Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
By now, you've probably dabbled in daily fantasy sports, but if not, don't worry. Now is a great time to start, especially with FanDuel now offering a revamped version of PGA golf.
Golf can be one of the most exciting DFS sports to follow, as tournaments span four days and allow ample time to prepare each week, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of building a lineup on FanDuel, the scoring setup, and advanced stats to know about the PGA.
But whether you're brand new to the PGA or daily fantasy sports in general, we have you covered.
Let's take a look at some golfers to target for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
|Key Stats for Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Greens in Regulation|
Check out our course primer to learn more about why these key stats matter this week.
Best of the Best
Tony Finau (FanDuel Price: $9,900 | bet365 Win Odds: 14/1) - Finau enters as the odds-on favorite to win at 14/1, and he's also the highest-priced golfer. Finau enters in great form (11th, 26th, 2nd, 7th, 7th in his past five events), and in the past 12 events -- according to FantasyGolfMetrics -- he ranks 16th in strokes gained: tee to green, 13th in par 5s, 17th in birdie or better rate, and 9th in fantasy points. Now, those are solid, but they aren't elite relative to the rest of the field. You never need to lock in a golfer just because he's the favorite, but that's especially true with Finau this week, though he does have two top-16s at TPC Summerlin in his three tries.
Webb Simpson ($9,600 | 18) - Simpson has a win at TPC Summerlin (2013) and two fourth-place finishes (2010 and 2014). His odds put him just behind Finau, as does his price. Statistically, Simpson is about the same as Finau in recent weeks (11th tee to green, 17th on par 5s, and 26th in birdie or better), and he's sixth in strokes gained: tee to green at TPC Summerlin since 2006. He's a fine pivot from Finau, but he likely doesn't have the floor or upside, as Finau finished 7th in par 5 scoring last year; Simpson was 100th.
Ryan Moore ($9,300 | 30) - Moore is a big cut below Finau and Simpson in terms of the win odds, so that suggests that he'll be lower owned than those two will be. But Moore is second in strokes gained: tee to green and sixth in strokes gained: approach over the past 12 events. Moore has also played this course 11 times and has 6 top-25 finishes in that span, including a win in 2012. The recent form is lacking (17th, 20th, withdrawal, 49th, 24th), but he is shaping up to be a solid tournament play at low ownership.
Kevin Chappell ($8,500 | 28) - Chappell has seen his odds lengthen already (he was 22/1 Monday afternoon), so that could also depress his ownership, and in a field like this with no slam dunk choices, that could help dictate those we roster and those we avoid. Of course, Chappell has a good case in his favor this week anyway, or we wouldn't want to consider him. In the past 12 events, Chappell is 10th in strokes gained: tee to green, 16th on par 5s, and 21st in fantasy points. The course form is spotty (62nd in 2015, cut in 2012, and 40th in 2011), but the recent form is better (28th, 12th, 35th, 6th, 33rd (at the PGA), 13th, 8th). He also ranks 15th in strokes gained: tee to green at TPC Summerlin despite the weak finishes. He just couldn't putt here in those three tries.
Kevin Na ($8,000 | 33) - Na ranks fifth in strokes gained: tee to green and eighth in approach over the past 12 events. He's also 25th in birdie or better rate. Na has played TPC Summerlin nine times and has six top 25s. He also won in 2011. Na has missed 6 of 26 cuts this year and has just 4 top 10s, but he has a lot going for him this week, both in recent form and course form.
Martin Laird ($7,800 | 40) - Laird is fourth in this field in strokes gained: tee to green at TPC Summerlin since 2006. The recent stats aren't nearly as promising (53rd tee to green in the past 12 events, 73rd in approach, 89th on par 5s, 92nd in birdie or better), but he's got that course history. Laird won in 2009 and was second in 2010. In all, he's missed just one cut in eight tries at TPC Summerlin.
Kevin Streelman ($7,300 | 45) - Streelman has fantastic form at TPC Summerlin and ranks fifth in strokes gained: tee to green at this course since 2006. In terms of finishes, he was 61st, 16th, 2nd, 22nd, 16th, 14th, and 43rd since 2016 (and omitting 2013 and 2010). Plus, the recent results are coming around, as he was 10th at the Sanderson Farms and 13th at the Safeway to start this PGA Tour season.
Russell Knox ($6,800 | 66) - Knox ranks 17th in strokes gained: tee to green and 31st in approach in the past 12 weeks, though he's missed 7 of his past 13 cuts. Still, only Bubba Watson has picked up more strokes tee to green at TPC Summerlin -- on average -- than Knox has since 2006. Knox turned those into a 13th, a 30th, a 3rd, and a 38th between 2012 and 2015 here.
Scott Piercy ($6,600 | 70) - Piercy ranks 16th in approach and 30th in birdie or better rate over the past 12 events. More importantly he has played this course 11 times and has missed just two cuts. Since 2009, Piercy has finished 14th, 28th, 10th, 6th, cut, 7th, 25th, 24th at TPC Summerlin.
Chesson Hadley ($6,300 | 22) - Hadley's odds and pricing make him an obvious recommendation, but even if he's popular (he assuredly will be), he's probably in consideration because of the price sitting this low. Hadley ranks 4th in approach and 12th in birdie or better rate over the past 12 weeks. Hadley had a 5th here in 2013 (he was also cut in 2014 and 62nd in 2015).
Luke List ($5,600 | 40) - List was a statistical hero last season, and that still is the case. List ranks 12th in strokes gained: tee to green, 27th in approach, 17th on par 5s, 13th in birdie or better, and 36th in greens in regulation over the past 12 events. In his only try here, List finished 15th last year.
Ryan Armour ($5,100 | 70) - The results for Armour are nice. He won last week's Sanderson Farms Championships. Prior to that, he was cut, 25th, 51st, 2nd, and 4th. At this price, that works. Over the past 12 weeks on the PGA Tour (so just three events for him, as he's had three on the Web.Com Tour in there), Armour is 7th in strokes gained: tee to green, 2nd in approach, 14th on par 5s, 1st in birdie or better rate, and 2nd in greens in regulation.