Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

FanDuel's PGA pool is strong again for the Shriners. Which plays are best in each salary tier?

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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.

Key Stats

Key Stats for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
at TPC Summerlin
Strokes Gained: Approach
Driving Distance
Strokes Gained: Putting (Bentgrass)
Birdie or Better Rate

TPC Summerlin is a pretty easy course overall, and in five of the past seven years, the winner has posted a score of at least 20 under par. The course plays almost exactly like the average PGA Tour course with the caveat that strokes gained: off the tee explains 13.1% of scoring compared to 15.1% as the PGA average, and around-the-green play bumps up to 16.3% from 14.3%.

Distance off the tee grades out as more important than accuracy, via datagolf, and I'm looking at nearly the same exact stats as I did last week for the Sanderson Farms Championship, the only difference being that the greens are bentgrass and not Bermuda.

For a more detailed breakdown on the course, check out our course primer from Mike Rodden.

Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour, and putting surface splits include the past 100 rounds when possible, unless noted. Ranks are among the field.

High-Salaried Plays

Bryson DeChambeau (FanDuel Salary: $12,200 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +800) - TPC Summerlin is a course where distance should lead to an advantage, so where else to start other than the favorite and highest-salaried golfer in the field with Bryson DeChambeau? Bryson has finished 36th, 7th, 1st, and 4th here in four tries with elite iron play and has gained 3.8 strokes tee to green over his past 10 on average.

Matthew Wolff ($11,100 | +2800) - Wolff was in the final pairing at the U.S. Open with DeChambeau but fell off a bit. He's gained 7.1 or more strokes at the past two majors and has gained at least 2.6 strokes off the tee in four straight events. He finished 18th here last year while picking up 4.5 strokes tee to green, as well, and he ranks first in my stats model for the week.

Others to Consider:
Webb Simpson ($11,900 | +1600) - Isn't long off the tee but comes at a popularity discount from DeChambeau at the top with similar win odds.
Harris English ($10,900 | +2800) - Flushing it right now and a great bentgrass putter.
Rickie Fowler ($10,600 | +3300) - Has gained 4.8 strokes tee to green in four of his past seven and is an elite bentgrass putter.

Mid-Salaried Plays

Abraham Ancer ($9,800 | +5500) - Ancer has the best long-term form of any golfer with a salary between $9,000 and $10,000, so that puts him on the radar despite the fact that he is just 82nd in distance. He's still 18th in strokes gained: off the tee because of his accuracy. Ancer has made just one cut here but finished fourth in it in 2018. He's been okay tee to green and has passable Bentgrass putting splits.

Sam Burns ($9,200 | +16000) - The range between $9,000 and $10,000 doesn't have many bombers, but Burns is one (he ranks sixth in driving distance over the past 50 rounds). Burns is also 20th in birdie or better rate gained. He's coming off a missed cut, as well, and that should keep his popularity lower than it should be. His odds plummeted from 70/1 to 160/1.

Others to Consider:
Joaquin Niemann ($9,800 | +5000) - Back on bentgrass, where he putts fairly well; ranks 13th in approach.
Will Zalatoris ($9,700 | +5500) - Led the field in strokes gained: approach at the U.S. Open and is now a middling salary due to the field.
Sebastian Munoz ($9,300 | +6500) - An all-around game puts him in play most weeks without raising the salary too much.

Low-Salaried Plays

Harold Varner ($9,000 | +8000) - Varner is 51st in distance and 30th in birdie or better rate gained while also ranking 15th in strokes gained: off the tee and 7th in strokes gained: approach. Varner has played TPC Summerlin five years and has made four cuts.

Matt Kuchar ($8,800 | +8500) - The recent finishes don't do much to inspire confidence -- cut at the PGA and the U.S. Open -- with an 18th at the Northern Trust and a 59th at the BMW championship in between. However, he gained 4.6 strokes from approach at Winged Foot and is 36th in strokes gained: putting on Bentgrass over the past 100 rounds.

Others to Consider:
Luke List ($9,000 | +10000) - Cut last week and has lost in putting five straight events, per usual -- but he's 16th in strokes gained: tee to green.
Cameron Champ ($8,600 | +6500) - Champ is 18th in birdie or better rate and 2nd in distance but 105th in putting.
Talor Gooch ($8,400 | +15000) - Gooch, 39th in approach and 19th birdie rate, is also 43rd in Bentgrass putting.