RBC Heritage DK Pick Grades:
Martin Kaymer T32 (-4) : B+
As the Obvious Pick of the Week, Kaymer was able to make the weekend (a must) and accumulate 78.5 DFS points. While posting a 3-over on Saturday, and a 4-over back nine on Sunday, Kaymer had the chance to be higher on the leaderboard, but we will take it.
Patrick Cantlay T-3 (-11): A+
As the Gut Guy of the Week, Cantlay put together a gutsy performance finishing T-3 (2nd best of his career). Cantlay will continue to be a play for me throughout the year as I see a lot of potential in this former World No.1 Amatuer.
Daniel Summerhays T59 (E): A-
“Do Your Job.” As the Value Pick of the Week, Summerhays channeled his inner Bill Belichick last week and did just that, his job. Your job as the value pick is to make a cut and gain some “free” points during the weekend. After posting a 5-under on Friday, Summerhays made the weekend and was able to finish with 63.5 total points.
Valero Texas Open Picks
Obvious Pick of the Week:
Patrick Reed ($9,700)
Obvious is an interesting word to describe how I feel about Patrick Reed this week. Is he in good form? The simple answer is no, especially with a missed cuts in his last two starts, and having to go back to January to find his last top 10 finish. However, Reed had a second place finish last year at this event so you know he feels comfortable around this track. Not to mention Reed was born in San Antonio, and similar to Wesley Bryan being the first South Carolina native to win the RBC Heritage last week, I love those small connections to an event. So this week I love Reed and think he falls out of his recent slump this year with a solid finish.
Gut Guy of the Week:
Harold Varner III ($7,800)
With a T-9 in last years event here at TPC San Antonio, Varner is someone to watch this week. Although he has yet to get that elusive first Tour victory, Varner seems to be in good form coming into this week with made cuts in his last 4 starts. Varner is a sneaky big hitter who averages just over 300 yards in Driving Distance, good enough for 28th on Tour. This helped him in last years event ranking in the Top 5 in Par 5 Scoring, which just means more DK points. I am excited to see how Varner performs this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him near the top of the leaderboard on the weekend.
Value Pick of the Week:
Smylie Kaufman ($6,200)
Good Ole Smylie. Coming off a #SB2K17 trip with the boys, I fully expect Smylie to be relaxed and focused heading into this week at the Valero. While he his performance this year has been less than stellar (2/7 Cuts Made), Kaufman has also been nursing a wrist injury dating back to last year. After missing his last 6 cuts, I think #SB2K17 got his mind right and he comes out playing more freely this week and makes the cut.
Fade of the Week:
Charley Hoffman ($10,700)
Winner of last years event and a solid Masters appearance, Hoffman is considered one of the favorites this week, but I think he is WAY over valued at the third highest price. Especially coming off a missed cut last week at the RBC Heritage, Hoffman may have hit his ceiling in terms of DK value and for that reason I am out on him this week.
DK Tournament of the Week
PGA $500K Dogleg ($50,000 to 1st)
$33 entry fee
Good Form+Value+Cuts Made+Tour Sauce-Players I can’t root for =
(Three guys with no picture not a great look, but let’s do it!)