Must-Have #1: Joaquin Niemann
Niemann comes into this tournament having been one of the more consistent options in the field, making 19 of his last 20 cuts dating back to the 2020 US Open. Along this stretch, he has put together four top-10 finishes to go along with six other top-25 results. While it has been over a month since his last finish inside the top-30, Niemann actually grades much better for scoring courses like this one. Niemann ranked top-10 in our model this week, bolstered by a top-10 ranking in Driving Distance to go along with top-20 amongst the field in Strokes Gained: Approach and Off-the-Tee along with Birdie or Better Gained. In fact, he only ranks outside the top-60 in one stat: Strokes Gained: Around the Green. However, Greens in Regulation come at a higher rate than tour average at this course, and with how solid his approach has been, we see no reason to be concerned there. He has also managed to gain strokes putting in six of his last seven tournaments and has continued grading out very well Tee-to-Green. We love the upside the Niemann provides for your lineups, as he can score with the best of them. Lock him in with confidence!
Must-Have #2: Garrick Higgo
Higgo returns to the featured play section of our War Room, where we last saw him win the Palmetto in an epic comeback. This week, we are going back to the well with him as he grades very well for birdie-fest tournaments like this one. He has a smaller sample to work with than many guys on tour, but he still ranks top-10 amongst the field in Proximity from 200+ yards, while being top-25 in Birdie or Better Gained and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee as well. When you look at his two recent missed cuts, you will see the US Open, which is somewhere he did not grade well for us, and the Travelers where almost the entire reason was that he lost 3.6 strokes around the greens. Similar to Niemann, this should be much less concerning given how much easier greens are to hit on this course. He has gained strokes putting and off the tee in three of four tournaments on tour so far, and we believe that is the perfect mold for attacking this course. Lock him into your lineups for all formats with confidence.
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