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Greetings fellow golf enthusiast and welcome back to this weeks edition of the Fantasy Golf Sommelier for the BMW Championship. We're now down to the final 70 (well 69 now with the Webb Simpson withdrawal) players left in the FedEx playoffs with no cut this week. Olympia Fields is an incredible, major championship style course that is just south of Chicago. I spent a year in Chicago one night. What an incredible town that has a ton of great night life and food. There were a lot of fuzzy memories of my time there, but I do remember eating some Chicago style deep dish pizza for lunch (can't remember the name of the place), and then a fantastic steak dinner at Gibson's (highly recommend). Now don't hate me for saying this Chicago friends, but I'm a much bigger fan of New York style pizza, but it's still damn good regardless.
Pizza by the way is such a great food addition to the world. Thank you Italians for this gift. I could just about eat pizza and some good wings about every night if it was considered healthy food. I like all kinds of pizza also. Just don't put pineapple on mine because that shit is gross. We don't often think of wine either as a great compliment to pizza but I do. I mean, yes, Italian food in general pairs great with wine, but at least here in the good old USA, most of the time I'm eating pizza it's with beer.
With that, this week in the FGS I'm going to once again expand your palate horizons with some good options to pair pizza and wine. Let's start with just plain old cheese pizza. For that you might try a blend commonly called a GSM, which stands for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. These can be found almost anywhere in the Blend section of your local wine stop but one I highly recommend is the Basalt Cellars GSM that our good friend Holly Bonnalie works for (yes, good friend of the pod, Geno Bonnalie's wife) and has so generously sent to us. It's excellent and I can confirm a great pizza wine.
If you're a meat lover like me, or just like an old fashion pepperoni pizza, then the choice is quite easy. You have to pair it with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins in bolder reds like a Cab just match well and the dryness will cancel out the juiciness of the meat. Ok, now my mouth is watering. I think it's time we get to some picks so I can go dial up my favorite pizza joint. One last thing though before we move on. If you are one of those people that does actually like pineapple on your pizza. I recommend the Boone's Farm Blue Hawaiian blend. You're welcome.
As always, we are going to use the classic Wine Spectator 100 point scale for the picks (think of it like a confidence factor):
- 95-100 Classic: a great wine
- 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
- 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
- 80-84 Good: a solid well-made wine
- 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
- 50-74 Not recommended (or a very shitty wine)
So, here we go, let’s stroll on down into the Sommeliers’ cellar of fine golf plays for the week…
Xander Schauffele - $9,900 – 96 Points
I'm a huge fan of the X man this week and DB as well as he was both one of our favorite DraftKings cash and GPP plays on the show this week. Olympia Fields should setup perfect for his game also as he has that rare combo we're looking for this week of length off the tee (10th in the field), and Driving Accuracy (25th). Xander also putts extremely well on bentgrass greens ranking 11th in the field and is checking boxes in Par 4 scoring and Ball Striking. I feel like you'll have to eat some chalk with him as he will be highly owned, but I'm happy to do so and all in on Schauffele this week.
Tiger Woods - $8,600 – 92 Points
Big Cat continues to garner low ownership (less than 10%) every week, and maybe for good reason with lackluster finishes lately, but I'm still high on him for the BMW Championship. Despite not being in contention he's still hitting the ball well ranking in the top 25 in the field in Ball Striking, Approach, and Driving Accuracy. Putting has definitely been the major issue in Tiger's limited play since the restart, but I love his chances on Olympia Fields' quick and undulating greens where he just seems to thrive. If you don't like him in PGA DFS then consider throwing a unit or two on him at 35-1 which I think is a great value number.
The $10 Wine Special | Priced like a sutter home, plays like a caymus!
Corey Conners - $7,200 – 89 Points
We have been pretty high on Conners since the restart and for the most part he's met expectations outside of two missed cuts in a row at the PGA and Wyndham. That's all behind us now though as Conners played very well last week at the Northern Trust with another solid top 25 finish (his 4th since the restart). We've always known Corey to be an excellent ball striker, but he's been very accurate off the tee lately and also is no slouch in the distance department. That brings us to the putting, which just hasn't been so hot lately, but bent is actually one of his better surfaces and we often get some late info on how he's rolling the rock from his caddie so pat attention to the Nut Hut Chat Wednesday night just in case!
Taylor Gooch- $6,600 – 88 Points
As DB loves to say, The Gooch is Loose this week for the BMW Championship! It's pretty simple here folks, not only is he cheap AF allowing you to throw more of those higher priced guys in your lineups, but the dude is just striping it right now. Taylor has 3 top 25 finishes in his last 4 starts relying on some great ball striking and a putter that's just on fire. Taylor is also giving himself a ton of birdie looks ranking 19th in the field in Opportunities Gained and he's converting those as he also ranks high in Birdie or Better percentage. With no cut and 4 rounds to play around with, Gooch should offer tremendous upside at a severely discounted price.
Pop the cork & let it breathe
Billy Horschel $8,000 - 89 Points
Billy Ho was pretty bad in all facets of the game last week with a missed cut at the Northern Trust. Maybe he just didn't feel right in his tight outfits or something but regardless, I'm back on him for the BMW. Outside of last weeks poor putting performance, Horschel has been tremendous with the flat stick gaining strokes on the field in every event since the RBC Heritage. That includes a whopping almost 7 strokes gained the week he finished 2nd at the Wyndham. Bentgrass greens are also one of Billy's best surfaces and he's checking boxes across the board including Ball Striking, Driving Accuracy, and he's surprisingly long off the tee (27th) in the field. With lower ownership this week I think Horschel is an excellent pivot play as well in that low 8k to high 7k range.
boone's farm fade of the week
Patrick Cantlay - $8,900 - 78 Points
In PGA DFS, just as in life, sometimes you just have to let some things go. It might be hard, and leave a little heartache, but you might just be better off in the long run. And so, alas, I will be letting go of Mr. Patrick Cantlay and trying as hard as possible to completely fade him in my lineups. On a positive note, he will probably have less ownership than he has all year. I don't really care about that though because I still think he will burn your lineups to the ground. The problem with Cantlay is his driver. He just can't seem to keep it in the fairway, and if you don't do that this week, you aren't going to have much of a chance at contending much less providing any value at all on DraftKings. Yes, I'm sad, and you're sad, but fading Cantlay is just the right thing to do this week at the BMW.