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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Zurich Classic

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. 

Here is a quick rundown of what sites and formats we will cover each week: 

Page 1 will feature all of our selections for GolfChannel.com and Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.
Page 2 will go over One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Golf picks.
Page 3 will take a look across the pond with Fantasy Race to Dubai selections. 

Dave Tindall has you covered for all things European Tour. Check out his Volvo China Open Preview.

Ryan O lays out a preview and ranks the top tier in his Zurich Classic Preview

To check out what you may have missed last week, Mo Yoshimoto has you covered in his Valero Texas Open Recap
 

Now for the picks... 
 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf
 

Ryan O’Sullivan

@RyanGolfBlogger

2016 Earnings: $10,815,837

2016 Rank: 1,621 of 39,468
 

Group 1: Justin Rose

Group 2: Billy Horschel

Group 3: Ricky Barnes
Group 4: Lucas Glover

ANALYSIS: Rose and Horschel are past winners at the Zurich, hard to complain there. Glover has three top 10s at TPC Louisiana while Barnes supplies the form with two straight top 10s. 



Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy
 

2016 Earnings: $9,158,506

2016 Rank: 6,179 of 39,468

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Daniel Berger

Group 3: Steve Stricker
Group 4: Erik Compton

ANALYSIS: Berger was a tough choice with so many other steady options. In the end, I went with the recent top-heavy finished by Berger since we want to pile up the top 10s in this format. Stricker fits that mold as well, posting four top 15s in seven tries at TPC Louisiana. Sticking with that theme, Compton has recorded T12 and T5 finished in his last two Zurich starts. Course History!

 

 

Mo Yoshimoto

@Bears3423

 

2016 Earnings: $7,483,852

2016 Rank: 14,500 of 39,252

 

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Daniel Berger

Group 3: Boo Weekley
Group 4: Luke List

ANALYSIS: A good mix of course history and recent form here from Mo. 

 
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

*Make sure you check our Twitter accounts for any updates before the first tee ball flies on Thursday. Change in weather, tee times, etc. can always lead to last-minute changes and we will let you know through our social media channels. 
 
Josh Culp

“Future of Fantasy” 
 

Spring Points: 592
Spring Rank: 
24,980
Full Season Points: 
2,655
Full Season Ranking: 1,365

 

Group A

Jason Day (8): He's the class of the field and proved he can contend at this venue when he co-led through 54 holes last year. Easy play here. 

Keegan Bradley (8): He pulled through for us last week and it shows that his game is not too far off from his old standard. He's collected top 30s in three of his five vists here, so another strong finish could be in the cards. Fowler was initially in this spot but I wanted to split tee times waves in case of wind/weather concerns and chose Day from the Thursday A.M. side. 

SUPER SUBS 
Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland

 

Group B


David Hearn (10): This is a perfect exmaple of how you can efficiently save starts in Yahoo. There might be one or two other weeks in the entire season where you'll consider rostering the Canadian. With a 6-for-6 record at this venue, it's a nice plug-and-play pick with a solid chance at four rounds. 

Charles Howell III (8): This isn't one of his courses that he tears apart on an annual basis. At the same time he is still 6-for-8 at TPC Louisiana including a runner-up finish in 2009. He's playing some of the best golf of his career and the rest of Group B is nothing to write home about. 
 

Justin Rose (7): I just said the rest of Group B is nothing to write home about, Rose being the exception. Along with Jason Day, he's the class of the field and is also the defending champ. 

Cameron Tringale (9): The prototypical course horse that you can't ignore. Has signed for under-par rounds in 18-of-22 tries at TPC Louisiana. That's yielded five top 30s in six starts including last year's runner-up finish. 

  

SUPER SUBS
Charley Hoffman, Jamie Donaldson, Morgan Hoffmann, Danny Lee

 

Group C
Daniel Berger (10): Posted a T6 in his Zurich debut. He cited the course's resemblance to tracks back home in Florida. He likes the layout and he arrives with T11 or better in his last three stroke-play events. 

David Toms (10): Playing the local factor here. Toms has not disappointing at TPC Louisiana (8-for-9 with three top 20s). 

SUPER SUBS 
Smylie Kaufman, Marc Leishman

 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

“The Golf Aficionado”
 

Spring Points: 704
Spring Rank: 
1,874
Full Season Points:
 2,631
Full Season Ranking: 2,106

 

Group A
Jason Day (7) and Rickie Fowler (9)

Group B
David Hearn (10), Charley Hoffman (9), Justin Rose (7), and Cameron Tringale (10)

Group C
Daniel Berger (10) and Billy Horschel (10)

 

Mo Yoshimoto

“@BearsGolf3423”

 

Spring Points: 514
Spring Rank: 
6,296
Full Season Points:
 2,366
Full Season Ranking: 7,877

Group A
Jason Day (8) and Rickie Fowler (9)

Group B
Justin Rose (9), Jamie Donaldson (10), David Hearn (10), and Cameron Tringale (10)

Group C
Daniel Berger (10) and Boo Weekley (10)

 

 

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Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team each week. 
 

This week I will enter the following lineup into the $3 Drive the Green contest. It brings the opportunity to turn three dollars into 100 thousand, so there will definitely be a lot of entries to contend with. 

This contest has a large number of entries, with guaranteed prize payouts, which means we can't play it safe if we want to see our name at the top! 


 
DraftKings Picks:
 

Daniel Berger ($10,100): While the top-tier options of Day/Rose/Fowler are elite, Berger provides a little salary relief as we look to build a more balanced lineup here. 

Marc Leishman ($9,100): He may get overlooked with the course horse Tringale just below him and #SB2K16 MVP Smylie Kaufman just above him. The Aussie brings firepower which is exactly what we are looking for. 
 

Ben Martin ($7,900): Speaking of firepower, Martin owns the course record at TPC Louisiana (62/2014). Loves putting on bermuda.   

Steve Stricker ($7,900): Playing a bit more than we've seen in years past. Have to think he's motivated to start earning his way back into majors and WGCs. A start against a weaker field like this one is a good place to pick up some confidence. 
 

K.J. Choi ($7,500): Quitely a course horse here as he's posted top 40s in five of his six attempts. That includes a T3 in 2011 so the upside is also there. 

Blayne Barber ($7,000): Growing up in Florida, he's no stranger to windy conditions and bermuda greens. That is what's on tap this week. It's no wonder he finished T8 in his Zurich debut last year. A very lively sleeper. 

Other Picks to Consider
Cameron Tringale ($8,600): Playing the course horse role this week. I would prefer him more in cash games as opposed to GPP lineups. A cut made should be in the cards though. 

Jason Day ($12,500): The high price tag may lure gamers into dropping down for Fowler or Rose, but Day packs a winning punch that can't be ignored. 
 

David Toms ($6,700): Playing the local knowledge factor, Toms rises to the top. He's made the cut in nine of his 10 starts at TPC Louisiana which is all you can ask of a 6,700 golfer. 

One-and-Done

Each week I think aloud to provide you with my One-and-Done selection as well as a few alternatives. Fade or Follow? You decide!
 

Last week was relatively simple with Hoffman popping off the page. This week the course horses are guys like Boo Weekley, Cameron Tringale, Jeff Overton, Stuart Appleby, K.J. Choi, and David Hearn. Nothing about those golfers scream ONE-AND-DONE. Tringale would be the one I'd consider most of that group.

Instead I'm going for the cream of the crop this week. I've already used Rose but Jason Day is still available to me.  I have Day projected nearly three strokes higher than the third-highest projected golfer. For any gamers that still have Day in their holster, they are likely waiting for a major or WGC event to go after the top-heavy payouts. That is a smart move, but I am trailing at the moment and looking for a win THIS week. I think Day gives me the best chance, and he will likely be used by very few this week. Jason Day is my pick! 

Sidenote: I strongly considered Daniel Berger as he arrives in great form and also finished top 10 here in his debut. I think he makes for a decent option this week, and will probably be very popular as many gamers struggle to find that "sure" thing this week and look to save Day for a bigger purse. 

 

Past Results:
Valero Texas Open:
Got our first win of the calendar year thanks to Charley Hoffman finally closing the door on Sunday!

RBC Heritage: Chalk this one up as a failure. The Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut by one stroke and still claims Harbour Town Golf Links is his favorite course on TOUR. Remember that next year when the RBC rolls around. 

Masters Tournament: Adam Scott was looking like a missed-cut candidate through day one, but fought back to a T42. Very disappointing given it was a major championship and the second option was Jordan Spieth ($851K more earnings).

Shell Houston Open: Phil Mickelson really took advantage of all the ball-washing opportunities at the Golf Club of Houston. Unfortunately, they weren't free, and they cost him by week's end. Still, a T13 is not the end of the world. 

Puerto Rico Open & Match Play: DeLaet came through with a T11 (another one!) while Paul Casey disappointed at the Match Play as he attempted to play through a stomach bug.  

Arnold Palmer Invitational: Despite an early double in round one, Rose bounced back and hung around near the top for most of the week. A finish of T9 will suffice, but we're still looking for a big winner.  

Valspar: Didn't trust any of the course horses, so I went with Stenson and got a T11 out of it. This is not my seventh finish between 10th and 17th since the start of 2016. 

WGC-Cadillac: A T3 for Rory McIlroy as he recorded just one birdie in the final round. Slightly disappointing. 

Honda Classic: T61 for Donald as he performed the worst of the three I had narrowed down. Our worst showing yet, but at least he made the cut! 

Northern Trust: I didn't get a win, but I chose the second-best option of the five I was considering. Holmes and his T11 will suffice. 

AT&T Pro-Am: A third-round 63 saved the week for Jimmy Walker as he finished T11. Not terrible, but Phil obviously would have been the best pick of the three I had it narrowed down to. 

WMPO: Bubba Watson backdoored a T14 after slipping on Saturday with a 2-over 73. Not the podium finish we hoped for, but it will suffice. 

Farmers: My decision to save Sneds looked good on Friday as he snuck into the weekend. A big pile of WELP was served though as Snedeker came from behind to grab a victory. A T17 from Charles Howell III is not too disappointing though. 

CareerBuilder: Kevin Na pulled through with that podium finish we asked for. Successful week. 

Sony Open: Matt Kuchar teased us but fought his way back to a T13, which is acceptable. 
 

Hyundai TOC: Dustin Johnson finished T10, not killer but I really wanted a little more out of my DJ usage.

 

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2016 Fantasy Race to Dubai

 

Dave Tindall is our main man in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.

 

Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are trebled and vice-captain’s doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.

 

Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)

 

Last week: Was looking good before the 71st hole when Levy (my captain) switched places with Luiten (everyone else’s captain). With the Dutchman finishing T2 and the Frenchman T4, it restricted my rise to a puny 71 spots.

 

Position: 6,850

 

 

This week:

 

Alexander Levy (captain): The Tour stays in China; Levy stays on the team, stays as captain.  Add in last week’s near-miss at Genzon and his form on Chinese soil reads: 4-28-3-25-14-2-1. In the China Open, he has a win and a third.

 

Joost Luiten (vice-captain): Back-to-back second places for the Dutchman, the latest at Genzon on Monday, make him the European Tour’s hottest player. Hit over 83% of GIR last week and will surely be the most popular pick of the week with no course form to go on.

 

Bernd Wiesberger: After some decent results in America (T14 WGC-Cadillac, T34 Masters), this a big drop in class for the Austrian and he should thrive. Hitting lots of greens and has connected top 25s in his last four starts in China.

 

Scott Hend: Like Levy and Luiten, the big-hitting Aussie cracked the top five at Genzon GC and this week’s course should suit with plenty of short par 4s to go at. First European Tour win came in Hong Kong; latest came in Thailand. Keep him onside in the Far East.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen: Trending in the right direction after following his top 20 in Spain with a T9 at Genzon last week. Solid performer in China and will see this as another chance to take a step towards Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team.

 

Julien Quesne: Thrives in these parts and followed a run of 9-8-4 in China with T13 at last week’s Shenzhen International. Topped the putting stats at Genzon and has had top 10s already this season in Malaysia, Australia and India.

 

 

Matt Cooper joins Dave Tindall as a part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.
 

Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)

 

Last week: Not a great week, dropping 1,000 places. A mistake to leave out the relentless Joost Luiten and the week was overly reliant on Alex Levy.

 

Position: 2,788

 

Ross Fisher (captain): Think the Englishman is bubbling and on the brink of a really good week. T3 and T13 in China at the end of last year, T16 last week, he's continuing his trend of quality golf in the country. Ranked first for All-Round in Spain and then fifth last week.

 

Joost Luiten (vice captain): A slight fear that having swerved him last week I might be pulling him onboard just as he runs out of steam. But might equally be the case that his consistency will drive another good performance. It's now 8 top 15 finishes from his 9 seasonal starts and runner-up in both of the last two weeks.

 

Alex Levy: Like Luiten has to be a concern that he's peaked without the win, but it's ultimately too hard to overlook a man who has such a strong record in China (including winning this event two years ago) and was T4 last week – and he looked like he was enjoying his golf despite the weather.

 

Mikko Ilonen: 6 of his last 9 Chinese starts have reaped T25s and last week his game was solid in each area (indeed he ranked ninth for All Round). Underperformed last year but looks set to step it up.

 

Tyrell Hatton: Was T8 in Dubai (just 3 starts ago) and then improved every round last week into T12, finishing ranked sixth for All-Round. Clincher is a strong record in China, on many different courses.

 

Peter Hanson: 22 of his 28 starts in China have ended with top 40 finishes, 7 of them top ten including a win. 8 of his last 9 starts are top 40 too. Nice, solid pick.

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.