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Sunday 22nd Oct 2017

Welcome to the Mastersball PGA DFS adventure, for those among us who are also somehow enamored with the links.

If you have followed me here for the last year, you might know that I returned to the game of golf just a year ago, after a 41-year layoff. I played pretty regularly as a teenager, then quit due to a fight between my brother and his friend. And, now, I play three-to-four times a week, weather permitting in Northern California.

I can tell you my handicap dropped from around 33 a year ago, to 23.7 at present, which means if you are a hacker, we are brethren.

Anyway, the weekly PGA DFS contests at DraftKings make a nice forum to learn the tactics of fantasy golf, share the grief of a duff and the joy of a 250-yard drive right down the middle.

Do check out the Mastersball Deal and the link below, and then you can challenge the other Mastersballers and me!

Ok, so what about the Waste Management Open, in Phoenix this weekend? Well, ideally the tourney will be bereft of the crazy winds and rains that invaded Torrey Pines last weekend.

I will tell you that I went very conservative, grabbing players in price zones who had thus far done well in making the cut for their tourneys. That meant I largely shied from Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson, though I love both guys.

As for picks, and logic:

Phil Mickelson ($10,600): The high priced spread, Mickelson has delivered 81.8 points over two tourneys thus far. He got killed at the Farmers with a second-round 76, his worst score ever. Nowhere to go but up. I am willing to gamble.

J.J. Henry ($5900): A low-priced gambit, Henry played pretty well at Torrey Pines before the Sunday weather handed him an 80. Five-for-five making the cut.

James Hahn ($6400): Another lower priced selection, Hahn has made the cut five of five times thus far, and has one top ten finish.

C. Howell III ($8200): Six straight top 25 finishes for Howell, who is eight-for-eight on the tour since the start of 2015.

Kevin Kisner ($10,400): Six-for-six on the tour, with four top ten finishes. 

Billy Horschel ($7900): Horschel tied for eighth in La Jolla and has two strong finishes. I mean, we are all learning.

Don't forget you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

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