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DraftKings Preview: The Scottsdale AZ Open

May 11, 2020

Matt Picanso continued his phenomenal play on the Golden State Tour with another win last week, finishing at 18-under par in the Legacy Classic for his third straight win in as many outings. He will look to make it four in a row at the Scottsdale AZ Open in Phoenix this week.

A large field of 162 golfers will tee it up for the Scottsdale AZ Open on Tuesday. This is the closest we’ll get to a PGA Tour event until it returns next month. With a generous purse of $125,000, we’ll get to see numerous PGA Tour Pros tee it up for a chance to win the grand prize. Joel Dahmen, Kevin Streelman, Nate Lashley, Alex Cejka, J.J. Spaun, Brandon Harkins, and Colt Knost headline the field.

DraftKings is once again 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 lock. The big GPP contest this week is a $15 entry with over $200,000 worth of prize money being handed out, including a $50,000 prize to the winner.

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Course Preview

This week’s event will be played at the Talking Stick Golf Club (O’odham Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Talking Stick’s O’odham (formerly known as North Course) course, with its broad, angular holes rewards thoughtful play through the rise of its many options according to one’s level of skill. Its low-profile, slightly crowned greens and close-cropped approaches encourage running as well as aerial assaults.

The O’odham Course will play as a par 71, and it measures at 7,133 yards long. With only two Par 5s on the scorecard, golfers will have to take advantage of the short Par 4s and the four Par 3s. Expect to see the winner finish the tournament in the eight-under to 12-under par range. Brady Calkins, Eric Ash, and Joel Dahmen are the previous winners of the tournament.

Key Stats

  • First Round Scoring Average (minimum of five rounds)
  • Par 4 Birdie Leaders
  • Top-10 finishes (minimum of four events)

Recommended Plays

Joel Dahmen ($11,000)
The 70th-ranked golfer in the world is the highest priced competitor for good reason. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the PGA Tour, Dahmen had back-to-back T5 showings. He is a prior winner of this event, and he posted on his social media last week about shooting a 58 at a course nearby. Look for Dahmen to come out firing darts on Tuesday and rack up plenty of birdie opportunities. Ownership will be high, so be sure to make pivots if you need to differentiate your lineups.

Matt Picanso ($10,000)
The 34-year-old is one of the hottest golfers on the planet right now. He has three consecutive wins on the Golden State Tour and gets off to extremely hot starts. His last six opening-round scores are all in the 60s and include three rounds of 64. Don’t overthink this one and get him in your lineups.

Brandon Harkins ($9,400)
Trying to work his way back up to the PGA Tour, Harkins already has a runner-up to his name on the Korn Ferry Tour this season. He is fourth in birdie average has the skill to go low and rack up plenty of points for your DK lineups. This is a solid price for a proven golfer who has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour level.

Nate Lashley ($9,300)
Another misprice for a PGA Tour player who won his first title last season, Lashley makes a lot of sense 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.

Taylor Montgomery ($8,700)
The 25-year-old Korn Ferry Tour star placed third at this event last year and T7 the year prior (2018). His last start on the Korn Ferry Tour was a third-place finish at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in February. He could get overlooked this week with plenty of other solid choices in his price range.

Colton Yates ($7,900)
Yates was the first-round leader at the Legacy Classic last week but followed it up with a disastrous second round to miss the cut. Don’t let this one round scare you away. Yates has two top-10 finishes in two events on the Outlaw Tour this year and also placed fifth at the Scottsdale AZ Open in 2019. He fifth on Tour in holes per birdie and sixth in Par 4 birdie leaders.

Brady Calkins ($7,800)
The defending champion of the Scottsdale AZ Open will have his hands full attempting to go back-to-back. However, this is an excellent price for a golfer who has four top-10s in five events this season — including first and second-place finishes. The 25-year-old will be a popular play, but his course history and birdie prowess are too much to pass on.

Ryan Williams ($7,300)
The Canadian has a T14 finish here in 2019 and a T7 finish here in 2017. It’s clear he performs well at this golf course and has the ability to go low. He is one of the better players on the Mackenzie Tour and has finished top 20 in six events between the Outlaw Tour and Golden State Tour.

Joe Fryer ($7,200)
Fryer has been playing some sneaky good golf on the Golden State Tour. In his last five events, he has three top-10 finishes. What is more impressive is his first-round scoring statistics. Fryer is second next to Matt Picanso in first-round scoring, averaging an impressive 66.60 in his opening rounds. He should come in at a decent ownership number 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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