After an extensive off-season (3 whole weeks) the PGA TOUR kicks off the 2019-2020 wrap-around season and Fall Series this week. A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier moves from July to September for its new spot on the schedule. As always, the tournament will be contested on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Old White plays as a Par 70 at just south of 7,300 yards.
The Fall Series is increasing from 8 events last year to 11 this year. Getting FedExCup points in the fall will be come more critical. Six of the eight winners from last year’s Fall Series advanced to the TOUR Championship.
These fall events are most critical to the 50 players graduating from The Korn Ferry Tour. All of which are in the field this week. One of the reasons I get excited for the Fall Series is to follow the KFT grads, there are always what seem to be scripted story lines. One to keep an eye on, Kyle Westmoreland, a Captain in the Air Force who received a sponsor’s exemption.
One special note, this will be the first event that the PGA TOUR moves to its adjusted cut line from 70 and ties to 65 and ties and removes the MDF (Made Cut Didn’t Finish) designation.
Until further notice or any special requests we will continue with one post for daily fantasy golf advice. When referring to player salary, the first dollar amount is DraftKings and the second is FanDuel.
***All statistics referenced are as of the end of the 2018-2019 season for both The PGA TOUR and The Korn Ferry Tour.
These statistics are key to success at The Old White TPC
- Par 4 Scoring Average (Par 4 Sco)
- Strokes Gained: Approach The Green (SGAPG)
- Strokes Gained: Putting (SGP)
- Proximity Of Approach 125-150 yards (App 125-150)
Horses For The Course
- Bubba Watson ($10,000/$11,400) – Second home for the dynamic lefty. He’s a perfect 5 for 5 in cuts made at Old White with a scoring average of 68.60.
- Russell Henley ($9,400/$10,700) – Three top 10s including 2 top 5s at this event. Scoring average over 16 rounds is 67.56. Solid in the key stats department.
- Kevin Na ($9,200/$10,300) – The defending champ comes in playing as well as anyone in this less than stellar field. He’s 5 for 5 in cuts made at the event with a scoring average of 67.50. Ranked 10th on tour last year in App 125-150. Wedges should be dialed.
- Robert Streb ($8,500/$9,900) – Strebber comes in on a bit of a heater, 2 top 5s in his last 4 starts and a solid run at The Korn Ferry Finals. Has 2 runner-ups and a T11 in his last three starts at Old White.
Top Tier Picks
- Jason Kokrak ($10,500/$11,500) – Finished T3 at last year’s edition and is coming off the best season of his career. Ranks 6th in SGAPG, made 22 of 23 cuts last season. Has the game to fit any ballpark.
- Sungjae Im ($9,500/$11,200) – Coming off an incredible rookie campaign, Im shows no signs of slowing down. He was the only rookie to make it to Eastlake. Led the TOUR in starts (35) and birdies (480). That is 83 more birdies than 2nd place, the guy can flat out post scores. Ranked 23rd in Par 4 Sco and 39th in SGP.
- Joaquin Niemann ($9,700/$11,000) – Old White should fit him just fine. Bombers don’t have as much of an advantage and accuracy will be at a premium. Coming in off a really solid year in which he made 21 cuts. Showed up on a bunch of leader boards in the 2nd half of last year’s campaign. Ranks 8th in Par 4 Sco and 25th in SGAPG.
Other Options: Marc Leishman ($10,200/$10,900), Scott Piercy ($9,600/$10,500), Scottie Scheffler ($9,300/$10,200)
Mid Tier Picks
- Cameron Smith ($9,000/$10,000) – Started bucking his head coming down the stretch in the FEC Playoffs. Too talented not to continue to show signs of life. Should be comfortable in a weaker field. The Aussie enjoys the fall posting 2 top 10s last season.
- Harold Varner III ($8,700/$9,700) – Despite the trend of tripping himself up when he’s in contention, he has the tee-to-green game to excel at Old White. Finished T5 in his second start at The Greenbrier last season and finished the year strong with a T3 at Libert National to advance to the 2nd playoff event.
- Kramer Hickok ($7,700/$9,100) – Solid value here for the 2nd year TOUR member. Finished outside the top 125 last year but skated through the KFT Finals with a T19, T5 and solo 3rd. I think this is a player ready to take the leap this year.
Other Options: Brian Harman ($8,900/$9,900), Denny McCrathy ($8,200/$9,700), Danny Lee ($7,900/$9,300)
Value Tier Picks
- Sepp Straka ($7,600/$8,900) – This guy can make birdies in bunches. Fourth on TOUR in birdies or better in his last 24 rounds. He only made 13 cuts last year but had 2 top 15s and a 3rd place finish. Ranked 23rd in Par 4 Sco.
- Talor Gooch ($7,100/$7,700) – Nice value here. Had a solid 2018-2019 campaign. Ranked 23rd in Par 4 Sco and 15th in SGAPG. Those numbers jumped off the page at me. He’s bound to put it together.
- Zac Blair ($6,900/$8,700) – I may be thinking a little with my heart here as I was looking for a short hitter with value. ZB will probably not contend a bunch this year because of course set-ups, but this week is one he can sneak away with. He ranked 1st in Par 4 Sco, 11th in Greens in Regulation and 13th in Putting Average on the Korn Ferry Tour last season.
Other Options: Beau Hossler ($7,300/$8,600), Scott Stallings ($7,000/$8,600), Kristoffer Ventura ($6,300/$7,300)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guys that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Byeong Hun An ($9,500/$10,600)
- Tom Lewis ($7,900/$9,400)
- Roberto Castro ($6,900/$7,600)
- Robbie Shelton ($6,400/$7,100)
- Matthew NeSmith ($6,400/$8,400)
The Golf Geek’s Picks
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