2020 Vivint Houston Open – PGA DFS – 11/05 Top Plays

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Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with PGA Tour’s Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course this week! DPA Staff, Colin Lynch, here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!

The tournament features a 131 player field consisting mostly of PGA tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 7:45am EDT at Memorial Park GC, located in Houston, Texas. The course will play as a par 70 measuring just over 7,400 yards and will feature Bermuda fairways and putting greens. The top 65 and tied make the cut for the weekend after the completion of 36 holes.

Top Tier Targets

Dustin Johnson ($11,500)

DJ is the odds on favorite to win The Houston Open this week and it will be his first event since his COVID-19 diagnosis (six weeks ago). DJ is the number one ranked golfer in the field and this course projects to be a great course fit for his game. The one thing that worries me is a scenario where he struggles out of the gate and mails it in with the Masters right around the corner ( next week). DJ has made the cut in six straight events and has six top 15 finishes in those events ( 6th, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 12th).

Tyrrell Hatton ($10,300)

Hatton comes into The Houston Open as one of the hottest golfers on tour right now and he is easily my favorite target to pay up for. Tyrrell has the second best odds to win and he’s the fourth highest salaried golfer. Hatton has three top 5 finishes in his last five events highlighted by a first place win last month on the EURO Tour. The Englishman ranks top 5 in the field in birdie or better percentage and is one of the best iron players in the field. Hatton has at least 20+ birdies in his last three events and Bermuda is his preferred putting surface.

Scottie Scheffler ($9,600)

Scheffler is coming off a top 20 finish at the ZOZO Championship where he looked to have recaptured his form and golf game. Scottie led the field in strokes gained off the tee and was also top 5 in strokes gained tee to green. Scheffler is a bomber off the tee who is still looking to win his first PGA Tour event. He is a Texas native who grew up in Dallas and attended the University of Texas. Scottie is a top end scorer who offers safety/upside and doesnt break the bank at $9,600, his preferred putting surface is also Bermuda.

Russell Henley ($9,400)

Henley has been a featured target/play of mine over the last three months. He’s made eight consecutive cuts and has four top 10 finishes in his last six events ( 4th, 3rdm 27th, 25th, 8th, 9th). Russell is the best iron player on tour since the restart and he comes into this week on the heels of a 4rd place finish at ZOZO. Henley is the number 1 golfer in the field in strokes gained approach and bogey avoidance. He’s been playing some great golf lately and he has a pretty successful track record playing in Texas.

Sungjae Im ($9,300)

Sungjae enters the month of November with six consecutive made cuts and is trending in the right direction ahead of this weeks Houston Open. Im ranks 2nd in the field in greens in regulation and is also one of the better golfers off the tee. Sungjae hits a lot of fairways and has gained strokes on approach in six straight events. Bermuda is his favored putting surface and he makes for a strong target and course fit.

Middle Tier Targets

Brian Harman ($8,500)

Harman has quietly strung together eight straight top 40 finishes (26th, 28th, 13th, 37th, 38th, 12th, 11th, 27th). He posted 20, 21 and 22 birdies in his last three events and ranks top 10 in the field in par 5 scoring. Harman has gained strokes off the tee and on approach in four straight events and he’s gone ten straight events without missing a cut. Harman is a good putter on all surfaces but is historically better on Bermuda. He’s a solid all around golfer who’s been in great form, I like him in all formats this week.

Si Woo Kim ($8,300)

Kim is a solid all around golfer who has been in great form for a while now. He has quietly made 13 cuts in his last 14 events. Si Woo consistently makes cuts and birdies, and he is the number one ranked golfer in the field in strokes gained around the green. Kim also ranks top 5 in the field (last 24 rounds) in strokes gained tee to green and he’s a great ball striker and scrambler.

Cameron Davis ($8,100)

Davis is one of my favorite targets this week and is only $8,100, which feels like an absolute steal. Cam has seven straight made cuts under his belt which includes three top 15 finishes (52nd, 6th, 36th, 29th, 15th, 32nd, 12th). He ranks top 5 in the field in strokes gained putting, par 5 scoring, birdie or better percentage, and Draft Kings scoring. Davis is a great scorer that typically outscores his finishing position and he has at least 19 birdies in seven consecutive events. His last three events played on Bermuda have all been top 15 finishes (6th, 15th, and 8th).

Value Tier

Harold Varner III ($7,800)

Varner is coming off a missed cut last week in Bermuda and I love his chances to have a significant bounce back week in Texas. Varner has seven top 35 finishes in his last 13 events since the restart. He’s a golfer who thrives on longer courses where he can bust out his driver. He can consistently gain strokes tee to green and around the green. Varner makes for a great value target, that should come in at low projected ownership, as he continues searching for his first PGA win.

Sam Burns ($7,500)

Burns is my favorite value golfer this week and he is significantly underpriced. He rates out as one of the best point per dollar plays on the board and I plan on locking him in most of my lineups. Burns is ranked number two in the field in strokes gained off the tee and he also sits top ten in strokes gained putting (Bermuda) and birdie or better percentage. Sam loves playing on Bermuda and makes for a strong course fit and target.

Kristoffer Ventura ($7,300)

Ventura is another one of my favorite value targets this week who I think may go overlooked. He ranks top 10 (in the field) in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained putting, driving distance, par 4 scoring, greens in regulation, birdies, and eagles. He is an elite tournament option that has legitimate top ten potentional and upside.

Adam Schenk ($7,100)

Schenk makes the list yet again this week and has now made 10 straight cuts. Adam is one of the most consistent golfers on tour and in this field, and he is one of the safest golfers on the board each and every week. He has been in great form and hasn’t missed a cut since June (10 straight made cuts). Adam ranks top 25 (in the field) in birdie or better percentage and Bermuda is his favorite putting surface. In Schenk’s span of 10 consectuive made cuts, he has posted at least 16 birdies in every event (17, 23, 16, 17, 17, 19, 17, 18, 19, 17).

Honorable Mentions

Viktor Hovland ($9,800)

Doc Redman ($8,800)

Denny McCarthy ($7,900)

J.T. Poston ($7,500)

Scott Piercy ($7,200)

Sepp Straka ($7,000)

Punts

Beau Hossler ($6,900)

Carlos Ortiz ($6,700)

Will Gordon ($6,400)

John Huh ($6,300)

Keith Mitchell ($6,200)

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