2015 Fantasy BaseballChris Garosi

Daily Fantasy Golf Strategy: The Honda Classic

We had back East for the Honda Classic as we begin preparations for the Masters in April. We’ll see Europeans coming over to play in tournaments here as we build up to the first major of the year. And the Honda is a great way to kick things off as it’s another tough course which will challenge the players at every turn. Our friends at DraftKings continue to roll out some fantastic contests. And I’m here to help you win some dough.

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Tour Stop

Welcome back to the East Coast Swing! No? It’s not called that? Oh well, it should be.

This week’s tour stop is the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. PGA National is a par-70, 7,158 yard course that has held the Honda since 2007. And with the return to the East Coast we have Bermuda greens. So, you’ll see guys from the southeast United States as well as Aussies and South Africans do well as they are familiar with these types of greens.

The course has also held a number of other tournaments including a Ryder Cup, 19 Senior PGA Championships and a wide variety of junior golf events. And even though it’s a world away, PGA National shares a lot of similarities with Waialae Country Club where the Sony Open is held.

The weather looks like it will play some games this week. The wind will be up as it usually is especially on Thursday. And it will be relatively cool. There won’t likely be a tee time advantage as the wind will be up most of the weekend.
Scorecard breakdown: It’s a par 70, so we only have two par 5s to go with four par 3s and 12 par 4s.

Field

It’s a solid field, but don’t be lured by the big names at the top. The big names don’t usually win here. In looking at the leaderboards for the last few years, you’ll see a lot of unfamiliar names. And a lot of non-Americans. We’ve got Branden Grace here and Matthew Fitzpatrick as more and more Euros make their way here to get ready for the Masters.

The full field can be found here.

Also, thanks to GolfOdds.com for the odds this week. If you’d like to see a second set of odds, check out the Betting Zone’s odds here – just click on this week’s tournament on the left hand pane.

Past Tournament Results

PGA National has hosted the Honda since 2007 so we’ve got enough course history to be dangerous.

So, here is the top 20 for the last three years:

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Statistical Review

I won’t lean a ton on stats this week as there will be wind which throws a lot of this out the window.

Total Driving (TD): Total Driving combines the golfer’s ranking driving distance with the ranking in driving accuracy. We’re going to focus more on the accuracy part of the equation, but we’d like some length too so we can avoid some of the more problematic areas of the course.

Scrambling – There is trouble lurking around every hole and even the most accurate golfer will find the rough or the sand. They need to get out and we’ll want good scramblers to get over that hump.

Bogey Avoidance (BA): And because there is trouble everywhere and it’s a par-70, there just aren’t a lot of scoring opportunities. So, a par is almost as good as a birdie here and certainly much better than a bogey.

And each week, we’ll look at Strokes Gained: Putting (SG:P) and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (SG:T2G).

DraftKings Expert Picks

I’m not really a fan of any of the big dogs this week. If you look back at the leaderboards over the last few years, you see very few big names. And you see very few Americans.

Rory McIlroy | $12,500 – Rory’s been all or nothing at the Honda. In his last four starts here, he won (2012), withdrew (his tooth hurt), T2, MC (last year). And players will probably be scared away based on his Sunday work at the NTO.

Rickie Fowler | $11,700 – Fowler played here as a junior and had some success. He’s made four straight cuts at the Honda after missing his first two. He had back to back top 15s in 2012 and 2013, but stumbled the last two years to a T24 and T41. And his stats check out (though they do in most events). He’s trending the wrong way here (T7, T13, T24, T41 in his last four trips) which gives me a bit of pause.

Hideki Matsuyama | $11,300 – Hideki’s never played here (well he did withdraw two years ago) and he’s missed the cut in three of four trips to the Sony. So, no history here, no history at the Sony…no thanks.

Adam Scott | $11,000 – The good and the bad of Scott was on display down the stretch last week. Scott has only played here twice since PGA National started hosting the Honda Classic. He missed the cut in 2011 and then finished T12 in 2014. He’s played Sony pretty well to with five of seven cuts made, two top 10 finishes, and four top 20s. He finished T56 at the Sony this year.

Phil Mickelson | $10,800 – Lefty’s made swing changes. Do you believe they have stuck and turned him into a more consistent player? If you checked “YES”, then you can roster him. Phil has this tourney five times, but only twice in the last decade or so. He missed the cut two years ago and finished T17 last year. And that’s Phil in a nutshell. His results are too volatile to trust him in anything but a GPP and only as a contrarian play.

Patrick Reed | $10,600 – Reed is probably the most expensive guy I’ll roster. His results have improved each year (T58, T24 and T7 – last year) at the Honda and I like that trend. He missed the cut at the Sony in his only trip in 2013. His profile fits pretty well except for his driving accuracy.

Brooks Koepka | $10,500 – Koepka should do well here. But, his propensity to blow up from time to time makes me worried. He won’t be able to come back easily from a double bogey. His profile is pretty good outside of his poor scrambling and that could prove to be an issue this week. He’s played here twice and his best finish is a T33. He was born and still lives in Florida.

Branden Grace | $10,300 – Grace is my pick to win this week and might be the highest priced player I own. He’s made 15 straight cuts worldwide and he’s finished in the top 10 in six of his last eight tournament s including winning in his last time out at the Qatar Masters. He played here once three years ago and finished T71, but he’s not that golfer now.

Kevin Kisner | $9,900 – Kisner’s profile works quite nicely here though he finished T51 in his debut here last year. But, he finished T5 at the Sony this year! He missed the cut in his last time out at the WMO, but had a run of four straight top 10s to end 2015 and start 2016. He’s one of my favorite plays this week as I’m staying away from the high end guys this week.

Russell Knox | $9,700 – Knox has finished second and third in his only two starts at PGA National. That’s enough for me to recommend him highly in a week that course history is so important. He lives in Florida and played his college golf in Florida. He grew up in Scotland (where it’s windy from time to time). His profile fits nicely as well.

Paul Casey | $9,500 – He’s made three of four cuts at the Honda and has three top 15 finishes including two top five finishes. The profile works well outside of this scrambling record, but he generally stays out of trouble. I like him a lot this week.

Sergio Garcia | $9,300 – You disappointed me Sergio. But, the profile looks good at first. However, he’s not terribly accurate off the tee and he doesn’t scramble well either. He’s played here five times, made the cut five times and has one top 10 (two years ago). He’ll be low-owned this week so he’s a pivot option, but I won’t’ be on him.

Jimmy Walker | $9,000 – If you want to go full-on contrarian, then Walker is your man. He hasn’t played here since 2012 and doesn’t have any results that get you excited. But, he’s crushed the Sony Open winning twice in the last three years. I wonder why he’s not played here recently and whether his work at Sony can translate. It’s probably worth a sprinkle of Walker this week to find out.

In the $8,000 to $8,900 range I see a lot of value. I could make reasonable arguments for rostering any player in this range.

Zach Johnson | $8,800 – Johnson’s has played here a lot (three times), but he has had success at the Sony with a win in 2009 and two top 10 finishes in the last three years. His stats fit as well so if you believe in the Sony connection, ZJ makes a good choice who will likely be low-owned.

Ryan Palmer | $8,700 – Palmer has made five of seven cuts at PGA National including the last four years. He finished T2 two years ago. He’s made five straight cuts on Tour coming in and his profile fits nicely except for his accuracy off the tee.

Luke Donald | $8,600 – Donald seems like a must-own as well this week as his record here as he’s played PGA National five times and has been in the top 10 four times including the last two years. I could go on and on, but that’s about all you’ll need.

Shane Lowry | $8,500 – Lowry’s made all three cuts in 2016 (with two top 20 finishes) and hasn’t missed a cut since the 2015 PGA Championship. And having played extensively on the European Tour he’s comfortable in the wind. He’s got a chance to win here this week.

Graeme McDowell | $8,400 – McDowell missed his first cut in six starts at PGA National last year. And before that missed cut he’d had three top 10 finishes. He was struggling last year, but we’ve seen some resurgence with a win at the OHL Classic in late 2015 followed by a third place finish at the RSM. He’s missed his last two cuts on Tour in 2016 including at the Sony Open.

Brendan Steele | $8,300 – Steele is five for five in cuts made at the Honda. He also has one of the better statistical profiles for this event. He’s made the cut in all four starts this season. That’s enough for me to recommend him this week.

Fredrik Jacobson | $8,200 – Jacobson missed his first cut in seven starts at the Honda Classic last year. That miss ended a run of four top 20 finishes and never finishing outside of the top 30. He had great form coming in, but missed the cut last week so some folks will be off him. Don’t be one of those folks.

David Lingmerth | $8,200 – Lingmerth has played the Honda three times and made the cut twice including a T8 two years ago. He also finished T13 at the Sony this year (his second cut made in four trips). He’s missed his last two cuts on Tour, but he had a run of three straight top 15 finishes prior to the last two weeks.

Justin Thomas | $8,100 – Thomas’ statistical profile fits very nicely this week so that’s a start. He missed the cut last year in his debut. He finished T6 two years ago at the Sony, but missed the cut this year. He’s a tough call for me and I think he’ll be one of the lower-owned in this tier when gamers can just go with….

Daniel Berger | $8,100 – Berger is one of my favorites here this week because he grew up on this course. I’m not sure how many times he’s played here, but it might be more than the rest of the field combined. He lost in a playoff last year and I can see him up there again this year.

Jason Dufner | $8,000 – Dufner is six for six in cuts made at the Honda with three top 20s including last year’s T17. He’s also made six of eight cuts at the Sony with three top 20 finishes including this year’s T9. Now, that’s history I can get behind.

Webb Simpson | $8,000 – Withdrew. Simpson’s profile is the best based on my weightings for the week. He hasn’t played here since 2011 so we don’t have any recent history to go on. But, he’s made seven of seven cuts at the Sony Open with three straight top 20 finishes. He comes in playing pretty well with three straight top 20 finishes to start 2016.

Gary Woodland | $7,900 – Great wind player who looks revitalized this year (eighth in SG:T2G in 2016). I have a bit of a man-crush on Woodland to begin with so always take my Woodland admiration with a grain of salt. But, he’s made three of three cuts at the Honda with a T6 in 2011. He’s made all four cuts in 2016. He’s made the cut the last two years at the Sony finishing T3 and T13.

Keegan Bradley | $7,900 – Keegan profile fits very well and it shows in some of this results here. He missed the cut in his debut in 2011 and last year. In between he finished T12, T4 and T12. So, he can go low here (and he’s done alright at the Sony). His form is off right now with three missed cuts in his four starts in 2016 (including missing at the Sony).

Russell Henley | $7,900 – Henley’s form is pretty similar to Bradley’s right now. But, he’s had more success here (a win in 2014) and the Sony (a win in 2013). He finished T44 last year the Honda and missed the cut at the Sony this year. So, his recent work isn’t great, but he’s shown in the past he can play this course.

Jason Kokrak | $7,800 – Kokrak has made two of four cuts at the Honda with no finish better than T41. He didn’t play the Sony this year, but had back to back top 20s at the Sony before this year. He looked great at the NTO last week ended up T2. He’s made three of five cuts here and has a profile very similar to Phil’s. So, if you like the risk of Phil for a lot lower price, Kokrak is your man.

Andy Sullivan | $7,800 – We met Sullivan last week and he finished at T68. Certainly not what we were hoping for especially that Sunday 75. He debuts here this week, but his wind experience could come into play.

Matthew Fitzpatrick | $7,800 – He’s the pivot from Sullivan if you want a European at $7,800 who should also play well in the wind. He’s also making his debut at the Honda and played last week in Malaysia so that risk is a bit higher with this youngster.

Ian Poulter | $7,700 – Poulter was the 54-hole leader here last year until he imploded on Sunday. He still finished T3He’s a more experienced European with this tourney though he’s only played PGA National thrice. He’s only played the Sony once (2005) and missed the cut. He’s missed the cut in his first two events in the States this year, but he closed out the European Tour playing well.

Jonas Blixt | $7,700 – Blixt has played here twice in the last three years and made the cut once (T31). But, he’s finished in the top 10 in two of his last three PGA starts. And that’s where the angle in comes from – he’s playing well and as a technical player, when he’s playing well it’s time to ride him.

Emiliano Grillo | $7,700 – Grillo was born in Argentina, but now lives (and has for a while) in Florida. And he’s had a ton of success at PGA National in junior tournaments. And for those reasons I like him a lot this week. He’s made three of four cuts on Tour in 2016.

Charles Howell III | $7,500 – I don’t recall who it was on Twitter who said about K.J. Choi last week that he made a mistake not taking the FREE SPACE in the middle of the board. Well, don’t make that mistake again this week – CH3 is that free space. He hasn’t missed a cut here in nine trips with six of those starts here at PGA National. And he’s 15 for 15 at the Sony.

Matt Jones | $7,500 – I’m hopping back on this train this week in part because of the windy conditions expected on Thursday and Friday. Jones has only played here four times since 2008, made three cuts and had a top 10 in his debut in 2008. He missed the cut two years ago the last time he played PGA National. He’s made the cut three times in five tries at the Sony with two top 20 finishes.

John Huh | $7,400 – Huh is five for five in cuts made at the Sony including a T33 this year. He’s two of three at the Honda with a T17 last year. Huh missed the cut last week at NTO, but had made four cuts coming into last week with two top 10 finishes. Outside of SG:T2G, his profile works very nicely at this course.

Robert Streb | $7,400 – Streb’s form isn’t great heading into the Honda Classic. He’s two for two in cuts made here (T59 last year, T18 in 2013). His profile from last year fits as well. I don’t think ANYONE will own him which makes him a GPP option, but he’s high risk.

Patrick Rodgers | $7,400 – Rodgers played PGA National as a junior and had some success so his debut T44 last year wasn’t the first time he’s run around this course. He currently lives in Jupiter, FL and lived with Justin Thomas as a roommate in the past. He’s alternated missed and made cuts over his last three starts in 2016.

Padraig Harrington | $7,300 – Harrington is the defending champ, but his recent form isn’t great. He should do well in the wind, but I’m not sure I’ll go back to the well again this year.

Billy Horschel | $7,300 – He’s made only one cut in four trips to the Honda Classic. And he’s only one for two at the Sony. The profile fits alright, but his history at PGA National and the Sony have me off him.

Jamie Donaldson | $7,200 – European player alert! Donaldson finished 11th place in scrambling on the European Tour last year. He’s also an excellent putter, but the rest of his profile doesn’t seem to work as he’s a bit loose off the tee. He did finish solo sixth here last year and has made the cut in all three trips here. His current form is poor with two missed cuts and a T54 at the NTO last week for his three 2016 tourneys.

Boo Weekley | $7,200 – Weekley profiles well as he does a lot of weeks. He finished T2 in his debut at the Honda in 2007 and then hasn’t finished better than T25 with four missed cuts thrown in there including last year. He’s six of 10 in cuts made at the Sony with one top 10 (2009). His form isn’t great, but with a wonky putter Weekley’s form can come and go quickly.

Jamie Lovemark | $7,200 – Lovemark lives in Jupiter, FL and he’s played here four times and had his best finish last year with a T31. And he also finished T7 at the Sony this year. And he’s playing well this year in his first full year on Tour. He seems like a very safe play this far down.

Tony Finau | $7,200 – A bit too loose off the tee for me this week. Missed the cut last year in his debut.

Ernie Els | $7,100 – Ernie won here in 2008 and has made five of six cuts since then at the Honda missing out on the weekend last year. He missed the cut in two of his first three events of 2016, but has made three in a row coming in including T26 at last week’s NTO. He’s had the putting yips recently and says he has them under control. Just realize they can come back at any time.

Graham DeLaet | $7,100 – Never. Ever.

Sean O’Hair | $7,000 – O’Hair’s had some success here with three top 25s in his last five starts at the Honda. He’s made six of nine cuts at the Sony including his T42 this year. He had a T2 in 2012 at Sony. A top 30 isn’t out of the question for O’Hair.

Francesco Molinari | $7,000 – Profile fits nicely, but he missed the cut last year and hasn’t played well since coming to the States.

Fabian Gomez | $7,000 – Gomez has made the Sony Open cut four times in four trips. He hadn’t finished better than T67 until wining this year. So, that makes you sit up and take notice. He’s played the Honda three times and never finished better than T64. Hmmm….

Seung-yul Noh | $7,000 – Two for four in cuts made at the Honda. Three of four at the Sony including his best finish (T28) earlier this year. Has one of the worst statistical profiles in the event.

Will Wilcox | $7,000 – His game doesn’t seem to be there quite yet. As always, check Twitter for the final verdict.

Si Woo Kim | $7,000 – Kim’s Web.com Tour profile fits nicely, but his form seems to be dragging a bit. However, he did finish fourth at the Sony this year in his debut there. He’s an intriguing choice as many of the touts are off him as they think he’s playing too much. He’s 2 years old. Twenty year olds don’t get tired.

Scott Piercy | $6900 – Piercy’s bet finish here was a T5 in his debut in 2009 and he’s played four times in total. The reason for rostering Piercy is the perceived safety of a guy who’s made 11 straight cuts on Tour over two seasons.

Brian Harman | $6,900 – Another good statistical profile and he’s had some success here with two top 15s (including last year) in four trips to the Honda. And he’s got back to back T13 finishes at the Sony and has made four of five cuts made. He’s struggled in his last three starts on Tour, but had the T13 at the Sony followed by a T11 at the CareerBuilder prior to the struggles. An interesting play this week.

Sung Kang | $6,900 – So, reading Twitter this week I’ve learned that Kang has Fluff as his caddie now. And since he’s had Fluff he’s been crushing it. Correlation or causation? You choose, but I lean causation. He makes his debut here this week, but it’s about current form with Kang (and Fluff) coming in on back to back top 20s.

Anirban Lahiri | $6,900 – He just makes cuts. Lahiri finished first in GIR on the Asian Tour in 2015. He’s pretty long off the tee and is accurate enough to perhaps make some waves here this week. He hasn’t played here previously or at the Sony.

Chris Stroud | $6,800 – Stroud’s WD here last year ended his streak of three straight top 15 finishes at the Honda. He missed the cut at the Sony earlier in the year and hasn’t been playing well on Tour.

Jeff Overton | $6,800 – In his eight trips to PGA National, Overton has made the cut six times and finished in the top 10 three of those times including last year’s T7. And he’s made eight of ten cuts at the Sony Open including two top 10 finishes in the last four years. He finished T33 this past year at the Sony. The problem here is that he withdrew from the NTO last week with a wrist injury. He was in last when he withdrew so we’ll have to see if his injury is real.

William McGirt | $6,800 – McGirt’s T22 here last year was his best finish in five starts at PGA National. And he finished T13 at this year’s Sony (like Brian Harman) as has made four cuts in five Sony starts.

Cameron Tringale | $6,800 – He’s made four of five cuts here with no finish better than T41. He’s never made a cut in five starts at the Sony.

Adam Hadwin | $6,800 – Hadwin’s made five straight cuts to open 2016 including a T67 at the Sony Open this year. He mixed in three top 20 finishes in 2016 so he’s got solid form. He’s ridden a hot putter (currently fourth in SG:P) throughout the run. He debuted here last year and finished T31. It’s all about current form with Hadwin this week.

Jason Bohn | $6,700 – Bohn’s profile fits, but it’s never worked here with his best finish a T35.

Camilo Villegas | $6,700 – Villegas lives and trains in Florida and so he’s played these types of course more than his record here implies. He roared to the opening round lead last week before fading to a T37. He won here in 2010, lost in a playoff in 2007. And he finished T16 here last year.

Patton Kizzire | $6,700 – Kizzire finished fifth in scrambling last year on the Web.com Tour. He makes his debut here, but missed the cut at his debut at the Sony earlier in the year. He’s a reasonable risk at this price point based on what he’s shown on Tour this year.

Rory Sabbatini | $6,600 – Sabbatini won in his 2011 debut at the Honda Classic. Since then he’s made three of four cuts with a top finish of T11 last year. He’s in poor form having missed the cut in all four events in 2016.

George McNeill | $6,600 – McNeill’s played the Honda eight times at PGA National and made the cut six times. He’s finished in the top 15 the last two years. He has no form coming in (missed cuts in his three 2016 Tour starts). He’s had success at the Sony as well though his best results were years ago. The profile fits here, so we’re banking on course history shining through.

Jim Herman | $6,600 – Herman has played PGA National a lot, but you won’t’ find it in any PGA Tour record book. He spent a few years on minor tours that played Florida extensively. Lhe debuted here with a T7 last year and I expect another solid finish from him again this week.

Ben Martin | $6,500 – Martin’s T31 last year is nice. He’s also made four starts at the Sony and made the cut each time. He finished T16 his last time out at the NTO.

Ricky Barnes | $6,400 – Will probably lead after Round 1. Will probably not matter after that.

Ollie Schniederjans | $6,400 – Played PGA National a bunch as a junior and needs to play well to get back on the Tour. He’s on his second to last sponsor’s exemption this year so playing PGA tourneys in the future will be much tougher. He’s a clear #NarrativeStreet play this week.

Jerry Kelly | $6,300 – Kelly’s an interesting play even if his form isn’t great lately. He finished T9 at the Sony earlier this year – his third straight top 10 at that event where he has nine top 10s in 19 starts. Amazingly, he’s missed the cut four straight years at the Honda, but had three top 20s in the four years prior to that run. The profile works and he’s done it at Sony. Can he do it on the mainland? The price isn’t high to find out.

Ben Crane | $6,300 – Crane hasn’t missed a cut at PGA National in six starts though his last three results are T64, 69th and T68. So, don’t expect a ton, but he does have three top 25 finishes in five events in 2016.

Spencer Levin | $6,300 – Levin is eight of eight in cuts made at the Sony, but only one top 25 in there. He’s missed the cut at the Honda the last two years, but did have back to back top 25 finishes in 2011-2012). He’s made his last two cuts on Tour this year and three of six overall.

Zac Blair | $6,300 – Blair can win this week and it’s rare you’ll see someone down here that you can say that about. Blair’s played the Sony Open twice (the last two years) and has finished T6 and solo third. He made his debut at the Honda Classic year and finished T22. He’s in poor form, but this is about his history at the Sony paying dividends here.

Mark Hubbard | $6,200 – Hubbard’s made three straight cuts on Tour and was DQ’d in his only start here last year. He’s also made the cut in his two trips to the Sony in the last two years (T56 and T60). He’s a good scrambler so he does have a skill that can translate here.

Michael Kim | $6,100 – Looking at Kim’s Web.com profile, it fits for his debut here this week. He’s also played PGA National as a junior. He snuck into the field late as an alternate so there won’t be a lot of players on him this week.

Greg Owen | $6,000 – English so the wind shouldn’t phase him. T13 here in 2009, but has missed the cut in his other three attempts at PGA National. Did finish T5 at the Sony this year (his best result by a mile) his fourth cut made in five attempts there. And the profile fits pretty well.

Erik Compton | $6,000 – Compton lives in Miami and has some success here including a T4 in 2013. He’s had a little success at the Sony as well. His current form is off.

Nicholas Thompson | $6,000 – Coral Springs, FL resident just an hour south of PGA National. He’s made four of six cuts here and two of his last three at the Sony, but hasn’t made a cut anywhere since the Web.com Tour Championship.

Derek Fathauer | $6,000 – Three for three in cuts made here; nothing better than T58. He has a similar record at the Sony. He’s made three straight PGA Tour cuts.

Carl Pettersson | $5,900 – Pettersson makes cuts here, but rarely does anything with them. He’s had some success at the Sony as well, but nothing lately (he had a T2 in 2012).

Steve Marino | $5,900 – Marino has lived in the area since 2004 and spent time on the Golden Bear Tour so he’s played this area a lot. He’s got more experience than almost anyone in the event. He had a run of three straight cuts made from 2007-2009 with all finishes better than 35th. He hasn’t had much success here since then or really anywhere else. He finished 34 th in his last PGA Tour event at Pebble.

Tyrone Van Aswegen | $5,900 – At some point, the wagon has to stop. But, he’s playing extremely well (14 cuts made in his last 15 events). He finished T24 at the Honda two years ago in his only appearance.

Mark Wilson | $5,800 – Wilson won here in 2007. He also won the Sony in 2011. I guess a squirrel can find a nut twice.

Steve Wheatcroft | $5,800 – Wheatcroft has two top 25 finishes in his only two starts here. Who knew?

Brett Stegmaier | $5,800 – Stegmaier’s profile from the Web.com Tour works here so he’s a punt option.

Dicky Pride | $5,700 – Pride finished T7 here in 2012. That’s all I’ve got.

Stuart Appleby | $5,700 – Appleby’s played PGA National six times and made the cut four of those times with three top 25 finishes (including a T8 in his last time here in 2014). He’s had some success at Sony as well with 11 of 15 cuts made and two top 20s in his last four starts there (though he missed the cut this year). He’s in off his best finish (T26 at the NTO) in over a year.

Brian Gay | $5,700 – Withdrew.

Sam Saunders | $5,600 – Saunders was based in Florida as a youth and played the PGA National course in some junior tourneys. He also played collegiately at Clemson so bermudagrass is quite familiar to him. He did play the Honda Classic back in 2010 and finished T17. He’s a viable option all the way down here.

Good luck this week! Head over to DraftKings to choose your squad for this week.

DraftKings Scoring

Roster size: 6 Golfers

POINT SCORING

Golfers on each team will accumulate points as follows:

  • Per Hole Scoring
    • Double Eagle (DBL EAG): +20 PTs
    • Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
    • Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
    • Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
    • Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
    • Double Bogey (DBL BOG): -1 PT
    • Worse than Double Bogey (WORSE DBL BOG): -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) (3+ BIR STRK): +3 PTs
    • Bogey Free Round (BOG FREE RD): +3 PTs
    • All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (ALL 4 RDS UND 70): +5 PTs
    • Hole in One (HOLE IN ONE): +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.

Player Lock Notes: All golfers lock at the time the first golfer tees off on day 1 of an event.

Full rules are located here for DraftKings Daily Fantasy golf.

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