The Greenbrier Classic tees off Thursday morning from The Old White TPC in West Virginia, after a year hiatus. Flooding ravaged this part of the state last year, and a golf tournament getting canceled was the least of the problems that occurred, but its return is definitely a good sign.
Here are a few names to consider from every price range to get you started.
Patrick Reed ($11,200) – The highest-priced option on the board, the primary reason why is obvious – seven top-25 showings in his last eight attempts. He has made at least 16 birdies in five of his last six tournaments, good for a fantasy scoring average just over 70 points an outing. He is a solid building block in a field that is full of uncertainty, especially once you get into the less expensive golfers.
Kevin Kisner ($10,700) – This will be his first appearance since the U.S. Open, and he will look to get on track with a top performance against somewhat of a lesser field, but he has the skillset to do it. He has been striking the ball very well this season but hasn’t lost any of his touch around the greens that is his biggest advantage. He is 6th in total strokes gained (SG) by virtue of being top-25 in each SG: Off-the-Tee, Approach-the-green, Tee-to-Green and Putting.
David Lingmerth ($10,000) – He has seven straight made cuts since the beginning of May, and has been no worse than T26 in six of those. Top-20 in SG: Putting, he is coming off a T5 at the Quicken Loans National, and his combination of consistency with obvious scoring upside around the greens makes him a solid play in any DraftKings contest this week.
Charles Howell ($9,700) – He will be looking to bounce back from a playoff loss last weekend, and he definitely has the potential to do just that. He has continued to make cuts all season, even though his results have tailed off somewhat over the past couple of months, with no finishes better than T39 since February before last weekend. He missed a big chunk of that time with a rib injury, and looked all the way back last weekend and has the all-around game to compete for a title again this time around.
Danny Lee ($9,500) – Lee may be the defending champ, but the course has undergone some significant changes since then, so even the most recent champ will be looking at something new. After being flooded last summer, the course was rebuilt with some modifications and improvements, but nevertheless, Lee should be in a good position to perform well. The basic layout is the same, but more importantly, he is coming in on a string of six straight made cuts and a T22 last time out. Putting is important this week as that could be the real difference on a course that should surrender scoring opportunities. Lee fits the bill, currently 24th on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting.
Keegan Bradley ($9,400) – Arriving at a course where he has never missed a cut, on the heels of back-to-back top-10 performances, Bradley is a choice you can justify in any DraftKings contest this weekend. He should be a reliable choice to make the cut for you, with some reasonable upside of actually being able to contend down the stretch over the weekend. Always solid off the tee, he was striking the ball with his irons very well each of the last two weeks, which could lead to plenty of scoring chances here this weekend.
Kevin Streelman ($8,900) – He has now been inside the top-20 in four straight weeks, making him hard to ignore, especially in your cash game lineups. A historically streaky putter, he is only 141st in SG: Putting right now, but that figure is up more than 50 spots over the past month, clearly a player who is trending in the right direction right now.
Sung Kang ($8,600) – Ultimately finishing T5 last weekend, he opened the tournament with a 66 on Thursday that showcased the all-around talent he has. He is up to 35th on tour in Scoring Average for the season, having played in a lot of tournaments, and failing to perform in very few (14 of 19 cuts so far for the season).
Xander Schauffele ($7,900) – He now has five straight made cuts, including a pair of top-20 finishes over that stretch. Most recently, at the Quicken Loans National, he started off slowly but jumped up the leaderboard to T35 with a 68 on Sunday.
Gary Woodland ($7,500) – He elected to sit out last week because of the birth of his son, which makes this week his first appearance since the U.S. Open. But he is on a streak of four straight cuts made, and is coming back into action on a course that should allow for some relatively low scores, which makes him a solid cash game play for me – if he can make the cut, he’ll have more than enough birdies to be a useful fantasy option.
Ted Potter, Jr. ($7,200) – He won here back in 2012, but has struggled with injury throughout his career, most recently playing back into form on the Web.com Tour. He is another player who can excel on the greens, sitting near the top of the Web.com Tour in terms of putting average and birdie conversion rates.
Curtis Luck ($7,000) – The 20-year-old Australian came through with a T5 at TPC Potomac last time out, and he did it with some stellar work on and around the greens, on his way to 18 total birdies (second most in the field). He finished the weekend near the top of the field statistically with the putter, a skill that will definitely translate to more great results if he can carry it over another week.
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