Though my squad did not finish in the money this past week at the Tavelers, I feel really good about the approach taken, looking more carefully at the length of the course and holes, and exploiting picks, at least to start, whose game seems more suited to the course.
Of course, this seems a logical step, but it took awhile to sink in as I always just assume all these guys are good at every aspect of the game (remember, I have only been playing seriously, as an adult, for a couple of years), but grabbing Paul Casey (great from 175-200 out) and Daniel Berger (great inside 100 and among the best on the green), my guys finished just seven points off the money with Jhonattan Vegas being the only player I had who didn't make the cut. The irony there being Vegas, percentage-wise, was the best at hitting the green from the 175-200 distance.
This week it is to TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm for the tour, and this time I looked more at average 300-yard drives percentage, plucking some of the best at that for the 7107 yard challenge.
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Justin Thomas ($10.900): Thomas ranked ninth overall in drive distance with a 306.2 yard average over 70 tee shots. Add in that Thomas is 8-for-12 making the cut, averaging 73.5 points per week, and I feel good about this pick.
Tony Finau ($9100): Finau, whom I selected last week and who delivered, ranks tenth, just below Thomas at 306.1 yards over an impressive 128 hits off the box, and has made 12-of-15 cuts, averaging 71.7 points per contest.
Brendan Steele ($8900): Steele is averaging 298.6 yards per drive over 104 hits and is a wickedly consistent 13-for-13 making cuts this season, averaging 75.7 points per week.
Ryan Brehm ($7200): Brehm ranks fifth overall in driving length, going 308.3 yards over 114 shots. He's made ten of twelve cuts this season.
Luke List ($6900): At 311.3 yards per drive (over 144 tee shots), List trails only Dustin Johnson as the longest hitter on the tour thus far this year. He's 9-of-17 playing all weekend and makes an interesting low-end test of the distance factor.
Sung Kang ($6800): Kang tied for sixth at the WEB.com tour played at Avenal Farm four years back, and he has six top-25 finishes since playing the Waste Management contest, making 13 of 18 cuts.
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