Feels like forever since I’ve written about golf! It’s so good to be back. Let’s start the New Year right by winning some money this week – Let’s get ready for the Tournament of Champions DFS Course Preview for DraftKings & FanDuel.
This week we tee it off with rather a small field. We’re currently looking at 42 players in the field which is unfortunate to start the New Year, but hey golf is back, and usually, at this event we expect 20-25 players so that’s a plus. On another note – this is a no-cut event that I’ll be dreading all weekend long, but I digress and look forward to some PGA action!
Kapalua Resort (plantation) is nearly 7,600 yards, par 73 played on Bermuda Greens. Similar courses would be The Country Club of Jackson (Sanderson Farms) and Torrey Pines (Farmers). The front nine is going to be the most difficult holes to play with 4 holes having a 15-19% bogey rate while the back nine has only 2 holes that have less than a 16% chance of bogeys.
The course is resort-style meaning that the rough won’t be too penal and the fairways will be wide. Greens are larger here than your average Tour course, which sets up nicely as many of the holes play downhill. Now on to the picks!
Justin Thomas ($10700) – I’m not one to go back on defending champions, but cmon it’s JT. And according to the Rise or Fall Study Hub, the man has won it here twice in the past 3 years. He’s also gained 2 strokes in the last 20 rounds here. And guess who leads the field in T2G? You guessed it, JT. Justin has gained 1.67 strokes T2G since the restart.
Jon Rahm ($10400) – This write up on Jon is not to talk about how he changed club sponsors over the break and how we must wait a few months as he adjusts. Rahm is an elite golfer and has finished top 10 in the 3 years he’s been here, with a highlight of 2nd in 2018. Rahm has gained 2.26 strokes in 12 rounds at this course.
Bryson Dechambeau ($10200) – Bryson is looking to bounce back from that horrific 34th place finish at The Masters and is now coming to a course that Driving Distance is top 5? Rough is not a problem and wide fairways? Sign me up, please. We know Bryson can be volatile, but this course suits him. He drives the ball 420+ yards and is an excellent putter. What more do we need.
Hideki Matsuyama ($9000) – Deki finished the year strong – According to the Rise or Fall Study Hub, he finished 13th at The Masters and 2nd at the Houston Open. Deki also has a great history here as he’s placed 4th and 2nd. He’ll also be able to display that excellent T2G that he is known for; last 5 tournaments he’s gained 5.6 strokes.
Dark Horse Play
Ryan Palmer ($7000) – I must say Palmer provides a ton of value at this range. Palmer hasn’t played since finishing 4th at the Zozo, but we know Texas boy can deal with those gust winds with ease. I went back to the start of the 2020 season to present and Palmer has gained 0.66 strokes T2G. Palmer also drives the ball over 310 yards and is ranked 2nd overall in the field in birdies or better.