The PGA Tour is back!
And my PGA Tour DFS Picks are back too!
But there were some changes before this week’s The Sentry.
The Tour and PIF still have not come to an agreement on the merger, and LIV snatched away Joh Rahm with whispers he may not be the only one making the jump this season.
Another change is The Sentry name and how the field is comprised. The event dropped the Tournament of Champions moniker after the event now includes the Top 50 from the end of the last year’s PGA Tour season and tournament victors.
However, what has not changed is the course The Sentry will play on – The Plantation Course at Kapalua (par 73, 7,596 yards).
It is the only course on the Tour with a par 73, but it also yields some of the longest drives on Tour. Fourteen of the Top 20 drives last year on the PGA Tour were at Kapalua, and each one of them were more than 400 yards.
But don’t think this is a bombers paradise with its few hazards off the wide fairways (100 yards on a couple holes) – you still need a good approach and putting game to bring home the title.
Onto my PGA Tour DFS Picks for The Sentry!
10K & Above
Scottie Scheffler ($11,000)
I will be playing Scottie a lot this season no matter his price.
His biggest weakness has been his putter. And it appears he may have solved it during the Hero World Challenge, finishing 6th in the field in SG: putting.
Scheffler won 2 events in 2023, but was Top 10 in 17 of 23 tournaments. And that was being ranked 162nd in SG: putting last year.
He is the top player for my course fits this week (greens in regulation, 150-175 yard approach bucket, birdies or better and par-5 scoring) and his all-around game will have him squarely in both cash and GPP lineups.
He’s the only 10K guy I’m confident in this week.
9K & Above
Patrick Cantlay ($9,900) and Colin Morikawa ($9,100)
Cantlay may need to knock some rust off in the first round as he hasn’t played since the Tour Championship. But his game can fit the Kapalua course as he is third in course fit this week behind Scheffler and Morikawa.
Cantlay does have the all-around game to make a run at The Sentry title. He ranks in the Top 20 in 9 of 11 categories I used this week.
Morikawa had a big lead going into the final round last year at Kapalua, only to watch Rahm catch and pass him for the tournament title.
But like Scheffler, Morikawa’s putting has held him back in recent years. He finished last season just below Tour average in SG: putting at 114.
And don’t let his distance hinder you picking him. His approach game makes up for his lack of distance off the tee.
Max Homa ($9,700), Wyndham Clark ($9,600) and Tyrrell Hatton ($9,200) all rank in my Top 10 on spreadsheet this week.
8K & Above
Ludvig Aberg ($8,700)
This may be the cheapest we see Aberg this season so you better squeeze him into your lineups.
Aberg, who was top player in college last season, hasn’t slowed down since turning pro last summer.
Since the end of August, he has played in 7 World Tour and PGA events and has finished no worse than 13th. He also had two wins during that span.
He hits it long and straight and is an above average putter. His only weakness may be his approach game. But he was about Tour average last season.
Rickie Fowler ($8,600) and Tony Finau ($8,400) are the only other 8k golfers in my Top 10.
7K & Above
Eric Cole ($7,400)
Cole was one of four finalist for the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award, along with Aberg. And his strong play culminated in the Fall Series with a win at The RSM Classic.
In four events in the fall, he finished 13 or better and had 4 Top 10s.
His weaknesses, length and accuracy off the tee, will be hidden this week with Kapalua’s forgiving fairways.
Vincent Norrman ($6,500), Akshay Bhatia ($6,200) and Nick Hardy ($6,100) are the only three 6k golfers in my Top 20.
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