The Open was so potentially exciting, and I have to register unhappiness in that I made the mistake of selecting Phil Mickelson, whom I knew at the time might miss the tournament due to the pending graduation of his daughter. On Wednesday night, I wrote my piece on the tourney, and even changed the pick to Bubba Watson. While this would not make a difference in my finish, because I had my DraftKings window open, I guess I missed hitting the final submit button.
OK, my mistake, but the following morning I looked to double-check, and since the tourney had 7 AM tee times, that would be fine. But it was 5 AM in California, meaning it was too late.
This is not just pointed towards DK, but in general, cut-offs and FAAB deadlines all seem to be predicated on ET, which might be logical, but imagine you want to go to a show Sunday night in say, Los Angeles. And, the main act hits the stage at 9 PM. Are you going to check your phone, or are you going to want to watch AC/DC or U2 hit the stage?
The East Coast might stay up later than us, but they close us down a lot earlier!
So, back to the Travelers (and you might note this year, there is a 2017 behind the title), and that means I have been covering this stuff for over a year, trying to get the hang. That I will continue, and actually Bubba was among my picks last year, along with Brooks Koepka and Jamie Lovemark, to name a couple more.
So, who do I like at TPC River Highlands? Well, Highlands is a shorter course so the tactician should be rewarded, and after my talk with Pat Mayo last week, I focused first on the best players to get to the green from 175-200 yards out. Will that point to something worth knowing? Let's see.
Remember that you can match up against me at the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.
Paul Casey ($9700): After 62 rounds, Casey's efficiency to the green is 84 hits out of 134 holes, good for about 63% success. Casey has also made 11 of 12 cuts.
Marc Leishman ($9400): Sentimental holdover from last year. But Leishman had a decent showing at the Open and is good for 66.2 points per contest with 12 cuts made in 14 tries.
Tony Finau ($8700): Finau ranks second on greens made, bagging an awesome 102 out of 156 for a 65.38% rating with the largest sample size. Finau has made 11 of 14 cuts.
Zach Johnson ($8500): Johnson has been playing well, and I need a couple of tests against the percentage theory, but 11 of 14 cuts and a decent open finish (two over). He did struggle hitting the greens, but a shorter venue may suit him. Gotta try stuff to learn stuff, right?
Emiliano Grillo ($7200): Grillo has made 11 of 13 cuts and is actually among the leaders on the tour at getting the ball into the cup from 200 or less. We'll see?
Jhonattan Vegas ($6400): Funny that the low-priced spread is also the most deadly at hitting the green from that 175-200 yard span, but Vegas has bagged 67.23%, making 80 of 119 tries.
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