Previous PGA Tour 2021 event winners and DraftKings salary
- The Commemorative Tournament Presented by Nationwide: Patrick Cantlay ($ 9,500)
- Charles Schwab Challenge: Jason Kokrak ($ 9,000)
- PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson ($ 6,700)
- AT&T Byron Nelson: Kyoung-Hoon Lee ($ 6,900)
- Wells Fargo Championship: Rory McIlroy ($ 10,000)
- Classic Valspar: Sam Burns ($ 7,900)
- RBC inheritance: Stewart Cink ($ 6,700)
- The Masters Tournament: Hideki Matsuyama ($ 8,300)
- Texas Valero Open: Jordan Spieth ($ 10,700)
- World golf championship – Dell Technologies Match Play: Billy Horschel ($ 7,200)
- The Honda Classic: Matt Jones ($ 7,400)
- The players’ championship: Justin Thomas ($ 9,900)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Bryson DeChambeau ($ 11,000)
- Workday Charity Open: Collin Morikawa ($ 9,500)
- The Genesis Invitational: Max Homa ($ 8,200)
- AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Daniel Berger ($ 10,100)
- Waste Management Phoenix Open: Brooks Koepka ($ 8,800)
- Farmer insurance open: Patrick Reed ($ 10,100)
- The American Express: Si Woo Kim ($ 8,200)
- Sony Open: Kevin Na ($ 7,500)
- Sentinel Champions Tournament: Harris English ($ 8,700)
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$ 9,000 + Range
DraftKings Price: $ 10,200
Unlike many weeks, this level has some names that you would not normally see. And, as with many weeks, I’m wary of playing the more expensive guys. Most of the time, it is simply because of the price and the fact that the rest of the list makes it difficult to get six types that you are comfortable with. This week, I can put DJ or Koepka in a lineup and the general weakness of the field does not worry me as it is just weak. After the top four or five players, there is not much “value” when considering price.
I’m starting with Tyrrell Hatton as my pick this week and I probably won’t go higher than Matthew Fitzpatrick. DJ and Brooks are clearly the dominant names in this field. However, next week is the US Open. Why does it matter? Well, since DJ and Koepka are already in that field, and it’s on the other side of the country, everything has to go perfectly for these guys to have an interest heading into the weekend. If any of them have a bad first or second round and are close to missing the cut, you can see them round up the tent and head to Torrey. I hate making this statement about any athlete and it is not intended to be a blow to any of your work ethic. It’s simply the nature of golf and the fact that Majors are the priority for guys of this caliber.
Additional game (s) to consider
- Sungjae Im ($ 9,700 | +1600)
- Tommy fleetwood ($ 9,500 | +2500)
- Ian Poulter ($ 9,200 | +2500) – I usually don’t like it at this price, but I’ll do it this week.
- Garrick Higgo ($ 9,000 | +4000) – I’ve been all the rage on the Euro Tour and it may not be on the radar here
$ 7,500- $ 8,900 range
Alex Noren, Brandt Snedeker and Rafa Cabrera Bello (RCB)
DraftKings Price: Norwegians: $ 8,900 | Slicer: $ 8,400 | RCB: $ 7,800
DraftKings sports betting odds of winning: Norwegians +2500 | Snedeker +5000 | RCB: +8000
This week is where prices and value meet the cliff. There are some other guys that I like here, but with no track record from the field, it’s hard for me to differentiate, as that’s one of my favorite criteria.
Noren just finished in the top 15 on a very difficult course and has been in the top 25 in four of his last five events. The current shape is probably my favorite criteria. With that said, let me introduce you to “Sneds”. He’s been in the top 20 in three of his last five events and is generally someone who will limit his mistakes even in fields where he has little experience.
I will include RCB as my “Rickie Fowler Escape” Player of the Week. Like Fowler, RCB was always one of my favorite mid-range plays. Plus, like Rickie, his game had followed this week’s “price to value” breaking point at the proverbial cliff. I’m starting to trust Rickie again, but he won’t play this week. RCB has three straight cuts with more than adequate results given its $ 7,800 price tag.
Additional plays to consider
- Keith mitchell ($ 8,800 | +4000)
- Lucas glover ($ 8,600 | +3300)
- Vince whaley ($ 7,700 | +8000) – I’d really be willing to substitute it for any of the three I listed above. In fact, its price based on the current form is fantastic!
$ 7,400 and under range
DraftKings Price: $ 7,400
Sorry, I can’t give you the $ 6,100 “KISS” call this week. We know someone down here will make the cut and play well. It’s just a matter of getting the right one. Aside from a couple of botched cuts, Lipsky has been playing very well on the Korn Ferry Tour. In fact, I think this week’s tournament will have the same feeling as a KFT event. Again, it’s not a hit, just the disappointment from the week before a Major.
Additional game (s) to consider
- James hahn ($ 7,100 | +10000)
- Cole Hammer ($ 6,800 | +25000) – New kid from Texas. He is destined to play well at some point and this somewhat “laid back” field event with no real field history for no one can help this week.
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka
DraftKings Price: DJ ($ 11,400) | Koepka ($ 11,100)
DraftKings sports betting odds of winning: DJ: +750 | Koepka: +800
As I said earlier, my intention is to fade these two guys this week because I don’t trust either of them to be around for the weekend unless they are in position to win on Friday afternoon. Even if they make the cut and don’t stand a chance, the weekend rounds will just be practice rounds. Since DJ hasn’t been playing that much, I’d rather have him stick with Brooks if he had to choose.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.