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DraftKings PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf Preview: World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession Course History vs. Current Form

Zach Thompson takes a look at golfers with the best course history and current form ahead of the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession.

With the West Coast swing in the rearview mirror, the PGA TOUR is headed to Florida for the next four weeks starting with the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession. The tournament has a new name and will be taking place on a largely unknown course. It still should be a great week of golf, though, since it features a great field lined up to participate. Players are starting their buildup to The Masters, and the international flavor of the WGC will be on full display with top players on the different tours all around the world qualifying, and 70 of 72 eligible participants planning to participate in this four-round, no-cut tournament.

Each week this season, I’ll take a look at two of the key factors to consider when building DraftKings lineups. We’ll take a look at players who have a good history at the specific course being played (or similar courses if it’s a new venue), and we’ll also take a look at some of the golfers coming in with the best recent results.

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Course History

Don’t worry. We won’t just mail this section in even though The Concession Golf Club is a new venue for the PGA TOUR. We’ll take a look at a few things we do know about the course and try to find some players that have had success on similar tracks or excel in categories that will probably matter based on the design.

As far as comps go, this is a Jack Nicklaus design, so it makes sense to take a look at past history at Muirfield Village Golf Club, which hosted two events last year. In the first of those events, the Workday Charity Open, Collin Morikawa ($9,000) edged Justin Thomas ($10,500) in a playoff, and at the Memorial Tournament the following week, Jon Rahm ($11,100) bested Ryan Palmer ($7,200). Jason Day ($7,800) finished in the top 10 of each of those tournaments, and Xander Schauffele ($10,800) had a pair of top-15s. Patrick Cantlay ($10,000) and Justin Rose ($7,700) are a couple of other key names to consider based on their course history at Muirfield.

Editor’s note: Patrick Cantlay has withdrawn from the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.

Another comparable Nicklaus design is PGA National, which we’ll see in a few weeks. The course also draws a lot of inspiration from Augusta National and Riviera Country Club, which means it will likely play very difficult with hard-to-hit, fast greens that have multiple contours and undulations. Like many Nicklaus designs, this course sets up to be a second-shot course, meaning SG: Approach will be a key stat to consider and being able to recover around the green will also be critical to avoid dropping shots.

There are the typical four par 5s on this par-72 layout, but don’t look for a ton of eagles flying around. These par 5s are long and twisty with really only one being clearly reachable in two shots even for the longest of hitters. The risk-reward offered by these holes will make them wildly entertaining this week but not necessarily easy for players to score on. The par 3s also look extremely difficult with three of the four measuring over 200 yards. Players who do well at par 3s of that distance are another group to target.

While The Concession Golf Club will be making its PGA TOUR debut, it has been host to an event that several of these younger players participated in. The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship was held here, and SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau ($9,900) got the win in the individual competition by one stroke over C.T. Pan. Pan isn’t in the field this week, but Jon Rahm ($11,100) also played that week, finishing T22 during his career at Arizona State. Texas’ Scottie Scheffler ($8,300) and San Diego State’s Xander Schauffele ($10,800) also participated but placed further back in the pack.

The course difficulty could end up making this have the feel of a major championship, which is usually the case for WGC events. These events rarely turn into birdie-fests and usually end up with one of the best in the world raising the trophy at the end of the week. Paul Casey is the only player inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings not in the field, so the winner will have almost surely have plenty of pedigree.

Current Form

The fact that the field is so international means that many of these players have been doing work on other tours over the past few months. I’ll highlight some of the standouts from the other tours below, but here’s a look at some of the hottest players from the PGA TOUR over the past two months:

Current Form

Player Name Salary Sentry TOC Sony Open The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis
Player Name Salary Sentry TOC Sony Open The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis
Jon Rahm $11,100 7 -- -- 7 13 -- 5
Xander Schauffele $10,800 5 -- -- 2 2 -- 15
Patrick Cantlay $10,000 13 -- 2 -- -- 3 15
Tony Finau $9,800 31 -- 4 2 -- -- 2
Viktor Hovland $9,400 31 -- -- 2 -- -- 5
Daniel Berger $9,300 -- 7 -- -- CUT 1 --
Max Homa $8,600 -- - 21 18 42 7 1
Joaquin Niemann $8,100 2 2 -- -- -- -- 43
Will Zalatoris $8,000 -- -- -- 7 17 55 15
Marc Leishman $7,400 24 4 -- 18 -- -- 32
Ryan Palmer $7,200 4 41 -- 2 42 -- --
Kevin Na $6,800 38 1 CUT -- -- -- 38

On the PGA TOUR, we haven’t had any two-time winners yet in the 2020-21 wraparound season, but there have been several names that have been recurring around the top of the leaderboard. Cantlay claimed a win at the Zozo Championship last Fall and continues to be near the top just about every week, and Schauffele has a pair of runner-up finishes. Tony Finau ($9,800) has actually posted runner-up finishes in each of his past three starts after losing in a playoff to Max Homa ($8,600) last week in Los Angeles.

One of Finau’s runner-up finishes was at the Saudi International on The European Tour, which was won by Dustin Johnson ($11,600). That was the final leg of the three-week Gulf swing for the European Tour which also saw Tyrrell Hatton ($9,600) get a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Rose finished co-runner up with Finau behind Johnson, and Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard ($6,700) finished T25, T9 and T6 in those three events, highlighted by a final-round 62 at the Saudi International. Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre ($7,400), France’s Victor Perez ($6,900), Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger ($6,700), England’s Laurie Canter ($6,600) and Belgium’s Thomas Detry ($6,600) each had a top-10 finish on the Gulf Swing as well and could provide nice value options if they can replicate that success this week.

Taking a look at the key SG: Approach stat on the PGA TOUR, Morikawa was second in the field last week at The Genesis Invitational while Finau was the only other player in action this week in the top 5. On the season, Morikawa is third in that stat while Dustin Johnson leads the way, gaining 1.214 shots on approach per round. In the other key stat highlighted above, par 3 Efficiency from 200-225 yards, Will Zalatoris ($8,000) and DeChambeau are the only two players in the top 10 who are teeing it up this week.

One other important thing to note when considering players’ current form is that the greens this week will be Bermuda grass as opposed to the Poa Annua we have had on the West Coast. Be cautious in overly weighting good or bad putting performances, since reading the greens and striking it true on this surface require a slightly different skill set.

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