Back to Florida golf. Conditions are going to be different than on the west coast, so we’re going to have to look at historical play on Florida courses a little more than usual. Guys who live down there have a better chance than those who aren’t used to the bermuda grass and windy and flat conditions. Just another thing to keep in mind.
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Note that these picks may change up to the start of the first round, but I won’t get rid of players without writing about why they got dropped off my team.
Brooks Koepka ($9,500) — Back in the lineup here after he took a couple weeks off. From Florida, went to Florida State, and he lives in Florida so I can safely say he knows the conditions. And he’s got to be itching to play well after that little break.
Fredrik Jacobson ($7,200) — Guy who knows the course. Apparently his worst finish in six years is T29. Gotta give credit where it’s due. Got this pick over at pgatour.com.
Camilo Villegas ($6,400) — Decently cheap for a once good player who is still solid. Sticking with my theory of picking guys comfortable with Florida golf. Colombia has bermuda grass and he went to University of Florida for school. T41 last year at this event and has made his last two cuts, and four out of his last five.
Russell Henley ($8,300) — Defending champ. Best Russell (check the preview for the reference). Hasn’t missed a cut all year. Not saying that he’s a lock (since no one is a lock), but I like the trend.
Patrick Reed ($9,100) — Solid young player with tons of confidence. Knows the bermuda grass since he’s from and played in Georgia, and hasn’t missed a cut either. Funny to see his salary lower than Koepka’s. Granted not by much, and I’d say that these two guys are about equal. So this all makes sense.
Lee Westwood ($9,300) — Westwood is making his US debut for 2015 here. Don’t usually like picking players who haven’t proven themselves recently, but Westwood has proven over his career that he can play and do well everywhere. My guess is that he’ll play well here and his salary is only going to go up for the rest of the season.