2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks
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2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks



Each week, including this week’s 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, 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 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational preview

This week represents the final World Golf Championships event of the year, with TPC Southwind hosting in Memphis in the second year of its upgrade to the WGC. There are 78 players in the field, with Brooks Koepka defending and Dustin Johnson a big horse-for-course name (at least before he went 80-80-78 in his last three rounds).

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2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational 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.

  • Patrick Cantlay – 2 – T-11 Travelers Championship, T-7 Workday Charity Open
  • Bryson DeChambeau – 2 – T-6 Travelers Championship, WIN Rocket Mortgage Classic
  • Tony Finau – 2 – T-8 Memorial, T-3 3M Open
  • Billy Horschel – 2 – T-7 Workday Charity Open, T-13 Memorial
  • Viktor Hovland – 3 – T-11 Travelers Championship, T-12 Rocket Mortgage Classic, 3rd Workday Charity Open
  • Mackenzie Hughes – 2 – T-3 Travelers Championship, T-6 Memorial
  • Kevin Na – 2 – T-5 Travelers Championship, T-9 Memorial
  • Xander Schauffele – 2 – T-14 Workday Charity Open, T-13 Memorial
  • Kevin Streelman – 2 – 2nd Travelers Championship, T-7 Workday Charity Open
  • Matt Wallace – 2 – T-12 Rocket Mortgage Classic, 4th Memorial
  • Matthew Wolff – 2 – 2nd Rocket Mortgage Classic, T-12 3M Open

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.

We only have one year of the event, so last year’s top 15 is the list.

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.

However, we only have one year for this event as a WGC. It plays much easier for the best players in the world, particularly compared to the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It’s hard to ID easy fits beyond the players who did well at Southwind pre-WGC.

2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings recommendations

$10,000 and up

We have five players in this group, and I think you can look at Rahm, Finau and Bryson, but they’re so expensive. Cantlay and Thomas are good plays, and I’d like Thomas more.

$8,000-$9,999

We have 20 players in this group, and this is where you really make your team. Webb, Xander, Hatton, Morikawa, Hovland, Finau, Fitzpatrick, Reed and Horschel are a great foundation of players.

$7,001-$7,999

DraftKings typically breaks the rest of the field in half at the $7,000 mark. Sungjae rested should be good. Stenson likes here. Poulter is hot and a good play. Adam Hadwin continues playing well. Max Homa found something at the 3M, but now he’s against better competition.

Below or at $7,000

We’re looking for bargains in this range. Ryan Palmer, Kevin Streelman are nice plays. Matt Wallace feels like a big yes. Mickelson loves this course and can’t miss the cut. Mac Hughes can be a good flier, as is Joel Dahmen.

My WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings GPP lineup

  1. Tony Finau – $9,100
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick – $9,000
  3. Patrick Reed – $8,800
  4. Billy Horschel – $8,500
  5. Ian Poulter – $7,400
  6. Matt Wallace – $6,700
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