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The 7 most underrated players at The Barclays 2015



The FedExCup Playoffs kick off this week with The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J. The top-125 players qualified for the first leg of the playoffs, but only the top 100 advance. It’s a perform well or go home kind of week for those on the bubble.

Since the stakes are higher this week with the Playoffs commencing, with $10 million going to the eventual Playoffs winner, DraftKings is raising the stakes as well. DraftKings is awarding $425,000 worth of total prizes in the contest, with $100,000 going to the the winner.

If haven’t used DraftKings before, the pot is even sweeter. New users will earn a free $3 ticket with their initial deposit. That means it’s a free roll this week for $100,000.

Enter here for a chance at $100,000, free for new users!

And since GolfWRX is always here to help, I’ll point out a few value picks below to squeeze into your six-player lineup to give you the best chance at the big prize. But as always, you should do your own research. After all, there’s a lot of money on the line.

7 undervalued players this week


Plainfield C.C., which now plays as a 7,012-yard par-70, was designed in 1916 by Donald Ross. And much like any Donald Ross course, players are challenged in every facet of the game.

The course favors the player who can place the ball not only on the fairways and greens, but on the correct portion of the fairways and greens. The property uses slopes, undulated green complexes and bunkering to defend the relatively short course.

Dustin Johnson won The Barclays here in 2011 with a score of 19-under par through three rounds in the rain-shortened, birdie fest, but expect higher scores this time around.

Enter here for a chance at $100,000!

So, who do I like this week that you can get on the cheap?

Spencer Levin ($5,700)

  • Driving Accuracy Percentage: 69.28 (18th)
  • Greens in regulation: 68.60 (38th)

Decent stats for a guy at the bottom of the pricing barrel this week, no?

Spencer Levin isn’t long off the tee, and he misses a lot of cuts — and he missed the cut here in 2011 — but he’s a fiery competitor, a great ball striker and this is The Playoffs.

Levin played his way into the top-125 with a T18 finish last week at the Wyndham Championship by shooting a final-round 63.

I told you, he’s a gamer.

It’s guys like this that The Playoffs were made for. He snuck into the top-125 with a great final round at the right time, and now he has a free run at a huge paycheck.

Plus he’s a phenomenal ball striker. So at $5,700, he’s definitely on my squad this week.

Kevin Streelman ($6,000)

  • Driving Accuracy Percentage: 69.39 (16th)
  • GIR: 69.54 (22nd)

Impressive ball-striking stats for a guy that DraftKings is basically giving away at $6,000.

In 2011 at Plainfield, Streelman finished T32 at 9-under par and shot 66 in his second round here. While I don’t want to stress on 2011’s results since it was 4 years ago in the rain, it is a nice frame of reference.

He’s also proved in the past he can make birdies and go low. Remember his back-nine 28 in the 2014 Travelers Championship?

At $6,000 he’s a nice pick to complement a few expensive, top names in your lineup.

Bryce Molder ($6,100)

  • GIR: 66.76 (38th)
  • Strokes-gained: Putting: .561 (13th)
  • Birdie Average: 3.61 (95th)

Bryce Molder won’t win this week, but that’s not why we’re picking him. At this price range, we just need a player that’s going to supplement a top-heavy lineup. We need a guy to make the cut and not cost us much money.

Molder’s our guy.

He’s made 11 out of his last 12 cuts, and threw in a T6 at The Greenbrier. A nice safe selection that could make a few putts and sneak into the top 20.

Webb Simpson ($7,900)

  • Driving Accuracy Percentage: 67.63 percent (32nd)
  • GIR: 68.01 percent (60th)
  • Birdie average: 3.80 (49th)

Webb Simpson might win this week. I wouldn’t mind paying top dollar for him, so at $7,900 he’s a must-have.

He finished T10 in 2011 with a final round 63, and he finished T6 in last week’s Wyndham Championship with a third-round 64.

While he hasn’t necessarily been contending every time he tees it up in 2015, he does have six top-10 finishes this year and has missed the cut only three times. So he’s a safe pick, but he can also take it really low.

Robert Streb ($7,900)

  • Greens: 70.21 (11th)
  • Birdies: 3.95 (22nd)
  • Stokes gained putting: .453 (22nd)

On paper, Streb is just about the perfect pick up this week. He’s made his last 10 straight cuts with three top-5 finishes in that span. He hits a lot of greens, makes putts and averages nearly four birdies a round — a threat to contend at Plainfield.

He’s also the king of the wedge stamping, and as a gear head I just can’t pass him up this week.

Brandt Snedeker ($8,600)

  • Strokes-gained: Putting: .626 (5th)
  • Scoring average: 69.86 (10th)
  • Birdie avg.: 3.81 (49th)

Big name. Decent price. Good memories.

In 2011, Sneds shot a final-round 61, plus he’s been playing well of late on the PGA Tour. He’s finished in the top-15 five out of his last eight tournaments, and finished T2 at Colonial. He did miss the cut at The Open, but Plainfield is so opposite of St. Andrews.

Snedeker should be on your team this week. He putts lights out, makes a lot of birdies and has a good chance to win this thing — and he won’t ruin your salary cap.

Matt Kuchar ($9,300)

  • Driving Accuracy percentage: 63.20 (80th)
  • Birdie avg.: 3.85 (40th)
  • Strokes gained putting: .403 (29th)

You can’t be more due for a win than Matt Kuchar. He’s priced at $9,300 this week, which isn’t necessarily in the realm of “value pick,” but you’re paying more than $3,000 less than the top name.

He finished solo second here in 2011, and he’s had four top 5’s and seven top-10’s this year on Tour. He’s a top name at a second-tier price, and, while I don’t want to jinx anything, he’ll probably win.

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GolfWRXers Vote: Best U.S. Open venue showdown



Following on from our Golf Movie Madness contest which saw GolfWRXers vote “Caddyshack” the best golf film ever, we thought it was time to up the ante and find out the GolfWRX consensus on one of the more debated subjects in golf—U.S. Open host venues.

We’re matching off the last 16 U.S. Open venues to find out what GolfWRXers think is the ultimate U.S. Open course.

As with our Golf Movie Madness contest, we’ll leave voting open for 48 hours for the first eight head-to-heads. At that time, we’ll determine the winners and matchups for the next four games.

So get voting below and let’s find out who GolfWRXers crown as the ultimate U.S. Open course!


*Years hosted, winners and avg. winning score from 1950 onwards*

Game 1

Pebble Beach

  • Years Hosted: 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2019
  • Winners: Nicklaus (+2), Watson (-6), Kite (-3), Woods (-12), McDowell (E), Woodland (-13)
  • Avg. winning score: -5.33

Torrey Pines SC

  • Years Hosted: 2008
  • Winners: Woods (-1)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

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Game 2

Oakland Hills SC

  • Years Hosted: 1951, 1961, 1985,1996
  • Winners: Hogan (+7), Littler (+1), North (-1), Jones (-2)
  • Avg. winning score: +1.25

Winged Foot GC

  • Years Hosted: 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006
  • Winners: Casper (+2), Irwin (+7), Zoeller (-7), Ogilvy (+5)
  • Avg. winning score: +1.75

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Chambers Bay

  • Years Hosted: 2015
  • Winners: Spieth (-5)
  • Avg. winning score: -5

Baltusrol GC

  • Years Hosted: 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993
  • Winners: Furgol (+4), Nicklaus (-5), Nicklaus (-8), Janzen (-8)
  • Avg. winning score: -4.25

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Game 4

Pinehurst Resort (No 2.)

  • Years Hosted: 1995, 2005, 2014
  • Winners: Stewart (-1), Campbell (E), Kaymer (-9)
  • Avg. winning score: -3.33

Olympic Club

  • Years Hosted: 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998, 2012
  • Winners: Fleck (+7), Casper (-2), Simpson (-3), Janzen (E), W. Simpson (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: +0.75

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Game 5

Oakmont CC

  • Years Hosted: 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016
  • Winners: Hogan (-5), Nicklaus (-1), Miller (-5), Nelson (-4), Els (-5), Cabrera (+5), Johnson (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -2.71

Bethpage Black

  • Years Hosted: 2002, 2009
  • Winners: Woods (-3), Goosen (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -3.5

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Game 6

Southern Hils CC

  • Years Hosted: 1958, 1977, 2001
  • Winners: Bolt (+3), Green (-2), Goosen (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

Olympia Fields CC

  • Years Hosted: 2003
  • Winners: Furyk (-8)
  • Avg. winning score: -8

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Game 7

Merion GC

  • Years Hosted: 1950, 1971, 1981, 2013
  • Winners: Hogan (+7), Trevino (E), Graham (-7), Rose (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: (+0.25)

Erin Hills

  • Years Hosted: 2017
  • Winners: Koepka (-16)
  • Avg. winning score: -16

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Game 8

Congressional CC

  • Years Hosted: 1964, 1997, 2011
  • Winners: Venturi (-2), Els (-4), McIlroy (-16)
  • Avg. winning score: -7.33

Shinnecock Hills GC

  • Years Hosted: 1986, 1995, 2004, 2018
  • Winners: Floyd (-1), Pavin (E), Goosen (-4), Koepka (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

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Retro golf video game review: CyberTiger for N64



Being stuck at home indoors as spring officially arrives stinks—period. Now with that in mind, we also hope that everyone out there, along with your family and friends, are healthy, happy, and safe.

Like others around the world, we at GolfWRX are doing our part to stay home and catch up on both television and video games while also supplying you with the most interesting ways to keep engaged in the game we love. Speaking of video games, one of my all-time favorite systems is the Nintendo 64 and to me, it is still home to one of the most fun (albeit not highly ranked) golf games of all time: CyberTiger.

Cyber Tiger for Nintedo 64 was released in 1999 and fits securely in the category of arcadey and fun golf. Compared to other N64 games released around the same time period, the graphics leave something to be desired, but considering the style and forgiveness of the gameplay nearly 30 years later, we can let it slide.


The gameplay is simple and overall very forgiving for any level of gamer. The only difficult thing for some to get a handle on right off the bat is shots around the greens. You are only given the option to either chip, pitch, or attempt a very limited full shot—it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it but starting out its easy to see how this part of the gameplay can be frustrating.

Game modes are as straightforward as you can imagine: stroke play, match play, tournament mode, practice range, and Tiger Challenge. The latter being one of the most fun in multiplayer since you get to remove a club from your opponent’s bag if you win the hole.


Options here are extremely limited and include—Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara—no seriously that’s it for actual tour golfers. Beyond those two, you are given the option of Lil’ Tiger (Teenage Tiger), Lil’ Mark (Teenage Mark), and then a handful of no-name brandless figures, including Chip and Mia. One thing to note is there are a number of ridiculous characters easily unlockable using cheat codes, but for what it’s worth, playing as a teenage Tiger is still a lot of fun. (Hint: UFO)


Since this is a cartridge Nintendo 64 game, memory is at a premium and courses are limited. There was licensing in place from the PGA Tour which allows for a “Best of TPC” composite course as one of the initial options and features a selection of holes at TPC Sawgrass.  Beyond that many are hard to recognize in the hole-by-hole setting of the game.

Not to fret though, there is a total of five courses in the game, which can also be unlocked using cheat codes easily found online. I realize five courses seem beyond limited in today’s world, but they offer enough variety and fun that whether playing alone or against a friend it never feels overly repetitive.


If you happen to find yourself with a few hours to kill and have a Nintendo 64 (or an emulator), I highly recommend finding a copy of Cyber Tiger and taking your best shot at a few tournaments or playing against a friend. If nothing else, it might take you back to when you were 14 and had nothing else to do on a rainy day when you couldn’t make it to the course.


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TG2: Knudson’s new driver and boutique vs. big manufacturer clubs



New SIM Max driver is finally here and Knudson tosses an old faithful shaft in it. New irons should show up this week and talk about how clubs from “boutique” companies stack up against the big manufacturers.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

Want more GolfWRX Radio? Check out our other shows (and the full archives for this show) below. 

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