The PGA Championship will make its debut at TPC Harding Park, with almost the entire top-50 gamers within the golf world getting set to tee it up in San Francisco. TPC Harding Park hosted the 2015 WGC Match Play and 40 gamers from that subject will take part this weekend. With all the massive names in motion, together with Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas, to call just a few, there shall be no scarcity of worthwhile picks in your PGA DFS lineups.
As is at all times the case with with placing collectively a day by day fantasy golf lineup (or betting card, for that matter), it’s essential know in regards to the course and what sorts of gamers to focus on. TPC Harding Park performed as a Par 71 when it hosted the Match Play in 2015 however shall be a Par 70 this weekend. The yardage might be so long as 7,400 yards relying on the tee placements however is listed at 7,234 yards. There are simply two Par 5s on the course, which implies the scoring has acquired to be carried out on the Par 4s. There are three quick Par 4s and 7 Par 4s that attain out greater than 450 yards. That’s why, as soon as once more, I’ll put Par four Effectivity 450-500 again into my key stats this weekend.
When actually trying by way of the data on this course and the way the PGA Tour will set it up for these gamers, I acquired a way that this shall be a mix of a U.S. Open with an Open Championship. The course will characteristic slim tree-lined fairways, thick punishing tough, and quick greens like most U.S. Opens. The course additionally has little-to-no water, robust bunkers, and excessive winds, which makes you consider an Open Championship. Size off the tee shall be at a premium, however with these skinny fairways, I’m going to deal with complete driving which takes into consideration distance and accuracy.
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This deep tough will give suits to even the most effective scramblers on this planet, however I’m going so as to add that to my key stats. The winner this weekend would be the participant who can keep away from the massive numbers (like Bryson DeChambeau’s 10 and Dustin Johnson’s 9 over the previous few weeks), which is why I’m placing bogey avoidance again within the combine. Lastly, as I say each week, you’ll be able to’t make up floor on the sphere with out making birdies — and you’ll’t make birdies with out placing your self in good positions on the strategy.
So, what sort of gamers do you have to goal this week? That’s the million greenback query since you desire a participant with distance off the tee however not one who sprays it everywhere in the yard. You need an correct participant to maintain the ball within the quick stuff, however they must have the ability to reap the benefits of the quick Par 4s. I’m going to do my greatest to unfold the wealth this weekend. There are 156 gamers within the subject this weekend, so I made a decision to provide you extra performs than traditional.
Lastly, the climate seems to be to be terrific this weekend with partly cloudy skies and temperatures within the mid-60s all through the event. The one factor these gamers should cope with would be the winds. Thursday seems to be to be the worst, with winds getting near 20 mph, however the remainder of the weekend shall be within the low teenagers. There are gamers who play higher in swirling winds, reminiscent of Marc Leishman or a few of the European tour gamers who’re used to those situations.
KEY STATS: Strokes Gained: Method, Whole Driving, Scrambling, Bogey Avoidance, and Par four Effectivity 450-500 yards.
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Justin Thomas: Do I really want to provide you causes to love Thomas this weekend? He has 4 top-10 finishes because the restart, together with a win final week and a runner-up on the Workday. He is additionally first in Strokes Gained: Method, fourth in Bogey Avoidance, and fifth in Scrambling.
Jon Rahm: I did not put him in my Playbook final week however now I am getting him at a reduction with a chip on his shoulder. He did end up his week on the WGC with a Sunday 66. Keep in mind, he simply received the Memorial two weeks in the past and stays the No. 1 participant on this planet. He is second in Whole Driving, eighth in Bogey Avoidance and 20th in Par four Effectivity (450-500).
Xander Schauffele: Simply wonderful throughout the board this weekend. First in Ball Hanging, sixth in Bogey Avoidance, seventh in Scrambling, 10th in Whole Driving and Prime 35 in each Par four and Method. He is gotten higher in every of his previous 4 begins: T20, T14, T13 & T6 (final week at the WGC). I am going to seemingly be obese on him.
Hideki Matsuyama: He’s a sleeping big at an incredible worth this weekend. One of many premiere ball strikers on tour nonetheless ranks within the Prime 15. He has three top-25 finishes in his previous 4 begins on Tour. He is additionally third in Strokes Gained: Method, 30th in Bogey Avoidance, and 36th in Whole Driving. Furthermore, he is seven-for-seven on cuts made on the PGA Championship with two top-five finishes.
Kevin Na: Do you know Na has two top-10 finishes in his previous 4 begins? I do not assume anybody is aware of as a result of that is the kind of man he’s — a really under-the-radar expertise. He is nice across the greens and on them, fifth in Scrambling, and third in Strokes Gained: Placing. He additionally constant and does not have many blow-up holes, rating 24th in Bogey Avoidance. I have a sense he’ll make for an incredible worth this weekend at simply $7K.
Brendan Steele: At one level, Steele was the most effective complete driver on the PGA Tour. He at present ranks 24th however has at all times been the most effective drivers. He additionally ranks 27th in Par four Effectivity (450-500) and 32nd in Strokes Gained: Method. His previous 4 ending positions on Tour are sixth, 52nd, 13th, and 53rd. If the sample holds, we must be in for an actual deal with this weekend.
Dustin Johnson: I simply can’t give up DJ, particularly at his present worth level. The expertise is simply too nice to not throw him right into a bunch of lineups. Whereas he doesn’t have a Wanamaker Trophy his assortment, he does have 5 top-10 finishes in his 10 profession begins, together with a second place final 12 months. He is additionally fourth on Tour in Whole Driving.
Chez Reavie: He has three straight finishes of T22 or higher, together with that sixth place on the WGC final weekend. He hasn’t missed the reduce on the PGA Championship in 5 journeys and completed 14th final 12 months. He is one other premiere ball striker when his recreation is correct, and it seems to be fairly proper. He is 36th in Bogey Avoidance, climbed from 56th to 38th in Strokes Gained: Method, and went from 72nd to 42nd in Scrambling. He is mainly a lock button for nearly everybody this weekend.