upside. 

Mid Priced

PGA: The 144th Open Championship-Final Round

James Morrison ($8100): Morrison has had a miserable season for the most part but made it to the semi-finals of the recent match-play event over in Europe.  The usually straight-hitting Englshman tied for 28th here a couple of years ago and this seems like a venue where he could definitely build on his recent momentum and the good play he put in at the match-play event.  He’s a bit of risk given his record but I think you’ll see him rebound here and he should be relatively low owned.  

Paul Dunne ($7800): Dunne is a talented Irish player who had some press time during the Open Championship in 2015 when he found himself in the lead after three rounds of play.  Since then he’s struggled a bit, but he had his best week in a while at the Czech Masters last week finishing T16. Given his talent, he seems like a nice play here for DFS purposes at only $7800.  While he’s had trouble with consistency this season, Dunne does have five top 20 finishes and another result like that would mean he returns good value on DraftKings. 

Michael Hoey ($6800): Hoey is a veteran player who has won numerous times on the Euro tour, sometimes out of nowhere.  The Northern Irishman doesn’t need form to put in a good week at this venue, with it’s shorter yardage and emphasis on putting (which suits his game).  He’s struggled this year, but finished T27 at this event last season with his final rounds both under 70.  At $6800 he’s a nice way to conserve salary while preserving some upside. 

Low Priced

Olympics: Golf-Men's Individual-Round 3

Ricardo Gouveia ($6700): Gouveia will be teeing it up in Denmark for the first time this year but his price seems right, regardless of the lack of course history.  He’s coming off a mediocre Olympics, but his seasonal record is superior to many others in this price range.  At only $6700, getting a player who has made all 5 of his last 5 cuts, and landed two top 20’s in that same span seems like great value.  I’d target him based on record alone and be happy with the price you’re getting. 

Daniel Im ($6400): Im had a nice start last week only to fade from the leaderboard over the weekend.  The young American player has now made three of his last four cuts and also has a T22 to his name at this venue from two seasons ago.  This course isn’t as much about power as it is about course management and that should suit Im well as he’s ranked well down the list in Driving Distance but 56th in accuracy.  At $6400 he’s another young player to target this week who could use a nice finish before the Euro-tour playoffs start.

Chris Paisley ($6100): Paisley finished T35 at this event last year which seems solid but doesn’t tell the entire story.  Paisley was up with the leaders after round three but he shot a disastrous 78 in the last round to plummet down the leaderboard.  The Englishman missed the cut last week but had a strong showing at the Scottish Open and needs a good week for playoff purposes here.  At $6100, and with two top 15 finishes in his last 5 starts, he’s looking like strong value to me and someone I’d consider if you’re stacking some top plays this week.

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