FANTASY GOLF CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE PART I/3 (BEAST TIER)
By James Dalthorp III
BEAST DOME NATION.
We are back – in more ways than one. The PGA Tour heads to Dallas, Texas for the restart of the season. Welcome back to the official game of social distancing and patience. The break we’ve had in this game may have even been a major benefit to guys who started the year off track. There’s also plenty of insight I have for this restart – so let’s just jump in.
Colonial Country Club is notorious for being a course that suits good ball strikers – one of Hogan’s favorite courses and a staple event in my current home state – which tends to be a friendly event for guys who play well in the winds of Texas and also navigate the character of this very plush layout. It may be Fort Worth but this course has a very Dallas vibe to it. Big sand traps. Subtle undulations. Occasionally narrow. It’s one of those courses that TV just will never do justice to. You have to see first hand how this course presents difficulty with overhanging trees and strategic iron play. My #1 stat: approach to the green from 140-150. Control your trajectory and spin.
In article one of three, I will go over my two safest plays that Muntradamus would call, his BEAST tier.
1. Justin Thomas
First timers don’t always fare well at this event but Justin Thomas will. He’s strong out of the gates anywhere that’s new and this layout is “PGA championship” friendly – an event he’s won. Long par fives that are unreachable for most, a high demand for par 4 birdie performance, and strict placement on those approaches with the irons. I’m very confident in Justin this week. I bet the layoff gave him some solitude and he comes out swinging.
2. Patrick Reed
Say what you want about one of game’s most controversial players, but he doesn’t disappoint his fantasy following. Consider his win in Mexico and his Texas roots before making this decision to draft him. Under most circumstances, I might give Reed a break. But since lockdown has given him a breather and playing so well under immense criticism before hand, this is a dangerous man with golf clubs in his hand. If he plays with that same energy, it’ll be another big check at the end of the week. That Presidents Cup was very memorable. The dude’s tough. Say what you want.
Come back tomorrow for my next two favorite plays from the Middle Tier.