Some fans may not like the odd weeks where the PGA Tour changes up, but others welcome it with open arms. This week the format changes from a normal stroke with over 140 participants to a team event where 80 teams of two will compete for the title. This has been going on since 2017 now, but PGA DFS sites didn’t offer contests until last year at the event. Those familiar with the Ryder Cup will know the format, as rounds alternate from “four-ball” (golfers play their own ball and the lowest score counts) and “foursomes” (alternate shot). It’s a unique setup that has continued to draw much stronger fields each year. So let’s learn about the course and the 80 teams competing this week so we can gain an edge in the fantasy golf streets on DraftKings and FanDuel this week.
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Par and Yardage
Par 72: 7,425
It is hard to truly understand how challenging or easy the course is given that it is a two-man team format with only one score being used out of two golfers for half of the rounds played. The winning score for this event has averaged around 24 under par, if that helps any.
- Four par 3’s: 221, 208, 216, 215
- 10 par 4’s: 399, 432, 438, 476, 561, 372, 207, 390, 492, 403, 490, 355
- Four par 5’s: 548, 561, 575, 585
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Grass Types and Hazards
- Grass Type: TifEagle Bermuda
- Average Green Size: 5,225 square feet
- Water Hazards: 5
- Bunkers: 101
- Rough Length: 1.75
Facts and Figures
Stats are hard to come by at this event, as some golfers don’t end up finishing holes, and in the alternate-shot rounds there is no true read per player.
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Six of the world’s top 10 are here this week, and four are teamed up together. Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland will undoubtedly be the odds favorite for the event, with Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele coming in close second. The Australian duo of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman will also be up there, having won the event last year and playing solidly this season. Scottie Scheffler joins the list of top-end players to join Ryan Palmer here in New Orleans.
In addition to half of the world’s top 10 here, 23 of the world’s top 50 are as well, as the field is relatively strong, showing the players welcomed the format change. Other duos to be on the lookout for include buddies Max Homa and Talor Gooch, team Chile Joaquin Niemann and Mito Pereira, and team Scotland Martin Laird and Robert MacIntyre. The teams of Billy Horschel and Sam Burns, Brandt Snedeker and Keith Mitchell, and Richy Werenski and Peter Uihlein will be reprising their partnership after coming in the top four of the event last year.
Other partnerships that will be renewed for at least the second straight year and made the cut last season include the teams of Danny Willett and Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Tyler Duncan and Adam Schenk, Alex Noren and Henrik Norlander, and Brendon Todd and Chris Kirk.
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With this being such a unique tournament where the field is only 80 players since DFS players can’t pair teammates together, there is inevitably a ton of variance. One can pick either golfer to secure the team’s points, as golfers on the same team are the same salary. They do carry different ownership, but it does not matter at all to the score. Here is the winning line from last year:
While the event is different, pricing and oddsmakers actually fared quite well. Most of the top teams were in contention all week, and most made the cut as well. The average salary for teams finishing in the top 10 was $9,670 last year, with an average of 114.5 points. However, ownership was rather low, coming in just north of 11.8%. For perspective, all of the golfers in that lineup above had a combined ownership of at least double what’s there except for Louis Oosthuizen, who had about 4 percentage points more ownership than Charl Schwartzel.
Averages for Last Year’s Top 10
- DFS Points: 114.5
- DFS Ownership: 11.85%
- Average DFS Salary: $9,670
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