We have one more tournament to build the bankroll before The Masters next week. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tyrell Hatton and Tony Finau headline the Vivint Houston Open in the first year at Memorial Park GC. The course follows the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek and the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood as relatively new courses, making it a little challenging to find the golfers who fit the course. Like the previous weeks, relying on ball-striking will be important this week and backing the golfers with the highest skill set in said category should rise to the top.
Memorial Park GC is a public golf course with 60,000-plus rounds played annually, so these guys may have a field day here. Still, Memorial Park has some complicated green complexes and holes that provide more risk than reward providing challenges the guys will need to navigate.
Scheffler is in the range where you could easily bet a few of these guys and feel pretty good about your card this week. Scheffler’s ball-striking is superb and he’s played golf in Texas throughout all stages of his life, growing up in Dallas and playing his college golf at the University of Texas. Narrative street aside, Scottie is 26th in Approach, 15th in opportunities gained and second in SG: Off-the-Tee. Scheffler played great golf two months ago and may find this week is just what he needs to get back there.
Sungjae should always garner interest when the course is on bermuda, and especially when the course is on bermuda AND when he’s hitting it well. Im’s game is coming around and he’s striking the ball similar to earlier this year when he rattled off a win at the Honda Classic, followed it up with a third at API and a top 10 at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the first tournament back from the shutdown.
There’s a strong correlation with Australian’s playing well in Texas with Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley winning or recording a top 5 in the Lone-Star State. Davis is a great driver of the ball and plays exceptionally well on bermuda, ranking third in SG: Total over the last 36 rounds. I wrote more on Davis (and Sunjgae) in my DraftKings article if you want more reason(s) to play them.
Like I mentioned in last week’s DraftKings article, Schenk’s been a cut-making machine with 10 straight weekends made. He’s now got back-to-back top 30s and finished 32nd at the Sanderson Farms. Schenk’s gained strokes putting in nine out of his past 12 measured rounds on bermuda. Schenk also finished 39th at The Northern Trust back in August with a field similar to this week.
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