What a week at Firestone for being its final year to host the WGC – Bridgestone! We basically had another runaway winner. No one got closer than 2 shots of Justin Thomas once he took sole possession of the lead. For Tiger, the search continues, and concerning after his performance on the weekend. If he can't find the fairway with his driver, it will be very hard for me to roster him for the PGA Championship. As for DraftKings, nothing too exciting to report since I didn't invest much into it being a no cut event. I did exploit the value of Justin Thomas which aloud me to only lose half of what I put in. Overall, it was a nice warm up for this week's final major. Congrats to J.T. on his win!
It's finally here! Our last major of the season and it's going to be one of the toughest fields we'll have, providing a late WD. The PGA is going to be in St. Louis, at the Bellerive Country Club. It's a Par 70; 7,324 yards. It's very similar to Firestone, so I will look at how guys played last week's WGC. With this type of pricing on Draftkings, you can do whatever you want. Because of that, look for Dustin Johnson to be one of the most popular plays this week. For stats, I'm looking at the usual SG: Off the Tee; SG: Approach the Green; SG: Around the Green; Par 4 scoring; and guys who can straight and gaining strokes when they're on the fairway.
Rickie Fowler ($10,200) – Fowler has good pedigree when it comes to playing the 4 majors. In the first 3, he's made the cut and had strong showings in everyone, including a runner up finish at The Masters. For stats, he's 17th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; 34th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; and 38th in the field for SG: Around the Green. With 2 top 5 finishes in the last 5 years at The PGA, look for Fowler to be a staple in my lineups this week.
Louis Oosthuizen ($7,700) – Louis is coming in with solid form and could be a nice dark horse for this week. He has made 3 cuts in all 3 majors this year finishing inside the top 30 in everyone. For stats, he's 8th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 21st in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; and he's 47th in the field for SG: Approach the Green. He has good history at The PGA, finishing inside the top 30 in the last 4 years, including a runner up finish last year.
Ryan Moore ($7,400) – Moore is having solid season, and just like Louis, he's coming in with solid finishes. He has 3 top 15s in his last 5 events, including a 12th place finish at The Open. For stats, he's 16th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 21st in the field for Fairways Gained; and 43rd in the field for SG: Off the Tee. He has made the cut at The PGA in his last 5 years, which includes a 13th place finish last year.
Patrick Cantlay ($8,400) – Cantlay had a nice at Firestone last week, finishing inside the top 10. If you include that and his last 5 starts, he has 4 top 15 finishes, including a 4th place finish at The Memorial. For stats, he's 13th in SG: Approach the Green; 17th in the field for B.O.B. %; and 29th in the field for SG: Off the Tee. With a solid place last year, finishing 33rd, he'll be a nice core player of mine come Thursday morning.
Billy Horschel ($6,900) – Horschel is very hit or miss. He can give you a nice top 20 finish or a miss cut, he was somewhat popular back at the Canadian Open and he missed the cut. So, his ownership should be down this week. For stats, he's 15th in the field for SG: Approach the Green; 23rd in the field for SG: Off the Tee; and 27th in the field for B.O.B. %. He has made the cut at The PGA in his last 4 years. If he doesn't scramble too much, we should be ok with Billy and he'll be a nice anchor in my lineups this week.
Cash Games: For cash games, I like to play the small field 50/50s, for example, anything less than 100 entrants. I tend to make just 1 lineup and that lineup will have the 6 golfers who I think will have the best chance of making it to the weekend and have the upside of a top 10 finish.
3 Entry Max GPPs: For these tournaments, think of it as one lineup for cash, one for leagues and one that is completely different than the first 2. This technique is very common among the DFS community and even the DFS pros. Just start of with your cash lineup then use a “2 vs. 2" strategy for the other lineups.
20 – 150 Max GPPs: With these, you can have a player pool anywhere from 15-100 players. For 20 max GPPS, I tend to stay closer to 15-18 golfers in my pool. For 150 max GPPs, I recommend using around 25-30 golfers.
As of Sunday night, there doesn't seem to be any advantage for any tee times this week. It looks like it will be sunny and cloudy all 4 days with a chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday. If there are any changes, I will update them via twitter.
Good luck everyone!!