The PGA TOUR heads to the Naples, Florida this week for the first ever Grant Thornton Invitational. The Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club will be the host, and measures as a 7,382-yard par 72 with Bermuda greens. This is a very unique event, as it will consist of 16 teams of two, which each feature one PGA TOUR golfer and one LPGA TOUR golfer.
Unlike standard PGA TOUR events, the Grant Thornton Invitational will consist of three rounds, with each round using a different scoring format.
Friday’s first round will be Scramble, which means each golfer hits a tee shot but then the team decides which ball will be used for the next stroke, which will continue until the ball is holed. The second round will be standard alternate shot, while the final round will be modified four-ball. This means that both golfers tee off, but then switch balls for their second shots and play that same ball until the ball is holed. The lower score of team will be counted.
Below, I have outlined two of my favorite DraftKings plays for the week.
Tony Finau/Nelly Korda ($10,700)
This one is a no-brainer, as DraftKings did not really price anyone up too high this week being that there are only 16 teams to choose from. Outside of Ludvig Aberg, Finau is the best golfer in this field. His partner, Nelly Korda, is the fifth ranked Women’s golfer in the world.
Finau played really well last week at the Hero World Challenge, finishing in a tie for fourth after having a pretty down 2023 season. Korda’s resume speaks for itself, as the 25-year old already has eight LPGA TOUR wins to her name, including a major championship. She also won the gold medal at the 2021 Summer Olympics.
Korda has 10 top-10 finishes during the 2023 season, including two over her past three starts. She also ranks fifth in scoring average for the season. This Finau/Korda pairing is clearly the most talented in the field, which is why they are favored to win.
Tiburon Golf Club boasts incredibly wide fairways with minimal rough, which should bode well for Finau, as he can bomb it as far as he wants with zero penalty. At just $10,700, this seems like the optimal way to spend your salary this week on DraftKings.
Nick Taylor/Ruoning Yin ($7,700)
One of my favorite value plays on the week is this Taylor/Yin pairing, and this is more to do with Yin, who ranks as the No. 2 Women’s golfer in the world right now. Taylor is no slouch himself of course, already winning once in 2023 at the RBC Canadian Open. Yin has two wins in 2023, including the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship back in June. She also has nine top-10s on the year.
There are some better golfers in the field this week than Taylor, even in his price range, but when you pair him with Yin — who ranks only behind Lilia Vu in the world rankings — it makes this combination quite enticing at just $7,700.
We have no past data to suggest how any of these teams will coexist, so the only thing we can do is try and stack the most price-considered talent on one team. That’s what we’re getting here with Taylor and Yin.
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