Well, here we are in the first round of the Playoffs. The field consists of 125 of the best golfers in the world, and as such, it is hard to distinguish which of these 125 present the most value. With Bethpage being a 7,400 yard golf course, most people would think that you need distance to succeed. However, I think you need to value accuracy and long iron game more this week. Here are some players who fit that description (giving you a few extra picks this week):
Kevin Na - $7,300
Pressure is on to gain some points this week as he will most likely miss the next event due to the birth of his first child. Na is 3rd in the strokes gained statistic on approach shots in 2016. He has been playing great as of late with his last six events earning 3 top 10s and his worst finish at 27th. At a price point of $7,300, Na is a must play this week.
Russell Knox - $7,300
He may as well be a twin of Kevin Na for the purposes of this post. He is second on Tour in GIR from outside 200 yards, making him a great long iron player. He has been playing great as of late with his worst finish in the last two months a 30th at the Open and best finish being the win a few weeks ago at the Travelers. At $7,300, it's hard to ignore Knox this week.
Patrick Reed - $8,800
With the Ryder Cup looming, Reed needs a solid week to solidify himself on the team (currently 8th). When it comes to representing your country, don't bet against Patrick Reed, who tends to perform well in the most pressure packed situations. Reed is well known for his precise iron game and ability to grind it out on difficult tracks, both of which should suit him well this week. If that's not enough, dig deeper into Reed and you will see that he has 5 top 13s in his last six starts.
Henrik Stenson - $11,700
Do I really need to explain why he is a good pick? Hmmmm, lets see...past FedEx Cup champ...check...2016 major champ...check...silver medal in Rio...check...great ball striker...check. Just play Stenson and reap the benefits while others will choose more popular players like Day.
Ryan Palmer - $5,900
Palmer is 2nd in GIR from 175-200 yards this year and you would expect 4-7 holes per round to have approach shots of this length. It also doesn't hurt that he averages over 300 yards off the tee. At a rock bottom price of $5,900, Palmer has a very good chance of exceeding value and providing some salary savings to your team.
Emiliano Grillo - $8,300
Arguably, one of the best ball strikers on Tour, Grillo has been playing great. He has 4 top 15 finishes in his last 5 events. On top of that, he has one of the higher birdie rates in the field which will help boost his DraftKings scoring.