Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with PGA Tour’s ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club this weekend! DPA Staff, Colin Lynch, here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 78 player field consisting mostly of PGA tour & Asian Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 12:50pm EDT at Sherwood Country Club, located in Thousand Oaks, California. The course will play as a par 72 measuring just over 7,000 yards. The venue features a mix of bent grass/poa greens with FIVE par 3’s and FIVE par 5’s! The tournament is another no cut event and all 78 golfers will be guaranteed four rounds of golf.
Top Tier Targets
Jon Rahm ($11,000)
Rahm comes into the ZOZO Championship as the odds on favorite to win this week. He posted a 17th place finish last week in Vegas, bringing his streak of consecutive top 25 finishes to six. Rahm is an elite talent who is the most complete golfer in the field. He has gained strokes off the tee in seventeen straight events and I expect nothing less than for him to feast on these par 5’s. Rahm loves to play on bent grass and he’s one of the best in the field as far as course history goes in the state of California.
Justin Thomas ($10,600)
JT posted a 12th place finish last week at The CJ Cup marking his fourth straight top 25 finish. He’s one of the best iron players in the world and he seems to always dominate no cut events. JT consistently gains strokes on approach and has done so in seventeen of his last eighteen events. In the last fifty rounds, JT is top 5 in the field in approach, birdie or better percentage, opportunities gained, and DraftKings Scoring.
Webb Simpson ($9,700)
Webb is one of the more consistent golfers on tour evident by seventeen top 25 finishes (including twelve top 10’s) in his last twenty two events. Simpson’s world class short game is nothing short of elite and I love targeting him on these shorter courses. Over his last 50 rounds, Webb is top ten in the field in strokes gained putting, strokes gained approach, strokes gained around the green, and birdie or better percentage.
Patrick Reed ($9,600)
Reed is a world class golfer who has been in tremendous form as of late. He is coming off three straight top 15 finishes (3rd, 13th, 8th) which include a 13th place finish at the U.S. Open. He projects to be one of the lowest owned golfers above $9K and I think he’s in a great spot at this price point and ownership. Reed is a bent grass specialist who has a great track record playing in California. He is number 1 in the field in strokes gained putting on bent grass.
Matthew Wolff ($9,100)
I think it’s a great spot to hop back on Wolff again this week. He burned a lot of people last week with a poor showing in Vegas and we get an opportunity to target him at a cheaper price and lower ownership. Wolff grew up in the area and is a honorary member at Sherwood CC, so we know he is familiar with the course. Wolff is an elite ball striker who ranks top five in the field in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained approach, and par 5 scoring.
Middle Tier Targets
Daniel Berger ($8,900)
Berger jumps off the page as an obvious value this week due to his underpriced salary. He finished 28th last week despite losing strokes with his short game (extremely rare for him). Berger has seven top 25 finishes in his last ten events and he’s been one of the best golfers on tour since the restart. He’s top 5 in the field in birdie or better percentage and makes for a great course fit.
Joaquin Niemann ($8,400)
Niemann has quietly posted five straight top 30 finishes (6th, 13th, 23rd, 27th, 3rd). He’s playing great golf right now and his form has him trending in the right direction. Niemann is coming off a 6th place finish last week in Vegas where he gained seven plus strokes ball striking. His price has slowly began creeping up but he always plays his best golf on bent grass.
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,300)
Fitz seems like an obvious target this week due to the course fit and his elite iron play/short game. He’s someone that stands out whenever we get an event with a short track, like this one. Fitz is coming off a 12th place finish last week where he gained over 5 strokes on approach. He’s a golfer that peppers fairways and greens and he’s one of my favorite values on the board.
Russell Henley ($8,100)
Henley has been the best iron player on tour since the restart and he comes in to this week on the heels of a 3rd place finish last week in Vegas. Russell is the number 1 golfer in the field in strokes gained approach and bogey avoidance. In his last five events he’s finished no worse than 27th and has three top 10 finishes in that span.
Brian Harman ($7,300)
Harman has quietly strung together seven straight top 40 finishes (28th, 13th, 37th, 38th, 12th, 11th, 27th). He posted 21 and 22 birdies in his last two events and ranks top 10 in the field in par 5 scoring. Harman has gained strokes off the tee and on approach in three straight events and he’s gone nine straight events without missing a cut. He’s a solid all around golfer who’s been in great form, I like him in all formats this week.
Cameron Smith ($7,200)
Cam Smith has been playing very well as of late and he has a great track record playing in California. Smith finished 11th last week in Vegas and he has now gained strokes on approach in seven straight events. Cam is top ten in the field in strokes gained putting on bent grass and he has four top 25 finishes in his last five events.
Kevin Kisner ($6,800)
Kisner is significantly underpriced this week and he could easily be priced in the higher $7K range. Kisner offers great value at this price point and this course should suit him well because you don’t need to be long off the tee in order to compete here. Kisner is very good on approach and is one of the best putters in the field on bent grass.
Xander Schauffele ($11,200)
Collin Morikawa ($9,800)
Viktor Hovland ($9,200)
Harris English ($8,800)
Sebastian Munoz ($7,200)
Kevin Na ($6,900)
Corey Conners ($6,600)
*Kevin Streelman ($6,600)
Mackenzie Hughes ($6,500)
Brendan Steele ($6,500)
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