Yahoo Golf Talk: TOUR Championship

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Turning our attention to East Lake Golf Club this week, let's take a look at some stats to help us construct some lineups over on Yahoo DFS.

First, we will look at a longer-term view and find the names that play well on the East Coast on bermudagrass turf.

Then, we will zoom in a bit and see who is driving it well ahead of the FedExCup Playoffs finale. The combination of long and straight is such a big advantage on a course like East Lake that will give you lots of wedges if you are driving it well but also punish you if you are finding the bermuda rough.

Regional Course Fit

We used this combination stat last week to pluck out some key names to target. That list included Cantaly, DeChambeau, McIlroy, and EVR. Four out of the top 5 so let's see if we can find some nuggets again this week.

This week we will filter by Eastern Time Zone + Bermuda Greens and see who plays well with those parameters.

Using the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool to run that filter, here are the top performers (strokes gained per round) since the start of the 2019 season:

Rory McIlroy
Scottie Scheffler
Justin Thomas
Viktor Hovland
Bryson DeChambeau
Sergio Garcia
Collin Morikawa
Jason Kokrak
Brooks Koepka
Jon Rahm

Rory McIlroy ($27): He's at the top of this list as he crushes on the East Coast and that includes plenty of past success at East Lake. Priced at just $27 on Yahoo this week, that makes him an easy target to consider right out of the gate.

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Drive for Dough

Listening to the pre-tournament pressers, Stewart Cink summed it up nicely when he said, "The rough [at Caves Valley] wasn't that bad, the bunkers were very forgiving. At East Lake the rough on the other hand is very bad and it's a major penalty for not hitting the fairway. So driving is much more of a premium here just because of the rough. You're not going to lose a lot of golf balls here, you're not going to hit balls OB or in water that often here, but you will lose strokes by hitting a ball in the rough because you just simply can't reach the green very often."

Using the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool again, let's look at the last 12 rounds played to find the top performers in strokes gained off-the-tee but only include the golfers that are also hitting more fairways than the field (strokes gained - fairway hit):

Rory McIlroy
Jon Rahm
Sungjae Im
Sergio Garcia
Viktor Hovland
Corey Conners
Patrick Cantlay
Hideki Matsuyama
Joaquin Niemann
Tony Finau

Sergio Garcia ($20):He's trying to stay in form ahead of the Ryder Cup and continues to drive it long and straight. Most importantly, he sits at minimum salary this week so he's easy to fit into all roster builds.

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