Get ready to do your research.
The big guns have taken the week off leaving a mixed field of PGA Tour players looking for their breakthrough win at A Military Tribute to The Greenbrier.
Phil Mickelson ($9,000) and Bubba Watson ($8,800) are the household names but have never registered a top 10 in a combined nine appearances here.
The Old White TPC is a 7,286-yard par 70 track with only two par fives. The course plays shorter because it is at altitude in West Virginia.
There was no tournament in 2016 as the course was under water. It copped a revamp shortly after with no notable changes.
The greens are bentgrass and the fairways are wide open and are usually some of the easiest to hit on Tour.
Four spots are up for grabs for The Open Championship in two weeks, which may serve as extra motivation for those who haven’t qualified yet.
Xander Schauffele ($8,200) is the defending champion and this event marked his arrival on Tour.
This is by no means an elite field but there will be plenty of birdies on offer in what shapes as a fun PGA DFS event.
This is also one of the rare courses on Tour that finishes with a par three.
Last week: Promising week for the column. All nine players I looked at made the cut, including winner Francesco Molinari. Outside of Molinari there wasn’t anybody else in the top 10 but nine of nine is a good result.
This tournament is laced with a wide range of previous champions.
Players with a host of different skill-sets have won here and PGA Tour rookies also have a strong record.
Being a par 70 with only two par fives, I will look at par-four scoring. Given the winning score will likely sit around -14, we want players that can make birdies.
The lower end of the salary band is dicey so you will need to be sharp to get nine through the cut.
Birdie or better percentage is a stat I will look closely at.
$8K & $9K Range
Tony Finau ($9,200) – Finau’s price might put people off up top but PGA DFS players love Finau.
The big-hitter from Utah crushes it from the tee and has been extremely consistent this season.
Coming off a T5 at the US Open, Finau is the betting favourite and makes a boatload of birdies.
He’s 15th on Tour for birdie or better percentage and will enjoy these wide open fairways.
Russell Henley ($8,300) – Henley has made four straight cuts and has great scoring potential.
When the putter lights up he can put together birdies in bunches. He’s 27th on Tour for strokes gained: approach, leaving him in the upper level of this field.
The 29-year-old is also 22nd on Tour for greens in regulation percentage. He’s coming in off two top-five finishes here.
Joaquin Niemann ($7,800) – The Chilean wonder kid will likely be a popular play but I can’t ignore him at this price.
He finished T29 here last year as an amateur and has performed better at tracks this season when he can use his driver.
Niemann was T17 last week and has also collected three other top-10 finishes since The Masters.
If you start with a Finau and Henley stack, you will need to find players you like from here down.
Keegan Bradley ($6,800) – Bradley is 5/5 in cuts made at this event through his elite ball-striking.
We know he’s a terrible putter – 200th on Tour – but he’s also remarkably consistent elsewhere and is 12th in strokes gained: tee-to-green.
Aaron Wise ($6,300) – Since winning the AT&T Byron Nelson in May, Wise has missed three straight cuts.
Let’s hope the hangover has finally passed because I think this course suits his game.
He can use his driver where a lot of his success comes from and make some putts. He’s 34th on Tour for strokes gained with the flat stick.
Having thrown chalky plays in so far, I think Wise represents a nice pivot in what looms as a popular $6K range.
Wise is also 10th on Tour for birdie or better percentage on par fours.
Ted Potter Jr ($6,100) – I don’t think I’ve mentioned the man’s name before in a column but The Wizard has gained the most strokes (37) at this tournament in the past five instalments.
He’s a past champion and while the form has been mixed, he does have a win on Tour this season.
Potter Jr is terrible around the greens but with only wedges required in to the pin, let’s hope he can hit his share of greens and drop some putts.
JJ Spaun ($5,900) – You might read that and think: “Not again, give Spaun a rest.” Well, not at this price.
Spaun is 21st on Tour in birdie-or-better percentage and is inside the top 40 specifically on par fours.
He was the co-leader after the first round last week, let’s hope he can put together four rounds.
Brandon Harkins ($5,700) – Harkins can flat out score.
The PGA Tour rookie – remember the rookie theme – is 18th on Tour for birdie or better percentage on par fours.
He will love these open fairways and looks a nice play at this price.
Norman Xiong ($5,200) – Now if you need some salary relief then Xiong might be your guy.
The former Oregon Duck – the same school as Wise – won the Haskins Award this year for the most promising player in US college golf.
This tournament marks his professional debut so he is not likely to win but if he makes the cut then it will be a success.
Piece of Chalk: He might only be 19 but Joaquin Niemann ($7,800) will be popular and I am fine with it.
Scrub-A-Dub: Don’t overthink it, let’s ride the Brandon Harkins wave at $5,700.