Workday Charity Open 07.09.2020

If you just recently started playing DFS Golf since the Tour resumed a few weeks ago, I just want you to know that it isn’t always like this. The usual number of lineups that have all 6 players in the cut is around 10-15% each week, but we’ve seen the last few events struggle to break 5%. As we get further into the season and everyone rounds back into form, that number should grow, so now is a good time to start getting a feel for the game if you are new to it. Thankfully Bryson DeChambeau isn’t playing this week, so we don’t have to make the decision to pay up for him or risk fading him, so lineup construction should be much easier!

For DFS Golf, the most important thing is making the cut. For most tournaments, having everyone in your lineup make the cut almost guarantees you a profit, barring an insane weekend collapse. There are certain golfers that are consistent cut-makers, while others are hit or miss and can miss the cut or win the whole thing. It’s important to know what type of lineup you are building, either cash or GPP, so you know which type of golfer you want to target.

Draftkings Scoring

Per Hole Scoring
Double Eagle or Better+13 Pts
Eagle+8 Pts
Birdie+3 Pts
Par+0.5 Pts
Bogey-0.5 Pts
Double Bogey-1 Pt
Worse than Double Bogey-1 Pt
Streaks and Bonuses
Streak of 3 Birdies or Better {Max 1 Per Round}+3 Pts
Bogey Free Round+3 Pts
All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes+5 Pts
Hole In One+5 Pts
Tournament Finish Scoring
1st+30 Pts
2nd+20 Pts
3rd+18 Pts
4th+16 Pts
5th+14 Pts
6th+12 Pts
7th+10 Pts
8th+9 Pts
9th+8 Pts
10th+7 Pts
11th – 15th+6 Pts
16th – 20th+5 Pts
21st – 25th+4 Pts
26th – 30th+3 Pts
31st – 40th+2 Pts
41st – 50th+1 Pt

The largest difference for Fanduel is the bonuses, which are similar, but more rewarding than on Draftkings. Most importantly, instead of needing a streak of 3 birdies, you only need 5+ birdies for the whole round. These bonuses really add up so we want guys that can rack up birdies to take advantage of the 5+ birdies and streak points.

Fanduel Scoring

Eagle (Or Better)7
Birdie3.1
Par0.5
Bogey-1
Double Bogey (Or Worse)-3
Streak Bonus (2 Holes in a Row Under-Par)0.6
Bounce Back (Hole Under-Par After Hole Over-Par)0.3
5+ Birdies Or Better (1 Round)4
Bogey Free Round5
1st place30
2nd place20
3rd place18
4th place16
5th place14
6th place12
7th place10
8th place8
9th place7
10th place6
11th-15th place5
16th-20th place4
21st-25th place3
26th-30th place2
31st-40th place1

Much like NASCAR, the most important thing is finishing position, as a high finish generally means a good number of birdies and low bogeys to go along with the placement points. The top guys are always a threat to win, so it is important to find the cheaper guys who can outplace their salary. There are multiple ways to build a lineup so you need to decide if you want to balance cheap and expensive guys, or if you want to go safer with all mid-end golfers. The first composition is great for GPPs, while the latter is more cash-oriented, but any lineup for PGA has potential to win any contest. 

Each player’s tee times have been included alongside their site salaries and betting odds to win. Tee times are important for Showdown contests as the wind will pick up throughout the day making the early tee times more favorable. This doesn’t mean that afternoon players are unplayable, but they are at a disadvantage across the board.

NameDraftkings SalaryFanduel SalaryThurs. Tee Time (EST)Fri. Tee Time (EST)Odds
Justin Thomas11100120007:45 AM1:10 PM11/1
Jon Rahm10900118007:34 AM12:59 PM12/1
Patrick Cantlay10600117001:10 PM7:45 AM14/1
Brooks Koepka10400115007:45 AM1:10 PM14/1
Xander Schauffele10200112007:56 AM1:21 PM16/1
Hideki Matsuyama10000113007:23 AM12:48 PM14/1
Justin Rose9700108007:56 AM1:21 PM25/1
Viktor Hovland9500109007:34 AM12:59 PM22/1
Collin Morikawa92001060012:48 PM7:23 AM28/1
Rickie Fowler90001070012:59 PM7:34 AM28/1
Sungjae Im8900104001:21 PM7:56 AM40/1
Patrick Reed88001050012:59 PM7:34 AM33/1
Marc Leishman87001010012:48 PM7:23 AM35/1
Jordan Spieth8600102001:10 PM7:45 AM35/1
Matt Kuchar8500103007:23 AM12:48 PM40/1
Joaquin Niemann8400100001:32 PM8:07 AM35/1
Gary Woodland830099007:34 AM12:59 PM50/1
Adam Hadwin820099007:12 AM12:3740/1
Matthew Wolff8100980012:59 PM7:34 AM50/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick8000970012:37 PM7:12 AM50/1
Bubba Watson800098007:56 AM1:21 PM60/1
Louis Oosthuizen790093008:29 AM1:54 PM66/1
Byeong Hun An790097002:16 PM8:51 AM66/1
Phil Mickelson780094001:10 PM7:45 AM66/1
Kevin Streelman780096007:34 AM12:59 PM66/1
Scottie Scheffler7800950012:37 PM7:12 AM66/1
Joel Dahmen770093009:02 AM2:27 PM66/1
Jason Day770095007:45 AM1:10 PM66/1
Cameron Champ7700960012:48 PM7:23 AM70/1
Brandt Snedeker7600900012:48 PM7:23 AM80/1
Corey Conners760092007:45 AM1:10 PM66/1
Jason Kokrak760091008:51 AM2:16 PM90/1
Harold Varner III750092008:40 AM2:05 PM90/1
Billy Horschel750094007:56 AM1:21 PM80/1
Ian Poulter7500900012:59 PM7:34 AM80/1
Maverick McNealy750089007:01 AM12:26 PM80/1
Rory Sabbatini740089008:18 AM1:43 PM100/1
Ryan Armour740090001:21 PM7:56 AM90/1
Shane Lowry740091007:23 AM12:48 PM66/1
Lanto Griffin740086001:43 PM8:18 AM125/1
Mark Hubbard740085008:29 AM1:54 PM100/1
Scott Stallings7300870012:37 AM7:12 AM100/1
Patrick Rodgers7300870012:37 AM7:12 AM100/1
Russell Henley730088002:05 PM8:40 AM100/1
Chris Kirk730089009:02 AM2:27 PM80/1
Cameron Tringale730082008:29 AM1:54 PM150/1
Emiliano Grillo7200870012:26 PM7:01 AM100/1
Ryan Palmer720088001:43 PM8:18 AM100/1
Jhonattan Vegas720085006:50 AM12:15 PM125/1
Chez Reavie720083008:18 AM1:43 PM80/1
Matt Wallace720088002:16 PM8:51 AM100/1
Brendan Steele710086007:34 AM12:59 PM125/1
Zach Johnson710085008:07 AM1:32 PM125/1
Keegan Bradley7100860012:48 PM7:23 AM125/1
Brian Stuard710087007:12 AM12:3790/1
Max Homa7100860012:59 PM7:34 AM125/1
Bud Cauley710085007:12 AM12:37125/1
Luke List700084006:50 AM12:15 PM150/1
Troy Merritt7000840012:59 PM7:34 AM125/1
Mackenzie Hughes700084008:51 AM2:16 PM125/1
Charles Howell III700081001:10 PM7:45 AM150/1
Kyle Stanley700079002:16 PM8:51 AM150/1
Si Woo Kim700083008:18 AM1:43 PM125/1
Sepp Straka700084008:29 AM1:54 PM90/1
Tom Hoge6900820012:15 PM6:50 AM125/1
Pat Perez690079008:07 AM1:32 PM150/1
Michael Thompson690082007:01 AM12:26 PM150/1
Sam Burns690081002:05 PM8:40 AM150/1
Vaughn Taylor690079008:40 AM2:05 PM150/1
Charley Hoffman6900790012:26 PM7:01 AM150/1
Jim Furyk690083001:32 PM8:07 AM150/1
Richy Werenski680080001:54 PM8:29 AM150/1
Seung-Yul Noh680078002:05 PM8:40 AM125/1
Dylan Frittelli680080007:23 PM12:48 PM200/1
Jason Dufner680082008:18 AM1:43 PM125/1
Matthew NeSmith680077006:50 AM12:15 PM250/1
Sebastian Munoz680080001:43 PM8:18 AM200/1
J.B. Holmes680083007:56 AM1:21 PM125/1
Joseph Bramlett670078002:27 PM9:02 AM200/1
Danny Lee670076008:51 AM2:16 PM200/1
Sam Ryder670074008:40 AM2:05 PM200/1
Andrew Putnam670072001:43 PM8:18 AM200/1
Nick Taylor670081007:23 AM12:48 PM150/1
Patton Kizzire670074001:10 PM7:45 AM200/1
Andrew Landry670081007:56 AM1:21 PM150/1
Jimmy Walker660070008:29 AM1:54 PM250/1
Russell Knox660076008:07 AM1:32 PM250/1
Graeme McDowell660075001:32 PM8:07 AM150/1
Adam Long660078001:21 PM7:56 AM150/1
Hudson Swafford660078007:34 AM12:59 PM200/1
Brice Garnett660075008:18 AM1:43 PM200/1
Matt Jones660075007:12 AM12:37250/1
Nate Lashley6500720012:48 PM7:23 AM250/1
Brandon Wu650077002:27 PM9:02 AM250/1
Harry Higgs650077002:05 PM8:40 AM200/1
Adam Schenk650077001:54 PM8:29 AM200/1
Sung Kang650073001:10 PM7:45 AM250/1
Henrik Norlander650080007:01 AM12:26 PM250/1
Chesson Hadley650074009:02 AM2:27 PM250/1
Aaron Wise650075001:43 PM8:18 AM200/1
James Hahn640071001:54 PM8:29 AM300/1
Jonathan Byrd640070008:40 PM2:05 PM250/1
Tyler McCumber640071009:02 AM2:27 PM300/1
Carlos Ortiz6400760012:26 PM7:01 AM200/1
Cameron Davis6400740012:26 PM7:01 AM300/1
Charl Schwartzel640076007:01 AM12:26 PM200/1
J.J. Spaun640071008:51 AM2:16 PM200/1
Talor Gooch640073007:01 AM12:26 PM250/1
Steve Stricker630071008:07 AM1:32 PM300/1
Jamie Lovemark630070002:16 PM8:51 AM400/1
Kyoung-Hoon Lee630073002:16 PM8:51 AM300/1
Fabian Gomez6300700012:37 PM7:12 AM300/1
Stewart Cink630070001:21 PM7:56 AM300/1
Ted Potter Jr.630070008:07 AM1:32 PM500/1
Chris Stroud6300730012:15 PM6:50 AM200/1
Beau Hossler6300700012:26 PM7:01 AM400/1
Austin Cook630071001:21 PM7:56 AM400/1
Bronson Burgoon620070007:12 AM12:37400/1
Scott Harrington620070008:51 AM2:16 PM300/1
Grayson Murray620070001:32 PM8:07 AM500/1
C.T. Pan620072001:43 PM8:18 AM300/1
Luke Donald620070007:45 AM1:10 PM400/1
Cameron Percy620070002:16 PM8:51 AM500/1
Lucas Bjerregaard6200700012:26 PM7:01 AM400/1
Aaron Baddeley620070006:50 AM12:15 PM500/1
Keith Mitchell620072001:21 PM7:56 AM300/1
David Hearn620070007:12 AM12:37500/1
Tim Wilkinson620070008:51 AM2:16 PM500/1
Chase Seiffert620070002:27 PM9:02 AMN/A
Matt Every610070008:40 AM2:05 PM750/1
D.J. Trahan610070007:01 AM12:26 PM500/1
Roger Sloan610070001:54 AM8:29 AM500/1
Rob Oppenheim610070009:02 AM2:27 PM500/1
Zac Blair6100700012:15 PM6:50 AM400/1
Denny McCarthy6100700012:37 PM7:12 AM500/1
Robert Streb610070001:54 PM8:29 AM500/1
Nick Watney610070002:05 PM8:40 AM250/1
Sebastian Cappelen610070002:27 PM9:02 AM500/1
Mark Anderson610070009:13 AM2:38 PM500/1
Davis Love III610070007:23 AM12:48 PM500/1
Jerry Kelly610070008:40 AM2:05 PM750/1
Hank Lebioda600070002:27 PM9:02 AM500/1
Robby Shelton600070006:50 AM12:15 PM500/1
Michael Kim600070001:32 PM8:07 AM500/1
Brian Gay600070001:54 PM8:29 AM500/1
Peter Malnati6000700012:15 PM6:50 AM500/1
Jim Herman600070001:32 PM8:07 AM400/1
Chase Koepka600070009:02 AM2:27 PM300/1
Bo Hoag600070009:13 AM2:38 PM500/1
Xinjun Zhang6000700012:15 PM6:50 AM500/1
Martin Trainer600070008:07 AM1:32 PM1000/1
Vijay Singh600070007:45 AM1:10 PM750/1
Kevin Stadler600070008:18 AM1:43 PM500/1
Bo Van Pelt600070002:05 PM8:40 AM500/1
Kevin Tway600070008:29 PM1:54 PM500/1
Donnie Trosper600070002:27 PM9:02 AMN/A
Matthys Daffue600070009:13 AM2:38 PMN/A

Players have been separated by site due to salary differences and ease of lineup construction. Everyone listed below is playable on both sites, but some of them make more sense on one site than the other. Even if you only play on one site, make sure to pay attention to all of the picks below.

Draftkings

Top Tier:

One of the hottest players on Tour right now is Victor Hovland who seems to be one decent putting weekend away from another victory. Hovland has finished in the top-25 in all 4 events since the restart thanks to his much improved short game that he worked on during the break. He is still underpriced for his skill level and should come in as one of the highest owned players this week because of that, so fade him at your own risk. While he doesn’t have the best recent form, Rickie Fowler is coming off a 12th place finish last week and has 3 straight top-15s at this tournament. He isn’t the safest pick in the world, but when Rickie gets hot, he can run away with the lead. He makes for a nice pivot off some of the higher owned players around him and another top-15 here would be huge at low ownership. Another guy with good course history is Hideki Matsuyama who has made 6/7 cuts here including 4 top-15s and a win. Matsuyama really struggled in his first event back, but looked much improved last week when he finished 21st and he is generally one of the most consistent players on Tour. His price is a little high, but there are some value options this week that could allow you to pay up here.

Upper-Mid Tier: 

Before missing the cut here last year, Matt Kuchar had finished in the top-26 in all 6 appearances at Muirfield, with 5 top-15s including two 4ths and a win. He also has 3 top-25s in his past 6 tournaments and is looking to continue improving upon his missed cut in his first event back. Kuchar is generally a model of consistency and this is a great course for him to get back in the top-10. Speaking of consistency, Adam Hadwin has made 10/11 cuts this season and is coming off a 4th place finish last week. Hadwin hasn’t played too great here, with an 11th place as his only finish inside the top-50 in 5 tries, but recent form is much more important and it’s hard to ignore his. After a string of 3 missed cuts in a row, Kevin Streelman turned it around at the Travelers Championship with a 2nd place finish. He’ll look to keep that momentum going this week at a course that has seen him make the cut 5 years in a row including 4 top-20s and 2 top-10s. His price is a little high, but there aren’t all that many attractive options in this range.

Lower-Mid Tier: 

The further we move down the list, the more we need to look for cut makers instead of winning potential. This brings us to Harold Varner III who, despite only 2 top-20s recently, has made 6/7 cuts. Varner was fairly popular last week and should see decent ownership once again, so fading him in GPPs may not be the worst play actually. For a slightly riskier play here, Billy Horschel definitely has more upside, but isn’t as safe of a play this week. Before missing his last 2 cuts, Horschel had made 6 in a row with 2 top-10s in that span. In his past 5 appearances here, Horschel has 2 missed cuts and 3 top-15s. If those numbers don’t scream GPP play, I don’t know what does. Just under them is Scott Stallings who is kind of on the middle ground between the first two. Stallings has made 4 straight cuts including 1 top-10 and has made 4 of 5 cuts here. He doesn’t have the upside of Horschel or the safety of Varner, but he is in the middle of these guys for each, making him a decent option if you need to drop some salary.

Value Plays:

If you want to pay up for the top guys, you’re gonna need to dip down here to round out your lineups. There isn’t a ton of upside here, but all we really need for this price range is a made cut. Although this is his first tournament since February, J.B. Holmes has made 6 straight cuts including 3 top-20s and should be able to make another this week assuming he isn’t rusty in his first event back. Holmes has been very hit-or-miss here with 3 top-13s and 3 missed cuts in 6 appearances at Muirfield, making him a decent GPP play at a low price. Max Homa has missed 2 of 3 cuts since the PGA’s return, but had made 9 cuts in a row beforehand, including 5 straight top-25s entering the break. Homa finished 37th in his first appearance here last year and has a ton of potential at a very low price assuming he can right the ship this week. A pretty risky play down here is Nick Taylor who, despite winning at Pebble Beach in February, has only made 4/7 cuts recently and this is his first appearance since the Tour’s return. Taylor is a low floor/high ceiling player that should be reserved for GPPs when you need the salary relief, but he is one of the few players down here with winning potential.

Fanduel

Top Tier:

It’s much easier to fit in the top guyson Fanduel, so we can look a little higher here than on DK. This brings us to Patrick Cantlay who is the defending champion here after a 4th place finish the year before. Cantlay has made all 8 cuts this season with 6 top-20s in his last 7 starts and an 11th place in his first tournament back from the break. Cantlay is one of the most consistent players on Tour, but he is priced as such so you will need another top-15 from him this week. If anyone is capable of that though, it’s Cantlay. Xander Schauffele is another consistent player up top, coming in with 11/12 made cuts this season including 10 top-25s and 3 top-3s. Schauffele has looked solid since the return with only 2 rounds over par out of 12 (both at the RBC Heritage) and he should be able to contend this week if he can avoid another blowup round. One of the few rules of golf is to never completely fade Brooks Koepka at a Major, but recently you should also not play him at non-majors. In saying that, he finished 7th at the RBC Heritage and has been displeased with Bryson DeChambeau’s recent rise to stardom, so there is some extra motivation for him to try this week. Koepka is known to phone it in at these types of tournaments so he is not a must-play this week, but a motivated Koepka is one of the best players in the world and can dominate the field when he’s on.

Upper-Mid Tier: 

Matthew Fitzpatrick missed his first cut in a year last time out, which makes him a great play this week as his ownership should be down a bit. Fitzpatrick’s recent struggles could be attributed to his having to play with a new caddie due to travel restrictions with his usual one, but he will be playing with the legendary “Bones” MacKay who was Phil Mickelson’s caddie for over 20 years. This should really help Fitzpatrick out and he is a great play this week at a fairly low price. Another player who has struggled recently is Gary Woodland, who is coming off a missed cut and a 62nd after 3 straight top-12s. Woodland has made 6 of his last 7 cuts here with 3 top-25s in that span, so this is a great spot for him to get back on track. Much like the other 2 here, Marc Leishman has struggled recently with a 58th and a missed cut since the return, but he is another player with great history at this course. Leishman has made 9 cuts in a row here with 4 top-15s in his last 5 appearances, so this is the perfect place for him to regain the form that saw him finish 2nd at his last tournament before the break.

Lower-Mid Tier: 

When looking down here, one name that really sticks out is Joel Dahmen who has made 9 straight cuts and has 5 top-20s in his last 6 events. Dahmen is sure to be one of the highest owned players on Fanduel because his price is so cheap, but it’s hard to ignore that consistency at this price range. Speaking of consistency for cheap, Ian Poulter and Maverick McNealy have combined to make 21/23 cuts since late September last year. Poulter has made 7 of 8 cuts this season with 5 top-30s, while McNealy has made 14 of his last 15 cuts including 7 top-30s and an 8th place finish last week. Both of these guys are great cheap options that can help round out any lineup.

Value Plays:

Going all the way down here isn’t necessary for Fanduel, but if you want to fit multiple top guys in your lineups, you may have to. Jhonattan Vegas has looked great recently with 5 made cuts in a row including 4 top-30s, and another here would make him a fantastic value play at his low price. He generally isn’t very consistent so another top-30 or even made cut isn’t guaranteed this week, but at his price he makes for a good salary relief option. Mark Hubbard has also been playing well recently, having made all 4 cuts since the return including a 12th place finish last week. Hubbard is another player who usually isn’t very consistent, but he has looked pretty good this year and he is cheap enough to take the risk. If you are really desperate this week, Matthew NeSmith is all the way down at 7700 which gives you a ton of roster flexibility with him. NeSmith disappointed in his most recent event, but he had made 10/11 cuts beforehand with 4 top-20s in that span, so we know he can put up a good performance. At his price, you really just need a made cut, and he is probably the most likely to do so at this desperation price range.

Risky Plays (Either site):

These guys are the type of players that could finish dead last or top-10, with seemingly no rhyme or reason to figure out which will happen. If you are making a ton of lineups, it may be worth it to throw these guys in a few in case they do show that potential, but definitely don’t go overboard. Patrick Reed has missed 2 of his last 3 cuts, but he has 4 top-25s including a win in his last 6 events. Reed has made all 4 cuts here, but an 8th place was his only top-25. Still, Reed has as much potential as anyone when his game is on, but he has been very up-and-down recently. Much like Reed, Jordan Spieth has a ton of upside, but has also been very hit-or-miss recently. Spieth has made 6 straight cuts, with 2 top-10s and 4 finishes outside the top-55, so you really don’t know what you’re gonna get with him nowadays. In 7 appearances here, he has 4 top-20s and 3 finishes outside the top-55 including a missed cut, so he could crush you or crush for you this week. Finally, Rory Sabbatini saw a big price drop after a terrible performance last week, but he had made 5 straight cuts before that and has made 5 of 6 here with 4 top-30s. Sabbatini didn’t make a single birdie last Thursday which was worrying, but a bounce back here would make him a great value play this week at reduced ownership.

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