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The American Express: Captain & Underdog picks

The new Underdog feature adds a twist to our Golf format. As well as your Captain choice receiving a 1.25x multiplier, so will the cheapest player (underdog) from your squad of six. With these positions taking extra importance we have asked a panel of DFS Golf and Fanteam enthusiasts for their Captain and Underdog picks ahead of our Thursday American Express Main events

Two of this week’s panel, Jack & Mark, were also on their weekly pod talking about all things Fanteam Golf. Make sure you check it out here to pick up even more in depth talk on this week’s AmEx.

Jack Humphrey – Twitter @JackHumphreyKM

CAPTAIN – JON RAHM (23M)

Simply put, Rahm is the best golfer on the planet right now, hence his FanTeam price tag. Rahm has only appeared at this event 3 times in his career, but has 2 top 10 finishes in that time and a win.
The year he won this event he gained 5.93 strokes on approach, my key stat again this week. Rahm also comes here with a runner up finish at the Tournament of Champions two weeks ago and will look to go one better this week. 

UNDERDOG – MICHAEL THOMPSON (14.8m)

Thompson is my favourite underdog play this week. This is because last week in Hawaii he gained 6.52 strokes on approach and 5.33 around the greens. A golfer in form coming off a tied 5th last week and has recent good history here with a tied 5th last year. Thompson is also on a run of 6 consecutive cuts made. He will be in most of my builds this week as a core play.

Mark Ferguson – Twitter @_smrf

CAPTAIN – SUNGJAE IM (19.8m)

Whilst Rahm and Cantlay look like a class above the rest, I think they’ll be overowned so I’m happy to put the armband on Sungjae Im. He missed the cut last week but has a very good course history here over the last three years. It’s hard to use a stat-based approach to this tournament so I’m focused on all-round good players. Sungjae definitely falls into that category.

UNDERDOG – HAYDEN BUCKLEY (14.4m)

Buckley joined the PGA Tour last September from the Korn Ferry Tour. Since then he’s had three top-12s in his six events. He finished 12th last week so is in good form and gained 5.63 strokes from tee-to-green. I think he’s underpriced so makes a great underdog choice.

Shaun Overy – Twitter@smodfs

CAPTAIN – CANTLAY (21.8m)

A nice finish of 4th in the sentry and looks a good choice of Captain and shouldn’t be too far away come the back 9 on Sunday.
A couple of decent finishes in his last two American Express events 9th in 2019 and runner up last year.

UNDERDOG – ADAM HADWIN (15.6m)

This is Hadwin’s first outing of the year so he should be nice and fresh and raring to go on a venue where he has seen plenty of success with four top tens in the last 6 years. He is a streaky player so can get hot at any time which makes him an ideal underdog pic.

Editors Pick

CAPTAIN – SCOTTIE SHEFFLER (20.8m)

Our third most expensive player this week and it feels like Rahm and Cantley will be hugely owned in comparison to Sheffler this week but he shouldn’t be overlooked. In his past five starts he has three top-five finishes and has a third at this event just two years ago.   

Sheffler is still only 25 and continues to improve into an all round top, top player. In his last 100 rounds he has gained 0.40 off the tee, 0.32 in approach & 0.26 around the green. Any week that he is hot with the putter he is going to contend. Will he be able to pick up his first win this weekend?

UNDERDOG – LUCAS GLOVER (15.7m)

Glover led the field at the Sony Open in strokes gained on approach, a key stat again this week. Not by a small margin either. Glover gained 9.55 strokes on the field with Russell Henley second best on 6.65.
If Glover can get anywhere near that again this week he will give himself enough birdie chances needed to contend at the AmEx and prove fantastic value for his 15.7m

New for this week – Single Round contests!

Just a quick mention that starting this week we will have a Single Round format as well as our Main Event and as the name suggests these cover just a single round of play. The key difference you need to be aware of, compared to our Main Event, is that finishing points are not included. It’s a fast and exciting format that is well worth a try. Day 2 and 3 are already up in the lobby.  

We hope the above is useful and provides some food for thought. Our Main Event kicks off at 17:40 CET tomorrow and we hope to see you at the first tee!

The FanTeam Golf Crew

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