Greetings fellow PGA DFS golf enthusiast and welcome back to this week’s edition of the Fantasy Golf Sommelier for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. I don’t know about you folks but I’m super pumped about this field and especially getting at least one week off from the cut sweats which I’ve had a ton of lately. TPC Southwind is a challenging and fun course and you just can’t beat the town of Memphis either (even though I bet’s it’s incredibly freakin hot). Memphis as you know (or if you don’t know are living under a rock), is known for Elvis, the Blues and Beale Street, and some good damn Bar-B-Que. You might even recall that in this very article last year I wrote about the best wine pairings with BBQ. Well this week I’m doing the same, but instead, because I just had it from one of my favorite spots for the first time in months, we’re gonna talk Sushi and Wine. Now you might be thinking, hmmm, what the hell does sushi have any connection with the tournament this week and the town of Memphis? Well sir or madam, absolutely nothing, I just f’in love Sushi and feel like talking about it, and of course wine.
Sushi in a way can be just like wine in that there are just so many variations that you can choose from when you think about your typical rolls, specialty rolls, sashimi, and Nigiri plus whatever else you can find on the menu. They are all good to me though because I’ll try pretty much anything. Likewise, as we know from the extensive knowledge brought to you by the FGS, there a many different varieties of wine but just a few really pair well with sushi. Now typically I would think most people’s go to drink with sushi would be some Sake or maybe a good Japanese beer like Sapporo, but let’s spread our wings a little bit more people and class it up with some wine next time you’re at your favorite spot. My first suggestion would be a good Pinot Noir. Surprising? Did I just blow your mind because most people have the assumption that only white wine should be paired with fish? Well that’s not always the case, and what if you just don’t like white wine anyway. The reasoning behind the “rule” that only white wine pairs well with fish is that fish has a lighter taste and foods with a lighter taste do typically pair better with white wine because they are more delicate and not as robust as reds. That being said, if you’re going to choose a red you need one that is less robust and more delicate which is where a good Pinot Noir comes in. Now if you are a fan of whites, you definitely have more options, but one you might try is actually champagne. Champagne is a perfect compliment for Sushi, and I always say there’s no bad time for a little (or huge) glass of the bubbly! Finally, and you just know I had to put it in here, Rose’ is probably one of the best complimentary wines to sushi there is. If you can get your hands on a bottle from the Provencal region of France that’s even better as they are Dry and have bright acidity. Either way just make sure it’s a Dry Rose’ and your sushi meal will be C’est Magnifique! So there you go my good friends, you are now well versed in the world of wine and sushi and can go forth with this knowledge knowing that your FGS is always looking out for you and your palate. Bome.
Alright! That’s all I got for this week. Let’s dive in to WGC FedEx St. Jude plays of the week. 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…
Tyrell Hatton – $9,700 – 96 Points – The Hat can be somewhat of a polarizing figure at times on tour due to his temper and fiery attitude on the course (which to be honest I love), but there’s no denying the fact that he’s playing extremely well this year and I expect that to continue this week on a difficult course that suits his game. Since winning the Arnold Palmer before all this Covid shit hit the fan, Hatton has finished 3rd and 4th in his two starts after the break and I just don’t see any way his stellar play doesn’t continue. Not only am I liking what I’m seeing as far as ownership purposed for Hatton in DraftKings tournaments (less than 15% owned), but he’s definitely solid in all the stats categories I’m looking at including putting on Bermuda (15th in the field), Ball Striking (15th), Approach (10th), and 8th in one of my favorite stat categories, P4 Scoring from 450-500 yards because eight of the par 4’s at TPC Southwind are at that distance. I think Hatton should be a fantastic GPP play this week and also a lock if you happen to enter cash lineups as well.
Matthew Fitzpatrick- $9,000 – 94 Points – Fitzy is another euro just like Hatton who’s played extremely well this year and is primed for a win at any time. I’m absolutely loving the fact also that he’s hovering around 10% owned mainly due to the strength of the field, but I don’t care, this is a great spot for him to outperform his price this week. We’ve seen the form recently with a solo 3rd at the Memorial under difficult conditions, and Matthew also faired well on this course last year with a T4 finish. Bermuda putting surfaces are his best by far as he ranks 4th in the field over the last 100 rounds putting on Bermuda and Fitzy is also checking boxes in Driving Accuracy (2nd in the field), Par 4 scoring (12th), and is also 4th in Bogey Avoidance which is good to see knowing there can be some big numbers to be had this week with all the trouble off the tee.
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.
Rickie Fowler – 90 Points – Welp. I’m going back in on Rickie this week with potential low ownership (currently projected less than 10% owned) and a game that was rounding into form before he shat the bed in tough conditions at the Memorial. Fowler has a stellar record at TPC Southwind with 4 straight top 20 finishes including 3 of those being in the top 10. Rickie also ranks second in the field in Strokes Gained Putting on bermuda over his last 100 rounds and is checking boxes in Driving Accuracy and Opportunities Gained. I think we will also see some fairly windy conditions at least the first couple of days and Rickie tends to well in the wind as evidenced by his good record overseas in the Open Championship. Definitely some risk here but with a no cut event I’m willing to take it with Fowler and see what happens.
The $10 Wine Special – Priced like a Sutter Home, plays like a Caymus!
Danny Willett – $7,100 – 89 Points – Ok I don’t know what the fuck is going on but basically this entire blog is going to include Euro’s outside of Finau and Fowler. I guess I just love these guys who are hot going into this tournament and never seem to garner a ton of ownership because we don’t see them full time on tour. This is a WORLD golf championship though and by god I’m gonna respect that and be all inclusive this week here in the FGS. Seriously though, after several years floundering around post Masters win, Willett has finally got his act together and is playing well considering his price with a 4th at the Rocket Mortgage and 32nd at the Memorial despite a final round eighty f’in two (very difficult conditions and I’m not putting too much into that). Danny boy won’t check a ton of boxes for you but I like him as a solid gut play and at about 5% projected ownership coupled with the good form, I think you have a pretty solid DraftKings tournament play with a cheap Sutter Home like price.
Matt Wallace – $6,700 – 88 Points – Dare I put another UK guy in the FGS? You’re Cot Damn right I will! Matt freakin Wallace at $6,700! Sign me up people and to be honest I don’t see how you don’t press that X right next to his name when choosing your tourney lineups this week. Wallace has been fantastic in his last 3 starts since coming off the break with a T12 at the Rocket Mortgate, 39th at the Workday, and a sneaky T4 at the Memorial. Again, just like Willett, he’s not going to jump out from a stat point, but Wallace is just an extremely solid golfer all around, makes a ton of birdies, and is also 20th in the field in eagle gained which could be huge when you consider the two par 5’s on this course yield some of the most eagles of any course on tour. There’s only one word left to say here on playing Wallace this week…BOME.
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).
Tony Finau – $9,100 – Ok, take a deep breathe folks, you’re just gonna need to hear me out on this one. Yes, our boy Finau has been on a heater lately being in contention on Sunday with 2 straight top 10 finishes. Yes, he’s still checking the stat boxes. Yes, his DraftKings price looks pretty damn enticing. BUT, this is a pure ownership play for me for tournaments because as of this writing he is projected to be the 4th highest owned player at around 18% just below Morikawa, JT, and Hovland. I just see a possible letdown week as well and on top of that, Driving Accuracy will be somewhat key this week more than it has been and Tony ranks at the bottom of the field in that category (75th in Fairways Gained). Finau is also 51st in the field in putting on bermuda and it’s by far his worse surface. So come on folks, who’s with me?! Let’s be bold and fade Tony together. Our wallets hopefully will be better for it!