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DraftKings Outlaw Tour Preview: TPC Champions Classic

May 18, 2020

Zach Smith, a 500/1 pre-tournament betting outright, won the $20,000 grand prize at the Scottsdale AZ Open last week. Smith shot rounds of 63-67-62 to finish at 18-under for the week, giving him the win by three strokes. It was a very impressive victory for Smith, who beat several PGA Tour players, including Joel Dahmen, Kevin Streelman, and Nate Lashley.

The Outlaw Tour returns this week for the TPC Champions Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona. A field of 81 golfers will tee it up for the Outlaw Tour’s biggest purse of the season ($48,200). Dylan Wu ($11,400), Nicolo Galletti ($10,800), and K.K. Limbhasut ($10,400) are the highest priced golfers on DraftKings for the week.

DraftKings is once again only offering Showdown game styles this week. Round one will begin at 12 p.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 $150,000 worth of prize money, and that includes a $50,000 prize for the winner.

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Course Preview

This week’s event will be played at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. It will play as a par 71, and it measures at 7,114 yards long. Golfers must score well on the four par 5s to separate themselves from the pack. The course also has five par 3s that measure close to an average of 200 yards long.

The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale sits where the Desert Course once did, but it offers the thrills of golfing a new course, this one designed by architect Randy Heckenkemper, who did his best to fit the new golf course into the untouched desert land that surrounds it.

Key Stats

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

Recommended Plays

Nicolo Galletti ($10,800)
Galletti has three straight top-three finishes on the Outlaw Tour — including a win at the Legacy Shootout in late April. He ranks fourth on Tour in par-5 performance and eighth in holes-per-birdie. Galletti is a scoring machine for DraftKings lineups.

Patrick Flavin ($9,800)
Flavin is coming off a solid week at the Scottsdale AZ Open. He shot rounds of 66-68-67 to finish T13. In his only appearance on the Outlaw Tour this year, he finished T4, and that included two sensational rounds of 62 and 60. The 24-year-old can go super low and rack up plenty of points for your DK lineups.

Yannik Paul ($9,400)
As the cheaper of the two Paul brothers, Yannik is playing some excellent golf of late. He finished T13 at the Scottsdale AZ Open last week and ended his tournament with rounds of 65 and 66. Paul is top-15 in both par-5 birdie percentage and total eagles. He will come in at a better ownership number than his brother Jeremy.

Nate Lashley ($9,300)
Another misprice for a PGA Tour player who won his first title last season, Lashley is a good play this week. The 81st-ranked golfer in the world had two top-10 finishes in 12 events before the COVID-19 shutdown. He ranked T8 in par-4 scoring on the PGA Tour for 2019-20, so he should have no problem making plenty of birdies here. Always a solid putter, Lashley should play well in the desert.

Kyler Dunkle ($8,700)
Dunkle ranks 13th on the Golden State Tour money list for the 2019-20 season. He hasn’t finished worse than T19 in all five of his events, and he has a T3 showing to his name. Dunkle should come in at a favorable ownership number, as he is not a well-known player on the Outlaw Tour.

Andrew Funk ($8,000)
This is a solid price for a guy who has four top-10s in just seven events on the Outlaw Tour this season. The Canadian has one of the better first-round scoring averages on Tour, as he averages 67.57 on his opening rounds. Funk ranks T3 in total eagles this season, and if he can take advantage of the four Par 5s, he could be a difference-maker for your lineups.

John Greco ($7,700)
Greco checks plenty of boxes this week. He finished fifth at the TPC Champions Classic in September, and he is coming off a solid T20 finish at the Scottsdale AZ Open last week. Greco is one of the longer hitters on Tour and should be able to take advantage of these four par 5s.

Sam Triplett ($7,500)
Getting a golfer who is second overall on the Outlaw Tour money list at $7,500 is a tremendous value. He has six top-10s to his name and finished third at the TPC Champions Classic in September. His form hasn’t been as great of late, but he knows this course and can rack up plenty of birdies.

Jon Trasamar ($7,200)
Trasamar has three consecutive top-10 showings on the Outlaw Tour. The last time he teed it up, he placed T3 at the East Valley Championship and closed off the tournament with two rounds of 64. Seventh on Tour in par-5 scoring, Trasamar should find himself with ample birdie opportunities this week.

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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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