Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines
As you will learn very quickly, I am a Tiger Woods fan! I have been a Tiger Woods fan from the beginning (US Amateur 94-96.) I understand all the controversy with Woods and his personal life, but hey, I don’t like people worried about my personal life either. With that rant said (Crazy Gabey style), we welcome Woods back to American soil and a course he has dominated in the past. Since 2003, (when the tournament was called the Buick Invitational) Woods has won the tournament five times. Obviously, we know that Woods has struggled in the past couple of years, but he is starting to round his game back to form. Unfortunately, last week at Abu Dhabi he missed the cut based on a penalty, something that I feel should fuel him to perform better this week. As a daily fantasy golf touter it would be very easy to pick Woods for the win, and even though he is my fan pick he is not necessarily the best daily fantasy golf pick. Why you ask? Well have you checked out his price on most Daily Fantasy Sites? If you spend almost 25-30% of your cap on Woods it doesn’t leave much wiggle room to find other golfers that can basically ensure a made cut (remember the most important aspect of fantasy golf is making the cut.) So do I want Wood’s to win? Yes. But is Wood’s your answer to fantasy success? We will have to see.
Now, we move on to the most important aspect of the tournament, the course. Torrey Pines is located in La Quinta, California. The course is actually made up of two courses; the North and South course (Par 72) designed by William F. Bell. Both courses are played before the cut (after 36 holes) and then the tournament focuses on the South course only for the last 36 holes. The North course is played as the easier of the two and about 500 yards shorter than the south. Torrey South is played at 7,570 yards and makes golfers break out the big guns (one of the longest courses in PGA play.) Both courses also require a pinpoint accurate short game, the main reason you will see last year’s winner Brandt Snedeker in my picks for the win. Like the first Whole in One I will give an explanation behind each one of my picks.
Tiger Woods: Woods wins at Torrey Pines. Since 2003 he has won 5 times (6 Total.) I look for him to build off the missed cut last week and his $500 Million dollar remarrying pre-nuptial to put together a great performance. He hasn’t had regular success during his “rocky” personal time over the past four years, but I don’t see how you can picks against Woods in pick-em and challenge leagues at Fantazzle.
Brandt Snedeker: As you know from reading prior posts I usually don’t pick a prior winner, but Sneds has been playing too good to skip over. Last year’s FedEx Champion can roll the ball. Sneds putts like I wish I could. He was T-8 in putting average last year at 1.68. He also was T-13 in driving accuracy at 58.93%. Sneds had a good showing at the Humana last week and should build on that performance.
Nicolas Colsaerts: I was turned on to Colsaerts by a fellow fantasy golfer (Larrikin on LuDawgs.Com.) Colsaerts is a first-timer at the Farmers, which worries me, but he has played great the past year. I have him ranked in the top-10% of golfers this week. He placed 9th at the Volvo Golf Champions and has made 9 consecutive cuts.
Bubba Watson: Bubba, Bubba, Bubba; will we make it through a week without a breakdown. Bubba is dealing with what every new father deals with, fatherhood. Bubba was in the top 5 for driving distance last year and T-4 in GIR (Greens in Regulation) at 77.78%. He performs well at Torrey Pines and if he gets enough sleep (new daddy stuff) then he should perform well this week.
Nick Watney: I watched a documentary on Nick last year on the Golf Channel. Nick seems like a good guy and really has the potential to explode on tour at any minute. He won here in 2009 and has, like Bubba and Tiger, performed well at the course historically. He has made the cut 7 out of the last 9 times at Torrey Pines, including a US Open. Watney could blow it open this week and hopefully will make us some fantasy dollars.
Honorable Mention: Charles Howell III, or as he’s known in the golf world, CH3, is performing well, but never well enough. After losing the Humana in a playoff last week, CH3 has made the cut 10 out of 11 times at Torrey Pines. He has played great the last couple of weeks and should have another strong performance this week. If there was anybody other than Tiger I would like to see wins it this week, CH3 is the guy.
Now let’s take a look at some of the best value on all the daily fantasy sites that offer golf.
The Farmers Insurance Open Comprehensive Daily Fantasy Value Report
These are my top daily fantasy strategy value plays across the daily fantasy sports sites that offer golf.
Value Plays for each site:
Fantazzle: $1,000,000 Cap
1. John Rollins – $190,000
2. Stewart Cink – $180,000
3. D.A. Points – $190,000
4. Stephen Ames – $170,000
5. Bud Cauley – $190,000
BuzzDraft: $100,000 Cap
1. Bud Cauley – $16,800
2. D.A. Points – $11,500
3. Stephen Ames – $5,000
4. Charles Howell III – $14,000
5. Scott Stallings – $12,700
DraftStreet: $100,000 Cap
1. Stewart Cink – $13,309
2. Stephen Ames – $9,070
3. Bud Cauley – $15,271
4. John Senden – $14,302
5. Sang-Moon Bae – $13,970
Hopefully these picks bring their A-game this week and have a strong showing. Last week, here Daily Fantasy Radio, we saw a value pick win the tournament. I hope to build on that success and put together another strong tournament. If you aren’t in the game yet; check out Fantazzle to join up. Fantazzle has the best selection of fantasy golf games on the internet. Who knows, you may even get to challenge me!