Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the WGC-Bridgestone
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone CC (South)|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Greens in Regulation|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Stats cited below come from FantasyGolfMetrics and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour. Ranks are among the field with at least 10 rounds in that span.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,500 | Paddy Power Win Odds: 7/1) - Johnson is back. He mopped up the RBC Canadian Open last week. This isn't the same caliber of field or course (it's tougher), but Johnson is the world's best for a reason. Johnson enters this week ranked first in total strokes gained, strokes gained: tee to green, and birdie or better rate. He's also second in approach strokes gained average, par 4 scoring average, scrambling, and proximity. He won here two years ago, too.
Tommy Fleetwood ($11,400 | 25/1) - You can definitely look to Rory McIlroy ($12,100) and Justin Rose ($12,300), but you'll need to save cap somewhere in this short-but-loaded field. Consider dropping down to the Fleetwood tier for your second golfer, as a result. Fleetwood enters ranked 8th in strokes gained: tee to green, 20th in approach, 2nd in birdie rate, and 7th in greens in regulation and par 4 scoring. He finished 28th here last year in his only attempt in a pretty pedestrian statistical showing.
Tiger Woods ($11,300 | 12/1) - Tiger is going to be chalky, and it's actually for good reason this week. He's won here four times since 2006 (2006, 2007, 2009, and 2013). Woods ranks first in approach over the past 50 and is top-five in par 5 scoring, birdie rate, and proximity. Woods has been knocking on the door. Perhaps the final go at Firestone is when he captures that win.
Francesco Molinari ($11,200 | 25/1) - Molinari is on fire. He's third in strokes gained: tee to green and approach, plus birdie rate. He's top-six, also, in par 4 scoring, greens in regulation, and scrambling. Molinari is up to sixth in the World Golf Rankings and has had some time to relax after winning The Open. It's possible he's complacent, but we shouldn't bank on it.
Bryson DeChambeau ($10,200 | 45/1) - DeChambeau, 23rd in the world, ranks 9th in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds on tour, and he's 18th in approach. After finishing an okay 51st at The Open, he wound up 13th at the Porsche European Open. DeChambeau struggled mightily last year (T60) at this event, but he's playing his best golf ever right now.
Louis Oosthuizen ($9,800 | 60/1) - Oosthuizen also played poorly last year (T50), and he's actually done pretty poorly overall at Firestone of late, finishing 21st, 42nd, and 61st before that. But. Current form matters more, and Oosthuizen is top-13 in both approach and strokes gained: tee to green. Since consecutive missed cuts at the Wells Fargo and THE PLAYERS, Oosthuizen has finished 5th (Fort Worth), 13th (the Memorial), 16th (US Open), and 28th (The Open).
Patrick Cantlay ($9,700 | 45/1) - Cantlay, similarly, has strong finishes lately: 4th (the Memorial), 45th (US Open), 15th (Travelers), and 12th (The Open). Statistically, he's 15th in both strokes gained: tee to green and approach, plus 18th in greens in regulation. Ideally, he'd score better on par 4s (43rd), but he's 24th overall in birdie or better rate.
Adam Scott ($9,500 | 60/1) - This one is a bit shaky, but Scott has made six of his past seven cuts, missing only at the US Open. He was 17th at The Open and is a former WGC-Bridgestone winner (2011). Scott ranks 2nd in greens in regulation and 7th in strokes gained: approach, as well as 17th in par 4 scoring over the past 50 rounds.
Charley Hoffman ($9,100 | 70/1) - Really, you're looking not to have your value picks let you down this week in the no-cut event. Hoffman should be able to do that, as he's finished 31st, 33rd, and 3rd the past three years at the Bridgestone. Statistically, he's just okay relative to the field (42nd in strokes gained: tee to green, 20th in birdie rate), but he's not priced around the average and has strong win odds compared to his FanDuel price.
Russell Knox ($8,700 | 80/1) - Knox ranks 9th in approach and 13th in par 4 scoring, as well as 15th in proximity, so hopefully he can start cashing in on birdie chances (53rd in the field in birdie or better rate) this week. He did miss the cut at The Open, but prior to that, he had been running hot -- and playing a lot of golf. He was 49th at the Scottish Open, won the Irish Open, and finished second at the French Open. Knox finished 5th here last year, his second attempt (54th in 2016).
Kevin Na ($8,600 | 125/1) - Na enters with some great finishes on his track record: 6th (Byron Nelson), 4th (Fort Worth), 5th (Korea Open), win (Greenbrier), and a 51st at The Open in there, as well. He's made seven of his past eight cuts and 13 of 17 on the 2018 calendar. Na didn't play here last year but was 23rd, 15th, and 27th prior. Na has one of the best stat profiles in the field: 7th tee to green, 4th in approach, 3rd on par 4s, 7th on birdie or better rate, 13th in greens in regulation, 5th in scrambling, and 10th in proximity.
Luke List ($8,300 | 125/1) - List has struggled with the putter, which is par for the course for him. He's 17th in strokes gained: tee to green in the field but just 41st in total strokes gained because he's second-to-last in strokes gained: putting. He did miss the cut at the US Open and the Travelers but bounced back with a 3rd at the Scottish Open and a 39th at The Open.
Emiliano Grillo ($8,200 | 125/1) - Grillo made 20 of 26 cuts in 2017 and has made 14 of 16 this year, missing only at the US Open and The Open. He's produced five top-10s in those 16 events this year and ranks 14th in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds. This is a tough test and a tough field, but it's not a major, and Grillo should give us some form of consistency.