DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
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.
Each week, we have a course primer, and our daily fantasy golf projections and lineup builder can help you get started, but these golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
|Key Stats for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s (400-450)|
Let's get to the picks. For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the course primer.
Stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
Brooks Koepka (DraftKings Price: $11,700 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +750) - The rightful favorite just about every time he tees it up, Koepka is the cream of the crop this week and brings not just his typical elite form but also a fair bit of history at TPC Summerlin. It's been three years since he teed it up at the Shriners, but he was the runner-up that year and was T4 two years prior. He does have two missed cuts to his name, and the common criticism of Brooks is that he is not 100% locked in for non-elite events. If he's here to play, he has the best shot in the field at hoisting the trophy come Sunday. Not surprising, Koekpa rates out well in out key stats this week, ranking second in birdies or better gained, fourth in strokes gained: tee to green, and sixth in strokes gained: approach. He is 28th on par 4s between 400-450 yards, but don't fret on his ability -- he is 1st overall on par 4s in general.
Patrick Cantlay ($$11,100 | +1200) - Cantlay stumbled at the Safeway Open to a disappointing T40 finish, but he'll head to Vegas with good memories of seasons past -- he was runner-up here last year and won the year before. Everything about Cantlay's game fits here -- he is first in birdies or better gained, second in strokes gained: tee to green, seventh in approach, and eighth in scrambling gained.
Adam Scott ($10,000 | +1800) - A T17 is not exactly what Scott was hoping for after finishing Thursday tied for the lead, but he'll get another shot this week in his debut at TPC Summerlin. The Aussie is a statistical beast, ranking 1st in strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach, 2nd on par 4s (400-450 yards), 3rd in birdies or better gained, and 12th in scrambling gained. He is a top-20 machine who is long overdue for a breakthrough win and showed he has the ability to push for a lead last week. He'll try to repeat the feat later in the week at the Shriners.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,400 | +3100) - Niemann followed up his breakout win at The Greenbrier with a disappointing, if somewhat predictable, T54 at the Sanderson Farms. He has demonstrated repeatedly in his young career that he is not to be trusted on bermuda, and sure enough, he lost 3.3 strokes putting his last time out. He's back on bentgrass here, and the ball-striking stats are still rock solid. Niemann is 8th in strokes gained: tee to green and 16th in strokes gained: approach, and he's shown great scoring ability ranking 5th on par 4s (400-450 yards), 11th in birdies or better gained, and 22nd in scrambling gained.
Scottie Scheffler ($8,800 | +4500) - Scheffler has shown his bona fides in two events as a card-carrying PGA Tour member, finishing T7 at The Greenbrier and T16 at the Sanderson. He gained 11.3 strokes tee to green at The Old White TPC, and his rank in this field over the last 50 rounds is 10th (note well: Scheffler only has 40 pro rounds to his name). He is also 12th in strokes gained: approach, 16th on par 4s (400-450 yards), and 22nd in birdies or better gained. He'll get his first taste of big boy competition this week, and the reigning money winner on the Korn Ferry Tour will have something to prove against the likes of Koepka, Cantlay, and others.
Chez Reavie ($8,700 | +5000) - After getting his first win in what seemed like forever, Reavie closed the season pretty poorly before a T8 at the TOUR Championship. He kicked off 2019-20 with a T33 at the Safeway Open, held back mostly by an inconsistent putter. In his last two events, he has gained a combined 15.8 strokes tee to green and lost a combined 7.2 strokes putting. All the strokes count, but we'd much rather back good ball-strikers who have cold putters than poor iron players who have been rolling it on the greens. In the larger sample that includes the rough patch in the summer, Reavie is still 8th in both strokes gained: approach and birdies or better gained, 12th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 18th in strokes gained on par 4s between 400-450 yards.
Andrew Putnam ($8,200 | 50) - Putnam's stats are up and down -- he's 11th on par 5s, 18th in birdies or better gained, 21st in approach, and 32nd in scrambling gained -- but they only tell part of the story. Putnam has made 11 straight cuts worldwide, and he's shined on the European Tour, most recently with a T21 at the BMW PGA Championship. He has four top-25s in his last six events and is in good form heading into the new season. He'll look to make a splash early.
Low Priced Options
Scott Piercy ($7,900 | +5000) - Piercy's stats are decent if not spectacular -- he's in the top quarter of the field in everything except birdie making -- but where he really shines is form at TPC Summerlin and courses like it. Piercy has played the Shiners every year since 2009 and has just one finish outside the top-32. He has a top-15 in his history at TPC Twin Cities (just one appearance this past season), TPC Deere Run (3rd in 2012 and T14 in 2015), and Sedgefield Country Club (T12 in 2014). Piercy was horrible on Saturday at the Safeway Open, losing 4.8 strokes tee to green and 4.4 strokes putting in a single round. He should be able to bounce back here at a familiar layout and is firmly in play for cash games.
Brian Harman ($7,800 | +6000) - Harman has been quietly consistent with four top 10s in his last nine events, two of which came at our comparison courses in the John Deere Classic and the 3M Open. He is doing it in all facets and ranks 14th in strokes gained: tee to green, 21st in scrambling gained, 22nd in strokes gained: par 4s (400-450 yards), 26th in birdies or better gained, and 31st in strokes gained: approach. He has not played the Shiners the past two seasons but was T15 his last time here.
Rory Sabbatini ($7,500 | +8000) - The South African rates out as one of the best statistical cases not just in the $7k range but in the entire field this week. He is 3rd in scrambling gained, 5th in strokes gained: tee to green, 10th on par 4s (400-450 yards), 12th in birdies or better gained, and 33rd in strokes gained: approach. Sabbatini finished 2018-19 on a terrific heater, missing just 1 cut in his final 17 events and recording 9 top-20s along the way. The lone cut at comp course TPC Twin Cities stings, but that finish was largely due to an abhorrent first round 75 that saw two water balls on the par 4 14th. He bounced right back and played well at The Open (T16) before a T6 at the Wyndham Championship and two solid Playoff results, T43 at THE NORTHERN TRUST and T16 at the BMW Championship.
Russell Knox ($7,400 | +9000) - Knox serves as a nice pivot option off the potentially chalky Sebastian Munoz ($7,400 | +8000). Munoz got his win but lost his touch last week with the irons last week and actually lost strokes on approach. Knox, on the other hand, missed his last few cuts on the PGA Tour but found decent form overseas including a T15 finish last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Euro circuit. Knox is a premier ball-striker and ranks 9th in approach and 21st tee to green. He's just 88th in birdies or better gained but found plenty last week, firing back-to-back rounds of 66 to start his week.
Zach Johnson ($7,100 | 100) - No one would blame you if you've sworn off ZJ forever after last season, but a solid T14 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and some elite form at Summerlin and comparable courses puts Johnson on the radar this week. His best form is at TPC Deere Run, where he has seven career top-5s. He has one at Sedgefield, as well, but has just one trip to the Shriners, a T40 back in the fall of 2013. The stats aren't as bad as expected as he is 20th in strokes gained: approach and 25th in strokes gained: tee to green.
Robby Shelton ($6,900 | +13000) - Shelton faded over the weekend but once again popped up on the leaderboard early last week. He was a two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour last season and has shown a decent ball-striking profile on Tour, boosted mostly by performance off the tee rather than on approach. As most of his recent form beyond the last few events was on the Korn Ferry, we'll look at his stats just for the last 12 rounds and find some encouraging indicators -- he is 6th in strokes gained on par 4s (400-450 yards) and 19th in birdies or better gained.
Andrew Landry ($6,600 | +19000) - Landry stumbled after holding a share of the first round lead at the Safeway Open, but a return to decent tee to green performance is encouraging heading to TPC Summerlin. His 4.6 strokes gained: tee to green recall similar strong performances in the summer at the John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship. He finished 3rd and T19 in those events. Landry is 5th in strokes gained on par 4s (400-450 yards) and 32nd in approach.
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