Fantasy Sports: PGA

A birdie on the rocks, hold the bogeys

By Wesley Woodbery | Apr 18, 2017
Photo by: File Charley Hoffman raises his fist after winning the 2016 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas.

What’s going on fantasy golf fans? I’m going to tell you right now it sure was great to bring home the RBC Heritage trophy win last weekend.
It was a major battle. I had to make a comeback on day four but I did it.
I’d just like to thank ... Wait a minute, sorry folks, I’m living in my own fantasy world again.
Pretending like I had just won last week’s golf tournament when in fact, it was PGA Tour rookie sensation Wesley Bryan that won it.
At least we share the same first name. Close enough right?
With that said, the Kings of Fantasy have been on Bryan since the first tournament this season and he has been paying off for the past two months.
The PGA Tour saddles up and heads south to San Antonio, Texas. Golfers will be trying to find the best saloons in town to order the infamous “Birdie” drink for the Valero Texas Open.
So here we go, I’ll have a birdie on the rocks, hold the bogeys, please.

TPC San Antonio
TPC SA is a par 72, 7,435 yard grinder. The PGA schedule is not letting up on our boys just yet.
This course is just as long as Augusta and as narrow as last week’s Harbour Town. This Tour schedule is giving me a headache. Are we ever going to catch a break?
Deep bunkers line the already narrow fairways and greens. Lush native vegetation makes hazards even more treacherous to navigate.
When you watch the Valero Texas Open and you see a sand bunker directly in the center of No. 16, that is not a mirage folks and you haven’t had too many of those birdies.

Stats to Target
With 10 Par 4s, look to golfers who are at the top in this tourney in Par 4 scoring average. Strokes gained putting is always a key stat to analyze, but should be a top priority for the Valero Texas Open.
The green speeds will be reading close to Augusta numbers on the Stimpmeter. Greens in regulation will be huge in making successful fantasy lineups. Do not overlook strokes gained tee-to-green and greens in regulation (GIR) because golfers can not go into hazards off the tee — it could be a instant daily fantasy lineup killer and drop you out of the money.

Kings of Fantasy Lineups
Wesley Woodbery

Matt Jones (DK $6,300): I’m basing this pick on a Texas theory. Jones plays and finishes well at the Shell Houston Open, located near TPC San Antonio. At his price of $6,300 I’m hoping he will crack the top 25 and put a smile on all of yours and my fantasy faces.
J.T. Poston (DK $6,900): A name you should probably have heard of if you are from around the Western North Carolina area. Poston was a graduate of Western Carolina University. Making eight out of nine cuts on the season. The rookie is making an impressive statement on Tour. He has finished inside the top 15 twice. I’m expecting him to make his third appearance in the top 15 this week in San Antonio.
Jhonattan Vegas (DK $8,100): The Hook em’ Horns, Texas university standout is playing well. He had a disappointing outing at the Masters but it was only his second appearance there, that’s understandable. Vegas will be trying to “hook ‘em” his way back into the top five.
Tony Finau (DK $8,400): The long driving flying Hawaiian will be looking for his fourth top 10 finish this season. Making seven out of nine cuts. He hasn’t played since the Shell Houston Open three weeks ago. The layover might be a concern but I think he shaves out the rust and rides a wave to the top of the leaderboard.
Adam Hadwin (DK $9,100): C’mon fantasy golfers its just obvious at this point, Hadwin hasn’t missed a cut all season and his lowest finish was 49th all the way back in week two. Just play him.
Ryan Moore (DK $10,200): Is starting to come into his swing this season. Coming off an impressive ninth place finish at the Masters, he will be looking for his first win of the 2017 season. It won’t surprise me one bit if you don’t find Moore having that signature “birdie” drink after tournaments end on Sunday afternoon.

Chuck Fiebernitz
“Carolina Godfather”

1. Ryan Moore ($10,200)
2. Adam Hadwin ($9,100)
3. Tony Finau ($8,400)
4. Jhonattan Vegas ($8,100)
5. Keegan Bradley ($7,600)
6. Matt Jones ($6,300)

Mike Munoz

1. Ryan Moore ($10,200)
2.  Brendan Steele ($9,900)
3. Tony Finau ($8,400)
4. Bryson DeChambeau ($7,200)
5.  Sam Saunders ($7,000)
6.  Michael Hoffman ($6,700)

Scott Worley

1. Adam Hadwin ($9,100)
2. Luke Donald ($8,700)
3. Tony Finau ($8,400)
4. Ollie Schniederjans ($8,200)
5.  Martin Laird ($7,700)
6. Graeme McDowell ($7,700)