DFS PGA Playbook - The Players
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Players.
I've known about this change in schedule for almost a year now but it is weird to be talking about the Players Championship in March. This tournament typically is the bridge event between the Masters and the U.S. Open in mid-May but here we are in March. This tournament is widely regarded as the tour's fifth major. It is played yearly at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and known best for its signature 17th hole, a par 3 with an Island Green. This hole has shattered the dreams of many PGA Tour pros but it is one of the most exciting holes to watch on Tour. But there is a lot more to this course than just a gimmicky island green, so lets get to it ...
Accuracy is the name of the game. This track is not particularly long at only 7,215 yards but even when these pros think they have hit a good shot, they can’t be too sure. These players must know how to get themselves out of trouble which means scrambling becomes key to success this weekend. TPC Sawgrass was designed by Pete Dye and if you've ever played one of his courses, you know it can be quite a humbling experience. Luck has a crucial role at the Players because depending on where you land the ball on these sloping greens, they can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The greens are big and these players will attack them but they are also known to be very fast.
When you look at course history, players who are known as good course managers have had the most success. We're looking for all around solid players from tee-to-green with excellent GIR numbers. Players must avoid hazards and disastrous situations, so length off the tee is not as important as landing your ball in the fairway. This is a difficult course and no tour player is completely safe from missing the cut. There are a little over 140 golfers in the field and the Top 70 including ties will see weekend action.
I just wanted to take a moment to remind all my readers that the players listed in my playbook are the golfers that I personally recommend using this weekend. All the 9K plus golfers on DraftKings have the capability to win this tournament but you must draw the line somewhere because you obviously cannot use all of them. After doing my research, the players I've listed are the ones that I'm building my lineups around. Just because I did not list a guy like Dustin Johnson in the playbook, does not mean I am completely fading him this weekend. I may throw him into one GPP but I will be underweight on him. I have personally chosen to ride Rory, JT, Sergio, and Hideki this weekend and we will see how it all shakes out.
As always, I wish you all the best of luck and make sure you follow me on Twitter @Drew_Phelps83. Please feel free to tweet me throughout the weekend about the tournament. Let’s all win big!
ONE AND DONE PLAY ... SERGIO GARCIA
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