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The First Cut: BMW Championship PGA DFS Picks & Preview for DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Golf Lineups

Jason Rouslin

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This week the top 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings will move on to the second leg of the playoffs, with the BMW Championship. This stop will send players a few hours south to the suburbs of Baltimore, and the Millionaire Maker, is back for the last time this season. The tour heads to Caves Valley Golf Club for the first time ever, and new courses always bring new challenges to the tour.

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In case you are just joining us and trying out PGA DFS for the first time, here is what you can expect to see in this article:

  • Tournament and Format
  • Course Commentary
  • Course Facts and Figures
  • PGA DFS Course Summary and Statistical Comparison
  • PGA DFS Preview, including sweat sheet
  • Player Preview

The BMW Championship PGA DFS Preview and Picks

The BMW Championship has served as a playoff spot since 2007, and it has always been the last tournament before the Tour Championship. It has moved venues eight times since its inception and has been in the state of Illinois nine times out of the 12 years. This year the tour heads to the prestigious Caves Valley Golf Club, located just outside of Baltimore.

Caves Valley Golf Club Previews

Built back in 1991, Caves Valley boasts a small membership of only 600. The course was recently renovated to add yardage and difficulty to the rough. The last time a major event was held here was the 2002 U.S. Senior Open. As is typical with golf clubs of this stature, using the natural elements to shape the course is one of Tom Fazio’s greatest attributes. The added yardage pushed it to just shy of 7,300 yards, and now it plays as a par 72.

Par and Yardage

  • Par 71: 7,290 yards

Course Difficulty

  • N/A — Given the strength of the field and the number of scorable holes, this should rank one of the top 20 easiest courses on the PGA Tour.

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Hole Dispersion

  • Four Par 3’s: 224, 215, 223, 219
  • 10 Par 4’s: 459, 385, 439, 490, 435, 365, 335, 430, 480, 460
  • Five Par 5’s: 519, 564, 585, 599

Grass Types and Hazards

  • Grass Type: Bentgrass
  • Average Green Size: 5,200 square feet
  • Water Hazards: 7
  • Bunkers: N/A

Designer

  • Tom Fazio

PGA DFS Sweat Sheet and Slate Preview

Slate Preview

DraftKings is upping the ante this week, offering $1 million to first and $2 million guaranteed. They are also awarding $250,000 to first and $1 million guaranteed for the GPP buy-in.

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Sweat Sheet

Since there is nothing in the way of course history, I will create my own projections for each hole using statistical comps from others, with a slightly personal added touch based on course review. I will use the WGC at Concession and Liberty National as models.

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A stretch on the back nine that features two short par 4’s and two par 5’s will be the easiest on the course. However, there is no official card yet, but it could play as par 72. This will be updated accordingly.

The BMW Championship PGA DFS Player Preview

There were about 20 spots in limbo entering the final round of the Northern Trust last week, with a few big names circling the top 70 cut-off. In the end, Phil Mickelson got the last cut-off spot, ranking 70th. Other big names like Matthew Wolff, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter all failed to make it to the BMW Championship. Outside of them and the newly withdrawn Patrick Reed, all of the rest of the world’s best are playing, including all of the players in the top 10.


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

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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