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Fantasy Golf: The First Cut, Traveler’s Championship (FREE)

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PGA DFS: The First Cut, Travelers Championship, Fantasy Golf Lineups

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
  • Summary

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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 

Course Commentary

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

Course 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

 

DFS Preview

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.

Commentary:

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.

Statistical Preview

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

Commentary:

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!

Until then,

Cheers!

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now two years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of James as well as two Labradors (Choco and Bella) and he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, or somewhere hopefully lost in nature with his dogs guiding him along the way. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing support@awesemo.com.