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DraftKings Outlaw Tour Preview: Southern Dunes Classic

May 25, 2020

In his first career pro event, former MLB pitcher Barry Enright took down the TPC Champions Classic. It wasn’t easy for Enright, as he was forced to play six playoff holes before eventually beating out Sam Triplett. Enright shot rounds of 66-69-70 to finish at eight under par for the week.  This marks the second consecutive week that a 500/1 pre-tournament betting outright has won.

The Outlaw Tour returns this week for the Southern Dunes Classic in Maricopa, Arizona. A field of 75 golfers will tee it up for the three-day event beginning on Tuesday. John Oda ($10,700), Brady Calkins ($10,500), and Nicola Galletti ($10,300) are the highest-priced golfers on DraftKings for the week.

Once again, DraftKings is only offering Showdown game styles this week. Round one will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, so be sure to have your lineups done before they lock. The big GPP contest this week is a $10 entry with over $100,000 worth of prize money, and that includes a $25,000 prize for the winner.

One thing to remember is the Showdown game style on DraftKings differs from other formats, as it’s usually more beneficial to target players who have early tee times. Greens will be more receptive earlier in the day, the wind won’t be blowing as much, and the afternoon heat won’t be as much of an issue. They are calling for a major heatwave to win the Maricopa region this week, too, so this could be a challenge for the golfers.

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Course Preview

This week’s event will be played at the AK-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona. It will play as a par 72, and it measures at a very long 7,546 yards. Golfers must score well on the four Par 5s to separate themselves from the pack. The Par 4s are much longer than the usual distances, as the 10 of them on this course average a distance of 440 yards.

This desert golf course has wide fairways and generous landing areas. The dune-style layout requires precision from tee to green. The difficulty of the golf course lies within the deep, strategically placed sand bunkers, multi-tiered greens, and native grass roughs.

Key Stats

  • First Round Scoring Average (minimum of five rounds)
  • Par-5 Birdie Leaders
  • Holes-per-birdie
  • Top-10 finishes (minimum of four events)

Recommended Plays

Brady Calkins ($10,500)
In just five events on the Golden State Tour this season, Calkins has four top-10s, including a win at the Match Play Championship. He last teed it up at the Scottsdale AZ Open, where he played very well — finishing T3 after rounds of 65-68-64. The former PGA Tour player ranks top-10 on Tour in holes-per-birdie and offers tons of upside for your lineups.

Riley Wheeldon ($9,400)
The Outlaw Tour money leader continues to be very fairly priced on DraftKings. In his last six events on the Outlaw Tour, Wheeldon hasn’t finished worse than T12. He is a model of consistency and shot a five-under round of 66 in his second round at the TPC Scottsdale Open last week.

Alistair Docherty ($8,500)
Docherty has only played three events on the Outlaw Tour this season, but the results speak for themselves. Docherty has a T3, T6, and T7 in his three times out. His strong results are there on the Golden State Tour as well. In five events, he has four top-20s, including a third-place finish. He ranks top-15 in Par 5 performance on both Tours, so he should score just fine on this long golf course.

Norman Xiong ($8,400)
The University of Oregon product had tons of hype after he turned pro. Some people even called him the best college player since Tiger Woods. After tremendous struggles at both the PGA and Korn Ferry Tour level, Xiong must work his way back up this season. He is extremely long off the tee (averaging 315 yards in 2018-2019), and I expect him to be extremely motivated to score well this week.

Andrew Funk ($8,300)
Funk stormed up the leaderboard last week thanks to closing rounds of 67-68. He ranks top-five on the Outlaw Tour in both total eagles and Par-5 scoring. He has the ability to rack up plenty of birdies and eagles for your lineups and be a difference at a solid price.

Neil Johnson ($8,000)
Fan-favorite Neil Johnson finished very strong at the TPC Champions Classic last week. He posted a three-under 68 on his final day to earn a T10 showing. In four events now, Johnson hasn’t finished worse than T-18 on the Outlaw Tour.

Jon Trasamar ($7,700)
Despite a missed cut at the TPC Champions Classic last week, Trasamar offers too much upside to pass up at this price. He ranks top-15 in both holes-per-birdie and birdies-per-round on the Outlaw Tour. He is also a solid Par-5 scorer (17th on Tour). Expect Trasamar to bounce back this week.

Thomas Lehman ($7,000)
It’s very difficult to find value down the board this week, but Lehman is one of the few guys with high scoring potential for your lineups. He posted a T7 finish at the Legacy Classic in early May, and he closed the tournament off with a sensational round 0f eight-under 63.

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Nic Turner is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Nic, check out his archive and follow him @sportzbandit.

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