DraftKings PGA Lineup Advice: Wyndham Championship
The PGA Tour stays in the Carolinas this week, where a handful of folks who pegged it at last week’s PGA Championship will peg it at the Wyndham Championship outside of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Two things you’ll read in every preview this week: The course is easy and the field is weak (as you’d expect the week after a major championship). Sedgefield Country Club is one of the two easiest par-70 courses in the regular PGA Tour rotation.
At just 7,127 yards, Sedgefield is happy to lie down and roll over for today’s professionals. Last year, more than 30 golfers finished at least 10 under par. Don’t worry about layout. Players dominate the course off the tee whether they find the fairway or not. Proximity on approaches is important because, of course, maximizing birdie opportunities in this dead heat of a tournament is vital.
Thus, the likes of Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner, and Jason Dufner will be hoping for accurate iron play this week. If you miss the green at Sedgefield more than five or six times per round, there’s no way you’ll keep pace with the frontrunners as they pour in birdie putts on the course’s receptive Bermuda greens.
If you want to go chalk…
Fade Henrik Stenson ($11,500). Three missed cuts in three starts at this event for the priciest guy in DraftKings? Forget it. No reason to pay up for Stenson, even with his pedigree and solid recent form. Stenson and Sedgefield do not mix.
Kevin Kisner: $11,300
Obviously, Kisner didn’t get the W last week at Quail Hollow. But that could actually be a good thing. Less of a letdown, more motivation arriving at Sedgefield. He’s finished inside the top 10 in his two most recent efforts here. Statistically, he’s unmatched in the field 18th in strokes gained: approach. Seventh in total strokes gained.
Keegan Bradley: $9,500
Not top-of-the-line in most fields, Keegan Bradley gets a long look this week. He’s 89th in strokes gained: approach, 50th in total strokes gained and 44th in birdie average, all of which are none too shabby amid this competition. The native Vermonter has made his last six cuts, and he made the cut in his only Wyndham appearance. 23rd in greens in regulation, as well.
Rory Sabbatini: $7,200
Oh, Sabbo. You know it’s a weak field when “the other Rory” gets a look! Sabbatini has been playing good golf of late: top-25 finishes in four of his last five starts. He also has a top-10 finish in his two turns at Sedgefield. 42nd in birdie average. Forget the other stats and fire him up!
Tyrone Van Aswegen: $7,100
Here’s a sure-to-be-under-owned player with a hot hand. Top-20 finisher in his two most recent PGA Tour starts, TVA hits it close to the hole (43rd in proximity). He could do well this week. Again, looking at the RBC Canadian Open as something of a corollary, van Aswegen tied for 19th there.
Birdies are the name of the game in GPP. Field leaders in birdie or better percentage, number indicates season rank
12. Anirban Lahiri: $7,200
21. Grayson Murray: $9,100
23. Cameron Smith: $7,000
25. Trey Mullinax: $6,900
26. Tom Hoge: $7,100
28. Sam Saunders: $8,100
James Hahn: $9,000
Looking at his two most recent starts, Hahn finished tied for 10th at the weak-field birdie-fest that was the RBC Canadian Open, as well as the PGA Championship, so all facets of his game are working at the moment. He’s made one of two cuts at Sedgefield. Considering the strength of the competition this is a good SG look: 69th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, 85th in strokes gained: approach, 78th in strokes gained: 99th in strokes gained: putting, 61st in total strokes gained.
Chez Reavie: $8,100
At an event where proximity to the hole will be critical, why not roster the gentleman who leads the PGA Tour in that statistical category? Also, not surprisingly, he’s 23rd in strokes gained: approach. Coming off a top-25 finish at the PGA Championship. Reavie should be a relatively low-owned GPP play thanks to missed cuts in his most recent Wyndham action. If you like stats and recent play more than course history, Reavie is a respectable play in the $8K range.