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Shifting our attention from Connecticut to Michigan, the TOUR heads to Detroit this week for the third edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The event will be played at Detroit Golf Club, and the area has been soaked in the lead-up, so look for soft and receptive conditions this week.
To hunt for some DFS value over on Yahoo! this week let's hop into the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool and see what we can find.
We will look at the top putters on bent/poa greens and then find out who has the best numbers on Donald Ross designs.
Bent/Poa Putting Performance
The putting surfaces at Detroit Golf Club are primarily poa annua but they also some have bentgrass in the mix, as well.
Basically, we want to look for comfort on any grass that is not bermuda or paspalum.
Heading to the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool, here are the best putters on bentgrass or poa annua greens, since the start of the 2019 campaign. Sorted by Strokes Gained Putting per Round (minimum 20 rounds):
Brice Garnett ($20): Garnett just had one of the most insane putting weeks I can remember. He gained a whopping 13.9 strokes putting at the Travelers which was also played on bent/poa greens. Will he be able to stay hot with the flat stick this week or will he regress? Garnett gained 4.1 strokes putting in his previous trip to Detroit Golf Club (2019).
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Donald Ross Courses
There are only a few course architects that have such a unique profile. Pete Dye is the obvious one (blind shots, tricks, railroad ties, etc.) and Jack Nicklaus also comes to mind (course gets harder as you get closer to the hole, left-to-right ball flight).
For Donald Ross, he is known for how tough he makes the greens.
"I mean, typically the Ross courses I’ve played are not that long, and what’s difficult about Donald Ross courses, how the greens are so undulating and almost like a flipped upside down bowl that balls will roll off the green if they get near the edge." -Webb Simpson
"Usually the greens are kind of the test of a Donald Ross course, I would say, and it’s no different here. The greens are very — there’s a bunch of different sections where you want — you would like to keep your ball in the proper section because if you’re not, then you’re going to have a tough time two-putting, so I think that’s an important characteristic of his courses." -Brian Stuard
So, let's dive into the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool and find the top performers on a strokes gained per round view when playing Donald Ross designs, since the start of the 2017 season (8-round minimum).
Ryan Armour ($21): The Ohio State Buckeye is an interesting name here. He plays very well at Sedgefield Country Club, another Ross design, and has nothing but good vibes in two trips to Detroit Golf Club (T46 and T4). He has been T4 or better after five of his eight rounds at Detroit GC.
Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!