Earlier, I broke down the course at Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship and some of the angles to look at when selecting what players to roster on your daily fantasy lineups. Today, I give you the main guys who I’m considering for my cash game lineup, as well as some pivots that I’ll be looking to go overweight on in tournaments.
As always, I utilize the RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer to make sure that my player exposures are exactly how I want them to be, and use the Trending Player tool to get a read on what players the public is interested in.
Cash Game Plays
Phil Mickelson - $9,200
On paper Phil Mickelson’s game shouldn’t be a great fit for Quail Hollow. This is a long track that is incredibly demanding off the tee, and the driver is one club that has given Phil fits throughout his career. That however hasn’t slowed Phil’s roll at Quail Hollow at all. He has posted finishes of T-4 his last two Wells Fargo Championship starts at Quail Hollow (PGA Championship not included) and has the best course history of anyone in the field who does not have a win. Phil’s excellent short game and scrambling will help him grind out the difficult par 4s and he has feasted on the par 5s here throughout the years. Mickelson will be a cash game lock for me this week at $9,200, and I will look to go overweight on him in tournaments too.
Webb Simpson - $8,400
Webb is a member here at Quail Hollow and is one of my favorite mid-range options despite his likely high ownership. In terms of course setup, Quail Hollow is the ideal track to target Webb. His mix of solid, all-around ball striking will set him up tee to green, and he is putting as well this season as he has in his entire career. Those of you who have been reading my PGA columns for the last year will know that I’m a huge Webb homer, and I won’t be jumping ship this week at one of his favorite tracks. He projects as a perfect cash game play but also has enough upside to warrant rostering him in tournaments as well.
Lucas Glover - $6,800
Glover is never a guy to play in birdie-fest tournaments but is a nice fit this week with Quail Hollow requiring a little more grinding. The Glove has an solid track record at Quail Hollow, with finishes of T-33 (PGA Championship), eighth and T-28 his last three showings there, as well a prior win. He doesn’t have a ton of top-10 upside but he is a great bet to make the cut and pair with guys like Rory McIlroy or Justin Thomas. Similar to Adam Scott, just don’t watch his shot tracker and his zillion missed 6 footers or else you’ll go insane.
Hideki Matsuyama - $9,400
Hideki has had some struggles off the tee this season, but I really like his chances of turning it around this week after a few weeks off. Hideki’s game is an ideal fit for Quail Hollow, and he has the excellent course history to back it up, with a T-5 at the PGA Championship here last year and a T-11 in 2016. With so many other great plays in this price range, I think Hideki goes overlooked and ends up being the lowest owned player above $9,000. Quail Hollow reminds me a lot of TPC Scottsdale in terms of its emphasis on par-5 scoring and strokes gained: off-the-tee, which is where Matsuyama has two of his five career PGA wins.
Brooks Koepka - $8,600
It’s been a rough year not being able to roster my favorite golfer Brooks Koepka, but the time has finally returned. Brooks is back from a nagging wrist injury and shook off some of the rust last week at Zurich. While he and his partner missed the cut, it’s good to see him back out there and healthy. I really doubt that the masses will put trust in Koepka this week, instead opting to go with Tony Finau, Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore in this price range. However, Quail Hollow is built for an elite driver of the golf ball like Koepka, and he flashed some upside here last year with a T-13 at the PGA Championship.
Adam Hadwin - $7,400
I’ve been riding Adam Hadwin all season long, and there’s no reason to jump ship now. I love how his game sets up for Quail Hollow despite his lack of length off the tee. Hadwin is one of the most accurate players in the field off the tee, and his middle and long irons have been excellent all season. It’s surprisingly been Hadwin’s putter that has held him back but this isn’t really a track that puts a huge emphasis on the flat stick. Hadwin’s course history is pretty poor but he is clearly a different level of golfer this season as opposed to seasons past.