Daily Fantasy Recommendations for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier Classic has been renamed this year to A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. It’s a relatively young tournament having been founded in 2010. There are not a ton of household names entered, but there are plenty of good golfers to consider for your daily fantasy roster.
Before diving into an examination of what some of those options may be…
How about a little information about the course and weather?
The tournament is played on The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s a par-70 course that is 7,286 yards long.
As for the weather, there is a chance it could play a role in the outcome. Temperatures leading up to the tournament have been high. But rain is expected on Friday (100 percent). There is a chance some could come on Thursday and Saturday as well (20 percent) with a slight chance for Sunday (ten percent).
Temps are expected to be in the high 70s on Thursday, will drop to the low 70s on Friday, and could dip to the high-60s over the weekend.
I do like to give defending champions some credit, but I’m not sure how much confidence I can have in Xander Schauffele. He wasn’t playing great before he won last year (tied for 35th at Quicken Loans National). But he wasn’t playing bad either (tied for 14th at the Travelers Championship; tied for fifth at the U.S. Open).
He did play well at the Open again (tied for sixth). But he missed the cut at the Travelers and the two tournaments he played in prior to the Open. Look at him as a wild card and use him at your own risk.
Other players worth taking a look include:
Bubba Watson: Yes, I know we don’t see too many guys win back to back tournaments. To be honest, I don’t envision Bubba winning here. But he has played this course well in the four trips he’s made with an average score of 68.81 per round. He may not win, but he’ll play well enough for daily fantasy purposes.
Webb Simpson: Talk about an exciting season. In his last four tournaments, he’s missed the cut (Travelers), tied for 10th (U.S. Open), missed the cut (Fort Worth) and won (Players). He’s got the game but will he bring it, is the question. In seven starts at Greenbrier, he has finished inside the top-15 four times (tied for 14th last year). So, I’d say yes.
Russell Henley: I like a guy who is playing well and who has a history of playing well on a course. Russ Henley is both. He’s coming off a tied for 6th finish at the Travelers Championship his last time out. In his previous two starts at Greenbrier, he averaged 67.125. He’s probably as safe a pick as there can be for this tournament.
Jimmy Walker: He had a hot hand earlier this season but has since cooled off. In his last two outings, he finished tied or 56th (U.S. Open) and tied for 60th (Quicken Loans). But he does have four top-tens to his name this season and still finished tied for 18th last season despite battling Lyme disease (but had three top-four finishes before that).
Buyer Beware—Phil Mickelson: He’s a great golfer; there is no doubting that. However, it seems like every time he appears to be a logical choice for your daily fantasy roster he has a terrible tournament. A lot of experts are saying he’s a good start and that’s enough for me to say leave him on the bench. But I’m no expert.
If he was going to heat back up, this is where he’d do it.
Sleeper Picks: Tony Finau, Brandon Harkins, Norman Xiong, Joaquin Niemann, and Brian Gay.
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