Welcome to FanGolfTimes’s Whole In One Report: Daily Fantasy Strategy. We’ll be discussing the upcoming golf tournament and the daily fantasy strategy behind it.
The Humana Challenge (previously known as the Bob Hope) is a Pro-Am style tournament. The tournament became the Humana challenge after Bill Clinton partnered with Humana based on some insane wellness trip! The tournament, in layman’s terms, has professionals play with a different amateur for 54 holes over three separate courses. The lowest 70 scores (Professionals only) and ties play the last 18 (72 Hole format) on the Palmer Private Course at PGA West. The three courses utilized for the tournament are the Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private and the La Quinta Country Club (every pro plays each course.) All three courses require a player to have an exceptional short game; this can definitely be seen in the list of winners over the years. Last year’s champion Mark Wilson had a rough week at the Sony and looks to bounce back with a good performance at the Humana. However, Wilson’s victory last year doesn’t provoke me to give him a look as one of my 5 best plays this week. I look for guys to shoot really low because courses will be set up for amateur play also. We should see a lot of birdies and some low scores. Last year 7 guys shot -20 or lower. As a golf lover I like to see the pros challenged, but I also like seeing a low scoring every now and then.
Each week I will be presenting you with my Top 5 Best Plays for the tournament and reasons behind each pick. I will also give you my Top 3 Potential Winners (which will be included in the Top 5 Best Plays in Bold.) Remember the most important thing about fantasy golf is not always to pick the winner, but to pick guys that consistently make cuts. I will provide more information on appropriate fantasy golf research later.
Phil Mickleson: Call me sentimental, but I am a huge Mickleson fan. Mickleson is a guy that can do things with a wedge that seem humanly impossible. Mickleson has won the event twice in 2002 and 2004. He finished T-49 last year, but only because of a first round hiccup. His last three rounds were under 70. With a strong finish to the 2012 season, I see Mickleson’s short game carrying him to a win at the Humana. If he can stay away from Ron White’s scotch he should cash in a big check.
Brandt Snedeker: Sneds is a top tier golfer. We all witnessed his level of play at the Tour Championship last year when he won the FedEx Cup. Snedeker finshed T-8 last year at -19, during the tournament though Sneds did what he does best, put the ball in the hole. Snedeker finished the tournament ranked 4th in Putting Average. Brandt rested up after the Hyundai and should look to put the putter to work this week. I think this is the year that he breaks through for the win!
John Senden: Senden is my favorite guy to watch off the tee on tour. He hardly misses the fairway and is extremely accurate. Last year he was first in Driving Accuracy (83.33%) and 2nd in Greens in Regulation (81.94%). Senden was T-6 at -20 last year. Senden should also build off of his under par rounds at the Sony and put together a nice four days.
Matt Kuchar: Mr. Consistent himself. Kuch is the model for consistency on the tour and an excellent short game guy. Kuch about pulled off a Humana victory in 2010 when he posted a runner-up finish. Kuch posted a GIR of 72.2% last year and with his excellent ability to find greens (when nobody else can) he looks like a great choice this week.
Webb Simpson: Simply put, Webb can play golf. Unfortunately Webb hasn’t played in this tourney but a couple of times. Webb’s game suits the three courses. He can putt and chip with the best of them (See US Open. ) With a decent performance at the Sony (to shake the dust off) I think Webb performs extremely well and even has a shot at a win.
Honorable Mention: Tim Clark – Tim Clark really impressed me last week at the Sony. He played great at Waialae and had a lot of success with his putter. Clark has registered three top 5s in this tournament. If he doesn’t face a letdown (which I highly doubt) then Clark has the potential to have a great showing. Clark doesn’t always do things the prettiest way, but he gets the job done.
DailyFantasyRadio – January 15, 2013