Dustin Johnson is back in action after a COVID-19 layoff
The Vivint Houston Open is set for Nov. 5-12 at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best Vivint Houston Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,500)
A COVID-19 diagnosis temporarily derailed the DJ express, which was barreling toward Augusta at full steam. Now, Johnson will hope to shake off any rust in his last Masters tune-up. Pre-COVID, DJ had posted five straight finishes of T6 or better, including a win and two seconds. He'll be playing a course this week that he's never seen, but it's undergone a recent redesign with input from DJ clone Brooks Koepka, so we're thinking it could be in Johnson's wheelhouse. Most courses are these days.
Jordan Spieth ($8,400)
It's a shock to the system to check the Official World Golf Ranking and see Spieth at No. 75. But that's what happens when you have more missed cuts than top-25 finishes, like Spieth does since February. So what's he doing on this list? Well, there are a couple of hopeful signs. One, the Tour is allowing 2,000 fans on site this week, and playing in front of a friendly crowd for the first time in more than eight months should have an energizing effect, particularly in his home state. Two, he closed with 67 in each of his last two outings, a T38 at the CJ Cup and a T41 at the Zozo. If he can escape the one bad round syndrome he's fallen into, he could contend again.
Stewart Cink ($8,000)
There's a lot of relevant golf left in the 47-year-old Cink, who currently stands 2nd in FedExCup points and figures to do a little points racing in Houston. His iron play has been even more flawless than usual — he's 9th in GIR — and if you take away his final-round 81 at the Shriners, he'd be a lot higher than his current ranking of 25th in Scoring.
Phil Mickelson ($7,500)
Lefty has tasted success before in choosing Houston as his final Masters prep, winning in 2011. He's another player who will benefit from the limited return of fans this week, as he's always been a guy who's fed off the energy of his legion of fans. He's two-for-two on the Champions Tour, although by his own admission, the setups on that circuit allow him to get away with the occasional two-fairways-over miss.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,300)
We just can't quit you, Sneds. A guy with Snedeker's putting ability should be contending more often, but for whatever reason, he's struggled for more than a year now. But he's not standing pat, changing instructors and caddies recently in an effort to re-charge. And since the changes, the early returns have been promising: a T17 at the Sanderson Farms and a 67-68-63 start at the Shriners before a poor final round.
Adam Schenk ($7,100)
Would it surprise you to learn that Schenk has the fifth-longest active cuts made streak on Tour, with 11? It surprised us, pleasantly so. He's five-for-five on the new season, and the finishes have shown an uninterrupted trend in the right direction: T61, T56, T32, T27, T26.