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DraftKings PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf Preview: THE PLAYERS Championship Course History vs. Current Form

Zach Thompson takes a look at golfers with the best course history and current form ahead of THE PLAYERS Championship.

The PGA TOUR has had a great start to the wraparound 2020-21 season, and things are about to get even better as we hit a great stretch of golf with big tournaments and multiple majors coming up over the next few months. We’ve already had some exciting finishes and exceptional storylines, but the drama and intensity should pick up starting this week with an elite field on a well-known course and fans starting to be able to return to the course as well. This week’s tournament, THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC at Sawgrass, isn’t quite a major championship, but it’s definitely a significant and memorable tournament each season and should be a lot of fun.

DraftKings is ready for the action and will be offering the first Milly Maker of the 2021 PGA TOUR season. Each week this season, this post has examined two of the key factors to consider when building your DraftKings fantasy golf teams. You can find the most notable course history and current form for those teeing it up this week at TPC Sawgrass in the charts below.

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Course History

We have plenty of course history to look at this week since TPC at Sawgrass has hosted this event every season since 1982, and it usually draws all the top golfers in the world. Players who have been in the top flight for a while have lots of history here, and here’s a look at some notable results dating back to 2012:

Course History

Player Name Salary 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Player Name Salary 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Dustin Johnson $11,200 -- WD 59 69 28 12 17 5
Rory McIlroy $10,600 CUT 8 6 8 12 35 CUT 1
Justin Thomas $9,900 -- -- -- 24 3 75 11 35
Webb Simpson $9,500 CUT 15 CUT 66 -- 16 1 16
Patrick Reed $9,000 -- -- CUT 24 CUT 22 41 47
Daniel Berger $8,800 -- -- -- CUT 9 65 57 67
Hideki Matsuyama $8,700 -- -- 23 17 7 22 CUT 8
Adam Scott $8,100 15 19 38 38 12 6 11 12
Jason Day $8,000 CUT 19 -- CUT 1 60 5 8
Louis Oosthuizen $7,800 CUT 19 CUT 69 28 2 CUT 56
Justin Rose $7,800 51 CUT 4 CUT 19 65 23 8
Francesco Molinari $7,600 CUT CUT 6 -- 7 6 CUT 56
Sergio Garcia $7,500 56 8 3 2 54 30 70 22
Marc Leishman $7,500 45 8 23 24 64 CUT 63 CUT
Rickie Fowler $7,400 2 CUT 77 1 CUT 60 CUT 47
Si Woo Kim $7,200 -- -- -- -- 23 1 63 56
Matt Kuchar $7,200 1 48 17 CUT 3 82 17 26
Lee Westwood $7,200 61 8 6 CUT -- 65 -- --
Ian Poulter $7,100 25 CUT 65 30 57 2 11 56
Chris Kirk $7,000 51 55 13 13 WD 12 46 56
Brian Harman $6,900 51 CUT CUT 8 54 53 CUT 8
Zach Johnson $6,800 2 19 26 13 54 48 75 CUT
Jhonattan Vegas $6,300 7 -- -- 42 57 CUT 41 3

There are no results from 2020 on the chart above since the event was canceled after just one round was completed, as the PGA TOUR went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hideki Matsuyama ($8,700) was in the lead at that point after shooting a course-record-tying nine-under on Thursday. Harris English ($7,500), Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($7,100) and Si Woo Kim ($7,200) were tied for second at that point at seven-under.

Kim is one of 10 past winners at THE PLAYERS Championship teeing it up this week. Rory McIlroy ($10,600) is the defending champion from his 2019 victory with Webb Simpson ($9,500), Kim, Jason Day ($8,000) and Rickie Fowler ($7,400) claiming the previous four titles. Historically, this tournament is not one that commonly produces repeat winners with only Tiger Woods winning more than one time on this track since 2001.

Winning at TPC at Sawgrass is a difficult task that requires strong play in a number of areas. The tight fairways can be hard to hit with bunkers and water along the way to collect wayward shots. The greens are small which leads to below-average GIR%’s and Scrambling percentages as well. Shots Gained: Around the Green is a key stat to consider in addition to Shots Gained: Approach. Length off the tee is always helpful, and there have been some bombers who have won here, but there are also several shorter hitters with good history here including Zach Johnson ($6,800) and Brian Harman ($6,900), who are listed in the chart above.

Like many of the Florida events in this part of the season, there has been a decidedly international flair to the leaderboard at THE PLAYERS. International veterans like Sergio Garcia ($7,500) and Adam Scott ($8,100) have extended track records of success. Garcia has made the cut in 16 straight starts at this track, including a win and a pair of runner-up finishes. Scott also won this event further back than the above chart goes, and he has made the cut in 12 straight events at TPC Sawgrass.

If you’re already stocked up on stars and stretching your salary cap thin, there are some value plays with good history here as well. Jhonattan Vegas ($6,300) is the cheapest player in the list above and finished third in the most recent complete tournament at TPC Sawgrass. He comes in with some nice momentum as well after finishing solo-second at the Puerto Rico Open two weeks ago. Chris Kirk ($7,000) is another value play with some interesting course history and solid current form, and Lee Westwood ($7,200) has a long track record of success at this event with five career top-10 finishes and 10-of-14 made cuts, although he hasn’t teed it up here since 2017.



Current Form

Part of the reason the season has been so exciting to this point has been the continued emergence of young shining stars. Two of them have hoisted the first two trophies in the Florida Swing with Collin Morikawa ($9,400) and Bryson DeChambeau ($9,700) claiming wins the past two weeks. Neither of them has much course history at TPC, but they’re each featured in this current form section which includes the first nine PGA TOUR tournaments of 2021.

Current Form

Player Name Salary Sentry TOC Sony Open The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis WGC-Workday Arnold Palmer
Player Name Salary Sentry TOC Sony Open The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis WGC-Workday Arnold Palmer
Jon Rahm $10,900 7 -- -- 7 13 -- 5 32 --
Rory McIlroy $10,600 -- -- -- 16 13 -- CUT 6 10
Bryson DeChambeau $9,700 7 -- -- -- -- -- CUT 22 1
Collin Morikawa $9,400 7 7 -- -- -- -- 43 1 --
Patrick Cantlay $9,200 13 -- 2 -- -- 3 15 -- --
Tony Finau $9,100 31 -- 4 2 -- -- 2 14 --
Daniel Berger $8,800 10 7 -- -- CUT 1 -- 35 --
Jordan Spieth $8,600 -- -- -- CUT 4 3 15 -- 4
Paul Casey $8,400 -- -- 8 -- -- 5 -- -- 10
Sungjae Im $8,300 5 56 12 32 17 -- -- 28 21
Matthew Fitzpatrick $8,200 -- -- -- -- -- -- 5 11 10
Cameron Smith $7,900 24 62 -- CUT -- -- 4 11 --
Jason Kokrak $7,700 35 56 -- 29 -- -- 32 9 8
Will Zalatoris $7,600 -- -- -- 7 17 55 15 22 10
Max Homa $7,600 -- -- 21 18 42 7 1 22 10
Lanto Griffin $7,300 13 41 CUT 7 -- -- 26 22 21
Chris Kirk $7,000 -- 2 16 -- CUT 16 -- -- 8
Brendan Steele $6,700 -- 4 21 -- 30 34 43 -- 18
Richy Werenski $6,400 -- CUT 21 60 22 -- 57 -- 4
Doug Ghim $6,200 -- CUT 5 37 -- 21 CUT -- 36

Since salaries were released early for this event, the results from last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational were not figured into the pricing. DeChambeau’s victory at Bay Hill came by one stroke over Westwood with Corey Conners ($7,400) in third and Jordan Spieth ($8,600), Richy Werenski ($6,400) and Andrew Putnam ($6,300) tied for fourth. Bezuidenhout finished solo-seventh and could be a sneaky play if he can start this year like he did before the stoppage last year.

Jason Kokrak ($7,700) is the only player to finish in the top 10 of each of the first two weeks in Florida after tying for eighth with Kirk last week. Max Homa ($7,600) has also been able to carry over his success from the West Coast swing with a strong start to the Florida events and a T10 last week.

Tony Finau ($9,100) and Xander Schauffele ($10,300) have each been regulars near the tops of leaderboards this season but haven’t been able to get a win yet despite five top-10 finishes for each of them. Will Zalatoris ($7,600) has also posted five top-10 finishes, as the rookie continues to establish himself on the PGA TOUR after taking the Korn Ferry Tour by storm last season.

Taking a look at some key statistics, Bezuidenhout leads the PGA TOUR this season in SG: Around the Green, averaging 1.081 shots gained per round. Byeong Hun An ($7,000) and Kevin Na ($7,300) are also in the top 10 in that category along with Dustin Johnson ($11,200) and Patrick Cantlay ($9,200). In SG: Approach, Morikawa still holds the lead on the season with Johnson ranked third in that category. Last week, Conners led the field in SG: Approach, and An gained a field-leading 1.335 shots per round around the green.

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