Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD
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|Key Stats for ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD
at Sherwood Country Club
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Putting|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
This course hosted the World Challenges (of various sponsors) from 2000 to 2013, but those 18-golfer fields didn't come with strokes gained data. However, we can kind of extrapolate a few things based on winners: Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell (twice), Tiger Woods (five times), Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Luke Donald, Davis Love, and Padraig Harrington. Accuracy matters -- or at least distance isn't a must. Looking at the course flyover, that checks out because some holes require placement, and others won't allow you just to launch it.
Outside of that, we will still always need strokes gained: approach and putting conversion for birdies, so those are on the list. But it's not looking like a bomber's paradise.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour, and putting surface splits include the past 100 rounds when possible, unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Xander Schauffele (FanDuel Salary: $11,600 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1100) - Xander has been going off for some time, quietly, and while the betting odds are a bit out of control (I mean, they're justified, but betting favorites is tough), we should feel pretty good with his top-10 odds. Schauffele is probably the most balanced elite golfer in the world, and that keeps him viable in every condition and over four rounds. Xander ranks first in strokes gained on par 5s and is 10th in bentgrass putting. He should be able to separate a bit yet again, after his runner-up finish at the CJ CUP.
Jon Rahm ($12,000 | +1000) - Rahm's salary on FanDuel is not far enough ahead of the rest of the field to gloss over. With Dustin Johnson out, Rahm's win odds jump up pretty substantially and are around eight percent in my model. Rahm ranks 5th in distance and 22nd in fairways gained and is 16th in bentgrass putting. He has what it takes to dominate this course.
Others to Consider:
Collin Morikawa ($11,100 | +1600) - Ranks third in approach, par 5 scoring, fairways gained, and good drive rate.
Matthew Wolff ($10,200 | +2800) - Is 10th off the tee and 12th in approach and should be able to dominate these par 5s.
Viktor Hovland ($10,100 | +3100) - Is 8th tee to green, 4th on par 5s, 36th in accuracy, and 25th in bentgrass putting.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,700 | +3400) - Niemann's irons bounced back after three straight lost weeks by gaining 4.7 strokes from approach at the CJ CUP a week ago. He's also been gaining strokes off the tee -- like, a lot of them (at least 2.2 in four of his past five). Niemann's only plus putting surface is bentgrass, and that's what he gets this week.
Russell Henley ($9,200 | +4500) - You want to roster the field leader in strokes gained: approach over the past 50 rounds? How about the leader in greens in regulation? You can do that for just $9,200! Henley is also second in good drive rate and fifth in scrambling. He's not a stellar bentgrass putter (61st) but can do enough at this salary to put up FanDuel points over 72 holes.
Others to Consider:
Daniel Berger ($10,000 | +3700) - Was nearly too hot to fade just a bit ago and is still in fine form; can take advantage of the salary drop.
Sungjae Im ($9,100 | +4500) - Irons are trending back with five straight starts gaining and is seventh in fairways gained.
Brendon Todd ($8,500 | +9000) - Todd ranks sixth in strokes gained: putting on bentgrass and leads the field in fairways gained. The strokes gained data isn't great over the past 50 rounds, and that's absolutely concerning. However, he's got the exact type of game that could allow him to go low at this track if it does come down to placement and sinking putts.
Talor Gooch ($8,200 | +9000) - Gooch is a high-variance play and has up-and-down iron data. Over his past five stats, in terms of strokes gained: approach, he has either gained two (thrice) or lost six strokes (twice). Over the past 50 rounds, Gooch ranks 41st in strokes gained: approach and is 25th in par 5 scoring.
Others to Consider:
Jason Kokrak ($9,000 | +4500) - Fresh off a putting-aided win. Could be a letdown but is the best statistical play in the $9,000 range.
Kevin Kisner ($8,300 | +10000) - 15th in accuracy and 5th in bentgrass putting can lead to a high-end finish for Kisner.