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The Fantasy Golf Sommelier – Byron Nelson

They say wine gets better with age. I’ve always wondered why that’s such a thing though. I mean, aren’t most things fresh and better right out of the box? The old “better with age” adage goes against everything we grow up learning and loving when it comes to new things in our life doesn’t it? That shiny new toy you got for Christmas just wouldn’t have been the same if it was a hand me down, or something repackaged as if it was new. The scent when you buy a new car is unmatched, despite all attempts of your local car wash to promise you that they are going to give you that same exact “new car” scent when you drop it off for the $20 special. This day and age we always need the latest and greatest. Whether it’s the newest iPhone on the shelf, or the Taylor Made Driver that will surely allow you to hit it further and straighter than you could ever imagine. It’s really just the way we’re programmed. Hell, I’m the same way. Don’t you dare try and give me a used 3 Wood when I could have some artificial intelligence designed club in my bag that’s going to help cut my handicap in half! When all is said and done though, anything that is brand new, fresh, or the latest and greatest, almost never lives up to the hype behind it. In other words, EVERYTHING that is new has no history, no experience, and nothing to show that it’s proved the test of time to be worthy of anything other than it’s perhaps in a pretty package we should send a picture of to our mommies.

I think Max Homa’s inspirational win last week proves the point that not only does hard work and perseverance pay off, but also that some things just get better with age. It’s one of the things I love about wines because it’s not all about rushing to pop open that shiny new bottle, but instead patience pays off and rewards your lips with Great Fantastic goodness. As I mentioned before though, I have wondered myself how exactly does the aging of wine make it better. Unfortunately, the answer I got, was basically all about science and chemistry which is kind of boring and probably should be left up to Bryson Dechambeau to decipher, but I actually found it interesting in that so many varying factors collectively help, or hurt the aging process. If you read enough about wine you will almost always hear about “tannins” which are basically a chemical compound found in the seeds, skin, and stems of grapes. These tannins are the life blood that changes a wines flavor, color, and scent over the aging process. They are also a natural preservative that keeps a wine drinkable for upwards of 40 plus years. That’s actually pretty amazing when you think about it. There are many factors that help age a wine properly, like the temperature it’s stored at (pay attention folks, we talked about this last week), humidity (too little will effect the cork, too much will produce mold), but the tannins run the show and as they begin to slowly break down the wine blossoms over time producing the masterpiece of flavor you’ve patiently waited for. Now for a really important disclaimer. Not all wine get’s better with age folks so make sure you don’t just let that expensive bottle you have on your wine shelf sit for years and years without touching it. Wine can peak and then start to deteriorate and is meant to be drunk so don’t let it go to waste! That being said, as I get older it sure is nice to know that not everything in this world deteriorates with age and perhaps I’ve still got some internal “tannins” still in lurking in my body somewhere working their magic. Now let’s move on to the Byron Nelson plays of the week, plus I need to head on over to my local Edwin Watts to check out the latest 3 wood collection in the used section. Cheers.

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 step on down into the sommeliers’ cellar of fine golf selections for the week…

Marc Leishman – $10,000 – 94 Points – Leish has been very consistent this year having made 11/12 cuts with a win at the CIMB Classic and 4 top 5 finishes but we haven’t heard from him much lately as he just hasn’t been able to get it going to get himself in contention. I think that all changes this week on a course he’s proven he can do well on (solo 2nd last year) and that fits his game, especially if we get a little wind on this wide open course. Make no mistake, this will be a birdie fest this week, especially with the course getting a decent amount of rain Tuesday and Wednesday so you will need to take guys checking all the boxes in the scoring stats. Marc currently ranks 13th in the field in opportunities gained and also 12th in Birdie or Better percentage so he’s definitely proven that he can give himself plenty of opportunities to score and convert those. Leish is also plenty long enough and has been great on his approach shots this year (6th in Strokes Gained Approach) which all adds up to a top shelf play for this week.

Ryan Moore – $8,800 – 91 Points – I often think of Ryan as the invisible golfer because he almost always seems to come in to tournaments in sneaky good form but under the radar when it comes to the “tout” world. Moore hasn’t necessarily been a contender week in and week out but he did finish 3rd a couple weeks ago in Texas and his game is trending in the right direction as long as he can just get hot with the putter which has been his nemesis for most of the year. Throwing that out of the equation though, Moore is Top 25 in the field in 3 key stats including Opportunities Gained, Birdie or Better percentage, and proximity to the hole. We all know that you never know when the putter will get going so I will definitely play a guy in good form whose checking boxes on an easy course any day of the week. Moore should be a staple in both GPP and cash lineups this week on DraftKings.

Pop the Cork on him and Let it Breathe This is the guy we didn’t mention on the pod but after further review, popped later in the week and is a sneaky good, possibly low owned play.

Kevin Na $8,900- 88 Points – This pick is scary is hell but I just can’t get away from looking Na’s way in my lineup construction. Na played well last year with a T6 finish at Trinity Forest and is trending in a positive direction after a top 10 at the RBC Heritage a few weeks ago. When you look at the stats he certainly doesn’t jump off the page with his numbers off the tee, but Na gives himself a lot of birdie looks (top 20 Opps Gained), and is currently putting well ranking in the top 25 in Strokes Gained Putting over his last 24 rounds. He’s also in the top 25 in DraftKings scoring and we know it will be a scorers paradise this week so Na is worthy of a close your eyes and pray pick this week.

The $10 Wine Special – Priced like a Sutter Home, plays like a Caymus!

Jimmy Walker – $7,700 – 90 Points – “Oh yeah, Jimmy’s ready. Jimmy’s got some new moves. Check Jimmy out.” Forgive me, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get some Seinfeld quotes into the FGS and the episode with Jimmy just popped into my head. Pay no attention to the rest of that scene where Jimmy falls on his ass though because that won’t be the fate for this Jimmy at the Byron Nelson. Walker has been another guy that we’ve seen be incredibly consistent week in and week out making 10 of 13 cuts including 5 straight that includes two finishes inside the top 36. The stats will never wow you with Jimmy, but if you’re needing a solid cut maker in the $7k range, Jimmy’s your guy.

Kevin Tway – $7,600 – 87 Points – Kevin Tway has been anything but the model of consistency this season with a win in the fall but several missed cuts (7 to be exact in 14 starts), but showed a little bit of form at the Masters and looks the part of a fine GPP play this week. He is one of the longer hitters in the field which will serve him well at Trinity Forest. He’s also checking the box in Opportunities Gained but not necessarily in Birdie or Better percentage, so he’s giving himself the looks but just needs some putts to drop to get things going in his round. Current projections also have him at less than 5% owned so rostering him will present a great opportunity for ownership leverage in your larger tournaments on DraftKings.

Boone’s Farm Vintage Fade of the Week – Boone’s Farm is basically convenience store wine we drank in college and possibly could kill you (not really, but it’s gross).


Patrick Reed – $9,800 – 75 Points – I’m gonna throw out my 2nd disclaimer in the FGS this week and tell you that my Patrick Reed radar sometimes gets jammed, but I’m still fading him and his lofty price tag this week. Has he shown some form lately? Yes, I guess you could say that with a T28 last week at Quail Hollow and a respectable 36th at the Masters, but for a guy that seems to still be struggling a little with his swing I’m just not willing to pay up. Whey I run a mixed condition model of my favorite stats on Fantasy National, Reed comes up 102nd in the field across the board. Folks, there are 156 players in the field, so yeh, that’s not very good. He’s 93rd off the tee, 99th in Opps Gained, and 135th in Proximity. Again, I could easily be wrong here, but I just don’t want any part of P Reed this week. Now watch him go obliterate the field.

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