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Player Focus: 1-10

*Note stats provided are taken prior to the Web.Com finals.

 

*Stats don’t always tell the entire picture so I’ve added my own personal rank to the synopses.

 

 

#1- Sam Burns

 

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisana

College: LSU

Age: 22

Cuts: 12/16

Top 10’s- 3

Top 25’s- 8

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking- #7

The Path to the PGA Tour: If you followed us for most of the year last year it’s likely that you have heard about Sam Burns already. Sam almost earned PGA Tour status through his play and sponsorship exemptions, but ultimately fell a bit short, earning himself staus on the Web. On that Tour, he played in 16 events, made 12 cuts, and came in the top 25 8 of those 12 times. Pretty impressive. His recent form would suggest that he was lacking a bit of motivation during the Web finals, having already secured a full-time card for next year, and was unlikely to improve his already high priority ranking.

PGA Tour Experience:

Made the cut 8/11 times with 3 top 25’s a 1 top 10.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

Cut–T35–W/D–Cut

Other Notes: Sam led the WEB Tour last year in BOB % and ranked second in his all-around* game. There are indeed a few talented golfers in this year’s class, but I don’t think any will be as talented and successful as Burns. When we look to build a profile, Burns uses length over accuracy off the tee, ranking 8th in driving while ranking 98th in DA.

Personal Rank: #1

 

*All Around Game refers to a stat that combines multiple stats to create a different outcome. Similar to that of SG: T2G with the PGA Tour.

#2- Sungjae Im

Hometown: Jeju, South Korea

College: Korea National Sport University

Age: 20*

Cuts: 20/25

Top 10’s- 8

Top 25’s- 14

Wins- 2

Priority Ranking- #1

The Path to the PGA Tour: The 20-year-old from Korea will join the already impressive roster of Koreans on the PGA Tour. Im earned status on the Web Tour through their Q school, a 4 step process. He was then able to parlay that into incredible success throughout the season making 20/25 cuts, and 14 of those 20 made cuts he wound up finishing inside the top 25, oh and he had two wins! He’ll be the number one on the priority ranking for Web.Com Tour Grads to start the season.

PGA Tour Experience: 

Missed cut at U.S. Open & made cut at PGA Championship finishing 42nd.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

1-51-16-43

Other Notes: Before we get into the stats, it’s important to note that Im will be competing in the CJ Cup on his home course in a couple of weeks. Something to certainly keep in mind. Contrary to Burns, Im does his damage off of the tee with his consistency and accuracy, ranking 22nd on the Web Tour last year. He also boasted a 9th all-around ranking and came in 14th regarding BOB %. His consistent appearance in the top 25, and the ability to make 80% of cuts will bode super well for him on the PGA Tour. Get used to seeing this guy around for quite a while.

Personal Rank- #2

 

 

#3- Cameron Champ

Hometown: Sacramento California

College: Texas A&M

Age: 23

Cuts: 16/21

Top 10’s- 5

Top 25’s- 10

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking- #11

The Path to the PGA Tour: Highly touted out of college, Champ struggled in his sponsor’s exemptions on the PGA Tour last year, but he’ll have about 25 more tries at it this year. Champ won the 2018 Utah Championship and added five other top 10’s on the season.

PGA Tour Experience (2016-Current): 

 1/5 cuts made finished 73rd at the Valero Texas Open.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

30/16/33/CUT

Other Notes: Cameron dominates golf courses with his elite driving ability, which will rival the BEST of the best on the PGA Tour, and was the best on the Web Tour last year ranking 1st in Driving Distance & didn’t suffer too much in the accuracy department ranking 37th on the year. This helped him get into position for a considerable amount of birdies, ranking 7th in BOB%. Not only is he great off the tee, but also is very steady with his irons, ranking 5th in GIR and second in ball striking on the year. All this lead to a 4th all-around ranking. Champ has superb talent, and now just needs to learn how to play at the most significant level, and once he figures that out…watch out.

Personal Rank- #4 

#4- Cameron Davis- @Camdavisgolf

 

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

College: 

Age: 23

Cuts: 9/15

Top 10’s- 4

Top 25’s- 8

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking- #10

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Our first golfer earning his status through the Web.Com Tour finals. Even though he was able to win an event during the regular season, Cam missed out on qualifying that way. Still, he was able to persevere and earn two top 5’s and add another top 16 during the Web.Com Tour finals to jolt him up the priority rankings and earn himself a Tour Card.

PGA Tour Experience:

2/4 cuts made– 38th and 58th were his two finishes.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

3/16/Cut/3

Other Notes:

An exceptional talent from Australia, one of two graduates from Australia in this year’s class, also uses his length off of the tee to his advantage. He ranked 7th on the Web.Com Tour this year, in only 15 starts. He also ranked 6th in ball striking in 7th in BOB% and 4th in all-around. With a few starts already under his built and a couple of made cuts, Cam should come in with a lot of confidence. It won’t take long to see this guy’s name up on the first page of the leaderboard.

Personal Rank- #3 

#5- Roberto Castro- 

 

 

 

Hometown: Houston, Texas

College: Georgia Tech

Age: 33

Cuts: 13/14

Top 10’s- 5

Top 25’s- 7

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking- #47

The Path (back)  to the PGA Tour: 

Roberto Castro was likely the best player not to retain his PGA Tour card through the Web.Com Tour finals last year. It didn’t take him long, or many events to earn his card back for this year, but his lack of play and money earned puts him at a 47th priority ranking. In just 14 events he made 13 cuts, earned 5 top 10’s and 7 top 25’s. Pretty consistent, but not surprising for a golfer that was within a lip out of winning a PGA Tour event just two years ago. He’ll likely see somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 events unless he starts playing well, similar to that of Kieth Mitchell last year, who continued to improve his priority ranking throughout the year.

PGA Tour Experience:

This will be his 6th full-time season as a member of the PGA Tour.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

49/DNP/DNP/DNP

Other Notes:

Castro is known for his consistency and steady game. Showcased by making 13/14 cuts on the season, with half of them winding up in a top 25, Castro was able to earn his way back to PGA Tour for his 6th full-time season. Over those 14 starts Castro ranked third in all-around game, 21st in ball striking and 7th in driving accuracy.

Personal Rank: #7

#6- Anders Albertson- 

 

Hometown: Houston, Texas

College: Georgia Tech

Age: 25

Cuts: 20/23

Top 10’s- 4

Top 25’s- 14

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking- #5

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Anders endured a terrific regular season picking up a win at the Lincoln Land Championship, and ten other top 25’s while only missing three cuts. He improved his priority ranking during the Web finals where he earned two top 10’s and made all four cuts coming in 21st and 31st in the other two.

PGA Tour Experience:

In 2017 he played in the RSM classic where he MDF’d.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

9/21/2/31

Other Notes:

The second straight golfer that hails from Houston, but was a yellow jacket. Weird how that worked out. Eerily enough their games are somewhat similar. Albertson relies more so on his accuracy ranked 55th than he does distance off the tee where he ranks 87th. He makes up his shots with approaches ranking 21st in GIR but ranks third in birdie or better %. This either means he’s a great putter or is hitting it somewhat close. Time will tell on that front.

Personal Rank: #5

#7- Alex Prugh-

 

Hometown: Spokane Washington

College: University of Washington

Age: 36

Cuts: 20/26

Top 10’s- 5

Top 25’s- 11

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking- #25

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Alex will be heading back to the PGA Tour full time for the first time since 2015. He earned his card by consistent play, making 20/26 cuts, but only 5 top 10’s in those 26 starts, and no wins. This doesn’t scream upside here, but look for Prugh to play well in weaker fields and make a decent amount of his cuts, especially if the fields he gets into are rather weak to begin with.

PGA Tour Experience:

Alex’s last stint on the PGA Tour came in 2016 where he made seven cuts and missed 6 with his best finish being 29th at the Barracuda Championship.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

24/CUT/9/24

Other Notes:

Alex’s greatest strength comes in his iron and approach game, and his ability to consistently hit greens. He ranked 8th in GIR and converted that to a 24th ranking in BOB%. That all added up to the 16th ranking for the all-around stat, something that again should put him in the top half of weaker fields.

Personal Rank- #14

 

#8 Scott Langley

Hometown: Barrington, Illinois

College: University of Illinois

Age: 29

Cuts: 16/22

Top 10’s- 5

Top 25’s- 8

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking: 9

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Langley makes his way back to the PGA Tour since 2016, missing out on the last two seasons. Scott makes his way back to the PGA Tour in large part due to his victory at the Panama Championship, where he shot a winning score of -7. He also added four other top 10’s and seven other top 25’s in 22 starts.

PGA Tour Experience:

Before missing out he had been a full-time player on Tour since 2013 but has only amassed 2 top 10’s in almost four full-time seasons.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

63/CUT/CUT/61

Other Notes:

One of the greatest edges there is in all of DFS is understanding a golfer’s profile and specific skill sets they possess. When we look at Langley, we can tell right off the bat that even though he won this year, the winning score was -7. He ranks 73rd regarding BOB% on the year, so he’s not making that many compared to the field…so he’s a grinder. We then look at his best result on the PGA Tour, and it’s no surprise it’s at a course that normally is won by a single digit score…The Valspar Championship. He’s extremely accurate off the tee, ranking 6th last year, which certainly aids to that profile set above, also adding this is his 7th ranking in GIR and 9th ranking in scrambling. He grinds pars. All Day Long. Look at him as a viable option when the expected score is expected to be less than -10.

Personal Rank: #8

#9 Kramer Hickock

Hometown: Austin, Texas

College: Texas

Age: 26

Cuts: 17/26

Top 10’s- 6

Top 25’s- 10

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking: 3

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

The 2018 DAP Championship winner, the 26-year-old Texan earned his card before that win, but that win certainly helped his priority ranking! Prior to that win, Hickock found himself inside the top 10 5 other times including a runner-up at the Lincoln Land Championship and a third at the Pinnacle Bank Championship.

PGA Tour Experience:

Hickock has four total starts on the PGA Tour making the cut in only one of them, the RBC Canadian Open last year, finishing in a tie for 19th.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

14/1/CUT/8

Other Notes:

Hickock does most of his work around the greens, as his best ranking was 4th in scrambling. Even with his 82nd ranking regarding BOB%, the worst out of anyone, he was able to win the DAP Championship with a total score of -14. Maybe the putter woke up that week? Ball striking checks in at 36th while total driving ranks 24th. It’s likely that Kramer struggles with his approach game a bit, which gives him plenty of opportunities to save par, thus the excellent scrambling statistic. If we see his SG: Approach pop during the season, it may signal a time to buy!

Personal Rank: #6

 

#10- Carlos Ortiz 

 

Hometown: Jalisco, Mexico

College: North Texas

Age: 36

Cuts: 19/24

Top 10’s- 4

Top 25’s- 11

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking- #33

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Earning four top 10’s and making just about 75% of his cuts, Carlos was able to retain his PGA Tour card during the regular season. He lost about ten spots of priority ranking with a rather lackluster Web Finals series, although he did make all four cuts.

PGA Tour Experience:

In 2015 & 16 Ortiz was a full-time member of the PGA Tour. Since then he’s only been able to play in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where he’s made the cut in each of the last three years.

Web.Com Tour Final Results:

44/25/43/57

Other Notes:

Born in Mexico, Carlos has been back battling to find his groove on the PGA Tour over the last couple of years. The nice part about Carlos’s game is that he isn’t necessarily bad at anything, but he doesn’t over excel at anything either. The multitude of statistical measures finishing in the mid-teens-60’s earned him the 11th ranking in the all-around statistic. His 79% made cut percentage was 5th highest on the Web.Com Tour last year so that aids to the thesis on Carlos. His best result on the PGA Tour was a T9 at the OHL Classic Mayakoba in 2015.

 

Web.Com Rankings: 11-20

Web Rankings: 21-33