Whether this is your first time playing fantasy golf, or you’re a PGA DFS Tour Vet, the First Cut should have something for you. This article serves as a guide for the week ahead, covering a wide variety of topics in a short amount of space.
Here’s what you can expect to see in the article:
- Tournament intro
- Course commentary
- Sweatsheat & scorecard
- DFS preview
- Player and statistical preview
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Tournament Intro: 3m Open
A week after the PGA Tour’s first trip back to the Motor City, it heads west to another new location, at least for this tour, to the Twin Cities for the 3m Open. TPC Twin Cities has previously hosted the 3m Championship on the Champions Tour. It’s supported the Champions Tour for over twenty years, since TPC Twin Cities opened in 2001, and obviously gained enough steam, traction, and timing to get the PGA Tour in this year. Let’s try and learn as much as we can about the course.
This Week’s Course(s): TPC Twin Cities
Opened by Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman, the course is known as a birdie fest for the Champions Tour. Last year it ranked 18/26th toughest, and has ranked inside the top-10 easiest courses year and year out. A bit more on the specifics of the course: there’s bentgrass throughout, which is not surprising this far north (it’s just much easier to maintain). And there are plenty of water hazards. Unlike last week where there was only one, there will be more than ten in-play this week.
Once word got out that the course would be hosting the PGA Tour this year, Lehman came in for a re-design, making small changes and adding length to the course. It’s played at 7,200 yards for the Seniors, but expect to see that number creep closer to 7,500 this week, per Lehman’s words.
Lastly, this week should make for some good cut-sweat drama, as the easiest AND toughest holes are on the bookends of each nine. That sets up for a fast and furious cut-sweat on Friday.
*Taken from the Senior Tour Numbers
- Par 5’s
- 3- 570 Yards
- 6- 571 Yards
- 12- 593 Yards
- 18- 582 Yards
- Par 4’s
- 1- 426 Yards
- 2- 388 Yards
- 5- 418 Yards
- 7- 318 Yards
- 10- 379 Yards
- 11- 402 yards
- 14- 423 yards
- 15- 437 yards
- 16- 387 yards
- Par 3′
- 4- 177 yards
- 8- 204 yards
- 13- 209 yards
- 15- 184 yards
PGA DFS Sweatsheet & Scorecard
PGA DFS Preview
A little bit of a reduction in the big three again… Still 100K up top in two places.
Player & Statistical Preview
This space discusses the expected field and this week’s top-25 golfers based on the official world golf ranking for your fantasy golf, PGA DFS lineups.
Two Golfers inside the top 10, including world number one, Brooks Kopeka.
Since this is a first time event for the PGA Tour, we’re going to have to wing it a bit. All Par-3s end up in a 40-yard range (160-200), which is exactly like last week, however since we don’t’ want to be redundant, I’m adding in SG: APP for the year along with the 175-200 category. Last week, Ben An and Hideki Matsuyama were in the top-five of the combined ranking, and both finished inside the top-15, as did Chez Reavie and Corey Conners, who both missed the cut.
Let’s check the results for this week.
It’s nice to see the stars of the field lining up in our stat category. Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, and Bryson Dechambeau all rank inside the top-10 of the screened list. Only Kopeka, Matsuyama, and Charley Hoffman find themselves in the top-10 of all three, while Keegan Brandley, Bryson DeChambeau, Joaquin Niemann, Corey Conners, and Ryan Moore all come close. Honorable mention to Tom Hoge who has some local ties this week and finds himself just outside the top-10 of the combined ranking.
For now, that’s all. I’ll be updating the article the more info we get!
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