2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Classic PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
The Players was over by Friday night when Webb Simpson took over the back-nine at TPC Sawgrass, finishing over a fine four-day performance with a four-stroke victory. His approach to the week with staying in play and letting his short game do the work paid off handsomely as he tied the course record 63 on Friday. He vaults up to eighth in the Fed Ex standings and wins a boatload of cash to add to a career renaissance. Everyone wants to talk about his putting and rightly so, but Simpson’s entire game looked fantastic for four rounds on a course that he made pedestrian.
With Webb’s win, we got a cash game outright at a ridiculous price on DK. It led the way in a 3.5/4 as Zach Johnson had an MDF, but an overall pretty solid week in chalk heaven. We move to Texas and Trinity Farms, a fantastic venue that is going to really test this weakened field. A true test of modern golf architecture versus the Tour, who have already voiced their displeasure of setup (Too bad). Let’s take a look at some guys that could help you get your lineup through the cut in a week 6/6 is going to be worthy of a winner.
Jimmy Walker, $9500 – A guy who I looked at early in the season for a return to success has really found his stride the past two weeks and it shows not just in finishes, but his stats. He makes a return to Texas after his fourth-place finish at the Valero with a runner-up at the Players and a game rounding really into form. He’s gaining strokes putting (at least two strokes in five of eight), gained strokes around the green in five straight, number one in Par 4 scoring and is minimizing his misses off the tee after gaining strokes at the Players. Throw in the links style fairways and Walker is setting up well. Looking at other Coore and Crenshaw courses in Kapalua and Pinehurst No. 2, Walker has three straight top 10s at Kapalua and finished ninth at Pinehurst.
Grayson Murray, $8200 – Murray has the talent to be good in a field like this and comes to Trinity Forest with a respectable 30th place finish at the Players. He’s gained strokes off the tee in five straight tournaments and has gained strokes around the green in 8-of-9 tournaments. He ranks 11th in Par 4 Scoring over his last 24 rounds and eighth in SG: Total in his last 12 rounds. He’s playing well enough to really find a big win on tour after last year’s success.
Martin Laird, $7900 – Party Marty continues to play possibly the best golf of his life in 2018, making the cut for sixth time in his last seven starts. He’s been able to gain strokes tee to green in six of his last seven tournaments, including two times where he made up about seven strokes. His putting has really clicked including last week’s 5.2 SG: Putting and his play works in the wind, which is in the forecast. When you start to dip down into the $7k, you lose a lot of options, but Laird sits sixth in Par 4 scoring in his last 24 rounds in this field and 10th in Birdie or Better.
Marc Leishman, $9100 – The tall Aussie hasn’t been in the best of form, but still can be considered one of the best options in this field. A rough Sunday 76 deterred his Players’ performance, but he was still able to gain strokes on his approach and around the green despite losing 5.3 strokes putting. With the links style golf course ahead of him, his off the tee misses to be mitigated and rely more on his approach, which ranks 5th in his last 36 on Bermuda greens. He also ranks 5th in Par 4 scoring and sixth in SG Putting on Bermuda, hopefully meaning his atrocious numbers on the greens last week are a thing of the past.
A rough field, but a new course should be well worth the watch. Trinity Forest is going to be a place that makes it really interesting to see how players react, both on the course and in the media. Enjoy the week, folks!