Welcome to the California swing for my PGA Tour DFS Top Plays!
This week is the beginning of a three-week stretch when the Tour will use multiple courses for its events – starting with The American Express.
The event will incorporate three courses with the cut coming after the third round this week.
Pete Dye Stadium Course (par 72, 7,187 yards), La Quinta Country Club (par 72, 7, 060 yards) and Nicklaus Tournament Course (par 72, 7,147 yards) will be used in the rotation with the Pete Dye Stadium Course playing host to the final round.
Unfortunately for golf online viewers, the Pete Dye Course be will the only one using Shotlink. I really think the Tour needs to get on the ball with Shotlink on all courses.
For round-by-round bettors this week, the Nicklaus Tournament Course tends to see lower scores than the other two.
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Onto PGA Tour DFS Top Plays for The American Express:
10K and Above
Scottie Scheffler ($11,400)
This is the perfect week for a stars and scubs build as everyone is guaranteed three rounds.
However, Scheffler continues to be the top 10K play from my spreadsheet and on our projection portal.
His putter is his biggest weakness but he makes up shots in other parts of his game that overcome that weakness.
But all four 10K golfers – Xander Schauffele ($10,900), Patrick Cantlay ($10,800) and Sungjae Im ($10,100) – are fine plays this week. Now we just have to pick the one with the hottest putter for the birdie fest.
9K and Above
Chris Kirk ($9,000)
Let’s go with the hot hand right now in Kirk.
Not known as a long hitter, Kirk defeated a stack field at The Sentry and then turned around had a Top 20 finish at the Sony Open.
Now he is guaranteed 3 rounds with his trusty putter and returns to an event where he finished T3 last year.
A sneaky play in the 9K range is Justin Thomas ($9,800).
Thomas had a miserable second half of last year as he missed to miss the FedEx Playoffs for the first time in his career.
He bounced back during the fall, finishing in the Top 10 of all three events he played.
8K & Above
Eric Cole ($8,800)
I know this is starting to become a broken record with Cole.
He’s not flashy but knows how to put a solid number on the scorecard after every round.
He has played seven events since the fall and has 6 Top 15 finishes. Those are numbers that are hard to ignore in DFS.
The rest of this range is a dead zone to me this week, beside Cole and maybe one other golfer.
7K & Above
Billy Horschel ($7,700)
There is not one or two big standouts in this range, just a lot of consistency across all the shots gained metrics I used this week.
Horschel may be the best bet to finish near the top of the leaderboard.
He has proven he can take down a stronger field (his the Memorial win two years ago). And his game may be rounding into shape.
He has 4 Top 20 finishes in his last five events in the fall and shot under 70 in all four rounds at the Sony Open.
Carl Yuan ($6,900) sits atop of my spreadsheet this week but it’s more based on his T4 performance at the Sony Open. Last week’s finish gave Yuan his third Top 10 finish since the beginning of the Fall Series. Other 6K golfers in my spreadsheet’s Top 20: Harry Hall ($6,800), Scott Stallings ($6,700), Zac Blair ($6,500) and Troy Merritt ($6,500).
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