DFS PGA Playbook: Ft. Worth Invitational
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning playbook for the Ft. Worth Invitational.
Jimmy Walker may have been the chalk but I’m sure glad I ate that chalk at the Byron Nelson. I knew Marc Leishman would come through on a course like that, just didn’t have enough to catch Aaron Wise. Also, congrats to my friend Keith Mitchell on a Top 5 at the Byron Nelson, love watching that kid play and he’s a great dude. We had him on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio a few weeks back for the Players and he was fantastic. It is time to move on and get into what is now known as the Ft. Worth Invitational.
Here’s what you need to know about what used to be known as the Colonial. It is the longest running non-major event held at the same site, since 1946. We’ve got a field of only 128 invitees which means in general you can take more risks in your lineups. There are only 100 players who have a legitimate chance of winning this weekend and the Top 70 plus ties will make the cut. If you remember a little over 15 years ago, this is the tournament that invited the first woman to participate in a PGA Tour event, Annika Sorenstam.
Colonial Golf & Country Club is a short Par 70 measuring out 7,204 yards. It is a real test with very tight fairways and small bentgrass greens. The short hitters are in play on this course and you’ll notice that throughout my playbook. We’re looking for accurate fairway drivers, good ball strikers with the ability to get the ball in tight to the pin (better known as proximity), and always a solid putting stroke. Jordan Spieth is built for this course, just look at his history here and that’s why he’s the highest priced player on the board.
You really need to have a combination of course experience and success before reaching the top of the leaderboard at the Ft. Worth Invitational. Since Sergio Garcia won this event in his debut back in 2001, among the tournament’s champions, only Adam Scott in 2014 hadn’t recorded at least one top-15 finish in a prior edition and only Steve Stricker in 2009 also hadn’t logged at least one top 10. If you take out Jordan Spieth’s a couple years ago, another common trend among the previous winners of this event is being seasoned. Seasoned is the nice way of calling these players older. All the previous 15 winners were at least 30 years old, five were at least 42, including Kenny Perry twice in 2003 & 2005. The average age among these men was over 37 years of age. Spieth was only 22 but had already played in this event four times.
There looks to be no weather concerns besides that Texas heat. This is another reason I like using players from this region of the country cause they know what it's like to play in these conditions. It is slated to be in the high 90s all week and some of these less experienced competitors may not know what's coming.
Looking back at last year’s article about this event, this was the week that Fanduel decided to ditch their original idea for a golf game with that split round style and go into something more similar to DraftKings. I’m sure glad they did, that other style was just awful.
GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK!
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