Another week of PGA is approaching and this time it is the 2nd week of the all-important FedEx Cup Playoffs. After 125 golfers competed last week, the field has been cut down to 100 for this upcoming tournament, known as the Dell Technologies Championship. Formerly referred to as the Deutsche Bank Championship, this tournament is played at TPC Boston which is a Par 71 measured at approximately 7,300 yards. Although not as lengthy as some of the courses that have been played this year, this course is definitely one that slightly favors those distance and T2G (tee-to-green) rather than short game. This course features bentgrass greens so be sure to research how the golfers you pick tend to play with or without bentgrass greens. Moreover, the key statistics for success this week are Ball Striking, SG: Approach, Par 4 scoring average (mainly look at recent weeks) and Par 5 BoB%. Now, let’s get into some picks! silk iphone case
High Price Tier
Paul Casey DK $8,900 FD $9,000
Even if this guy was priced at the highest salary, I would still believe Casey is a viable option for this week. Not only has he been outstanding all year long, but, year end is where Casey’s upside tends to show up, as it did last year. With 5 consecutive Top 15 finishes, including 3 top 5s, Casey possesses a solid mix of consistency and upside that you can’t fade. Last year at this tournament, he finished runner up (2nd place) to Rory McIlroy in which Casey was -15 after the first three rounds, shooting 3 consecutive rounds of 66. If it was not for his 4th round struggles, Casey would have definitely been victorious. Nevertheless, he will be competing and be as poised as ever to redeem himself this year. On the season, Casey ranks 4th in the PGA in ball striking and 3rd in SG:Approach. Basically, whenever he needs to hit the ball a long distance, although not precise, Casey is extremely accurate and consistent at giving himself great birdie opportunities. Consequently, he is one of the best on tour at converting on Par 4s due to his great approach game. He ranks 4th in the PGA in Par 4 scoring average (3.98). Last week in particular, the tour scoring average was 4.09, Casey was much better as his was 3.98. Moving on to Par 5s, despite only ranking 80th in Par 5 BoB%, Casey showed very solid skills last week as he made birdie or better on 62.5% (5/8) of his Par 5 opportunities at the Northern Trust. Given his very reasonable price and unbelievable consistency, Casey is a cash-game lock for this week’s Dell Technologies Championship.
Mid Price Tier
Kevin Chappell DK $8,600 FD $6,700
Chappell, despite having a mediocre first 2 rounds at last week’s Northern Trust tournament, really turned it on late with a combined -6 in the final two rounds to finish an admirable T6. This was his 5th top 10 of the season. Chappell has not missed a cut since the Open Championship in late July and, since then, has racked up 3 Top 15s in 4 events, including 2 Top 10s. Overall, he is in prime form which is a good sign for him as it is the FedEx Cup playoffs. Another good sign is that he is playing at a course in which he has had a lot of success at in the past. He has competed in each of the last 4 years, and has 3 finishes in the Top 25, with his best finish (T8) coming last year. He really loves the greens at TPC Boston as, typically a bad putter, Chappell finished 12th in the field last year in SG:Putting at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not to mention he was 11th in SG:Putting last week at the Northern Trust. Moving on, Chappell,ranking 26th in driving distance, 62nd in Ball Striking, and 36th in SG:Approach-the-green, he clearly possesses the ideal kit to continue having success at this tournament. Chappell has ranked better than field average in Par 4 scoring in each of his last three tournaments. Last week, as mentioned earlier, the field average was 4.09. Chappell had an average of 4.02. Lastly, in Par 5s, Kevin is 30th in BoB% as he converts on 46.21% of his birdie or better opportunities. Chappell has a lot too like about him and at this particular tournament where he has had plenty of success, there is a lot of upside.
Low Price Tier
Hudson Swafford DK $6,800 FD $4,800
Swafford has had a roller coaster of a season so far but things are starting to settle slightly in his favor. After a WIN early in the season at the CareerBuilder, and a bunch of missed cuts in between then and mid June, Swafford has made 5 of his last 6 cuts, including a T10 at WGC-Bridgestone and a T43 last week at the Northern Trust. One of the main reasons I like him this week is because of the great course history he has at TPC Boston. He competed at this tournament in each of the last two years and he has T33 and T15 finishes, respectively, to his name. He is currently 13th in the PGA in ball striking, 83rd in SG:Approach, 89th in Par 4 scoring average, and 26th in Par 5 BoB%. Overall, there are no overly noticeable stats, especially the key ones for this week, in his mediocre season that portray a poor showing this week. It seems like he suits the course very well and at a favorable course with a minimal field (low chance to miss cut), I like his odds.
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