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About Joe Nicely - RotoBaller

Husband, father, and small business owner with a full time PGA obsession.

Joe Nicely - RotoBaller has written 851 articles so far, you can find them below.


Brooks Koepka Underwhelms At 3M Open

Another 'regular' PGA Tour event and another underwhelming performance from Brooks Koepka. The four-time major champion has earned a reputation as a 'big game hunter' for his steely performances on golf's biggest stages, but some criticisms have started to surface about his apparent lack of motivation in tournaments that aren't majors. His 65th-place finish in... Read More

5 months ago

Collin Morikawa Impresses With Runner-Up Finish At 3M

Collin Morikawa might not have received as much hype as fellow young guns Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland when he turned professional a month ago, but the Cal-Berkeley product is quickly turning heads with his play on the PGA Tour. Morikawa hasn't missed a cut in four professional starts and logged an impressive runner-up finish... Read More

5 months ago

Matthew Wolff Grabs First Pro Win At 3M

Matthew Wolff recently won the 2019 NCAA Individual Championship and it took him all of three starts as a professional to grab his first win on the PGA Tour. Wolff rolled in a remarkable eagle putt on the 72nd hole of the 3M Open to record a dramatic victory at TPC Twin Cities. The 20-year-old... Read More

5 months ago

Sam Burns Is A Nice Statistical Fit At 3M

Sam Burns is in the field for this week's inaugural 3M Open. Burns' recent results have been fairly pedestrian, but his statistical fit at this week's host course, TPC Twin Cities, is generating some buzz in the DFS industry. The LSU product ranks fourth in this week's field in both birdies gained and driving distance... Read More

5 months ago

Hideki Matsuyama Remains On Cruise Control

Hideki Matsuyama is slated to tee it up in this week's 3M Open. Matsuyama heads to Minnesota with his game on cruise control. The Japanese star hasn't missed a cut in 17 starts this season and is fresh off a T13 finish in last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. He ranks 10th on the PGA Tour... Read More

5 months ago


Tony Finau Hopes To Find Form At 3M Open

After a breakout 2018 season, Tony Finau and his fantasy backers must be disappointed with his play this year. Finau popped for a top-five finish at the Masters and runner-up honors at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but has otherwise struggled in 2019. The young star has missed the cut in his last three starts and... Read More

5 months ago

Phil Mickelson Is Crushing Social Media, Not Golf Balls

Phil Mickelson is set to appear at this week's 3M Open. Mickelson logged a win in early 2019, but his game has dropped off sharply over the past few months. He hasn't logged a top-25 finish since the Masters in April. The 49-year-old appears to have discovered Twitter this year and it seems as though... Read More

5 months ago

Patrick Reed Is Heating Up

Patrick Reed is in the field for the upcoming 3M Open. Reed heads to Minnesota fresh off a T5 at last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, his first top-five finish of 2019. The 2018 Masters champion's game fell off a cliff earlier this year, but he seems to be headed in the right direction and scored... Read More

5 months ago

Will Brooks Koepka Bring His Best To Minnesota?

Brooks Koepka is slated to tee it up in the inaugural edition of the 3M Open. Koepka captured the 2019 PGA Championship earlier this year and logged a runner-up finish at last month's U.S. Open, but the enigmatic champion has yet to flex his muscles in a regular PGA Tour event this year. The 29-year-old... Read More

5 months ago

PGA DFS: Horse For The Course - 3M Open

What's up RotoBallers? The Rocket Mortgage Classic drew strong crowds in the city of Detroit and the layout provided plenty of scoring opportunities. Nate Lashley was the last man into the Rocket Mortgage field, but also ended up being the last man standing on Sunday, as he used a pair of 63s to record a... Read More

5 months ago


Matthew Wolff Scuffling In Pro Starts

Matthew Wolff missed the cut at last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. Rounds of 75 and 68 left Wolff at one-under par through 36 holes, well shy of the five-under par cutline. The missed cut comes on the heels of an MDF outing at the Travelers Championship. It has been a rocky start for the young... Read More

5 months ago

Viktor Hovland Flashes Star Potential At Rocket Mortgage

Viktor Hovland flashed his superstar potential in the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Hovland fired a blistering eight-under par 64 Sunday to shoot up the leaderboard and finish the tournament in a tie for 13th place. It was the former OSU Cowboy's best outing since turning professional two weeks ago. The youngster will... Read More

5 months ago

Joaquin Niemann Stays Hot At Rocket Mortgage Classic

After struggling for the majority of 2019, Joaquin Niemann is heating up. Niemann logged a T5 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. It was the youngster's second consecutive top-five outing. The 20-year-old was solid in all facets of the game at Detroit Golf Club, as he ranked 15th in the field in strokes gained: tee to... Read More

5 months ago

Ryan Moore Looks To Rebound From Missed Cut

Ryan Moore logged a disappointing missed cut at last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. Rounds of 70 and 73 at Detroit Golf Club left Moore well short of the five-under par cut line. The 36-year-old will attempt to rebound from the poor outing at the upcoming 3M Open. He remains accurate both off the tee and... Read More

5 months ago

Patrick Reed Logs First Top-Five Finish Of 2019

Patrick Reed recorded a T5 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic with a score of 17-under par. It was surprisingly Reed's first top-five finish of 2019. The 2018 Masters champion struggled mightily during the early part of the year, but has slowly been rounding into form during the month of June. The outing at Detroit Golf... Read More

5 months ago


Nate Lashley Surprise Winner At Rocket Mortgage

It was a life-changing week for Nate Lashley at Detroit Golf Club. Lashley went from being the last alternate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic field to capturing the victory and a little over $1.3 million Sunday afternoon. The 36-year-old romped to a six-shot win and finished the tournament at an astounding 25-under par. His trials... Read More

5 months ago

Viktor Hovland Set To Tackle Rocket Mortgage

Viktor Hovland is in the field for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. It will be the second professional start of Hovland's career. His pro debut - a T54 at last week's Travelers - was a mixed bag, as the 21-year-old flashed many of the qualities that make him a potential star, while also showing that... Read More

5 months ago

Hideki Matsuyama Is An Elite Option At Rocket Mortgage

Hideki Matsuyama is in the field for the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic. The event will be making its first appearance on the PGA Tour schedule and Matsuyama is one of the few elite players in this week's field. The Japanese superstar has continued to impress with his ball-striking ability in 2019 and ranks fourth on... Read More

5 months ago

Kevin Streelman Brings Steady Form To Detroit

Kevin Streelman is in the field for the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic. Streelman heads to the Motor City with loads of positive momentum. The veteran recorded a T15 at last week's Travelers Championship, the latest in a string of great finishes for him this summer. The 40-year-old isn't flashy, but he's certainly been getting the... Read More

5 months ago

Sungjae Im Stays In Action At Rocket Mortgage Classic

Sungjae Im is quickly proving himself to be the hardest working man in golf. The 21-year-old is scheduled to make his mind-blowing 28th start of the season at this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. Im heads to Detroit on the heels of two strong outings at the RBC Canadian Open and last week's Travelers Championship. The... Read More

5 months ago


Ryan Moore Is Trending In The Right Direction

Ryan Moore is scheduled to play in the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic. Moore heads to Motown with his game trending in the right direction. He logged a T15 at last week's Travelers Championship on the strength of his sharp iron play. The 36-year-old ranks third on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage and profiles... Read More

5 months ago

Joaquin Niemann Ready To Take Flight At Rocket Mortgage

Joaquin Niemann is in the field for the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic. Niemann heads to Detroit fresh off a career-best-tying T5 at last week's Travelers Championship. The young star scuffled for the better part of 2019, but has turned things around over the last month with four solid outings. The 20-year-old ranks 34th on the... Read More

5 months ago

Bubba Watson Heads To Detroit Struggling

Bubba Watson is in the field for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. Watson heads to Detroit in slumping form. The 40-year-old is fresh off a disappointing T54 at last week's Travelers Championship and hasn't logged a top-10 finish since March. The lefty is a very course-specific type of player and it's anyone's guess as to... Read More

5 months ago

Rickie Fowler A Favorite In Motown

Rickie Fowler is in the field for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. Fowler is sponsored by the company that's hosting the new event in Detroit. The fan favorite has a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on his 2019 resume, but he's been a non-factor in the year's last two major championships. This tournament's... Read More

5 months ago

PGA DFS: Horse For The Course - Rocket Mortgage Classic

How's it going golf fans? I hope you all are having a prosperous PGA DFS season! Chez Reavie took down the Travelers last week for his first PGA Tour win in around a decade. It's easy to forget how long some of these journeyman-type players can grind between wins. We had seen some trending form... Read More

5 months ago


Matthew Wolff Set To Make Pro Debut This Week

Matthew Wolff will be making his professional debut in this week's Travelers Championship. Wolff recently won the 2019 NCAA Individual Championship and has been a dominant force in amateur golf over his career at Oklahoma State University. The 20-year-old has all the markers of a future PGA Tour star, as he's super-long off the tee... Read More

6 months ago

Joaquin Niemann Looks To Continue Solid Play At Travelers

Joaquin Niemann took the PGA Tour by storm in 2018, but this season has been a different story for the young man from Chile. Niemann has struggled horribly on the greens in 2019 and ranks just 182nd on the PGA Tour in total putting. He has turned things around a bit recently, with finishes inside... Read More

6 months ago

Sungjae Im Returns To Action In Connecticut

Sungjae Im is set to tee it up in this week's Travelers Championship. Im failed to qualify for last week's U.S. Open and will be returning from a rare week off. The youngster has played in a staggering 26 events this season. Im has been successful in his rookie campaign, to the tune of six... Read More

6 months ago

Patrick Cantlay Carries Hefty DFS Price Tag At Travelers

Patrick Cantlay is in the field for the upcoming Travelers Championship. Cantlay has had a tremendous summer with a recent win at the Memorial and multiple top-ten finishes. He makes the trip to Connecticut on the heels of a slightly underwhelming T21 at last week's U.S. Open. The 27-year-old is one of golf's premier tee-to-green... Read More

6 months ago

Tony Finau Hopes To Rebound At Travelers Championship

Tony Finau is scheduled to tee it up at the Travelers Championship. Finau will attempt to rebound from a disappointing missed cut at last week's U.S. Open. The long knocker hasn't yet matched his success of 2018 this season, but he has recorded top-25 finishes in all three of his previous Travelers starts. Finau has... Read More

6 months ago


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