DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event.
The course and field change week after week, making no two contests alike. That means you need to refine your approach for each PGA Tour event to try to find golfers who are primed to excel for your daily fantasy golf lineups.
These golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship at Corales Golf Club.
|Key Stats for the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
While the top golfers in the world head to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play this week, those who missed out on the invite head to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Corales Golf Club is a 7,640-yard par 72 that features papsualum greens. Last year was the first time this event was an official PGA contest, having been a Web.com Tour event in 2016 and 2017. Even with the weaker fields, this course has played fairly easy and has yielded winning scores of 24-under and 20-under for the Web.com editions and 18-under last year.
At a course this long, distance off the tee will be an advantage (when isn't it?), but it's still not as important as the approach shot into the green. In line with approach play is opportunities gained, which gives greater weight to greens in regulation inside 15 feet. Birdie opportunities will be there, but avoiding bogeys can be even more important when a course is playing easy and bogeys are disastrous. Scrounging for par when things don't go right is the path to sticking around for the weekend. The cut was even-par last year, so it's not like everyone has to go low to make the cut.
They do have to play the par 5s well, though. Last year, golfers who made the cut gained an average of 0.13 strokes on par 5s, almost as much as par 3s (0.72) and par 4s (0.76) combined. Meanwhile, golfers who missed the cut lost 0.21 strokes on par 5s -- also the most.
In a weak field, living with some uncomfortable names is part of the process. In addition to competing in DFS contests for the Corales, this is a good week to dig into the stats and see who looks like they might pop at a very low price in future primary-field events. Let's get to the picks.
All stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
Sungjae Im (DraftKings Price $11,300 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds 15/1) - Im has been a target in every field this year thanks to his consistency and upside (he also plays just about every week). He is first in strokes gained: tee to green, third in approach, fourth in both bogeys avoided and strokes gained: par 5s, and ninth in opportunities gained. He was the leading money winner on the Web.com last year, and with a couple top 10s against the big boys this season, Im is the class of the field and should be heavily owned this week.
Nate Lashley ($10,100 | 31) - Lashley is 1st in strokes gained: par 5s, 7th in bogeys avoided, 20th in approach, and 35th in opportunities gained. He won a Web.com edition of this event back in 2017, performed well in weaker fields during the swing season, and finished T8 in the last alternate field event at the Puerto Rico Open.
Trey Mullinax ($9,500 | 37) - Mullinax strung together three straight top-25 finishes earlier this year during the West Coast swing, and he often pops up even in full-field events when he is priced way down. He is 6th in bogeys avoided, 10th in strokes gained: par 5s, 21st in opportunities gained, and 27th in approach.
Joel Dahmen ($9,100 | 29) - Dahmen flashed upside with a few top -0 finishes last summer, and he's been able to find himself toward the top of the leaderboard in even stronger fields this season. He finished T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open, T12 at THE PLAYERS, and T30 at the Valspar Championship. The problem, of course, is when he doesn't. Between the Farmers and THE PLAYERS he missed four straight cuts earlier this year. Still, the ballstriking is solid, and he ranks fourth in strokes gained: tee to green, fifth in opportunities gained, and eight in strokes gained: approach.
Rory Sabbatini ($8,800 | 50) - Sabbatini's ballstriking stats don't quite move the needle, as he is 70th in both opportunities gained and strokes gained: approach. Unlike many of his opponents, however, he has been playing in regular field PGA events for years and brings a certain level of class that not everyone can boast (Tony Romo is in the field for goodness' sake). He is also on a roll, with three straight made cuts, including a T18 at the Valspar last week.
Fabian Gomez ($8,700 | 41) - Gomez is a solid all around player who can get it done a lot of different ways, particularly with the putter. He is 24th in this field in strokes gained: putting, compared to Mullinax and Dahmen who are 104th and 93rd, respectively. Gomez holds his own with the irons as well, as he is 31st in strokes gained: approach. He is also eighth in bogeys avoided.
Corey Conners ($8,500 | 37) - Conners is one of the worst putters on Tour, ranking 199th out of 216 qualified golfers so far in the 2018-2019 season. He also just happens to be one of the best ballstrikes on Tour, and in this field he is the cream of the crop. He is first in both strokes gained: off the tee and strokes gained: approach. The approach play has led to some flash-in-the-pan finishes, as he came in third at the Sanderson Farms during swing season and was runner up at the Sony Open.
Johnson Wagner ($7,500 | 55) - Another decent putter, Wagner is 13th in strokes gained: putting and 25th in bogeys avoided, which often requires sinking a pressure putt. He is no slouch with his irons either, as he is 13th in strokes gained: approach. He finished T2 at the Puerto Rico Open, despite losing strokes on the par 5s. Standard strokes gained data is not available for that event, but it's safe to assume he putted the lights out if he was negative on the par 5s. Slow papsalum greens and a similar climate sound off alarm bells for Wagner to have another good putting week.
Adam Schenk ($7,400 | 50) - Schenk missed the cut on the number last week at the Valspar, but he has still made the weekend in seven of his last nine events. He is 8th in strokes gained: par 5s, 11th in birdies or better gained, 12th in strokes gained: approach, and 18th in bogeys avoided.
Rafael Campos ($7,300 | 70) - Campos finished T49 at Puerto Rico but otherwise has not played on the PGA Tour since this event last year. In the meantime, he has been solid on the Web.com Tour, picking up a win in January at the Bahama Great Abaco Classic and missing just one cut this season.
Hudson Swafford ($7,300 | 55) - Swafford pops with elite rankings in strokes gained: par 5s (third) and opportunities gained (eighth). He is also 22nd in strokes gained approach and 39th in bogeys avoided, and he is a talented guy who has shown well in a few spots this season, most notably a T3 at the Sony Open.
Hank Lebioda ($6,900 | 120) - Lebioda has played a bunch on Tour this season with just one missed cut in his last five events. He was in the mix for a top 20 at the Farmers before a Sunday 75 dropped him down to 29th. He has just 33 rounds to his name, but he still ranks first in birdies or better gained and eighth in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: par 5s.
Anders Albertson ($6,700 | 160) - There will always be a ton of value in the lower range when the field is this weak. Albertson would be priced within a few hundred of this number regardless of the event, whereas the tier above gets a significant bump this week. Like Lebioda, Albertson has fewer than 50 rounds on Tour (38 to be exact), but he made waves in the swing season with a T5 at the Sanderson Farms. He arrives on a streak of six straight missed cuts, but prior to that streak he had five straight made cuts.
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