If you’re like me and you don’t want to wait until this Sunday to see Tormund Giantsbane and Jon Snow beyond the wall then you’re in luck! He’ll be plastered all over commercials for this week’s golf coverage serving as the Wyndham Wizard slinging whatever the hell it is they sell. Your Welcome. As for the golf itself, this week marks the last PGA tour event of the season, and last opportunity for players to accumulate points to make the top 125 in FedEx Cup standings qualifying them for the playoffs starting next week. Participants in last week’s PGA Championship will only have a quick 92 miles up I-85 to get from Charlotte to Greensboro, North Carolina where Sedgefield Country Club will play host of the Wyndham Championship for the 10th consecutive year. The following are my suggestions for obscure low-priced plays in Draft Kings you will need to consider when deciding how much money you want to make this week. Hitting on low usage/low priced guys like this are key to placing high. The combination of what it does for your lineup, and what it doesn’t do for other lineups is what will set you apart and get you paid. Coming off a sizzling six for seven made cuts at last week’s PGA, I’m feeling it like Louis Oosthuizen after completing his career grand slam of finishing second at all four majors.
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Ryan Ruffels $6,700, FedEx Implications: none
The 19-year-old was considered the next big thing to come out of Australia when he turned pro last year. Without yet earning his PGA Tour card, Ryan does his work on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour where he’s collected six top 10s in 11 total starts since 2016 including three runner up finishes. But that doesn’t mean he can’t hang with the world’s best. At the age of 17 he was already hustling the big boys on tour, and wasn’t shy about it when asked. Just a few weeks ago at the RBC Canadian Open he was four shots back of the leader through three rounds before faltering with a final round 76 finishing with a T32. With off-the-charts talent it’s only a matter of time until Ruffels breaks through with a top 10 finish in a PGA Tour event, and I’ll be able to think about more than just cheddar and sour cream when I hear that name.
Camilo Villegas $6,900: FedEx Implications: Ranked 108–should be safe with a made cut
Probably best know for his “Spider-man” putting routine he’s been show casing since 2005, Villegas (pronounced bee-JAY-gus) is starting to gain form making his last three consecutive weekends including a T19 at #JDC17. The real appeal comes with his course history. In six career appearances going back to 2011, Camilo has played till Sunday five times with two top 10s including his last tour win at Sedgefield in 2014. And, if that’s not enough, he keeps it real on the gram with cute dog pics. Also fun fact: Villegas’s birth place was in Medellin, Columbia where drug lord Pablo Escobar notoriously rose to fame and was killed. Seems like that should factor in positively somehow. Depending on where you look, Camilo’s odds to win this week are 125-150 to $1. Just sayin….
Trey Mullinax $6,900, FedEx Implications: Ranked 132, 14 points back of 125th place–probably needs at least a top 40 to feel safe
The Alabama native and alum is quietly enjoying his first season on the big tour making the weekend in 16 of 27 starts highlighted by a T9 in the US Open at Erin Hills. When he’s not busy with work he spends time on the gram with Abi attempting to be the most adorable couple on tour. Trey will have some extra incentive to finish strong in order to earn a slot for the FedEx playoffs beginning next week. He also would not want to come home empty handed to these two. Roll tide.
Davis Love III $6,600, FedEx Implications: None
Like Villegas, Love loves himself some Sedgefield. The North Carolina native has held weekend reservations in five of seven starts since the tournament moved back here in 2008. Three of his last four starts at this venue have been finishes inside the top 12 including his last career win in 2015. The Ryder Cup Captain’s recent form proves he still has the game to play with young guns making four of his last five cuts. Unlike Villegas, DL3 doesn’t have any cute dog pics anywhere on the intergoogle. Trust me. I looked. For a long time. The UNC alum offers a nice low usage play where a hit could catapult your lineups into high money finishes. Don’t be scurd.
JT Poston $6,800, FedEx Implications: Ranked 130, Same boat as Trey–needs a top 40-30 finish to solidify spot inside 125
After missing four consecutive weekends over June and July, the also North Carolina native is making a late summer push having made his last four cuts in a row accumulating 26 FedEx points during that run. The streaky former finance major has shown he has the ability to score ranking 31st in birdies per round on tour this year making him a very appealing low priced option this week. Similar to his colleague and dear friend Trey, he needs to continue his recent strong play to qualify for the playoffs. Also similar to Trey, Poston posts cute dog pics on the gram of his black lab Max. However, Max’s sibling Murphy is above social media, and will not participate in such trivial activities.
Zac Blair $6,900, FedEx Implications: Ranked 120–a made cut should do it
In the BYU alum’s third full season on tour he’s managed making 20 cuts in 31 starts. With guys like JT and Trey close on his heels he’ll want to make it 21 of 32 if he intends on making his third consecutive playoff. Being ranked third overall in scrambling this year demonstrates his ability to handle such tricky circumstances. The only qualm with Blair is his instagram account isn’t very active and contains zero cute dog pics. And when it comes to gambling I don’t trust grown-ups that don’t blast social media with pictures of their dog. Luckily for Zac I creeped on his wife Alicia’s account and found Dodger. Now I’m sold–Zac makes the weekend and makes his third career playoff in as many seasons.
Side note: These pgatour.com player profiles have to be made up. Blair’s mentions almost the exact same sentence about trading places with Tom Brady for a day that I discussed in my Fact Fiction Fantasy debut for Seamus Power’s write up. I’m all about copy and pasting but c’mon pgatour.com staffers! You couldn’t just replace Brady with Aaron Rodgers? Shame…
Ryan Blaum $6,900, FeEx Implications: Ranked 103, should be safe no matter what but guaranteed with a made cut
God damn it… According to Blaum’s profile he can play the saxophone and an African drum called the djembe. I will attempt to confirm this with @rblaumgolf via the twittersphere, or else not knowing will keep me up all night. Moving on… Up until this year Blaum spent the first nine years of his pro career grinding on three different tours primarily playing on the Web.com circuit. In his first season on the big tour he hasn’t rested on his laurels making the weekend in 21 of 27 starts. The former Blue Devil arrives back to his college state having made five consecutive cuts including his best PGA Tour finishes with a T7 at the Greenbrier, and a T6 at the Barbasol Championship a few weeks ago. And, he meets the most important criteria.
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