What a crazy finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship!
A five-way tie for first ended when Luke List birdied the first playoff hole to take the title.
Now, we need to see some excitement with My DFS Picks for the Shriners Children’s Open.
The third event of the Fall Schedule heads to Las Vegas to play at TPC Summerlin (par 71, 7,256 yards) in the desert.
With its higher elevation (2,700 feet above sea level) and dry conditions, even some of the event’s not-so-long hitters will be using shorter irons or lofted wedges to take aim at the greens. The only defense at TPC Summerlin is wayward hitters finding the ‘desert.’
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Now onto My DFS Picks for the Shriners Children’s Open!
$10,000 and above
Ludvig Aberg ($11,000) and Tom Kim ($10,900)
Aberg almost won his first PGA Tour event last week as he was part of the five-way tie for first heading into the playoff. And his strong all-around play should keep him in the hunt for the Shriners’ title. He is Top 3 in my course fit stats and second overall to only Tom Kim on my spreadsheet. As for Tom Kim, he is one of the few top Tour players who have played in tournaments since the Tour Championship. He has two Top-18 finishes in World Tour events and is the defending champion of the Shriners Children’s Open. Kim is one of two golfers to be ranked in the Top 20 for this event in my four course fit stats.
$9,000 and above
Nicolai Hojgaard ($9,800)
Again I’m ignoring most of the $9K golfers – all except Hojgaard.
My spreadsheet has him ranked No. 4 overall and checks the boxes in three of my four course fits. If He had played enough rounds, he would be in the Top 20 on the PGA Tour in SG: approach, driving distance, greens in regulation, approach shots form 125-150 and birdies or better.
$8,000 and above
My spreadsheet has six golfers in $8K range in my Top 11, Aaron Rai ($8,800) and J.J. Spaun ($8,900) are my two favorite of the six. Rai is part of the no-putt club as he ranks 147th on the PGA Tour in SG: putting but he is Top 20 for this event in three of my course fits. Spaun, who had breakout year in 2022, fell back down this season. His best finish in the last six month was a 10th at the Barracuda Championship, and he is top 20 in three of my four course fits. The other $8K golfers are Andrew Putnam ($8,300), Adam Svensson ($8,200), Tom Hoge ($8,700) and Mark Hubbard ($8,000).
$7,000 and above
Akshay Bhatia ($7,400) and Peter Kuest ($7,200)
Kuest is ranked third overall on my spreadsheet and is another golfer if he played enough rounds would be in the Top 20 on the Tour in 6 of the 11 statistical fields I used for this week’s event. His only two weak spots for this week is SG: around the green and approach shots from 125-150. Bhatia joins Tom Kim as the other golfer to be ranked in Top 20 for this tournament in my four course fit stats. If Bhatia figures out the putter this week, he could be in contention for win No. 2 this season.
Nick Lashley ($6,900), Carson Young ($6,900), Ben Martin ($6,700) and Will Gordon ($6,700) all have their issues to be expected other than to make the cut and push for a Top 25 finish. Lashley is the only one in my Top 20, while the other three rank in my Top 40. All four do, however, rank in my Top 20 for course fit.
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