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Expert ZOZO Championship Data & Stats | PGA DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups

Jason Rouslin

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Awesemo's expert ZOZO Championship data deep dive with PGA DFS picks including Hideki Matsuyama for DraftKings & FanDuel optimal lineups.

Having a variety of viewpoints and data points can be both a curse and a blessing. This column will sift through all the data and top-picks from the four statistical angles that make up PGA DFS. The swing season continues this week with the second straight no-cut event. Of the 78 golfers teeing it up for the ZOZO Championship, around a dozen primarily play on the Japanese PGA Tour. That tour has played seven out of the last eight weeks, with many of those that played well over that stretch getting an invite to this week. It will be the biggest start of the year for all of them, with the prize purse well above their typically weekly pool.

PGA DFS Data Deep Dive for The ZOZO Championship

After a year in Vegas, the tournament heads back to Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where Tiger Woods won in 2019.

Recent Form

Seven of the nine golfers with at least three top-10s in the last 12 weeks play their golf on the Japanese tour; Adam Schenk and Erik van Rooyen are the two PGA Tour players to accomplish this. Scott Vincent leads a host of talented golfers from the Japanese Tour, with five top-10s over the past eight starts and all starts ending in a top-15 finish. Takumi Kanaya is similar, with six starts all finishing inside the top 25 and four top-10s. Chan Kim also has three top-10s in the past 12 weeks, and he came in 23rd at the PGA Championship while scoring a ton of PGA DFS points along the way.

K.H. Lee, Cameron Tringale and Roger Sloan are the three golfers from the PGA Tour with five top-25s in the last 12 weeks. Jhonattan Vegas and C.T. Pan hold the best top-25 percentage, with Vegas going 4-for-6 and Pan going 3-for-5. Lastly, Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler will be big talking points this week, as they are coming off their best finish in well over two months.

Negative Recent Form

This week 10 golfers have at least four starts over the past 12 weeks and have yet to come in the top 25. Some big names include Tommy Fleetwood, Garrick Higgo, Ryan Palmer, Matt Jones, Wyndham Clark, Kyle Stanley, Doc Redman and Bill Haas.

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PGA DFS Picks Based on Recent Form

  1. Collin Morikawa ($11,200)
  2. Alex Noren ($9,700)
  3. C.T. Pan ($8,800)
  4. Adam Schenk ($8,200)
  5. Scott Vincent ($6,400)
  6. Jinichiro Kozuma ($6,100)

Course History

While this event has only been played at this course once, 24 golfers teed it up in 2019. Hideki Matsuyama came in second, and Ryan Palmer and Xander Schauffele also finished in the top 10. Keegan Bradley, Paul Casey and Sung Kang all finished in the top 20.

PGA DFS Picks Based on Course History

  1. Hideki Matsuyama ($10,300)
  2. Ryan Palmer ($8,300)
  3. Sung Kang ($6,300)
  4. Troy Merritt ($6,900)

Strokes Gained

A year’s worth of data should clearly indicate where golfers excel and where they struggle. For perspective, the average number of strokes gained for each stat has been added. Each week this column will also include the most important stat for the week and the top 10 rankings based on the average strokes gained from those stats.

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Strokes Gained Tee to Green

  1. Collin Morikawa (1.528)
  2. Keegan Bradley (1.348)
  3. Paul Casey (1.293)
  4. Will Zalatoris (1.184)
  5. Hideki Matsuyama (1.074)
  6. Xander Schauffele (1.004)
  7. Doug Ghim (0.909)
  8. Luke List (0.892)
  9. Charley Hoffman (0.864)
  10. Jhonattan Vegas (0.817)

Strokes Gained Off the Tee

  1. Jhonattan Vegas (0.647)
  2. Luke List (0.557)
  3. Joaquin Niemann (0.556)
  4. Emiliano Grillo (0.368)
  5. Charley Hoffman (0.341)
  6. Brandon Hagy (0.33)
  7. Keegan Bradley (0.327)
  8. Will Zalatoris (0.319)
  9. Tyler McCumber (0.29)
  10. Collin Morikawa (0.281)

Strokes Gained on Approach

  1. Collin Morikawa (1.17)
  2. Paul Casey (0.895)
  3. Keegan Bradley (0.856)
  4. Will Zalatoris (0.751)
  5. Matthew NeSmith (0.683)
  6. Emiliano Grillo (0.669)
  7. Xander Schauffele (0.65)
  8. Charley Hoffman (0.646)
  9. Hideki Matsuyama (0.614)
  10. Kyle Stanley (0.55)

Strokes Gained Around the Green

  1. Si Woo Kim (0.467)
  2. Rickie Fowler (0.343)
  3. Matt Jones (0.305)
  4. Tommy Fleetwood (0.292)
  5. Wyndham Clark (0.29)
  6. Chris Kirk (0.269)
  7. Alex Noren (0.251)
  8. Cameron Tringale (0.242)
  9. Bill Haas (0.24)
  10. Branden Grace (0.234)

Strokes Gained Putting

  1. Brendon Todd (0.62)
  2. Chesson Hadley (0.552)
  3. Alex Noren (0.538)
  4. Mackenzie Hughes (0.483)
  5. Cameron Tringale (0.48)
  6. Xander Schauffele (0.48)
  7. Lanto Griffin (0.384)
  8. Pat Perez (0.372)
  9. Andrew Putnam (0.335)
  10. Charley Hoffman (0.33)

Strokes Gained Ball Striking: Off the Tee and Approach

  1. Collin Morikawa (1.451)
  2. Keegan Bradley (1.183)
  3. Paul Casey (1.153)
  4. Will Zalatoris (1.07)
  5. Emiliano Grillo (1.037)
  6. Charley Hoffman (0.987)
  7. Xander Schauffele (0.916)
  8. Jhonattan Vegas (0.904)
  9. Joaquin Niemann (0.882)
  10. Hideki Matsuyama (0.854)

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Top PGA DFS Picks Based on Strokes Gained

  1. Keegan Bradley ($9,400)
  2. Emiliano Grillo ($9,100)
  3. Joaquin Niemann ($9,900)
  4. Luke List ($7,900)
  5. Kyle Stanley ($6,200)

Old School Statistics

With three events played in the new season, the stats have been generated, even though half of this field has not recorded a round yet.

Greens in Regulation

  1. Collin Morikawa
  2. Matt Wallace
  3. Will Zalatoris
  4. Matt Jones
  5. K.H. Lee
  6. Ryan Palmer
  7. Maverick McNealy
  8. Xander Schauffele
  9. Kyle Stanley
  10. Tommy Fleetwood

Total Driving

  1. Paul Casey
  2. Collin Morikawa
  3. Erik van Rooyen
  4. Ryan Palmer
  5. Matt Wallace
  6. Tommy Fleetwood
  7. Carlos Ortiz
  8. Matt Jones
  9. Emiliano Grillo
  10. Jhonattan Vegas

Around the Green Proximity

  1. Charley Hoffman
  2. Matt Jones
  3. Henrik Norlander
  4. Maverick McNealy
  5. Roger Sloan
  6. Peter Malnati
  7. Tom Hoge
  8. Bill Haas
  9. Luke List

Total Putting

  1. Adam Schenk
  2. Adam Long
  3. C.T. Pan
  4. Lanto Griffin
  5. Mackenzie Hughes
  6. Xander Schauffele
  7. Tommy Fleetwood
  8. Carlos Ortiz
  9. Garrick Higgo
  10. Robert Streb

Birdie or Better

  1. Collin Morikawa
  2. Maverick McNealy
  3. Si Woo Kim
  4. Sam Ryder
  5. C.T. Pan
  6. Jhonattan Vegas
  7. Cameron Tringale
  8. Garrick Higgo
  9. Joaquin Niemann

Approach Proximity Within 125 Yards

  1. Tom Hoge
  2. Roger Sloan
  3. Cameron Tringale
  4. Doc Redman
  5. Collin Morikawa
  6. Sebastián Muñoz
  7. Tommy Fleetwood
  8. Doug Ghim
  9. Hideki Matsuyama
  10. Peter Malnati

Approach Proximity 175-200 Yards

  1. Collin Morikawa
  2. Doug Ghim
  3. Tyler McCumber
  4. Charley Hoffman
  5. Kyle Stanley
  6. Keegan Bradley
  7. Hideki Matsuyama
  8. Chesson Hadley
  9. Sepp Straka
  10. Branden Grace

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Top PGA DFS Picks Based on Statistical Analysis

  1. Will Zalatoris ($10,500)
  2. Maverick McNealy ($9,300)
  3. Tommy Fleetwood ($10,000)
  4. Charley Hoffman ($8,500)
  5. Cameron Tringale ($9,200)
  6. Garrick Higgo ($7,800)

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The Yahoo! PGA DFS projections for this week, the DraftKings PGA DFS showdown projections for this week and the DFS PGA ownership projections for this week are made and used by Alex Baker, the No. 1 DFS player in the world. Looking for more the best PGA DFS advice and PGA DFS picks? Yahoo! DFS PGA rankings will be posted at least a day in advance of any tournament.

Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now two years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of James as well as two Labradors (Choco and Bella) and he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, or somewhere hopefully lost in nature with his dogs guiding him along the way. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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