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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - Fantasy

As we turn our attention to the games for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, I will point out that I still don't see anything in regards to the Yahoo! format.

For Golf Channel picks, check out Mike's weekly article at Rotoworld http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/gol/44723/297/splitting-aces?pg=3.

That means, for now, we'll focus the majority of our attention on the one-and-done format. The short list essentially comes down to Graham DeLaet, Nick Watney, Hideki Matsuyama and Scott Piercy (Saving Zach Johnson for later). To go any deeper than that is digging too deep when solid options are readily available. Here are the breakdowns:

Graham DeLaet

  • Why you should take him - Much like Jimmy Walker last week, DeLaet is on a very short list of non-winners primed to breakthrough. Fresh off a strong personal performance in the Presidents Cup, he also tied for 18th in his only trip to TPC Summerlin in 2010. His game has progressed and been refined a good bit in the last four years, so there's no reason to think this won't improve. He broke par in each of his three rounds here.
  • Why you shouldn't take him - He is an elite ball-striker, so there are other courses where he could distinguish himself tee-to-green more than this one. This event can come down to a putting contest, but GIR are still very important.
  • Chance I'll burn him this week: 40%
Nick Watney
  • Why you should take him - A Vegas guy with a T2 and three other top 10s, he's among the true class of the field and offers the upside of a victory. While there are other spots on the schedule where he is a nice fit, he's not a "must use" at any other stop.
  • Why you shouldn't take him - He's been on the sidelines for a few weeks, so there's the question of rust. Much like DeLaet, his big strengths are driving and ball-striking, and TPC Summerlin isn't among the most demanding. May not have a hot enough putter to run the tables and make the necessary amount of birdies.
  • Chance I'll burn him this week: 22.5%
Hideki Matsuyama
  • Why you should take him - Why not? Playing well everywhere he tees it up and form is excellent.
  • Why you shouldn't take him - Biggest two reasons are no course history and concern that he may be on the downward arc of a peak.
  • Chance I'll burn him this week: 22.5%
Scott Piercy 
  • Why you should take him - Top 10s in his last two trips to a familiar TPC Summerlin and a penchant for throwing low numbers on easier courses require a serious look. 
  • Why you shouldn't take him - Similar to Watney, we don't have a read on form. He's also the most likely of the four to miss the cut.
  • Chance I'll burn him this week - 15%
We'll be back tomorrow to firm everything up!

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