Top PGA DFS picks for limited-field Zozo
Fall portion of the PGA Tour has been tough my PGA DFS plays.
I was unable to get the right combinations to earn a cash in my 5 GPP lineups, That was even with Tom Kim in three of them for the Shriners Children’s Open. Four out of six will just not cut it.
Back to the drawing board or should I say the spreadsheet.
This week the fall schedule continues with a trip to Japan for the limited-field, no-cut Zozo Championship at the Narashino Country Club (par 70, 7,079 yards).
The course features 5 par 3s and 3 par 5s and is tree-lined.
Keegan Bradley, who is in the field, is the defending champion.
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Onto my PGA DFS plays for the Zozo!
10,000 and above
Rickie Fowler ($10,000)
Xander Schauffele ($11,100) headlines the 10K group in price, but it is Fowler who I will have in 3 of my 5 lineups.
Fowler is Top 20 in this field in 9 of my 11 categories. He ranks in the Top 20 in all four my statistics I used for course fit (greens in regulation, approach 175-200, scrambling and par 3 scoring).
His strongest categories are SG: tee to green and SG: approach where he ranks in the top 10 on the PGA Tour.
Colin Morikawa ($10,800) and Schauffele are also viable for GPPs. You will be hard-pressed to put two 10K golfers in one lineup without diving into the 6K pool.
9,000 and above
Hideki Matsuyama ($9,800)
Matsuyama is one of the most popular athletes in his native Japan and won the Zozo in 2021 with at 15-under.
He enters the tournament as one of the best all-around fits for the event. He is Top 20 among the field in 7 of my 11 categories including Top 20 on the Tour in SG: tee to green, SG: approach, SG: around the green, approach from 175-200 and scrambling.
Cam Davis ($9,500) is the only other golfer I would consider in this range.
8,000 and above
Eric Cole ($8,900)
If you wanted to a do a balance build, there are enough golfers in this range to do it.
My Top 4 are in this order: Cole, Adam Svensson ($8,200), Adam Schenk ($8,000) and Nicolas Hojgaard ($8,700).
Cole continues his stellar rookie season with another Top 10 finish during the Fall Swing with a 3rd-place finish at the Shriners Children’s Open. He is Top 20 for this event in 7 categories and 3 of the 4 course fit categories.
Svensson, Schenk and Hojgaard each fit in the Top 20 in 5 categories. Svensson has the edge with Top 20 spots in SG: tee to green and SG: approach.
7,000 and above
Ryo Hisatsune ($7,200) & J.J. Spaun ($7,900)
If Hisatsune was playing on the PGA Tour, he would rank in the Top 11 on Tour in 7 of the 11 categories I used this week.
Hisatsune has seven Top 20 finishes in the last six month on the DP World Tour, including his win in September at the Cazoo Open de France.
Spaun shot a 66 to start the Shriners Children’s Open last week but a 73 in the second round doomed his chances of a higher finish. He ranked in the Top 20 in this field in 8 of my categories, including all 4 course fit categories.
Akshay Bhatia ($7,400) is another bright spot in this range.
K.H. Lee (6,900), Kevin Yu ($6,600) and Andrew Novak ($6,600) each are in my Top 20 this week. And Yu is the highest ranked, coming in the Top 20 in five categories.
Other punt plays are Matthew NeSmith ($6,800), Zac Blair ($6,500) and Aaron Baddeley ($6,500).
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