Shriners Hospitals Open
Greetings fellow golf enthusiast and welcome to this weeks edition of the Fantasy Golf Sommelier for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (man that's a mouthful). We've finally have a decent field this week in Vegas and I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Bryson can do in his first start since his dominant US Open victory. I'm sure most of you reading this have been to Vegas before, but if you haven't, let me tell you, it's a wild place folks. Just so much to do and experience outside of the gambling aspect that usually comes to mind first. Don't get me wrong I love to gamble when I'm out there, but don't sleep on all the other "stuff" to do. Especially when it comes to food and of course wine. The dining scene in Vegas is nothing short of incredible and you have amazing options almost any where you stay and go.
On top of all that, Vegas has one of the highest concentrations of actual real live Sommeliers in the city. As a matter of fact, of the 158 Master Sommeliers in the world, 17 are located in Vegas. "Regular" Sommeliers are also everywhere and can be found in most of the high end restaurants you go to. I mean hell, the Bellagio Hotel alone has 15 soms that work in their restaurants. I say all this to point out that if you're ever in Vegas make sure you check around for places with soms and USE them to help with wine selections and tastings. It will make you're experience all that much better. They train for years to earn their coveted title and their main job is to make sure you experience wine to its fullest potential. Hell, I wouldn't just ask for them in Vegas either. Check around your own town or city and see where the Sommeliers are. I guarantee your significant other or spouse will be quite impressed when you summon the Sommelier over to your table to give you some advice on the evenings wine selections. Now, would they be just as equally impressed by your Fantasy Golf Sommeliers experience and selections some weeks? Absolutely not, but you get the point here folks. I'm still trying to help you all become better and more wholesome, well rounded fantasy players and wine drinkers. Even if I did fade Sergio last week and Bryson at the US Open. Cheers to short memories, green screens, and glasses always full with Great Fantastic wine.
Ok, that's all I got this week so cheers, happy drinking, and let's get into some fine plays for the Shriners Hospitals Open.
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…
Collin Morikawa - $9,800 – 95 Points
Your FGS is a huge fan of Mr. Morikawa this week and he's my top selection from the cellar for the Shriners Open. Collin did play here last year and didn't finish all that well, but this is a different player we are talking about now. Morikawa is coming off a solid season since the restart with a victory at the work day and his first career major win at the PGA Championship. He literally checks every single stat box I'm looking at this week especially in Ball Striking (13th), Driving Accuracy (3rd), and Opportunities Gained (25th). Throw in a current projection of around 15% owned and I think Collin is a top tournament play with win upside in your DraftKings lineups.
Zach Johnson - $8,500 – 91 Points
I caught a lot of heat on the pod for this pick from DB, but I really don't care and I'll still be drinking from the ZJ glass of exquisite play this week! Here's the thing folks, Zach has actually played pretty well lately with a T23 at the Sanderson Farms, a T8 at the US Open, and a 7th place finish earlier in August at the Wyndham. That's pretty damn solid play people! ZJ has always been a fantastic putter on bent (top 10 in the field), but has also been extremely solid lately with his irons and off the tee ranking 28th in Ball Striking and 4th in Approach over his last 24 rounds. I mentioned also on the pod that with the low scores we should have this week, scoring stats will also be key. Well, ZJ has your back there also ranking in the top 25 in the field in both Opportunities Gained, and Birdie or Better percentage. Bome.
The $10 Wine Special | Priced like a sutter home, plays like a caymus!
James Hahn - $7,000 – 89 Points
If you had told me before starting my Shriners Open research that James Hahn would pop for me I would have told you to lay off the bad wine and were crazy. Here we are though and there are several reasons Hahn could be in a great spot to have a good tournament. If we look at the stats first, Hahn is checking boxes in scrambling, off the tee, and driving accuracy. He's also been pretty good with his ball striking lately which has contributed to his good form with two straight top 10 finishes this season at the Safeway and Corales. Throw in having made 4 consecutive cuts at TPC Summerlin and I think Hahn makes for an excellent cheap and low owned tournament play on DraftKings.
Tyler McCumber - $6,500 – 88 Points
This is a first in the FGS, but I'm going back to back with the $10 wine special plays of the week and playing the hot Tyler McCumber once again. The dude is just on a roll right now and we even get him $300 cheaper than last week where he backed up a solo 2nd with a T6. His ball striking and approach game have been very solid lately and I don't see that all of a sudden just going away this week. I will concede that that this is definitely a much better field than his last two starts, but I still think Tyler makes for a fantastic tournament play in your DraftKings lineups.
Pop the cork & let it breathe
Rickie Fowler $9,000 - 90 Points
I'll admit this one does scare me a little this week, but Rickie is flying somewhat under the radar this week at about 10% owned in tournaments and I think he makes for an excellent late add to your player pool. Fowler has played here twice in the last 5 years finishing T25 in 2016 and T4th in 2018 so he's definitely shown he can play this course well. Yes we haven't seen him since the US Open where he made the cut but finished T49, but I'm not that concerned he's rusty coming into this week. Fowler really pops from a stat standpoint as well and is 11th in the field when I look at the combined stats I like this week for TPC Summerlin. All that said, I'm popping the cork on slick Rickie this week and playing him in my DraftKings tournament lineups.
boone's farm fade of the week
Jason Day - $9,500 - 78 Points
This probably isn't that bold of a call and it's currently not looking like Day will garner much more than 10% ownership, but I just don't see myself paying up for Day with the other more solid options we have around him. Jason certainly had a good stretch of form, but outside of his scrambling and putting, he is near the bottom of the field in ball striking, strokes gained approach, and driving accuracy. Plus we know there's always an injury factor we also have to account for and that's just not a risk I'm willing to take.