One of the few “alternate” events on the PGA Tour schedule comes this week as we head to the Barbasol Championship. While a majority of the elite golfers will be playing in the Scottish Open, there is still a two-year exemption up for grabs with a win. The last alternate event provided Ryan Brehm, a non-member, with this exemption back in March at the Puerto Rico Open.
2021 Seamus Power (-21)
2019 Jim Herman (-26)
2018 Troy Merritt (-23)
2017 Grayson Murray (-21)
2016 Aaron Baddley (-18)
2015 Scott Piercy (-19)
This will mark the fourth year in which Keene Trace Golf Club will host the Barbasol Championship. As you can see above, the past three winners here at Keene Trace GC were at least -21, so scoring will be easy. Eagle is very much in play on all four of the par 5s, with the easiest two being holes 5 and 15. This course offers the easiest greens to hit on the PGA Tour, averaging just shy of 80%. Just one golfer last year that finished inside the top 30 lost strokes to the field when it comes to greens in regulation gained. With such big greens, golfers’ precision on approach is going to be more important than usual.
SG Tee to Green
Birdie or Better
Par 5 Scoring
Here are my FanDuel value picks for this week’s Barbasol Championship:
Jacob Bridgeman $9,000
Former Clemson Tiger, Jacob Bridgeman, wil make his second career PGA Tour start this week at the Barbasol Championship. The ACC Player of the Year was granted full-membership on the Korn Ferry Tour this summer. Bridgeman was ranked second on the PGA Tour University Class of 2022 giving him this status. Since joining the KFT at the beginning of June, Bridgeman has made the cut in four of five events. His best finish of the bunch was a T5 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, where he shot four rounds sub-70. While he may not exactly fel like a “value” at this price, Bridgeman is one to keep an eye on.
Patrick Flavin $8,000
Believe it or not, Patrick Flavin did not have to get into this event through a qualifier. The Korn Ferry Tour’s own finished inside the top 10 last week at the John Deere Classic, giving him a spot in this week’s Barbasol Championship. His success last week at TPC Deere Run was all thanks to the flat stick. Flavin gained over nine strokes putting last week, which was the highest mark in the field. This week at Keene Trace GC, Flavin will get to give these bentgras greens another go. He made bogey just under 7% of the time last week, which was tied for the best in the field as well. Flavin played in two alternate-field events earlier this season, making the cut in both. At just $8,000, Flavin makes a nice value on FanDuel
Chris Stroud $7,700
It’s easy to dismiss a golfer in DFS the week after they burn you. However, we’re going to give Chris Stroud a second chance here. He missed the cut by two strokes this past wek at the John Dere Classic in what was his first start since the Honda Classic back in February. Stroud was again let down by the putter, but had just about everything else. Stroud was -3 through 12 last week in the first round, before giving them right back in the matter of three holes. Of all the players who missed the cut, he gained the most strokes from tee to green. Stroud was also top 20 in the field in proximity from 125-150, and 150-175. As mentioned last week, Stroud is playing on a graduate reshuffle medical extension. He now has just 11 starts left to earn just over 414 FedEx Cup points. Just $700 above the FanDuel minimum, Stroud will look to bounce back at this week’s Barbasol Championship.