Daily Fantasy Golf Course Primer: Wells Fargo Championship
After a down week for PGA DFS because of the format of the Zurich, we're back in action with the Wells Fargo Championship.
The only problem? We have no course history from which to draw. That's because the familiar Quail Hollow is hosting this year's PGA Championship. This iteration of the Wells Fargo Championship, then, will be held at Eagle Point Golf Club.
What can we do to prepare for the weekend?
Course and Tournament Overview
If that's the case, it's not quite as long as Quail Hollow, but it's still one of the longer courses on the tour.
Though there are four par 5s, one is 640 yards and could be tricky to break par on. Or it's 580 depending on where you look. Unless things get cleared up and finalized, this is going to be a tough sea to navigate.
The field will comprise 156 golfers, with the top 70 and ties making the cut.
There are actually some similarities between Eagle Point and Augusta, the site of the Masters, and some golfers who practiced here loved it: Hudson Swafford, Patton Kizzire, Brian Harman, and Carl Pettersson, a member of the course.
Certain stats, such as strokes gained: tee-to-green, birdie or better percentage, and putting efficiency will always be worth monitoring, but these are some of the most important stats to look for when rostering golfers at Eagle Point.
|Key Stats for Eagle Point Golf Club|
|Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green|
|Birdie or Better|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Good Drive Percentage|
With the glaring lack of course history from which to draw, we're limited in what we can hone in on in regards to key stats, but stats should take precedent this week. That starts with strokes gained of all sorts -- even putting.
Birdie or better rate is crucial for fantasy scoring on FanDuel, so we need to keep that in mind, as well. A birdie and a bogey is better, fantasy-wise, than two consecutive pars.
The four par 5s also make par 5 scoring relevant this week, even if some don't turn into great holes for fantasy purposes. Contending on longer holes should result in success this week at Eagle Point.
Whittling down your player pool to those who excel at these all-around measures of efficiency should put you in a good place come the weekend.
And in the accuracy versus distance off the tee discussion, you should probably favor distance, though missing in the right spots is key. That's why we'll favor good drive percentage. A missed fairway isn't necessarily an errant shot, and on this course, a second shot from the rough on the proper side of the fairway could be more advantageous than a missed fairway on the wrong side.
Current Form Studs
With no course history studs to identify, we'll turn to current form.
The top form belongs to Dustin Johnson, who has still won his past three events despite the Masters debacle. He was third before that, too, at Pebble Beach.
Then we have Jon Rahm, who was T27 at the Masters after finishing T10, 2, T3, T5, T16, 1 in his past seven events. He's the only one who comes close to Johnson's odds to win (12/1; Johnson is 4.5/1), and he's really not even close at all.
Kevin Kisner also has strong form. He's made 12 of 13 cuts this season, including 8 top 25s, 4 top 10s, and 2 second-place finishes.
Paul Casey is 11 for 12 on cuts this season, with 7 top 25s and 3 top 10s. He finished 6th at the Masters and T9 at the WGC-Match Play, his two most recent events.
A 70 at the RBC Heritage ended Pat Perez' streak of three top 25s (T18, T17, T17), but he has missed just one cut this season, due to a withdrawal. He also as a win and three other top 10s, giving him some upside in this weak field.