2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks
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2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks

Each week, including this week’s 2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship, Golf News Net offers daily fantasy (DFS) golf advice, picks, lineups and tips for DraftKings PGA Tour games, scrutinizing the pricing model and looking for players who will perform best in both guaranteed prize pool (GPP) events and cash games.

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2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship preview

This is our first true opposite-field event of the year, with this event moving up from the Web.com Tour schedule last year into this slot opposite the WGC Match Play. Great spot, decent field. You have to lead with Emiliano Grillo and Scott Piercy, and then you quickly get into a very big mixed bag on a course few in the field actually know.

And there’s Tony Romo.

2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship DraftKings picks

Each week, we’ll offer players in 3-5 buckets of pricing so as to offer some mix-and-matching with your lineups based on our recommendations.

Finish Trends

Recent PGA Tour Trends

We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.

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Event Finish History

Here are the players who finished in the top 15 at this event last year, when it was on the Web.com Tour schedule (and they’re obviously not all in this field):

  • 1. Nate Lashley
  • 2. Augusto Nunez
  • T3. Rafael Campos
  • T3. Tyler Duncan
  • T3. Seth Reeves
  • T6. Jimmy Gunn
  • T6. Adam Svensson
  • T8. Richard S Johnson
  • T8. Kyoung-Hoon Lee
  • T8. Adam Long
  • T8. Carlos Ortiz
  • T12. Matt Atkins
  • T12. Brandon Harkins
  • T12. Sam Ryder
  • T12. Adam Schenk

Salary Trends

DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.

Here’s the list of players in the field playing at least $1,500 over their 2017-18 average salary (ranked least to most over average salary):

  • Kelly Kraft
  • Fabrizio Zanotti
  • Robert Garrigus
  • Trey Mullinax
  • Paul Dunne
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Patrick Rodgers
  • Rory Sabbatini
  • Jim Furyk
  • Scott Piercy
  • Emiliano Grillo

Here are the players playing this week with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five PGA Tour events that are playing AT OR BELOW their 2017-18 average salary:

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2018 Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship DraftKings recommendations

$10,000 and up

We have five players in this group, and I don’t think you can really go wrong with Patrick Rodgers or Rory Sabbatini. You’re going to need some fliers on low-priced guys if you pick from here, and Sabo is the most consistent of the group this season.


We have just 13 players in this group, and that means it may make sense to go higher in this group and gamble down on guys in the next tier. I really like Chris Wood for his run in Oman. Graeme McDowell is overpriced at $9,800. Trey Mullinax is doing well with limited starts. I think Kelly Kraft is the play at $8,600 given his runs the last two starts.


DraftKings basically breaks the rest of the field in half at the $7,000 mark. This is very much hit-or-miss territory.

In this territory, we have three guys who did well in the Web.com Tour version of this event: Sam Ryder, Rafael Campos and Adam Schenk. I like Ryder and Campos, who is having a good year on the Web.com Tour.

In these first three groups, I suggest you get all six of your players. You’re really reaching, or overleveraged, dipping into the below $7,000 pool.

Below or at $7,000

We’re looking for bargains in this range with a threat to top-10.

If you’re forcing me to pick here, I’m going with Angel Cabrera or Jason Gore, probably Gore. Staying away from everyone else, pretty much.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Patrick Rodgers – $10,000
  2. Kelly Kraft – $8,600
  3. J.T. Poston – $8,100
  4. Abraham Ancer – $7,900
  5. Sam Ryder – $7,800
  6. Adam Schenk – $7,500

About the author


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com

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