Houston Open Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions: Don't Pass on Sungjae Im
We’re back in the continental United States for the PGA Tour Tournament this week after an impressive victory last week at Mayakoba for Viktor Hovland. We’re going from an epic resort style track nestled amidst the mangroves of Central American to a municipal course in Houston that Joe-public residents can play on the weekends for a whopping $38.00. I love these events sprinkled in throughout the season where you get the chance to see the world’s best slay the muni!
Memorial Park is that place. After a Tom Doak redesign in 2019, the course became the new home of the Houston last season. Somewhat surprisingly, the course has some teeth to it. Carlos Ortiz won after carding a -13 score which would indicate it was one of the tougher stops all year. The greens that week were extremely fast and I just remember plenty of trouble for wayward drives off the tee. It’s a narrow ballpark that wasn’t designed for guys hitting it 330 yards.
Players that I am looking to target this week will possess solid SG: OTT numbers, the ability to grind out pars and scramble well, strong putting numbers on fast green complexes, and ideally, I think it’s a benefit to players that played this event last year. I think part of the reason the scoring was held in check was based on players not really having a playbook for success at Memorial Park to baseline, there was uncertainly around the best way to attack. Finally, I’ll look to try and isolate SG: Approach from longer incoming distances, particularly in comparison to what we saw the past couple of weeks in the Caribbean. Let’s see if we can put together another solid week! Finally,
Houston Open Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions
10k+ Range: Sungjae Im @ $10,700
I have a strange suspicion that not many people are going to play Sungjae this week. We’re only a month removed from his win at Shriners, but with such recent strong performances from Scheffler and the cheaper, more magnetic Wolff right around him, I think he gets lost in the shuffle. Im typically thrives on quicker-than-normal Bermuda grass putting greens and I’m naturally more inclined to play him in tougher scoring conditions vs. a birdie-fest. He also ranks top 8 in the field in SG: OTT and SG: Approach from 200+ yards out. This is a setup that should suit his strengths perfectly. Click his name.
9k Range: Brooks Koepka @ $9,900
Everyone’s doing it…and I don’t mind. We’re going to have to get unique elsewhere in our lineup as I am not willing to pass up Brooks on a tough Bermuda grass test and coming in sub 10k in this field. We’re all familiar he signed off on a few Doak renderings during the redesign, but I love the fact he was able to T5 in 2020 off very little prep and form. The putter has really let him down of late, but I am confident he feels much better on these surfaces. He’s #1 in the field in SG: OTT over the last 36 rounds. I love his chances to win here and I’m not afraid to double down on DFS.
8k Range: Cameron Tringale @ $8,300
Somewhat reluctantly, I’m going with Tringale here because I feel like he gives me the most flexibility in terms of lineup construction. I also almost completely forgot he finished T2 a few weeks ago at the ZOZO. I think many will be quick to overlook that as most of us didn’t see if live and the field strength was weak. He’s played well recently on both Florida and Texas courses which will provide a similar test and characteristics that we see this week in Houston.
7k Range: Mito Pereira @ $7,700
Much like Brooks, I’m willing to overlook ownership projections when I feel a player is just too good to pass up. One missed cut and all the sudden we get the kind of value on Mito I have been looking for all swing season. Top 5 on SG: OTT, Greens in Regulation, Approach, and Bogey avoidance. His game is rock solid at the moment and has the confidence to back it up. I’ll be overweight on Pereira by a good margin this week.
6k Range: Adam Svensson @ $6,300
Ol’ trusty! I’m headed right back to the well this week on Svenny. He still rates out really well in my stat model, virtually across the board. He’s 11th in Approach, 21st in OTT, and #1 in long iron proximity from 175 yards+. He’s got a top 10 coming soon, and I’m not ready to get off this train just yet.
Good luck friends, go cash!
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