Safeway Open: Field & DraftKings Picks

Y’know how when Sports video games get released, its always a few months before the actual year we’re in? Like “Madden 18” or “NHL 18” come out while we’re still firmly entrenched in the piss tank that is 2017… Well, the PGA Tour is doing that in REAL LIFE

Yep, the 2018 season gets started tomorrow. On October 5th, 2017

Okay moving on. Its a new season: time to forget about all the money we lost LAST season and look forward to the winnings we will earn this year! Right?!

Golf is one of the quickest growing “Sports” in terms of betting, and DFS is the main reason why.  Unlike hockey or football, not everyone is on an even playing field. The top priced guy may end up playing half as many holes as the cheapest guy. Two holes in, someone may WD and ruin 5 other perfect picks. BUT, in the rare moments you get 6 guys all in there on Sunday – I’d argue there’s not a more exciting DFS sport to watch live in those moments.

It’s getting those moments thats tough

So. Lets see what we can do about that

Every week I’ll be releasing my Draft Kings Tiered Picks for the event, as well as my Optimal Lineup

This is a bit of a work in progress and I’m open to any feedback; but without further ado LETS GOOOO

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Double Digits (Over $9999) 4 Players in this category

Favourite: Tony Finau

  • Recent Form: 7th, 7th, 65th, 54th
  • Stats Rank: 6th in Field (1st SG: Par-5, 2nd DK Pts, 4th Birdies)
  • Course History: 26th, 32nd, 12th

Close: Webb Simpson

Also Like: Phil Mickelson

Top Tier ($9999 to $8000) 17 Players in this category

Favourite: Kevin Na

  • Recent Form: 53rd, 6th, 29th, 4th
  • Stats Rank: 19th in Field (6th SG: Approach, 14th DK Pts)
  • Course History: 7th, 2nd, 3rd

Also like: Lucas Glover, Martin Laird, Harold Varner

Close: Harris English, Ryan Moore, Emiliano Grillo, Chez Reavie, Brendan Steele, Keegan Bradley

Mid-Tier ($7999 to $7000) 58 Players in this category

Favourite: Ryan Armour

  • Recent Form: 4th, 58th, 27th
  • Stats Rank: 2nd in Field (2nd in Good Drives, 3rd Dk Points, 5th SG: Par-5)
  • Course History: Two Missed Cuts

Also Like: Smylie Kaufman, Seamus Power, Luke List, Scott Stallings, Sam Saunders, Brandon Hagy, Robert Garrigus

Close:  Bryson DeChambeau, Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Ricky Barnes, Richie Werenski, Ryan Blaum, Martin Flores

Bargain Hunting (Under $7000) 54 Players in this category

Favourite: Matt Every

  • Recent Form: 13th, 14th, 61st
  • Stats Rank: 3rd in Field (5th in DK Pts, 12th Bogey Avoidance, 13th SG: Approach)
  • Course History: Two Missed Cuts

Also like: Vaughn Taylor, Derek Fathauer

Close: Stuart Appleby, Peter Malnati, KJ Choi, Sung Kang, Jonas Blixt

Optimal Lineup

  1. Tony Finau – $11,500
  2. Kevin Na – $9400
  3. Ryan Armour  – $7500
  4. Matt Every – $6700
  5. Robert Garrigus- $7100
  6. Sam Saunders – $7800

Cost: $50,000

Good luck! Let me know your thoughts & how you do!

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RJ McCullough


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