2020 Travelers Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks
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2020 Travelers Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks



Each week, including this week’s 2020 Travelers 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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2020 Travelers Championship preview

This week is going to be an interesting one on the PGA Tour. With the specter of positive COVID-19 tests, there may be a different feel this week in Hartford.

However, the good news for players competing this week is the tournament is being played in its normal place on schedule, so the players should expect typical tournament conditions — unlike the last two weeks.

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2020 Travelers 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.

  • Abraham Ancer – 3 – T-12 WGC Mexico, T-14 Colonial, 2nd RBC Heritage
  • Bryson DeChambeau – 4 – 2nd WGC-Mexico, 4th Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-3 Colonial, T-8 RBC Heritage
  • Matt Fitzpatrick – 2 – T-9 Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-14 RBC Heritage
  • Tyrrell Hatton – 3 – T-6 WGC Mexico, WIN Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-3 RBC Heritage
  • Sungjae Im – 3 – WIN The Honda Classic, 3rd Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-10 Colonial
  • Rory McIlroy – 2 – 5th WGC-Mexico, T-5 Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • Collin Morikawa – 2 – T-9 Arnold Palmer Invitational, P-2 Colonial
  • J.T. Poston – 2 – T-10 Colonial, T-8 RBC Heritage
  • Patrick Reed – 3 – WIN WGC-Mexico, T-15 Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-7 Colonial
  • Justin Rose – 2 – T-3 Colonial, T-14 RBC Heritage
  • Xander Schauffele – 2 – T-14 WGC Mexico, T-3 Colonial
  • Justin Thomas – 2 – T-6 WGC Mexico, T-10 Colonial
  • Gary Woodland – 3 – T-12 WGC-Mexico, T-8 The Honda Classic, T-9 Colonial

Event Finish History

We like to look for potential horses for courses with most PGA Tour events, particularly those with regular host courses. Here are players with multiple top-15 finishes in this event in the last five years it was played.

  • Keegan Bradley – 2
  • Patrick Cantlay – 2
  • Paul Casey – 4
  • Jason Day – 2
  • Bryson DeChambeau – 2
  • Brian Harman – 3
  • Russell Henley – 2
  • Charley Hoffman – 2
  • Danny Lee – 2
  • Patrick Reed – 2
  • Brandt Snedeker – 2
  • Kevin Streelman – 2
  • Kevin Tway – 2

Course Fits

It seems to me the best way to use Strokes Gained data is to give a sense of a course fit. My working theory is a player is a course fit — or a potential course fit, at least — if their Strokes Gained breakout when they finish in the top 25 is similar to the average for top-25 finishers at this week’s event.

This week, here’s the breakdown:

Putting: 37%
Tee to Green: 63%
Off the Tee: 20%
Approach: 26%
Around the Green: 17%

Fits could include:

Russell Knox
Sungjae Im
Bryson DeChambeau
Matt Fitzpatrick
Joquin Niemann
Dylan Frittelli
Charley Hoffman

2020 Travelers Championship DraftKings recommendations

$10,000 and up

We have four players in this group, and I think you should look at Bryson only. Everyone else feels a bit expensive.

$8,000-$9,999

We have 16 players in this group, and this is where you really make your team. Cantlay should do well, but he’s rusty. The model loves Rose, Woodland, Xander, Reed, Morikawa and Finau. Sungjae should bounce back. Ancer is a good pick, and Matt Fitzpatrick is a steal this week. Paul Casey is the horse-for-course pick of the week.

$7,001-$7,999

DraftKings typically breaks the rest of the field in half at the $7,000 mark. Poulter rates well again this week. Niemann is a fit. Hovland, Scheffler, Dahmen are my guys. HV3 rates well, too.

Below or at $7,000

We’re looking for bargains in this range. Jim Furyk has a great history here. Russell Henley is a great value.

My Travelers Championship DraftKings lineup

  1. Abraham Ancer – $9,000
  2. Paul Casey – $8,900
  3. Tony Finau – $8,200
  4. Matthew Fitzpatrick – $8,100
  5. Joaquin Niemann – $7,900
  6. Ian Poulter – $7,800
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