2023 PGA DFS season approaching the end
My PGA DFS Core Plays had nothing to cheer about during the weekend at the World Wide Technology Championship.
Nick Lashley and Ludvig Aberg both faded from the top of the leaderboard during the weekend as Eric van Rooyen collected his second career victory on the PGA Tour with 27-under to hold off Carlos Villegas and Matt Kuchar.
Van Rooyen made an eagle on his final hole to help secure the win.
The PGA Tour has only two Fall Series events left, starting with week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship (par 71, 6,850 yards). The Port Royal Golf Course is short by PGA standards but relies on the winds off the ocean to challenge the Tour golfers.
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10K and Above
Brendon Todd ($10,300)
Todd may not be long but he can play well in windy conditions.
He finished 2nd early this season at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as the wind and weather plagued the early portion of that tournament along the California coast.
Todd enters this week in the Top 20 in 9 of 11 categories I used on my spreadsheet and earns Top 20 spot in all four course fits (SG: scrambling, birdies or better, bogey avoidance and par-4 scoring).
Todd had a 6th-place finish at the Fortinet Championship earlier this fall and he is a solid play in both cash and GPP tournaments.
Thomas Detry ($10,500) finished 2nd at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship last season and is a solid GPP play this week.
I’m avoiding Adam Scott ($10,700).
9K and Above
Lucas Glover ($9,500) and Ben Griffin ($9,300)
Glover and Griffin both check all the boxes this week for my course fits.
Glover shook off some rust last week after not playing in a tournament since the Tour Championship. He showed some flashes of his play that propelled him through his late season run.
Griffin finished 3rd last fall in at Butterfield Bermuda Championship, and he was part of the five-way playoff at the Sanderson Farms Championship earlier this fall. He had a T25 last week at World Wide Technology.
Other 9K golfers in my Top 10 are Alex Noren ($9,600) and Doug Ghim ($9,000).
8K and Above
Dylan Wu ($8,200)
Wu’s up-and-down season has continued in the Fall Series.
He finished T14 at Fortinet Championship before missing the next two cuts. He finished T59 at the no-cut Zozo Championship.
When he makes the cut, he usually finishes in the Top 25 (8 of 20) but hasn’t be able to put four solid rounds together in one tournament. His time is coming!
The only other 8K golfer in my Top 10 is Mark Hubbard ($8,800).
7K and Above
Ryan Moore ($7,400)
Moore has played well enough in the Fall Series to make the cut in 3 of the 4 events he has played. The problem has been his finishes.
He’s currently 140th in the Fall Series and needs to go on a run to reach the 125 status.
He checks 3 of the 4 course fit boxes and is 21st in SG: approach and 4th in driving accuracy which will be needed if windy conditions pick up at Port Royal.
Peter Kuest ($7,900) is the only other 7k golfer in my Top 10, but he has been awful in the Fall Series, only making 1 of 4 cuts.
Satoshi Kodaira ($6,800) is my favorite among the 6k golfers as he checks 3 of 4 course fit boxes for a Top 20 spot on my spreadsheet. Chris Stroud ($6,600) is only other 6k golfer in my Top 20.
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