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DraftKings Championship Series: PGA Championship Millionaire Contests Recap

Matt Meiselman recaps Phil Mickelson’s win at the PGA Championship and its impact of the DraftKings Championship Series.

This past weekend’s PGA Championship marked the second major on the 2021 golf calendar, and it was also a weekend with two more Millionaire Makers in the DraftKings Championship Series. The largest of the two events was the $3M FANTASY GOLF MILLIONAIRE, which had a $20 buy-in with 177,000 entries. There was also a $3M FANTASY GOLF MEGA MILLIONAIRE, with a $4,444 buy-in and around 700 entries. Users ‘httechguy’ and ‘clubcamcole’ took down these two contest, respectively, making them the latest millionaires of DraftKings Championship Series.

The DraftKings Championship Series is the king of competitions, minting 100 millionaires in the 2021-22 season. For more info on the series and all of the events, visit our DraftKings Championship Series Information page.

Phil Mickelson’s Impact was a Huge Surprise

Phil Mickelson winning the PGA Championship was a surprise to probably just about every golf fan, and DFS players were largely unprepared for this result, as well, as he was among the lowest-owned players in the entire field. Mickelson was priced at just $6.7K, but it had been about 15 months since he had even placed in the top 20 in any PGA Tour event, so there wasn’t much reason for anyone to be expecting big things from him in a major tournament. Mickelson came in at 1.4% ownership in the larger of the two tournaments, and ‘httechguy’ managed to pair him with five other players who made the cut, including the two T-2 finishers in Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.

In the $3M FANTASY GOLF MEGA MILLIONAIRE, with its much smaller field, Mickelson’s ownership was even lower at just 0.3%. There were only two lineups in the entire tournament that had him, and neither of them wound up contending for first place due to the struggles of the other golfers in those lineups. Mickelson was essentially so low owned in that tournament that he had no effect on the standings, and ‘clubcamcole’ didn’t wind up needing Phil because none of the other lineups near the top of the standings had him either. Golfers with low ownership win events all the time, but someone this low-owned winning a major golf tournament makes for arguably the biggest upset of the DraftKings Championship Series season.

Here’s a look at the lineups that took down these two tournaments:

What’s Next on the Champ Series Calendar

The next major DraftKings Championship Series event is still a couple of months away, with the $4M Fantasy Golf World Championship scheduled to take place from Aug. 19-22 at THE NORTHERN TRUST, located at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. This event will have yet another $1M top prize, and it’ll be a live final where competitors will be able to attend!

For more info on the series and all of the events, visit our DraftKings Championship Series Information page.

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