DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for the Sony Open
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Waialae Country Club has been a staple on the tour as well as the host of the Sony Open for many years.
The par-70 course is laid out in Bermuda grass greens that stretch out a mere 7,020 yards. The course was initially designed by Seth Raynor in 1927 and was most recently touched up by Desmond Muirhead in 1992. This coastal course requires players to find the tight fairways to have a chance at attacking the pins on these greens.
How it plays
Waialae CC is quite a bit different than the course PGA golfers played the previous week. It’s strategic, tight, and all about putting the ball in the right place, both off the tee and into the green. Golfers will need to focus on strategy versus power this week. The par 5s are short enough that most in the field can get there; the rest of the course tends to reward the proper placement over brute force.
Here, we could see any one of these professional golfers pop up with three or four solid rounds because the course fits about everyone. That’s not surprising since this is a resort course at heart.
I give a bump to the guys who played last week and have been out in Hawaii for an extra week to acclimate.
- Par 4 scoring
- Birdie or better
- Bogey avoidance
- Par 5 scoring
PGA DFS Picks
Top tier: $11.4K-$9.6K
Justin Thomas ($11K)
Coming out of one of the best ball-striking weeks of his career and into a place he has previously won, Justin Thomas is atop the pricing structure for a good reason. JT is clearly the best in the field, and if I am paying up this week, it is for JT all day. I’m not going to belabor the point, but JT is far and away the most talented golfer in the field. He is in good form at a course he has won before.
Gary Woodland ($10.2K)
Gary Woodland has been a model of consistent ball striking for some time now. As we saw last week, the flat stick let him down a bit and may keep him from notching more wins. That said, you can’t argue with the strong position Woodland is putting himself in. And for $10.2K, he boasts winning upside. On Waialae, he fits better than anyone in the field with an excellent course history. Woodland should be a cash-game lock this week and the most tagged golfer on Fanshare.
Others to consider: Bryson DeChambeau, Marc Leishman, Jordan Spieth
Charles Howell III ($8.9K)
Charles Howell III is coming into Waialae off his first victory in a long time, backed up by a 14th at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) last week. In strong early-season form, as usual, Howell has put together some strong career results at Waialae as well: two top 10s and a top 15 in his last five outings without missing a cut. This is the time of the season to ride Howell’s consistency along with his top-15 upside.
Matt Kuchar ($8.5K)
Matt Kuchar closed out his TOC strong with a Sunday rally. The winds died down a bit, and he surged to a top-20 finish. That should bode well for Kuchar as the course fits his game much better this week; it’s much more strategic and requires significantly more positioning, which are two things Kuchar excels at both off the tee and into the green. His course fit is evident by his overall results in his last four outings: 13th, third, eighth, and fifth. A strong cash play and GPP play, Kuchar could be a core piece for many lineups as well as heavily tagged on Fanshare this week.
Zach Johnson ($8.2K)
Zach Johnson has some of the best course history of anyone in the field at Waialae though he hasn’t played since the RSM Classic. Johnson did post a seventh at the RSM but missed the cut at Mayakoba the previous week. He needs the right course to find success at this stage in his career, and Waialae offers just that. He’s liable to find comfortable looks off the tee that leave easy distances into greens. Plus, he’s gained over five strokes on approach three of the last five times he has played here. Johnson doesn’t usually light up a leaderboard with birdies, but his style will allow him to creep up and stick around late Sunday.
Others to consider: Emiliano Grillo, Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
Value tier: $7.8K and Lower
Pat Perez ($7.7K)
The flowing locks of Pat Perez’s mullet are going to look marvelous Sunday as he strides down the fairway in the hunt. Perez hasn’t played this track in a couple of years. The last two times he did the results were less than desirable. However, in 2014 and 2015, he put up a top 20 and top 10. Perez is at home on a coastal course, par-70 tracks with Bermuda greens. In his last two recent outings on short coastal tracks, Perez has an average finishing position of 6.5. In form and ready for a course that fits his game well, Perez could make a move up the leaderboard this week.
Dylan Frittelli ($7.5K)
A talented kid coming off the Euro Tour, Dylan Frittelli has posted strong results on that side of the pond. This side of the pond, however, has proven difficult for him to find consistency. Frittelli appears committed to playing more events this season on the PGA Tour and should have adjusted his game accordingly during the offseason. Because he excels in windier conditions and on coastal tracks, I am hoping this course fits the bill. Treat Frittelli as a GPP-only play but one with upside as he is coming off a top five and a top 12 in his last three outing.
Jerry Kelly ($7.1K)
Team Old Man is in full effect this week: we have Jerry Kelly as well as Steve Stricker. Kelly has posted some excellent results on this track dating back to 2012. He has only missed two cuts, posted three top 10s (9/6/3), a 14th and a 29th. Kelly is just a steady golfer that keeps the ball low and positions himself correctly on every hole. I like Kelly for his consistency with a bit of value upside and low ownership.
Others to consider: Jimmy Walker, Shawn Stefani, Sam Saunders, Danny Lee
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