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The Dean & DeLuca Invitational has a pretty solid field at the top, with defending champion Jordan Spieth, Masters winner Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm heading the field. Matt Kuchar and Paul Casey are among the big names also in the field at Hogan’s Alley in Ft. Worth, Texas.
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2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Jon Rahm – Rahm is the best player in the field this week. He got crushed in a hurry at The Players on Saturday, but that’s OK. A tight course isn’t a problem.
2. Sergio Garcia – Garcia has a great record at Colonial, but he has also faded in a weekend round (Sunday) each of the last two weeks. Does he get it together here?
3. Jordan Spieth – Spieth has missed two cuts in a row, and it seems like he’s looking for answers. The guy has a win on the year, a slew of top-15s. Don’t get discouraged.
4. Ryan Palmer – Palmer’s a member. He loves here, naturally. With the exception of The Players, he has really come around the last two months.
5. Kevin Kisner – We might be catching Kevin Kisner on the tail end of a good run, but it’s hard to ignore his good track record here.
6. Jason Dufner – Dufner has been in position to win two of his last three individual events. Coupled with a good record here at Colonial, he’s a strong pick.
7. Matt Kuchar – After a thud at The Players, Kuchar played well again at the Nelson. Just outside the top five here last year. He’s got the Hogan fade.
8. Phil Mickelson – Alright, Mickelson hasn’t been back here in years, but now he’s ready to play. Needs to get a spark going again.
9. Paul Casey – Does no one notice how well Paul Casey is playing right now?
10. Chris Kirk – Kirk has been in a funk, but he was T-12 at The Players. Maybe he’s coming out of it, and he could fully emerge at a place he loves.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Jason Dufner – $9,000
- Tony Finau – $8,700
- Chris Kirk – $8,200
- Ryan Palmer – $7,900
- Pat Perez – $7,600
- Nick Taylor – $7,300
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Recent PGA Tour Trends
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.
- Brian Gay – 2 – T-6 RBC Heritage, T-6 Valero Texas Open
- Brian Harman – 2 – T-9 RBC Heritage, WIN Wells Fargo Championship
- Bud Cauley – 3 – T-9 RBC Heritage, T-10 Valero Texas Open, T-5 Byron Nelson
- Jason Dufner – 2 – T-11 RBC Heritage, T-13 Byron Nelson
- Kevin Tway – 2 – T-3 Valero Texas Open, T-5 Wells Fargo Championship
- Matt Kuchar – 2 – T-11 RBC Heritage, T-9 Byron Nelson
- Nick Taylor – 2 – T-8 Wells Fargo Championship, T-9 Byron Nelson
- Ryan Palmer – 2 – T-11 RBC Heritage, T-10 Valero Texas Open
- Sung Kang – 2 – T-11 RBC Heritage, T-6 Valero Texas Open
- Tony Finau – 2 – T-3 Valero Texas Open, T-13 Byron Nelson
Event Finish History
Here are the players who finished in the top 15 at Colonial multiple times in the last five years:
- Charley Hoffman – 2
- Chez Reavie – 2
- Chris Kirk – 4
- Chris Stroud – 4
- Harris English – 2
- Jason Dufner – 3
- John Huh – 2
- John Senden – 2
- Jordan Spieth – 4
- Kevin Kisner – 2
- Kevin Na – 2
- Kyle Reifers – 2
- Matt Kuchar – 2
- Ryan Palmer – 4
- Zach Johnson – 3
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
Here’s the list of players in the field playing $1,000 over their 2016-17 average salary (ranked least to most over average salary):
- Jason Dufner
- Sergio Garcia
- Adam Hadwin
- Zach Johnson
- Webb Simpson
- Brian Harman
- Marc Leishman
- Kevin Kisner
- Jon Rahm
- Bud Cauley
Here are the players playing this week with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five PGA Tour events that re playing BELOW their average salary from the 2016-17 season:
- Brian Gay
Success at Colonial Country Club
Colonial is tight, but you knew that. It’s also sneaky long in some portions of the course. That means it’s not solely about keeping the ball in play. It’s also about good mid-iron play from the par 4 fairways. You need to be able to work the ball with some confidence. Remember, Ben Hogan loved a fade. He won a lot here. A fade still plays nicely.