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5 Under Par – Daily Fantasy Golf – Quicken Loans National
I hope you read our FREE article at Fake Pigskin last week and put Dustin Johnson in your lineup. I picked him as the top pick of the week and picked him to win the US Open outright. He did just that and put me and a lot of other Pigskinites in the money. However, it didn’t come without a little drama as the USGA had to step in and dispute a ball movement ruling that ultimately cost DJ a shot (but not a win). This week we move to the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. This used to be an extremely important tournament on Tour, but has become overshadowed by two back to back Majors (US Open and British Open are only three weeks apart). Because of these two Majors being so close a lot of big name golfers are taking the week off, so it leaves us with a limited field. DraftKing’s has a 400K Driver the Green Contest for the Quicken Loans National this week, $3 entry can win you 100K if you take first place. Make sure that you check the tournaments out in their lobby and get in.
Golfers will tee it up at The Blue Course at Congressional Country Club this week. The Blue Course measures at 7,569 yards and is a par 71. Last years winner Troy Merritt shot 18 under and held off a charging Rickie Fowler to take down the win. With only two golfers playing from the top 25, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a little known golfer a top the leader board this Sunday. To make the 5 Under picks this week I used the following metrics: Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, Strokes Gained: Putting, Greens in Regulation, Driving Accuracy, Birdie Average and Scrambling. Due to its length you would think that Driving Distance would be important, but due to the hazard placement I focused more on Accuracy.
We may see a little rain on Thursday, but other than that we should have nice weather well into the weekend. The Thursday rain should be light and affect all golfers, so tee times shouldn’t be to much of a factor for our daily fantasy golf lineups. This article and my picks are being brought to you by Tour Golf Revolution, the site that let’s you “Reinvent League Golf.”
1. Rickie Fowler – Fowler has struggled as of late and has not looked in great form. He will want to gear up from one of his favorite tournaments (British Open) and will probably use this as an intense practice round. He was cut here in 2010, but has been top 25 at Congressional in his last 3 appearances including a lone 2nd place finish last year. He is 4th in GIR on Tour, which I think will go along way this weekend. Rickie has struggled on the big stage, but due to the golfers playing this week this should be a place he can just play golf!
2. Jim Furyk – Furyk is coming off of injury, but surprised us all after his runner up finish at the US Open last week. He shot a -1 under to share the 2nd place spot with a couple of other guys. Furyk is a Matt Kuchar type guy and even though I will never bet him outright to win (choke artist) I will always have a share or two in daily fantasy golf. He had a string of top 10s here in 2007, 2008 and 2009. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another top 10 this weekend.
3. Brendan Steele - Steele is another guy on fire right now and has been in the top 20 over the last month. He hasn’t missed a cut at Congressional and had a T5 in 2014. I like his form and I like his ability to tackle adversity. He sits in the top 20 of GIR on Tour this season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him low owned on DK.
4. Marc Leishman – Leishman put up a T 8th performance last year at Congressional. He is coming off of a T 18th at the US Open last week. He is ranked 78th in GIR, but 27th in scrambling. He will cost you a little more, but I like his ability to get up and down from the fairway.
5. Daniel Summerhays – Summerhays has a less than stellar track record at Congressional on a cycle. He has missed two cuts and made two cuts, well we are cycling back to the “make a cut” area. He finished T 8th last week at the US Open and has been hot enough to warrant a spot in the top 5 this week.
Par – Roberto Castro
Bogey – Gary Woodland
Double Bogey – Bill Haas
* I usually use the last 5 years of course/tournament data in my research