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Best cash games for 2021 at Caves Valley Golf Club for FedExCup playoffs

The PGA TOUR heads to Maryland this week as the 2021 FedExCup playoffs continue with the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club.

The course is a long par 72 measuring just over 7,540 meters with bentgrass greens. Despite the length, it has been said that CVCC should bring in quite a few points which means we need to target the birdie makers this week. It will be a 70-man event, without a cup.

I’ll be highlighting the best cash games / single entry games on the main DraftKings slate, but these players are often great options in any contest.

My analysis will frequently refer Wins won, a set of proprietary metrics generated by the PGA TOUR using millions of data points to calculate the average number of strokes it takes for a player to put the ball in the hole, regardless of distance and situation. Strokes Gained is now available in PGA FantasyLabs models.

There are a variety of metrics related to won stroke, but the top six categories you should be aware of include:

  • Shots won: off the tee (SG: Off-the-Tee)
  • Strokes won: approach (SG: Approach)
  • Strokes won: Around the green (SG: Around the green)
  • Strokes won: putting (SG: put)
  • Strokes Won: Ball Strike (SG: Ball-Striking), which is SG: Off-the-Tee + SG: Approach
  • Strokes won: from tee to green (SG: Tee-to-Green), which is SG: Ball-Striking + SG: Around-the-Green

For more information on Strokes Gained data and how to use it, see this article by Bryan Mears on The Action Network, which details each of the above metrics. I also recommend Chris Murphy’s Strokes Gained column after each round of this week’s PGA TOUR event, which highlights Golfers to Buy and Go, as well as Matthew Vincenzi’s weekly “Statistics that matter” column that highlights the most important Strokes Gained sub-metrics for a given course.

The following players listed are based on DraftKings rating and pricing.


Basic games

Jon Rahm ($ 11,700 DraftKings)

This one will be short, as I probably don’t need to tell you why Rahm is the best player in the table this week, even at his hefty price tag. He is by far the # 1 golfer on the planet right now and ranks # 1 in this area for total strokes won over his last 48, 36, 24, 16, 12 and eight rounds. No, it’s not a typo.

He hasn’t played competitive golf for over a month due to his positive COVID test, and he still finished T-3 last week at the Northern Trust. People will say he “choked”, but that was simply because of his putting on Sunday, which we know is extremely variable from round to round. Rahm has gained eight strokes on approach for the week, while scoring more than 10 from the green tee. He’s as locked in as we’ve ever seen him, and if you’re planning on paying for someone this week, make them the defending US Open champion.

Full disclosure I like Alex Warms up not bad this week as well, so if you find yourself in a pinch of salary when creating queues, don’t hesitate to talk to him.

Daniel Berger ($ 9,000 DraftKings)

We’ll be heading straight back to Berger this week after a T-56 ho-hum last week. If you look at the data, however, you’ll see that he hit the ball beautifully and just couldn’t drop a putt. He’s lost more than two strokes in three of his four laps, which he hasn’t done once in his last 48 laps. We can take this as a fluke.

He won shots on the approach, off the tee and tee on the green in three of the four laps, so we have every reason to believe he can play well for us this week. Prior to the Northern Trust, Berger had finished in the top 10 three times in his previous four starts. He has been one of the best golfers on the TOUR for almost a year and a half now. It’s playing as hard as it gets this week.

Paul Casey ($ 8,200 DraftKings)

Casey finally struggled a bit last week after playing amazingly for most of the past four months. Much like Berger, it was his short game that let him down at Liberty National, losing more than 1.2 strokes in his four rounds. He also lost shots around the green in three of four.

The good news, however, was that he was locked both with his irons and off the tee. Our friends at DraftKings cut his salary by $ 500 after last week’s unremarkable performance. Considering he ranks # 3 in this area in SG: Tee-to-Green, # 2 on approach and fifth overall in strokes earned in his last 48 rounds, $ 8,200 is still way too much. cheap for him. Don’t let a bad putting week get you off the hook. Casey remains an elite game in all formats.

Joaquin Niemann ($ 8,100 DraftKings)

Niemann wasn’t great last week, finishing tied for 47th place, but now we’re heading to Caves Valley, a course designed by Tom Fazio. Niemann has an elite history on the Fazio tracks, most notably at The Old White TPC which hosted the Greenbriar, where Niemann claimed his first PGA career victory.

In total on the Fazio courses, Niemann wins 2.62 strokes per set, which ranks him second in this area behind Xander Sc Chaudele. Another interesting name comes in third, which we’ll get to in a moment. The course is set up to play over 7,500 yards, so the Chilean’s distance from the tee will be a big advantage this week. It also performed better on bentgrass than on any other surface. This is another bet on talent, as the 22-year-old is too good a ball forward for a price tag of just $ 8,100. He’ll likely be popular in high stakes contests, which should tell you everything you need to know about his prospects this week.

Also consider: Sungjae Im ($ 8,000 DraftKings)


Value games

Shane Lowry ($ 7,900 DraftKings)

Lowry just had a great performance at Liberty National last week, finishing T-11. He won some approaching shots in his four laps and could have won the whole thing if his putter hadn’t let him down. Despite his solid outing, DraftKings still hasn’t priced him above $ 8,000, which makes him a bit of a layup for us this week in cash games.

The Irishman has now finished in the top 25 in eight of his last 10 starts, which includes four top-11s in that streak. He’s constantly finding ways to do it, whether it’s with his hitting the ball or his short game. He is as much of a big game hunter as anyone in this area and especially in his price range. We should keep playing him until he gives us a reason not to.

Jason Kokrak ($ ​​7,800 for DraftKings)

I’ve been back and forth on this one, but we’ll be going back to the Kokrak once again, especially since it’s a no-cut event. He won the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek earlier this year, which was another Tom Fazio conception, and he ranks 10th in this area for total strokes won per lap on Fazio courses.

Kokrak has the length needed to play well this week, and we know he’s one of the best bentgrass putters in the business. He can’t burn us by missing the cut, and he should score a lot as he is 18th on the TOUR in birdie percentage or better this season.

Punt games

Sebastian Munoz ($ 6,700 DraftKings)

Munoz is my favorite value game on the court this week, and it only costs $ 6,700 on DraftKings. He’s playing his best golf of the season at the best time, finishing in the top 30 in four of his last five starts, including a pair of T-4s at the Olympics (Fazio Design) and the John Deere Classic.

Munoz is a Fazio specialist, gaining 1.97 shots from the green tee per lap on the three competition courses I have used. This leads this area in case you were wondering. I love targeting Munoz in non-cup events because his one round of blast won’t hurt us, and we know he’ll do a ton of birdies.