DraftKings Fantasy Golf Checklist: Preparation for Glory

LA JOLLA, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Dustin Johnson plays his tee shot on the third hole of the south course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour pros aren’t the only one’s looking to win big this week at the season’s final major — DraftKings players are all looking to claim a million bucks, too.

But, you can’t make it big without putting in the work — whether you’re on the Tour or a DraftKings star. There’s always preparation to be done if you want to come out on top.


If you want to be successful at the year’s final major, then you’ve got to do your homework. Like the other majors, there’s going to be a number of players who you should avoid like the plague and ones you should cling to like a barnacle on an old ship.

Whistling Straits plays host to the event for the third time and there are a solid number of players who have played in one if not both of the two previous majors held here.

2010 pga championship leaderboard

Before you make your picks, take a look at the graphic on the right. See those names?

Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, a certain two-time major champion with a pink driver, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson — all guys who probably would’ve been on your mind this week regardless of what they did at Whistling Straits five years go.

With that in mind, I’d say any of them are great picks to anchor your squad, with the Johnson’s being the two ideal picks considering how much coin you stand to save with them over Rory or Jason Day.

After looking at those numbers, it’s time to dig a little deeper.

The last name on that graphic is Paul Casey. A T-12 at a major is nothing to scoff at and when you consider how well Casey has played as of late ( two runner-ups and six top-1o finishes in 2015), he has to be on your radar this week.

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You’ll also want to look at guys playing well, trending upward: Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Danny Lee, Louis Oosthuizen — any of these guys are great, mid-to-upper value sticks who could bring you great fortune with solid play this week.

louis oosthuizen

Guys to stay away from?

How about Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry, Troy Merritt?

Tiger hasn’t finished better than T-11 in a PGA Championship since 2009 and has finished T-28 and T-24 in his two appearances at Whistling Straits. Couple that with the season he’s having and Woods is a no-go.

Merritt and Lowry are recent winners on the PGA Tour. Sure, those wins are what got them into the field this week, but they were also life-altering events. We saw what happened to Merritt last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, going to from first at the Quicken Loans National to worst at Firestone. I don’t expect that big a collapse from Lowry, but I don’t expect much better than mid-pack from him either.

Ultimately, there’s always a player or two who pops up and surprises you. Brendan Grace did it at the season’s second major — you’ll have to find out who it could be at the final one. For that, you must dig in and do your homework and choose wisely.

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