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2014 Fantasy Golf Daily Fix: Honda Classic Picks

Welcome back to The Fantasy Fix’s Daily Fantasy golf picks for DraftKings. We took the week off last week as DraftKings didn’t offer a game during the Match Play event. We are back this week for the Honda Classic. This week’s Daily Fantasy picks for DraftKings’ PGA tournament are below.

Tour Stop

The tour stop this week is the The Honda Classic played on the PGA National Champion Course in sunny Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  The par 70, 7,140 yard course has been the host since 2007 so any results prior to 2007 are generally useless as the tournament was played on different courses prior to 2007. This is an all-around difficult course so you’ll want to find players who will keep the ball in play as going of course will offer penalties that are more onerous than easier courses.

The famous "Bear Trap" at the PGA National
The famous “Bear Trap” at the PGA National

Interestingly, there have been three first time winners on tour at the Honda Classic since the move to PGA National in 2007. Is there another first time winner in the field? Let’s see what we can find.

Players

One quick note – Justin Rose has withdrawn from the tournament so keep him out of your lineup.

Let’s look at options in a variety of cost categories:

I’m going to stay away from most of the big dogs like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. This field is so deep, there isn’t a need to play top dollar for a player.

Charl Schwartzel | $9,500 – Well, maybe I’ll consider just one of the higher priced players. Again, Schwartzel has always had a place in my fantasy golf heart. He’s finished 14th, fifth and ninth in his last three starts here and has played well early in this season.

Graeme McDowell | $8,900 – McDowell has owned this course with a sixth, ninth and ninth in his last three appearances here.  He’s started three times on the PGA tour this year. His lowest finish? Seventh. Roll with him with confidence.

Rickie Fowler | $8,700 – Fowler is rounding into form as he acclimates to new coach Butch Harmon. Fowler lives in Florida so he’s used to the Bermuda grass on these greens. He’s got two top 15 finishes here in the last two years and looks to be playing well after making the semifinals in the Match Play tournament last week.

Lee Westwood | $8,100 – Westwood is another guy who has been nails on this course lately with a ninth, 29th, ninth and fourth in his last entries into the tournament.  Westwood generally keeps the ball in play and is a nice safe play for a lot less than the “star” pricing.

Brian Harman | $7,500 – If you want to try to grab lightning in a bottle, go out and grab Harman. He has the course record at PGA National with a 61 in 2012’s tournament. He finished third in his last start this year at Riveria. He did not play the Honda last year. Brendon Todd ($7,700) hasn’t missed a cut this year so he’s another option at this price point.

Chris Stroud | $7,300 – Stroud has been up and down this year, but he’s finished in the top 15 in his last two starts at the Honda.  He’s been top 20 in all four of his made cuts, so he’s a bit of an all or nothing option for the risk takers out there. Erik Compton ($7,200) is another option – he’s made the cut in all three appearances here, is from Florida originally and his made four straight cuts.

Justin Hicks | $6,900 – Hicks is a bit of a dark horse, but he’s ranked eighth in driving accuracy so far this year. He’s made seven of ten cuts this year (but missed his last two) so he’s been solid and has a low salary that allows you to fit some studs into your lineup.

Brooks Koepka | $6,200 – Here is one of my deeper plays. Koepka went to Florida State so he’s played on greens like this previously. The youngster is playing on a sponsor’s exemption and has been up and won. However, when he’s up, he’s way up and has a ton of talent.

Now head over to DraftKings and pick your fantasy golf team of the season!

Golfers on each team will accumulate points as follows:

DraftKings Scoring System

Per Hole Scoring

Double Eagle (DBE): +20 PTs
Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
Double Bogey (DBB): -1 PT
Worse than Double Bogey (DBW): -1 PT

Tournament Finish Scoring

1st: 30 PTs
2nd: 20 PTs
3rd: 18 PTs
4th: 16 PTs
5th: 14 PTs
6th: 12 PTs
7th: 10 PTs
8th: 9 PTs
9th: 8 PTs
10th: 7 PTs
11th–15th: 6 PTs
16th–20th: 5 PTs
21st–25th: 4 PTs
26th–30th: 3 PTs
31st–40th: 2 PTs
41st-50th: 1 PTs

Streaks and Bonuses

Streak of 3 Birdies of Better (MAX 1 Per Round) (BIR3+): +3 PTs
Bogey Free Round (BOFR): +3 PTs
All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (A4U70): +5 PTs
Hole in One (HIO): +10 PTs

Scoring Notes: Ties for a finishing position will not reduce or average down points. For example, if 2 golfers tie for 3rd place, each will receive the 18 fantasy points for the 3rd place finish result. Playoff Holes will not count towards final scoring, with the exception of the “finishing position” scoring. For example, the golfer who wins the tournament will receive the sole award of 1st place points, but will not accrue points for their scoring result in the individual playoff holes

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