DFS PGA Playbook: Houston Open
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning playbook for the Houston Open.
I really hope you heeded my advice and you did not go hard last week with your DFS PGA Bankroll. I mentioned it in every article I wrote last week that it was nearly impossible to predict both of those events. The WGC Match Play had Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlory, Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, and Phil Mickelson all not make the Round of 16 out of their groups. I'm sure you had at least two of those guys in most of your lineups.
Then we look back at the Corales event which featured everybody else not good enough to play in the WGC and it was a crap shoot. Congrats to 125th ranked player in the world, Brice Garnett with his two career Web.com Tour event victories. If you had him in your lineup, you are a smarter man than me. Enough ranting about how bad last week's events were and move onto the Houston Open.
I'll freely admit that it's hard for me not to look past this week but I'm going to really try. I can already see the azaleas behind Number 13 and already hear Jim Nantz saying, "A tradition like no other," which give me goosebumps every time. Yes, I’m talking about the Masters which are next week in Augusta, Georgia. I mean even hearing the Masters music played on CBS gives me a sense of calm. I know, I’ve heard it a million times, especially from my wife this time of year, but yes, I know I have a serious problem and I should seek help. I am going to do my best to take Georgia off my mind long enough to focus on putting together a terrific playbook for this week’s Houston Open.
This event has always been known as a course that players use to work the kinks out before heading to Augusta next week. The Golf Club of Houston and Augusta National have very similar characteristics.
They've been playing this event at the Golf Club of Houston since 2006, which means that's where your course history should begin. GC of Houston measures out to 7,441 yards which means length is an advantage but not the be all end all. This course is made for players with good Greens in Regulation (GIR) numbers. If you look through course history, if a player can't hit greens consistently, he won't have success unless they are carried by their putter. The putter is always the great equalizer on any golf course.
Henrik Stenson, JB Holmes, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Charley Hoffman, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, and Brendon de Jonge have all had success in this tournament. One thing you'll also notice when you look through course history, there are a lot of spotty records. You should avoid those players for your cash lineups but they are all fair game when it comes to GPPs. This course has been known to break a few hearts especially DFS players, just look at Jim Herman holding off Henrik Stenson to take the title two years ago.
One last piece of advice, try to watch this tournament closely as players who perform well this weekend, should be put on our radar for the Masters next week. There I go again, I just can’t get it out of my mind.
Good Luck this week and I’ll be back next week with a FULL Master’s Breakdown.
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