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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Welcome back for another week of PGA DFS at DraftKings and FanDuel. We’re here to give you the full report on fantasy golf picks for The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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The course

The hosting TPC Summerlin is a par-71 course designed by Bobby Weed and is situated in Las Vegas overlooking part of the Red Rock Canyons. Gorgeous views are on tap for every hole this week. TPC Summerlin is laid out in Bentgrass greens, and in typical desert-golf fashion, it was designed with an eye toward water and maintenance conversations. There is decent undulation throughout the layout as well as a handful of man-made lakes for the players to navigate.

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How it plays

Because it’s in the TPC family of courses and is a resort-style course for the Vegas tourists and snowbirds, TPC Summerlin typically plays as one of the easier courses on tour. There will be plenty of birdies to be had throughout the week due to the large and easy-to-find greens. The fairways are at a premium here, especially if the wind picks up.

That said, driving distance isn’t usually an issue here. The course sits at a bit over 2,500 feet above sea level, and firm fairways to promote roll out. Through the years, the course is averaging -1.27 strokes under par per round, with most of the scoring coming on the three par 5’s and a couple of short, plus a few very reachable par 4’s for the players to attack.

The course is notable for its closing stretch: 15-18 include a driveable par 4, a reachable par 5, a difficult par 3 over water, and a tough but fair closing hole that encourages players to be aggressive. Some things to watch for this week are fast greens and the potential for high winds. Vegas can get very windy as players found out last year, but historically the weather has been pretty calm during this tournament.

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The breakdown

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Key stats

  • Birdie or Better
  • Par 5 Scoring
  • Prox from 150-175
  • Par 4 Scoring from 400-450

PGA DFS players

Top Tier: $11.5K – $9.6K

Tony Finau ($11.3K) 

Tony Finau has established himself as one of the most consistent players on tour throughout the past year. He kicked off this season with another strong performance in China. Tony is literally doing everything right at the moment and has all of the shots. This tournament feels like the spot Tony breaks through and gets the elusive win he has been seeking. Given his strong performances here in the past — a trio of top 20s — look for Tony to be heavily tagged on Fanshare this week.

Jordan Spieth ($11K) 

Spieth is making his season debut after posting his worst year on tour. It is tough to say exactly how he will fare after a short offseason, but as it goes with all top-tier players, they generally find ways to fix their flaws and elevate their games again. Expect Spieth to do the same thing this year. This is a good track for him to get started on; the big greens should help him get some early confidence this week. Since we haven’t seen Spieth in a while and hasn’t played this event previously, he might go a bit overlooked in GPP. Keep an eye on Fanshare tags this week.

Gary Woodland ($9.7K)

Gary Woodland should fit this course and event very well. After all, he did post a top 20 here last year. He tends to excel on courses that force him to navigate a tighter set of fairways, as TPC Summerlin does. While not a strong putter, Gary does prefer Bentgrass, which should help him out in what should be a scoring fest. Given how well Gary has been playing of late and his strong finish last year, expect him to be chalky this week.

Others to consider: Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay

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Mid Tier: $9.5K – $7.9K

Matt Kuchar ($9.1K)

Kuchar had a pretty down year in 2017-18 by his standards. Still, he’s a consistent ball-striker with an affinity for back-dooring Top 10s in everything from weak field events to Majors. Kuchar will likely go overlooked this week given that he hasn’t played this tournament in the past five years and is making his season debut. Those factors make him a solid GPP play this week. I doubt Kuchar will repeat his inconsistent play from last year.

Joaquin Niemann ($8.4K)

If you have been reading my stuff for any length of time, you know how much I like Niemann. This kid has it all: long off the tee, scores in bunches, manages courses well. He burst onto the scene last year with some big finishes before falling into the rookie slump. I am looking to get back on Niemann this week as he should be past the learning curve and ready to attack a weak-field birdie fest like this. I am not alone in my love for Niemann; expect him to be the most-tagged golfer on Fanshare in this price range.

Beau Hossler ($8.6K)

Beau is starting his season off in solid fashion with a 30th at the CIMB and an 18th at the CJ Cup and coming into a course where he posted a seventh last year. A talented kid who can score with the best of them and a hot putter on Bentgrass, Beau is set up nicely this week to make a run at the top of the leaderboard. He’s also likely to go a bit under owned given the way lineup construction appears to be shaking out this week. Beau is an aggressive young golfer, so look for him to get off to a hot start this week. Maybe he can finally shake his Sunday woes, which have been the only real knock against him thus far in his professional career.

Others to consider: Ryan Moore, Scott Piercy, Austin Cook, Bronson Burgoon, Aaron Wise

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Value Tier: $7.8K and Lower

Si Woo Kim ($7.5K)

Si Woo is coming off solid performances in Asia and is making his North American 2018 season debut this week. He hasn’t frequented this course but did post a 25th in 2015 the last time he played here. Kim is a very polarizing player at this point in his career, supremely talented but often inconsistent. That said, for his price tag and upside this week, he is hard for me to pass up coming off at 10th and 23rd in his last two outings. Si Woo has tremendous upside if he gets rolling, and taking down the tournament is not impossible.

Russell Henley ($7.3K) 

Henley tends to find his form in weaker field events such as this, which he will need to do given that the last time we saw Russell was over a month ago at the Safeway Open when he missed the cut in his season debut. On the positive side of things, Russell has a 24th and a 10th in his last two attempts at TPC Summerlin despite missing the cut in his first try back in 2013. Henley rates out seventh in my overall model this week and, at $7,300, represents solid value for his price.

Adam Schenk ($7.3K)

Adam is a bit of a new guy on the block as far as the tour goes, but he did have an opportunity to play this event last year, posting a top 20. This time around, Schenk is coming off a 14th at the Safeway and a seventh last week in the similarly weak field at the Sanderson Farms. Adam is currently gaining strokes off the tee and into the green to go along with his red-hot putter. I am looking for that to continue as Adam sets out to make a name for himself during his rookie season on tour.

Others to consider: Sam Ryder, Danny Lee, Brandon Hagy, Bud Cauley, Satoshi Kodaira, Corey Conners

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