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FanDuel Strategy

FanDuel Fit: Shriners Hospitals for Children

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 7, 2020, 11:15 pm ET

TPC Summerlin remains the host of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. 

We have more than 10 years or course history to look at here but we can also dive into the general course-fit stats to see what golfers might become course horses over the next five years. 

This par 71 plays around 7,255 yards. Pretty average length when you factor in the firm fairways and slight bump from altitude. 

For turf, we will see bermuda from tee-to-green but bentrgrass putting surfaces. 

What we are going to focus on, though, is the scoring environment (easy) and the area of the country we are playing (West). 

Easy Courses

The field scoring average has played this course at 69.58 over the last 10 years. Very easy. It's played at least a shot under par in 9 of the last 11 playings. Let see what golfers can keep up in a scoring fest and look at top performers on easy courses, over the last two years: 

Webb Simpson
Patrick Cantlay
Bryson DeChambeau
Hideki Matsuyama
Louis Oosthuizen
Cameron Smith
Matt Kuchar
Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia
Tony Finau
Abraham Ancer
Ryan Palmer
Adam Hadwin
Sungjae Im
Paul Casey

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list: 

Webb Simpson
Andrew Landry
Tyler Duncan
Cameron Smith
Abraham Ancer
Brendan Steele
Ryan Palmer
Adam Hadwin
John Huh
Mark Hubbard
Harris English
Harold Varner III
Russell Henley
Joaquin Niemann
Lanto Griffin

Overlap List: names that show up on both lists include Webb Simpson, Cameron Smith, Abraham Ancer, Ryan Palmer, and Adam Hadwin

Playing well on easy courses often comes down to have elite wedge play or elite putting. 

 

Regional Comfort

A majority of PGA TOUR events happen on the East Coast, Midwest, or Texas. So, when they head out West, there are a particular pool of goflers that start licking their lips. It's usually the guys that set up shop in Scottsdale or Vegas. Let's look at the numbers and see if that lines up. 

Here are the top performers in the West, over the last two years: 

Jason Day
Bryson DeChambeau
Webb Simpson
Collin Morikawa
Patrick Cantlay
Hideki Matsuyama
Tony Finau
Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar
Paul Casey
Harry Higgs
Matthew NeSmith
Doc Redman
Abraham Ancer
Chez Reavie

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list: 

Harry Higgs
Matthew NeSmith
Jason Day
Zac Blair
Scott Harrington
Andrew Landry
Mark Hubbard
Max Homa
John Huh
Cameron Champ
Kevin Tway
Brian Gay
Harold Varner III
Bryson DeChambeau
Collin Morikawa

Overlap List: names that show up on both lists include Matthew NeSmith, Harry Higgs, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, and Collin Morikawa

 

 

FanDuel Focus 

Ryan Palmer ($9,300): The Texan takes care of business on easy courses and that shows up in the course history here, as well. Palmer has compiled top 20s in three of his last six starts here. Should be a good option if you need a value option with some upside. 

Collin Morikawa ($11,600): Plugging in a Palmer (or another value option) will give you cash to spend up for a superstar. Moirkawa appears to be a good option as he plays a home game this week in Vegas and has already established that playing close to home is good for him. His first career TOUR win came at the Barracuda Championship in the Reno-Tahoe area and he won the PGA Championship in August on a course that he knew quite well from his college days. He now calls Las Vegas home so he'll bring that some local knowledge to the table again this week. 

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.