In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place at Innisbrook Resort in The Takeaway.
1. (-8, 276) Paul Casey (Odds: 22/1; DraftKings pricing: $9,700)
2. (-7, 277) Louis Oosthuizen (Odds: 40/1; DraftKings pricing: $9,300)
2. (-7, 277) Jason Kokrak (Odds: 45/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,600)
4. (-6, 278) Bubba Watson (Odds: 55/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,900)
4. (-6, 278) Sungjae Im (Odds: 60/1; DraftKings pricing: $7,700)
Notes: Casey was seventh most expensive on DraftKings and the leading five finishers were all in the top 30 so a classy front end on a classy course.
Fate of the favorites
6. (-5, 279) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 6/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,500)
6. (-5, 279) Jon Rahm (Odds: 11/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,000)
MC. (+3, 145) Jason Day (Odds: 11/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,700)
MC. (+6, 148) Webb Simpson (Odds: 20/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,400)
54. (+4, 288) Sergio Garcia (Odds: 16/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,100)
Notes: It was a mixed bag from the top of the board as DJ and Rahm found themselves in the mix. Day and Simpson were slamming their trunks early, on Friday evening. Then Garcia tried to backdoor his way into the top 25 but a costly Quintuple Bogey at the par-4 16th dropped him outside the top 50.
Coming up this week…
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and Corales Championship
WGC Location: Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas (7,108 yards, Par 71)
WGC Notes: Match Play will head to Austin Country Club for a fourth straight year. Some golfers don't like the luck-of-the-draw nature of the event but others enjoy the guaranteed three rounds of action.
Who’s playing the WGC? The Top 64 in the OWGR qualify for the Match Play event. With just two DNPs at the moment, the field is currently cutoff at Luke List (No. 66 in the World). The initial list of alternates includes Joost Luiten, Adam Hadwin, Ryan Palmer, and Adrian Otaegui.
Last 3 WGC-Match Play winners
Corales Location: Corales Golf Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (7,670 yards, Par 72)
Corales Notes: The Corales debuted last year on the PGA TOUR while it was played as a Web.com Tour event the two years prior. Played on a Tom Fazio design right on the ocean, wind is almost certain to be a factor. The course features a signature three-hole stretch called the Devil's Elbow (No. 16, 17, and 18). The Elbow averaged a score of 11.37 last year (+0.37 RTP). It was the 18th that caused the most havoc with a forced carry over the ocean. More than 25% of golfers carded a bogey or worse there, including 4.3% that swallowed a double bogey or worse. Overall, the course doesn't play too tough, as it's a resort course with very generous fairways.
Who’s playing the Corales? As an alternate-field event, there aren't many big names heading to the Dominican Republic. From a household-name POV, it's Zach Johnson headlining the field. Sungjae Im will play the role of form foal while Nate Lashley will be the course horse that draws attention.
Last 3 Corales winners
*Web.com Tour event
1. (-15, 273) Scott Hend (Odds: 125/1)
2. (-15, 273) Nacho Elvira (Odds: 100/1)
3. (-13, 275) Jazz Janewattananond (40/1)
3. (-12, 276) Johannes Veerman (175/1)
5. (-11, 277) Oliver Fisher (125/1)
5. (-11, 277) Maximilian Kieffer (45/1)
Coming up this week…
Hero Indian Open
Location: DLF G & CC in New Delhi, India (7,379 yards, par 72)
Notes: This course is diabolical. It's like TPC Sawgrass mixed with a mini-golf course. There are big numbers everywhere. Last year in round one, Emiliano Grillo said he played flawless golf that would normally result in a '59 watch.' In this case, it yielded just a 7-under 65.
Last 3 winners