PGA DFS Playbook - The Players Championship
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Players Championship.
The PGA Tour pushes the Players Championship as its fifth major. It makes its second appearance in March since the restructured PGA Tour schedule. TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida plays host to this event and known best for its signature 17th hole, a par 3 with an Island Green. This hole is one of the most exciting holes to watch on Tour and it has shattered the dreams of many PGA pros. While the 17th is what brings in the casual golf fans, there is a lot more to dive into at Sawgras.
Like most of the Florida course, accuracy is the name of the game. This track is not particularly long at 7,215 yards but it can trip you up in many ways. These golfers will feel a false sense of security at times. They must know how to get themselves out of trouble which means scrambling becomes key stat of the 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 Tee-to-Green players with excellent GIR numbers and once again take a look at Strokes Gained: Approach to the Green as a key stats. 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 144 players in the field and the Top 65 and 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 guys like Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson in the playbook, does not mean I am completely fading them this weekend. I may throw him into one GPP but I will be underweight on him. I have personally chosen to ride Rory, Rahm, Cantlay, Scott and Bryson 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!
My One and Done Play is Adam Scott
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