After a week pause due to a terrible field and a historically bad performance, I’m back to recommend who NOT to take this week in the Houston Open, which is named the Vivent Houston Open and no, I don’t know what Vivent is or does.
A funny story about last week – I didn’t provide picks, as noted, but I do play in a casual weekly league that still ran its contest. I slapped together a lineup to compete against the 19 other fools with gambling issues.
And I won. Sure, I only turned my $3 into $16, but it made me laugh – it’s only when I truly don’t care that I do well. You’ve been warned, yet again.
In Houston, we have a couple of studs returning from COVID-19 breaks in Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott. I’m not touching either of them, both because the only other golfers we’ve seen return like Scottie Scheffler were a bit slow to regain their form. To be sure, COVID seems to deal with everyone differently, and DJ and Scott are both great athletes, but it’s just not worth the risk as far as I’m concerned.
That said, I *am* going with another guy rebounding from COVID, and that’s Tony Finau ($10,900). I know, I know, Tony doesn’t win – but I think we can all recognize he has all the talent to do so, and with DFS it’s not about picking the winner of the tournament, but the guy who can make the most birdies, score quite low and be in contention. Tony’s my guy.
Just behind him is Sung Jae Im ($9,300) who is fairly automatic in terms of making cuts and being well worth his DFS price. The guy is a machine, and I’m in. Plus, he’s so happy!
After that, I took the strategy of going with mid-tier guys, and have cobbled together a lineup including Emiliano Grillo ($7,900), Lee Westwood ($7,800),
Harry Higgs ($7,100) and Scott Stallings ($6,900). Grillio and Stallings have been playing well, and I just love Westie and Higgs. That’s it, there’s no more analysis than this.
This, among every single interview I’ve heard with Harry Higgs, is why I love the man:
Update: Late Tuesday, Harry Higgs withdrew from the Vivent Houston Open due to testing positive for COVID-19. Get well, Higgsy. In his place, I’ve swapped him and Scott Stallings out for Russell Knox and Maverick McNealy. I’m a fan of both, but it’s not quite as fun.
Good luck, all.