Northern Trust Open Picks from RotoMinds
Noted for its spectacular beauty and challenging design, The Riviera Country Club is recognized as one of the best courses on the PGA TOUR. The annual site of the Northern Trust Open, designed by George C. Thomas, opened for play in 1927.
Former PGA TOUR player and current NBC Golf analyst Johnny Miller once said,
“Riviera is definitely one of the greatest, no-nonsense golf courses in the world. It requires a player to play every club in his bag and every shot in his game.”
Perhaps this is why Riviera has hosted many of golf’s greatest events, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. Its roster of past champions is impressive and includes Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Tom Watson, Ernie Els, Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson.
- 7,279 yards, par 71
- No. 3 rated course by PGA TOUR professionals
- Course record is 61
- Hosted the Northern Trust Open 47 times
Players to Target
Bernd Wiesberger – Wiesberger is our top value play of the week on DraftKings. Wiesberger is on fire this year on the European Tour, racking up 4 top 6 finishes in his last 4 events. Wiesberger’s “odds to win” are significantly better than similarly priced golfers on DraftKings this week. Take advantage of the discounted price while you can, this guy is the real deal.
Robert Streb – I will preface this pick by letting everyone know that Robert Streb is a fellow K-Stater so this could be a little bit of a homer pick. Streb returns to the tour this week after sitting out to be with his wife for the birth of their first daughter. Streb is currently ranked in the top 10 in total strokes gained which should really help in this event. Streb is another solid value play for cash games at just $7,400 (1/2 price of Bubba Watson) on DraftKings.
Bill Haas – Haas is one of my favorite plays this week because he is one of the most underrated golfers in the mid-upper pricing tier. Haas has excellent course history at the Northern Trust Open with 4 consecutive top 25’s and a win in 2012. Haas currently has the 4th best “odds to win” and is just the 10th most expensive golfer on DraftKings. Consider Haas a strong tournament option this week. EDIT***** Haas’ wife is expected to give birth next Friday. Haas will have his phone close by and is expected to leave the event if his wife went into labor.*****
Graham DeLaet – DeLaet is the ultimate boom or bust play this week with a fair price tag at $8,200. DeLaet has been very inconsistent this year, making him very difficult to roster in cash games. I think this course is set up well for DeLaet to at least make the cut with a chance at a top 15-25 finish, with the upside to win the event if he can make a few putts.
Hunter Mahan – The Northern Trust Open is a great opportunity to buy low on Hunter Mahan. Mahan is just the 16th most expensive golfer on DraftKings this week at $8,200. Mahan recorded a solid top 10 finish at this event in 2013. Hunter is 6/6 on making cuts this year and should have no problem making it 7/7 this week. When Mahan plays to his ability he is easily a $10k+ golfer. Buy low!
*****Bubba Watson, Jordan Speith, Jimmy Walker and Brandt Snedeker are elite plays and always in play in all formats this week*****
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