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Free DraftKings and FanDuel PGA picks for this week's PGA Tour Championship from Ben Rasa & Tim Frank, including Tiger Woods & more!

PGA DFS: Welcome back to another edition of The First Cut for the ZoZo Championship, the second tournament of the Asain Swing. It’s a star-studded field with Tiger Woods making his much-awaited return to the course following knee surgery, and Justin Thomas looks to go back to back in Asian and make a statement on the type of year he expects to have.

Here’s what you can expect to see in the article:

  • Tournament intro
  • Course commentary
  • Sweatsheet & scorecard
  • DFS preview
  • Player and statistical preview
  • Summary

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PGA DFS Opening Remarks

A quick recap if you’re just coming back to DFS golf- or new to the article…

I introduced a new podcast series a few weeks ago, and in addition to what’s below, I also go into specific No-Cut strategy on the Opening Tee this week, so you’ll want to be sure to give it a listen. When it’s live, you can expect a link by clicking here!

Here’s what you can expect to hear in the first podcast called “The Opening Tee” :

  • My foursome of facts from last week: where I go into my top four things from the previous week.
  • “Wayward off the Tee” segment: where I go into the not so favorably things from the previous week.
  • “Not your average Missed cut” segment: where I give you one or two or maybe three golfers that missed the cut and shouldn’t have based on their statistical performance.
  • Preview of the week ahead: Field/Course
  • Statistical Preview:
    • Top Three stats for the coming week
  • DraftKings Preview:
    • My guesses at the top-five golfers and their pricing.

Here’s what you can expect to hear in the second podcast called “Hitting Three from the Tee”:

  • Top Five breakdown: What I got right, what I got wrong
  • Field Changes: Monday Qualifiers/Withdraws/Sponsor Exemptions
  • Opening Odds & Salaries discussion
  • Statistical Fits

Tournament Intro: ZoZo Championship 

This Week’s Course(s): Narashino Country Club

Course & Tournament Commentary

A first for the PGA Tour as they embark on the maiden voyage in Japan, and the first of the major sporting events in Japan that will see the Olympics come to town in just eight short months. The PGA Tour has chosen Narashino Country Club to host the tournament, one owned by the Accordia golf group out of Japan, who own over 40 other courses in the country.

Narashino Country Club has a great website that gives you the flyovers of each hole, but here is the breakdown of what the distances are for each par:

  • The Par 3’s – 186- 190- 191, 167 , 174, 191 , 141, 183
  • Par 4s- 400, 363, 500, 395, 486 , 376, 486, 490, 425, 491
  • The Par 5s- 587 , 608, 562

One fascinating thing to note is that there is only one Par 4 between 401-485, so it’s either considered rather short or rather long by Tour standards. Also, judging from the flyovers, the course play’s tight and treeline, with the tree’s helping shape most holes. There’s plenty of room from fairway to treeline, in case a golfer gets wayward off the tee, but I suspect this course to play rather tough this week.

 

Course Statistics

Par: 70

Yards: 7,100

Course Difficulty: N/A

Stimpmeter (how fast the greens are running):  N/A

Most Important Approach Proximity by average # of shots:  

175-200

Grass Types: 

  • Fairways- Zoysia
  • Greens-Bent
  • Rough-Zoysia

Designer: 

PGA DFS Sweatsheet

N/A

PGA DFS Preview:

Worst contests of the fall swing so far… Not sure why?

Fantasy Golf Player & Statistical Preview

 

PGA DFS Commentary

The best field of this young season, as Rory Mcilroy & Tiger Woods, along with Xander Schauffele and a host of others, are making their 2019-2020. 31 of the top 50 in the world are here to compete this week, as the tour goes into its second week of the three week Asian Swing.

Fantasy Golf Statistical Preview

Based on the hole yardages above- here’s how I see the approach proximity playing out this week

  • 50-125: 6
  • 125-150: 1
  • 150-175: 2
  • 175-200: 6
  • 200+: 3

Based on that, let’s take a look at some golfers that were on the mark from this distance last year:

 

PGA DFS CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges Statistical Commentary 

Rory Mcilroy had an incredibly useful year last year, even if he didn’t win a major, his statistical numbers were something to marvel at, and one of them was approaches from 175-200. That should help Rory on the par 3s this week, as well as Marc Leishman, who hit just about 76% of last week. Corey Conners will look to make one final statement before presidents cup picks are announced, coming in off of last week where he hit 80% of his greens and tied for 12th.

For now, that’s all!

Cheers!

As always, message me on Twitter or in our Premium PGA Slack Chat if you have any fantasy golf questions.

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 support@awesemo.com.

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