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Top DraftKings PGA DFS Picks for The Genesis Invitational 2022

Draftkings PGA DFS Picks

Top DraftKings PGA DFS Picks for The Genesis Invitational 2022

Once again, my PGA DFS dreams were dashed by a horrendously uncharacteristic performance by one of the tournament favorites. Viktor Hovland showed awful form and unceremoniously missed the WM Phoenix Open cut by a wide margin. The tournament itself was a true spectacle. Hundreds of thousands of rowdy patrons graced TPC Scottsdale. There were two aces at the infamous 16th hole coliseum, which cascaded a silver rain of rocky mountain light beer and aluminum bottles upon Sam Ryder and Carlos Ortiz.

The Genesis Invitational will be much more buttoned up at Riviera Country Club. There will not be any flashing of furry bellies or donning of Pepperdine jerseys. Riviera also presents a much stiffer challenge for the tour professionals. Strokes gained around the green and putting will be paramount stats when building out our DFS lineups. This is an invitational tournament, meaning the field is slightly smaller, keeping the same top-65 (including ties) for the weekend cut. Theoretically, it will be a bit easier to attain a 6-for-6 lineup. Understanding the scoring for your particular DFS site will be of greater importance this week.

Stick it Close: Studs to Target

Dustin Johnson (DK: $10,200; FD: $11,500; Y!: $44)

It really requires no thought at all to want to roster DJ in PGA DFS for any particular tournament. When it comes to events at Riviera Country Club, he is a stone cold lock. After taking down the Genesis in 2017, Johnson finished 16th in 2018. He has since reeled off four consecutive top-10 finishes in this tournament. DJ is also fresh off a very strong showing in Saudi Arabia last week.

The former World #1 is playing hot and still has the game to put up a ridiculous DFS score. He putts well on Poa Annua greens and his power fade off the tee fits the course nicely. If DJ is playing like himself, he will run away with this tournament and win by a wide margin.

Collin Morikawa (DK: $10,400; FD: $11,700; Y!: $46)

Morikawa is one of my favorite golfers on the PGA Tour. He is also one of the Tour’s very best ball strikers. Many DFS players will forgo Morikawa in favor of other top dollar players, because he has been taking a break from golf the last month or so. Make no mistake, the former Cal Bear is the type of player who can take advantage of a challenging course like Riviera.

Morikawa is an outstanding player off the tee and on approach. His short game is strong and his streaky putting is better on the familiar Poa Annua greens of Southern California. He has played the Genesis three times and made the cut each time, peaking with a 14th place finish last year. Another strong play in this range is Tony Finau, who might have an even lower ownership percentage.

Sungjae Im (DK: $8,600; FD: $10,500; Y!: $37)

I was absolutely stunned to see a golfer of Im’s caliber down at this price, especially on DraftKings. The feeling went from stunned to flabbergasted when his projected ownership was under 15%. The Korean is one of the best all-around players on the PGA Tour, ranking highly in nearly every “strokes gained” category. Im is the guy who is seemingly always near the top of every leaderboard on Sunday. His recent form is so consistently good that it isn’t worrisome that he struggled in the Genesis early in his career. His price says “dark horse,” while his game says “slam dunk.”

Top DraftKings PGA DFS Picks for The Genesis Invitational 2022

No Gimme: Tap-In Values

Abraham Ancer (DK: $7,700; FD: $9,600; Y!: $38)

The $7k range on DraftKings is absolutely loaded with talent. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see a few of these guys crack the top-10 on Sunday. Ancer is another golfer with the perfect playing style to excel at Riviera, even though he hasn’t done much more than make the cut at the Genesis. His recent form is strong, which props him up in the PGA Study Hub data models.

Ancer is also projected at only 6% ownership on DraftKings, making him a lovely upside leverage play this week. He will most likely make about 30% of my lineups, since I do want a great deal of exposure to this salary group as a whole.

Paul Casey (DK: $7,600; FD: $9,700; Y!: $36)

Casey is such a well-rounded player. He is very experienced as a long-time Tour player and has excelled at Riviera through the years. It really is no wonder. The Englishman has been excellent in every “strokes gained” statistic tracked by the PGA Tour in this measurement period. Like Morikawa, he is using the Genesis as a return from a long hiatus.

Casey is still somehow only projected to be 10% owned in DFS, which is a lovely leverage play with a high floor. Sometimes, we need to take shots on lesser-known players to find good leverage in PGA DFS contests. In an invitational tournament like the Genesis, I will likely defer to safer players at a great value (like Casey).

Adam Hadwin (DK: $7,100; FD: $8,700; Y!: $21)

Hadwin is a sneaky great play this week, especially on Yahoo!, where it appears they have no idea who he is. The value isn’t terrible on DraftKings and FanDuel either. Hadwin has made the weekend in each of the last six years at the Genesis Invitational. When you combine consistent success at Riviera with strong form in his last three tournaments, Hadwin makes for an exciting golfer to roster at the 40% cap. Strokes gained on approach and around the green are his strong suits, confirming why he seems to show up well for this tournament year after year.

I will be with you for an entire PGA Tour season of DFS picks. I hope you join me in victory throughout 2022 and beyond. I promise to be a better DFS golfer than an actual golfer. You can find all of my musings on Twitter. Good luck and hit ’em straight!