Yahoo DFS Golf: Open Rhythm Bank and the Open Strategy of Bank of Houston
This article is part of the Yahoo DFS Golf Series.
Open Bank of Houston Rhythm
Memorial Park Golf Course – Par 70 – 7412 yards
Al Maidan – 132 participants
Portfolio – $8.4 million
Nearly 50 players finished double-digit red numbers last week at Mayakoba, but fewer than 10 could be close to a winning score this week in Texas as the tougher Memorial Park golf course hosts the Bank of Houston Open for the third time. Since 2020. Length has been emphasized on this 7,412-yard layout that features a trio of challenging 5 par-5s, two of which produce 30 percent birder rates or better while only five total holes play typically below par. . Last year’s champ Jason Kokrac and runner-up Scotty Scheffler were the only ones to make it to 20, but they also combined in a bogey 23 or worse. Looking ahead, the possibility of a late early wave advantage is there this week with possible showers and a strong breeze arriving on Friday afternoon.
The last heroes
2021 – Jason Kokrac (Memorial Park Golf Course)
2020 – Carlos Ortiz (Memorial Park Golf Course)
2019 – Lanto Griffin (Houston Golf Club)
2018 – Ian Poulter (Houston Golf Club)
2017 – Russell Henley (Houston Golf Club)
2016 – Jim Hermann (Houston Golf Club)
2015 – JB Holmes (Houston Golf Club)
2014 – Matt Jones (Houston Golf Club)
2013 – DA Points (Houston Golf Club)
2012 – Hunter Mahan (Houston Golf Club)
Key stats for victory
Secretary General: Status (Bermuda)
Yahoo’s Value Choices
Based on a maximum salary of $200
Crop butter or cream of the crop
Scotty Scheffler – $50
Schaeffler’s super impressive hit averaged 1,438 points per GIR en route to the final round 62 last weekend in Mexico, and he’s now heading home to Texas and Memorial Park Greens where he ranked T2 average last year. It might be as good a time as any to buy back a flat scheffler stick, given the subtraction issues that have plagued it for the past few months. In addition, he is #1 in SG: Off-the-Tee during his calculated past 24 rounds.
Sam Burns – $44
Burns posted identical finishes in T7 on his first two trips to Memorial Park, particularly pitch regulation at SG: Tee-to-Green here with a full shot in 2020. He’s been super hot with the racquet on his last CJ Cup ride, and he’s got on a 7.5 collective hit from a tee during his previous two starts. Even at $44, Burns is better than the $6 that Scheffler is referring to.
Mackenzie Hughes – $33
That’s a boring pick, Denny McCarthy-esque albeit with an extra $3 pay cut for Hughes, who is one month away from his Sanderson Farms Championship win as he took 5.3 hits on approach, marking his fourth best ironclad career career path. The Canadian tied for seventh on his debut at Memorial Park two years ago before adding another top-30 result here in 2021, despite losing in hits with the racket, which is not normal for Hughes. It was the first time since the 2017 Greenbrier Classic that he finished 30th with a negative mode performance, managing to rank T6 among the field in the GIR in Houston last year.
Dean Burmester – $31
The first-time Houston Open player had 6.2 hits from a tee during his first two games of the 2022-23 campaign, but he also picked up a combined 10.6 hits on and around the Greens during this eight-round sample as well. With a tie of 32 in Mayakoba last week, Burmester ranked T4 among the field in GIR. I think a lot of players have reason to flock to Joel Dahmen ($29) in that $2 range, so the lesser-known Burmester could come up with a slightly lower menu than expected in low bets and/or single-entry competitions.
Patrick Rodgers – $25
Rodgers joins the aforementioned Burmester team as the only players to have ranked in the top 10 in both SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Around-the-Green during their last 12 counted rounds. Rising to 20th in the early FedExCup standings, Rodgers achieved four consecutive top 30 finishes at the Shriners Children’s Open through the World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba, averaging only one ghost per round.
Lee Hodges – $22
Hodges finished fifth in SG: Approach during the last 12 measured rounds, and despite finishing T38 or better in four of his last five starts, Hodges’ salary hasn’t risen above $22 this season. He’s been particularly exceptional with his irons from 175-200 yards, averaging 5.8 feet in approach shots from this range over the last 10 measured events. Hodges lost a 3.5 hit on the Greens at Memorial Park in 2021, but managed to put in a T46 while ranking T6 in driving accuracy.
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