DFS Yahoo Golf Talk: Mexico Open at Vidanta

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Heading to Vidanta Vallarta this week, it's a new course to dissect.

Yesterday, I looked at the length as well as performance on the grass (paspalum).

Let's dive into even more course-fit stats to see if we can find some value options over on Yahoo Fantasy.

First, let's group all of the courses in the region and see who plays well here historically. Then, since we know it's a resort course, we can make an educated guess on the rough being relatively easy for the TOUR pros.

Regional Comfort

When heading south of the border, we often hear from the Latin American golfers about the comfort factor.

They often feel at ease when they can speak their native language to a majority of fans, and also just know the grass types and climates.

Here are the top performers in strokes gained total per round when playing in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, and/or Puerto Rico, over the last five seasons:

Adam Long
Chad Ramey
Danny Lee
Alex Smalley
Aaron Wise
Brendon Todd
Brice Garnett
Justin Lower
Carlos Ortiz
Russell Knox
Andrew Novak
Anirban Lahiri
Emiliano Grillo
J.T. Poston
Abraham Ancer

Abraham Ancer ($44): This is like a fifth major for Ancer and Ortiz. The latter is arriving in the middle of a big slump but Ancer at least has some recent finishes to write home about, most notably the WGC-Match Play. I like his chances of impressing the home crowd.

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Resort Rough

Vidanta Villarta is a resort course that is not expected to have very penal rough.

The main challenges this week will be the length of the course and avoiding hazards.

Looking at other courses with a small penalty for missing the fairway, here are the top performers:

Jon Rahm
Tony Finau
Abraham Ancer
Cameron Tringale
Matt Jones
Trey Mullinax
J.T. Poston
Chris Kirk
Gary Woodland
C.T. Pan
Emiliano Grillo
Brandon Wu
Patrick Reed
Lanto Griffin
Kevin Na

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

Trey Mullinax
David Lingmerth
Robert Garrigus
J.T. Poston
Richard S. Johnson
Brandon Wu
D.A. Points
Matt Jones
Hayden Buckley
Michael Gligic
C.T. Pan
Aaron Baddeley
Roger Sloan
Anirban Lahiri
Michael Thompson

Overlap List: Names that show up on both lists include: Matt Jones, Trey Mullinax, J.T. Poston, C.T. Pan, and Brandon Wu.

Trey Mullinax ($20): He's a big hitter so he fits the stereotype of a resort course suiting his game. He's not going to be the safest option on Yahoo this week but he really impresses on the list above, considering his salary is set at the bare minimum. Mullinax might be a good name to consider this week if you want to jam in three or four big names at the top.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!