Whether this is your first time playing fantasy golf, or you’re a PGA DFS Tour Vet, the First Cut should have something for you. This article serves as a guide for the week ahead, covering a wide variety of topics in a short amount of space.
Here’s what you can expect to see in the article:
- Tournament intro
- Course commentary
- Sweatsheat & scorecard
- DFS preview
- Player and statistical preview
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Tournament Intro: Traveler’s Championship
The only tournament that comes to New England this year as TPC Boston gets cut from the rotation due to the scheduling changes. The greater Hartford area has been host to a PGA Event and speaking of Greater Hartford, that was the name of the tournament from the late ’60s through the early part of the 2000s. TPC River Highlands has been the host course since 1984 but has gone a few renovations since then. The once buzzing city of Hartford, dubbed the insurance capital of the world, had fallen on tough times during the financial crisis and relishes this week like this, especially with the number of attendees over the four days.
This Week’s Course(s): TPC @ RiverHighlands
Winding through the dense Connecticut Forest, the course is very scorable if you hit the fairway and play the angles correctly. It doesn’t derive any of its meat or difficulty from its length playing the shortest course on the PGA tour year in and year out, playing under 6900 yards. This was the site of the special 58 from Jim Furyk a couple of years ago, something I was in person to see. It was a great experience. Even with its shortness, and ability to go very low, it still checks in-right in the middle of the pack in terms of difficulty. Let’s have a look at the numbers
- Par 70, 6815
- Winning score: -14
- Top-five score: -11
- Cut number:+4 to +5
- Easiest hole: 6
- Hardest hole: 4
- The best chance at streaks: 1-3, 13-15
- #25/51 hardest courses on tour last year.
DFS Sweatsheet & Scorecard
Only DK has contests posted for next week, and pretty good for after a major.
Player & Statistical Preview
This space merely occupies the expected field and this weeks’ top-25 golfers based on the official world golf ranking.
The week after a major means typically that we see a bit of a hit to the field strength, but not so much this week as five of the top-10 and 14 of the top-25. Not surprising with how many good reviews the course and tournament get each and every year.
The PGA Tour has a set of “statistics” that measure golfers performances vs. each other/the rest of the field. Below are the statistics for the last three years for the Traveler’s Championship
All that these three graphics tell us is that you need the whole package to win here, or at least one of the parts of the package to be operating on all cylinders. Paul Casey didn’t win last year because of his inability to find the fairway in the final round, while Berger’s scrambling kept him from hoisting the trophy in 2017. It’s hard to peg exactly what a player needs to be successful here, but you must start with hitting the fairway. Even Spieth in 2017 when he won was able to hit over 60% of his fairways for the week, which is way above average for him.
For now, that’s all. I’ll be updating the article the more info we get!
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