Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with the PGA Tour Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this weekend! DPA Staff, Colin Lynch, here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 144 player field consisting mostly of PGA tour regulars and greats. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 9:45am ET at TPC at Summerlin, located in “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. The course will play as a par 71 measuring over 7,200 yards with Bent grass greens. The Top 65 and tied make the cut for Saturday after the completion of 36 holes.
Top Tier Targets
Bryson DeChambeau ($11,800)
Bryson will be making his first start since capturing his first major championship trophy. DeChambeau is priced way up and he’s the most expensive golfer on the slate. He is a former winner of this event and has made the cut here each of the past four years, with finishes of 4th, 1st, 7th, and 36th. Bryson makes for a very strong play.
Webb Simpson ($11,000)
Webb is one of my favorite spends this week. He is an elite golfer who possess a great short game and is one of the best scramblers in the field. Webb is ranked 8th in the field in strokes gained around the green and 10th in strokes gained putting on bent grass. He is also top 10 in birdie or better and bogey avoidance percentage. Simpson hits a ton of fairways and is consistently one of the better iron players on tour. Webb has great course history at this event having made eight starts here while making the cut all eight times. He has a first place finish here (2010) to go along with four top 10’s and two top 20’s. Simpson’s last four starts on tour have all been top 15 finishes (8th, 12th, 6th, 3rd) making him one of the safest plays on the board.
Hideki Matsuyama ($9,900)
Hideki is one of the great ball strikers in this field and he comes into this event in great form having made six straight cuts. Matsuyama is elite as it gets around the greens but his putting is hit or miss. Deki has played at this venue twice in the past making both cuts and posting a top 10 finish a and top 20 (16th, 10th). It also doesn’t hurt that Matsuyama’s favorite putting surface is bent grass.
Matthew Wolff ($9,600)
Wolff finished runner up to Bryson his last time out at the U.S. Open. He is an elite ball striker who is one of the longest off the tee in this field. Wolff ranks 5th (in the field) in strokes gained off the tee and is also top 20 in strokes gained approach. Wolff secured a top 20 finish at this event last year and also lead the field in par 5 scoring.
Russell Henley ($8,400)
Henley is a strong tee to green golfer who comes into this weeks event in great form. Russ has made five consecutive cuts and has a top 25 and two top 10 finishes in his last three events. Henley is the number 1 ranked golfer in the field in strokes gained approach and bogey avoidance. He has quietly gained strokes around the green in six straight events. In the last four years Henley has gone on to make the cut here three times highlighted by a top 10 and top 25 finishes.
Cameron Davis ($8,200)
Davis is still searching for his first PGA tour victory and he comes into the Shriners event in great form having made six straight cuts in a row (6th, 36th, 29th, 15th, 32nd, 12th), highlighted by a 6th place finish last weekend. Davis is good off the tee and on approach, and he is one of the better birdie makers in the field. Cam made the cut and finished 28th at this event in his first and only appearance.
Doc Redman ($7,900)
Doc posted a 28th place finish last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship and all four of the rounds he posted were all under par. Redman is in rock solid form and he has gained strokes on approach consistently, one event after the other. Doc has two top 5 finishes in his last four events and he is a much better putter on bent grass greens. Redman competed in this event last year for the first time and went on to make the cut (41st).
Cameron Smith ($7,800)
Cam Smith enters into this weeks event in a great spot. He has quietly strung together seven consecutive made cuts, all of which that have come from very tough and strong fields (18th, 20th, 22nd, 38th, 43rd, 59th, 68th). Cam has an elite short game gaining strokes around the green and putting. He has great course history here highlighted by two top 15 finishes in his last two appearances.
Denny McCarthy ($7,700)
Denny finished in 6th place with a red hot putter last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He gained four strokes on the field putting and will look to carry the momentum over in Las Vegas. McCarthy is top 20 in the field in birdie or better percentage and he still is arguably the best putter in the field. Denny has gone on to make the cut in eight of his last nine events. He also has solid course history here with a top 10 finish last year and a top 15 finish the year prior.
Harold Varner III
Varner is an elite ball striker who seems like one of the better value plays on the board. Harold seems like a safe bet to make the cut being that he plays his best on bent grass. Since the restart, Varner has finished in the top 35 in every event where he has made the cut. He has great course history here making the cut in four straight appearances.
Brendan Steele ($7,200)
Steele comes into this week having made seven straight cuts in a row. He is a solid all around golfer who has gained strokes tee to green in each of his last seven events. He is a great ball striker who is also top five in the field on approach. You won’t find another golfer in this price range who is more consistent.
Patrick Cantlay ($10,400)
Colin Morikawa ($9,800)
Harris English ($9,700)
Scottie Scheffler ($9,400)
Joaquin Niemann ($8,100)
Brian Harman ($8,000)
Kristoffer Ventura ($7,100)
Luke List ($7,000)
Henrik Norlander ($6,900)
Talor Gooch ($6,900)
Maverick McNealy ($6,900)
Patrick Rodgers ($6,800)
Vaughn Taylor ($6,100)
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