Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with PGA Tour’s 2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession this week. DPA Staff Colin Lynch here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 73 player field consisting of PGA Tour and European Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 10:58am EDT at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Florida. This will be the players first time playing The Concession Golf Club course on tour. The course will play as a par 72 measuring over 7,400 yards and will feature Bermuda greens. All 73 golfers will be guaranteed four rounds of play in this no cut WGC event.
Top Tier Targets
Jon Rahm ($11,100)
Rahm continues to perform at an elite level and he’s one of my favorite spend up options of the slate. The Spaniard is coming off a Top 5 finish last week at The Genesis Invitational. It’s beginning to seem that even when Rahm plays mediocre, like he did last week, he’s still posting high end finishes. Jon is a world class golfer that has no obvious weakness in his game. He’s currently riding a streak of eight consecutive Top 25 finishes (5th,13th, 7th, 7th, 7th, 2nd, 17th, 23rd) on tour, and 17 straight made cuts to date. In the past two events, Rahm has gained over eight and seven strokes tee to green and he’s finished inside the Top 7 in five of his last six events.
Rory Mcllroy ($10,400)
Rory is coming off his first missed cut in over two years, bringing an end to his thirty event streak of made cuts. Prior to last week, Mcllroy had nine straight Top 25 finishes worldwide (seven of those Top 20’s). It’s been some time since we’ve seen Rory contend, but I think he bounces back in a big way here. Mcllroy has a great track record playing in Florida and on Jack Nicklaus design courses, especially Bermuda. I like Rory in all formats this week and I love that he’s being overlooked.
Viktor Hovland ($9,400)
I wrote up Hovland last week and he didn’t dissapoint, posting a Top 5 finish at The Genesis Invitational. In his last five events worldwide, Viktor has four Top 6 finishes (5th, 6th, 2nd, 31st, 1st) and has gained 3.4 strokes off the tee and 4.6 strokes tee to green. Hovland is an elite ball stiker who ranks Top 10 on tour in strokes gained ball striking and strokes gained tee to green. I expect him to continue his hot stretch of play here in this WGC event.
Middle Tier Targets
Sungjae Im ($8,800)
Im took the past two weeks off to gear up for the Florida Swing. He’s a golfer who competes and plays on tour more than anyone so you got to love the spot he’s in this week , especially coming in well rested. Sungjae is a Bermuda specialist that has gained over 1.2 strokes per round on Bermuda tracks in the past calendar year. He’s a consistent golfer that peppers fairways and greens, and he’s one of the best total drivers of the ball on tour and in this field. Im ranks Top 15 (in the field) in strokes gained off the tee and Top 10 in strokes gained ball striking. He has a great track record in Florida and Bermuda is his best putting surface.
Scottie Scheffler ($8,300)
Scheffler has posted back to back Top 20 finishes in his last two starts on tour (20th, 7th) and he’s trending in the right direction ahead of this weeks event. Scottie is a well rounded golfer that is strong and accurate off the tee, and one of the better irons players on tour. He is capable of getting red hot with his irons and posting low round scores. Scheffler is a birdie maker that ranks Top 25 on tour in birdie percentage and strokes gained ball striking. He’s a Bermuda specliast that I love at this price point.
Will Zalatoris ($8,000)
Willy Z has played in ten PGA tour events since the start of October and has posted seven Top 20 finishes, including four Top 10’s. Zalatoris has missed only one cut in that span. He’s certainly in the elite category conservation, yet he’s still being disrespected with this $8,000 price tag. Zalatoris is a great ball striker and approach player who currently ranks in the top ten on tour in strokes gained approach and greens in regulations. I’m planning on loading up on some Willy Z this week.
Value Tier Targets
Harris English ($7,500)
English is well rested coming off back to back missed cuts on tour. As expected, he had a natural let down after capturing his first win on tour since 2013. English is an elite all-around golfer that has no weakness in his game. He’s good off the tee, great with his irons, and has one of the better short games on tour. He gains strokes in all facets of play and he’s been one of the best golfers in the world over the last calendar year. English also plays at his best on Bermuda.
Ryan Palmer ($7,200)
I can’t argue with Palmer being the cheap chalk of the slate. He’s gotten off to a great start to the season by making all four cuts in his four starts on tour, and posting two Top 5 finishes. Palmer ranks top 15 in strokes gained approach, strokes gained off the tee, and strokes gained tee to green over the last 24 rounds. He’s long off the tee, good with his irons, and his short game has really been coming around. He’s simply too cheap, but he’ll be popular.
Xander Schauffele ($10,800)
Webb Simpson ($9,100)
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,500)
Joaquin Niemann ($8,100)
Abraham Ancer ($6,800)
Kevin Na ($6,800)
Lanto Griffin ($6,700)
Brendon Todd ($6,400)
Erik Van Rooyen ($6,200)
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