2021 BMW Championship: Dark Horses

Before I jump into this week’s tournament, I wanted to do a quick recap for The Northern Trust. My three dark horses were Roger Sloan, Mackenzie Hughes, and Jhonattan Vegas. Not a great week, since Vegas and Sloan both missed the cut. Mac Hughes came in a tie for 27th at 9-under. Hopefully this week we can do a little better and help cash in lineups.

This week, the PGA Tour is heading to Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, MD for the BMW Championship. This tournament consists of the top 70 in FedEx Cup rankings. With Patrick Reed out, it seems that there are only 69 players in the field. This could potentially lead to easier options for dark horses, but the other problem is that lineups will be duplicated more often than usual. Also there are no cuts this week since there are only 69 in the field.

This week I will be providing three dark horses, meaning players that are longshots, but could play really well for their low salary. These dark horses are golfers that are $7,500 and below. Also I use DraftKings, so these prices will be for their website, but the players can be used on FanDuel as well.

Dark Horse Number 1

Cameron Tringale ($7,500): Tringale is just outside of the rankings to play in the Tour Championship which makes me LOVE him in this spot as one of my dark horses. He also has been playing incredible the past four weeks for a guy at his value price. He also looks pretty solid overall when it comes to the key stats at this course. He should be a great play this week where I think he can finish in the top 15.

FedEx Cup Standing:34th

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 21st, 16th, 26th, 14th, MC

Last Three BMW Finishes: Never played the BMW Championship

Key Stats:

Driving Distance: 95th

Strokes Gained Approach: 41st

Sand Save Percentage: 16th

Approaches from 200 yards: 54th

Dark Horse Number 2

Maverick McNealy ($7,000): Mav McNealy is another one of my dark horses because this guy is hot right now. Two top 20’s, a top 25, and a top 30. He is playing at such a ceiling level to where I feel the need to hop on that at $7,000. He is playing like a guy priced in the 8k range, but he is actually barely even in the 7k range. He should be a good fit here with two great rankings out of the four key stats. If he can have another ceiling type of week, there should be no problems paying off that 7k price tag.

FedEx Cup Standing: 53rd

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 27th, 18th, 16th, 18th, 21st

Last Three BMW Finishes: 40th (Olympia Fields), DNP, DNP

Key Stats:

Driving Distance: 83rd

Strokes Gained Approach: 152nd

Sand Save Percentage: 47th

Approaches from 200 yards: 52nd

Dark Horse Number 3

Harry Higgs ($6,200): Harry Higgs is my final dark horse, but a dart throw since he is too cheap. He has three missed cuts in his last five starts, but the past two weeks have been top 20’s. He is not the best all around player, but I always love to hop on a small hot streak at almost minimum price. His key stats for his price and usual tour skill level are not bad by any means. For a guy who wasn’t playing great a few weeks ago, I think he is a little too cheap as well. I would normally understand because he can easily miss the cut, but not this week since there are only 69 players in the field.

FedEx Cup Standing: 69th

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 16th, 15th, MC, MC, MC

Last Three BMW Finishes: 56th (Olympia Fields), DNP, DNP

Key Stats:

Driving Distance: 74th

Strokes Gained Approach: 135th

Sand Save Percentage: 98th

Approaches from 200 yards: 50th