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DraftKings PGA DFS Lineup Advice: Zurich Classic of New Orleans (2021)

Apr 20, 2021

Both Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith come into this event playing some great golf.

Stewart Cink (+15000) fired back-to-back opening rounds of 63 at the RBC Heritage to help take home his eighth career PGA Tour title. The 47-year-old was coming into the event fresh off a T12 at the Masters and kept the momentum going at Harbour Town. Cink joins Bryson DeChambeau as the only player on Tour with two victories on the season.

The PGA Tour heads to TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This is not a normal stroke play event, as 80 teams of two golfers will compete for the title. The top 35 teams and ties will make the cut and advance to the weekend. Each team will be playing a best-ball format in the first and third rounds, while the second and fourth will be alternate shots.

Defending champion of the event, Jon Rahm, will tee it up alongside Ryan Palmer. Rahm is coming off of a T3 at the Masters and will look to stay in good form ahead of the PGA Championship. President Cup teammates Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele will be no easy match as they have equal odds atop the betting board. College rivals Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff will be a fun team to watch this week while Cam Smith and Marc Leishman are playing some exceptional golf.

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DraftKings Lineup Construction Strategy

Due to the unique team format this week, DraftKings scoring will be different. Every golfer in the field will be available to roster, but only one player from that team can be in your lineup.  Each respective golfer on each team will receive the same points for each round this week, no matter the format. You will still be selecting six players within the $50,000 salary cap.

Previous Winners

  • 2019: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer
  • 2018: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy
  • 2017: Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt

Course Preview

TPC Louisiana in New Orleans is a Pete Dye design that will play as a Par 72 and measures around 7,400 yards. As per any Pete Dye design, accuracy off the tee is crucial to avoid the many water hazards in play. Players will see numerous long approach shots and plenty of dog logs. Fast Bermuda greens will challenge the golfers on all facets.

Relevant Betting Stats

  • Ball-Striking
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Birdie-or-Better

Recommended Plays

Cameron Smith & Marc Leishman ($11,100)
Both Aussies come into this event playing some great golf. Smith turned in six consecutive top-30 performances with high finishes of fourth (Genesis), T10 (Masters), and T9 last week at the RBC Heritage. He won this event back in 2017, and all things point toward another strong week. His partner Leishman is coming off of a T5 at the Masters and has great long irons, which will come in handy here.

Sam Burns & Billy Horschel ($10,500)
This is an enjoyable partnership as it features two very different types of golfers, but their skills will complement each other well. Horschel has a solid track record at Pete Dye designs as he is a very accurate driver of the golf ball and gives himself plenty of birdie chances. He is coming off a T25 at the RBC Heritage and won a few weeks ago at the WGC Match Play. “Bermuda” Burns is very long off the tee and is an excellent putter on fast greens. He played well last week with a 39th place finish.

Viktor Hovland & Kristoff Ventura ($9,700)
This Norweigan tandem is an intriguing one. Hovland is a world-class player who ranks fifth in strokes gained: off-the-tee and 11th in strokes gained: tee-to-green this season. He already has four top-10 finishes this year, including a win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Ventura is an excellent putter, as he ranks 10th in strokes gained: putting in 2021. He will help Hovland on the greens and also is excellent in proximity with his long irons.

Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson ($9,500)
This Euro partnership features two former top-10 ranked golfers in the world that appear to be regaining some form. Rose was the first-round leader at the Masters a few weeks ago, while Stenson posted a respectable T38 finish. Rose won at TPC Louisiana back in 2015 when this tournament was in a singles format. He is an elite Pete Dye golfer who is the sixth-best player on these designs since 2014.

Keegan Bradley & Brendan Steele  ($9,300)
This pairing includes two golfers inside the top-40 in ball-striking (Bradley 16th, Steele 39th). Their accuracy off the tee will be crucial to scoring well at TPC Lousiana due to the multiple water hazards in play. Bradley is playing some excellent golf with four straight top-30 finishes and ranks sixth in strokes gained: approach this season. Steele had a T3 at the Honda Classic in March.

Lucas Glover & Chez Reavie ($8,800)
Things appear to be clicking lately for Glover. The three-time PGA Tour winner has made his last six cuts and has high finishes of T4 (Valero Texas Open) and T19 (Honda Classic) to his name. It hasn’t been the same story for his teammate in 2021, but Reavie is a course general who hits tons of fairways and enjoys Pete Dye designs.

Erik Van Rooyen & Wyndham Clark ($8,200)
This pairing could surprise many people this week and offers tremendous upside. Van Rooyen is coming off a T14 at the Valero Texas Open and had a T9 at the WGC-Match Play the week before. He is an excellent ball-striker who shows a nice touch around the green. Clark is long off the tee (ranks second in driving distance) and is usually very sharp with the flat stick.

Sam Ryder & Doc Redman ($7,000)
If you are scrambling to save money down the board, fewer groupings offer as much offside as this one. Ryder has three top-10s to his name this season include a second place at the Corales Championship, an eighth at the Honda Classic, and a 10th at the Farmers Insurance Open.  He is a streaky golfer but can pile up tons of birdies and ranks high in this field in proximity on approaches over 200 yards. Redman was the 13th most accurate driver of the golf ball in 2020 and ranked 12th in GIR.

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