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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
Key Stats for the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
- Driving Accuracy
- Birdie or Better Rate
- Strokes Gained: Putting
For a more detailed breakdown of the course, check out my course primer.
Daily Fantasy Golfer Picks for the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba
All stats cited below originate at FantasyNational. Strokes gained data includes stats from the past calendar year and is adjusted based on my field strength and recency tweaks. Putting surface splits also come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds when possible -- unless noted. All ranks and percentile ranks are among the field. References to my combo model refer to a combination of long-term, field-adjusted form, key stat performance, and hole-by-hole-level strokes gained data.
Best of the Best
Abraham Ancer (FanDuel Salary: $11,400 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +2000) - Ancer is my model's favorite to win, yet his salary is -- while high -- reasonable. He gets a huge boost at a course such as El Camaleon due to the value of driving accuracy. It also doesn't hurt that he's playing in his home country. Ancer has four straight top-25 finishes at this course, and he's the leader in my stats-only model for the week, too.
Matt Fitzpatrick ($10,800 | +3500) - Fitzpatrick wound up finishing 30th in Bermuda last week, but without ShotLink data, we don't know exactly how he got there. Either way, we do know that his long-term form is pretty dominant for this field and that he also benefits from a shorter course that rewards accuracy. Fitzpatrick ranks in the 87th percentile in fairways gained relative to this field over the past 50 rounds, and he's in the 88th percentile in birdie or better rate gained.
Others to Consider:
Viktor Hovland ($11,800 | +1700) - Champ here last year and an accurate driver; a cut above all but Ancer.
Aaron Wise ($10,600 | +3000) - Former rookie of the year has five straight top-26 finishes and is a good birdie maker.
Talor Gooch ($10,300 | +4500) - Is dominating with irons and wedges right now en route to three straight top-11s.
Russell Henley ($9,600 | +5000) - When we get Henley at less-than-driver courses, we should take note. He ranks in the 98th percentile in adjusted strokes gained over the past year despite not every course working in his favor. His 98th-percentile iron play should matter at a course such as this, given that he's in the 87th percentile in fairways gained. He has gained 12.5 strokes from approach over his past eight rounds. He finished 21st at the Shriners and 25th at THE CJ CUP despite losing 6.4 strokes from putting in those.
Keegan Bradley ($9,600 | +7000) - Keegan's irons remain strong (97th percentile), and he ultimately ranks in the 95th percentile in adjusted tee-to-green play over the past year. He's not a good putter, but on a surface (paspalum) that few golfers will know well, we can take a shot on the elite ball-striker. He was 15th here in 2016 and 32nd here last year.
Others to Consider:
Sergio Garcia ($10,000 | +4500) - Similar profile to Bradley; great tee-to-green data but poor putting.
Charley Hoffman ($9,200 | +9500) - Had finished 31st and won here before missing five straight cuts at this course. Elite birdie-maker.
Emiliano Grillo ($9,100 | +7000) - Same goes for Grillo as Garcia and Bradley: a bet on tee-to-green data helping versus putting on rare paspalum greens.
Kevin Streelman ($8,700 | +7000) - Streelman actually rates out in the 94th percentile in long-term adjusted form relative to this field despite a sub-$9,000 salary. He hits a ton of fairways (94th percentile) and stripes his irons (88th percentile). He's making cuts but has no top-30 finishes in his past five results. His salary is down as a result. He has finished 32nd, cut, cut, 20th, and 4th here the past five years.
Chez Reavie ($7,600 | +9000) - Reavie has some of the best form at El Camaleon available. He missed the cut last year but had been top-26 in four straight years, including a 14th in 2017 and a 4th in 2016. Reavie is the absolute field leader in fairways gained over the past 50 rounds; it's just his game to play well at a course like this, but his salary remains low due to the fact that he doesn't always get to play short courses.
Others to Consider:
Ian Poulter ($9,000 | +8000) - Poulter gets boosted on accuracy courses (80th percentile) and is good for the field (93rd percentile long-term form).
Brendon Todd ($9,000 | +7500) - Todd also gets bumped on accuracy courses (99th percentile); has finished 8th and 1st here the past two years.
Harold Varner ($8,800 | +9000) - Three straight made cuts, including a 6th, at El Camaleon; balanced across the board.
Joel Dahmen ($8,300 | +9000) - Accurate hitter and good ball-striker overall; has the perfect profile for El Camaleon and results to show for it (20th, 6th, 41st, 23rd here).
Ryan Moore ($7,800 | +15000) - Accuracy course insta-mention: 98th percentile in fairways gained and 79th percentile in long-term form.