Before I jump into this week’s tournament, I wanted to take a quick look back at the Travelers Championship. My three dark horses were Guido Migliozzi, Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter. All three played very well, made the cut and did more on top of that. Poulter was 36th in a 4-under, Cink was 30th in a 5-under draw and Guido was 13th in an 8-under draw. Incredible week in DFS for combining it with Cantlay, Ancer and the winner Harris English! 10x return on my entry and 318th out of 95,124! Hopefully we can keep that up this week.
This week, the PGA Tour to Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, MI goes to the Rocket mortgage classic. The headliners are Bryson, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Last year we saw some dark horses like Ryan Armor, Adam Hadwin and Mav McNealy make the top 10. This is a very scoring course that will help these lower grade guys like the Korn Ferry player make it through here. Tougher courses show better players at the top because of the challenges, as opposed to here where everyone can rally and collect birdies.
This week I’ll be making three dark horses available, that is, players who are longshots but could play really well for their low salary. These dark horses are golfers who are $ 7,500 and under. Also, I use DraftKings so these prices apply to their website but the players can also be used on FanDuel.
Dark horse number 1
Seamus power ($ 7,500): Power is one of my dark horses because of the last placements. The key stats are decent for its price, but getting in the top 20 twice and in the top 10 twice in the last five starts is very fascinating to me. He finished 12th in a draw last year and is one of my favorites to target this year.
The last five destinations of the tour: 19th, 19th, 9th, 54th, 9th
The last two finishes here: T12, MC
SG from tee: 154.
Par 4 average rating: 24.
Yardage or better percentage: 92nd
Dark horse number 2
Mark Hubbard ($ 7,300): The stats look pretty bad, but he’s the guy we saw last week who can go out there and score. Hubbard is another of my dark horses because he turned this upside down last week. He played decently and I want to step on him after seeing him tie 12th in 2020.
The last five destinations of the tour: 13th, 57th, 42nd, MC, 34th
The last two finishes here: T12, DNP
SG from tee: 177.
Par 4 average rating: 132.
Yardage or better percentage: 139.
Dark horse number 3
Hank Lebioda ($ 7,200): Lebioda is my last dark horse because he’s been hot lately. One top 5 and two top 20s in his last five starts. This guy is a scorer and we saw him last week with a 67 and 66 on the Travelers weekend. He’s shown this season that he can shoot in the mid-60s and that’s what it takes to survive here. Flashes up like Hubbard, but I think he’s a bit safer than him because of his recent finishes. He has yet to make a cut here in the existence of this tournament, but it’s a new year and an even better Hank.
The last five destinations of the tour: 5th, 31st, 17th, 51st, 13th
The last two finishes here: MC, MC
SG from tee: 139.
Par 4 rating average: 50th
Yardage or better percentage: 123rd