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FanDuel Fit: 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

by Josh Culp
Updated On: September 21, 2021, 9:03 pm ET

The Ryder Cup is prepped to run this week at Whistling Straits. It's the 43rd edition of the iconic event.

Historically, we've had to sit these weeks out in terms of playing DFS but the sites have made adjustments in recent years. 

That means we can build a roster on FanDuel this week but we'll need to make sure we go through the scoring system to make sure we know what we are looking for. My key takeaway from the scoring is that winning matches is vital. You will likely need to mix and match from both squads unless you think a landslide victory is on the way for one team. 

Other than the unique scoring, we also need to give some attention to the course, Whistling Straits. 

This is a links-style course that is nestled up against Lake Michigan. The course is exposed the Mother Nature but it still requires some precision off the tee since there are roughly 1,000 bunkers lurking across the property. 

 

Bentgrass Greens

Whistling Straits has relatively large, bentgrass greens that get ramped up to 12+ feet on the stimp most of the time. They should be speedy. 

Let's see who has gained the most strokes per round on courses with bentgrass greens, over the last two years: 

Jon Rahm
Xander Schauffele
Patrick Cantlay
Dustin Johnson
Justin Thomas
Rory McIlroy
Harris English
Tyrrell Hatton
Bryson DeChambeau
Daniel Berger
Tony Finau
Collin Morikawa

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list: 

Patrick Cantlay
Harris English
Xander Schauffele
Jon Rahm
Ian Poulter
Bernd Wiesberger
Dustin Johnson
Tony Finau
Rory McIlroy
Tyrrell Hatton
Tommy Fleetwood
Shane Lowry

Overlap List: names that show up on both lists include Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Harris English, Tyrrell Hatton, and Tony Finau

English is an interesting name here because he often talks about how much he loves bermudagrass but his results over the last few seasons have been skewed more toward peak performance on bent. The overlap list includes five from Team USA and three from Team Europe. 

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Regional Performance

Comfort in the Midwest often plays a factor when the TOUR rolls into places like TPC Deere Run or TPC Twin Cities.

Let's take a look at performance in the Midwest, defined by the Census Bureau. That includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Here are the top performers per round, when in the Midwest, over the last two years: 

Jon Rahm
Collin Morikawa
Patrick Cantlay
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Justin Thomas
Xander Schauffele
Tony Finau
Ian Poulter
Tyrrell Hatton
Jordan Spieth
Sergio Garcia
Scottie Scheffler

How does this angle break down by team? There are seven Americans on the list and five Europeans. 

FanDuel Focus 

Jon Rahm ($15,000): If maximizing total matches played is the goal this week, then playing the World's best golfer is probably the easiest way to start building your rosters. The Spaniard should be pushed out to play as much as possible and as you can see from the lists above, he sets up really well for Whistling Straits (or any course). 

Tommy Fleetwood ($8,500): The Englishman has picked up some confidence leading up to the event with a runner-up finish at the Italian Open and a T12 at the BMW PGA Championship. We saw him go 4-1-0 in Paris so if he starts off strong again, then Captain Harrington will likely ride the hot hand. Also, if we jump into the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool and look for strokes gained - sand save over the last 40 rounds, then Fleetwood is 3rd best in the field behind only Poulter and Schauffele. 

 

Good luck with your lineups this week and check back tomorrow for some more course-fit analysis. 

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.