The 2024 PGA TOUR season begins this week in beautiful Lahaina, Hawaii. Kapalua Resort will host The Sentry, and measures as a 7,596-yard par 73 with Bermuda greens. This is the only par 73 on the circuit.
This event used to be reserved for PGA TOUR golfers who won a tournament in the previous calendar year, but the field has been upped to 59 golfers this year, and now includes anyone who ranked inside the FedEx Cup top 50. As always, this will be a no-cut event, where all golfers play four rounds.
The field will be headlined by World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, along with Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Below, I have outlined three of my favorite DraftKings plays for the week.
Scottie Scheffler ($11,000)
We will begin 2024 by writing up the best player in the world. Scheffler had a ridiculous 2023 season, which saw him win three times, and post a whopping 10 top-five finishes. After sitting out the entirety of the Fall swing, Scheffler showed zero rust after winning the Hero World Challenge in his last start.
I don’t think many people realize just how dominant Scheffler was from tee-to-green last year. Just to put it in perspective, he averaged 2.79 strokes gained from tee-to-green per round over his past 48 rounds, which was 1.16 strokes more than Patrick Cantlay, who ranked second. That 1.16 stroke difference is the same gap between Cantlay and Cameron Young, who ranks 31st in this field in that same time frame. Just ridiculous.
Scheffler has played Kapalua twice, finishing T13 in 2021 and T7 last year. No one in this field boasts his floor/ceiling combo, and he’s a no-brainer pay up this week on DraftKings.
Ludvig Aberg ($8,700)
This price immediately stuck out as being the most confusing of anyone in the field this week, especially if you have seen Aberg play this Fall. The Swedish phenom posted six top-10 finishes in eight starts on both the PGA and DP World Tour. In his most recent start at the RSM Classic, Aberg collected the first of what will be many PGA TOUR victories.
We already knew about the 24-year-old’s prowess off-the-tee, but his approach play has taken significant strides over his past few starts as well. Aberg gained with his irons in each of his three measured PGA TOUR starts this Fall, including gaining 4.4 strokes at the Sanderson Farms.
This will be Aberg’s first career start at Kapalua, but he’s already shown he can dominate at any course throughout the world, and this $8,700 price tag is simply too cheap for his upside. He’s arguably the best value on the board this week.
Cameron Davis ($7,100)
Davis used to be a staple for me at no-cut events due to his incredible volatility from round-to-round, but he’s been incredibly consistent of late and would have been a smash at this $7,100 price tag, regardless.
In three PGA TOUR starts this Fall, the Aussie finished solo third, T7 and T12. His putter has been on fire during this stretch, having gained a combined 10.59 strokes on the greens over his past two measured events.
In Davis’ lone start at this event back in 2021, he finished T10, which is quite encouraging because it’s a course that should fit his skillset, as he’s one of the longest hitters on the PGA TOUR. You will need to find some guys in this low-$7k range this week if you want to jam in multiple studs up top, and Davis profiles as one of the range’s better values. He will likely be popular, but is an elite play in all formats.
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