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2020 CME Group Tour Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks

For the first time, DraftKings is running LPGA daily fantasy golf games. For this week’s 2020 CME Group Tour Championship, Golf News Net offers daily fantasy (DFS) golf advice, picks, lineups and tips, 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 CME Group Tour Championship DraftKings picks

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 LPGA 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 LPGA Tour events.

  • Angela Stanford – 2 – T-6 Pelican Women’s Championship, WIN VOA Classic
  • Anna Nordqvist – 2 – 5th Women’s PGA, T-6 VOA Classic
  • Bianca Pagdanganan – 2 – T-9 Women’s PGA, 3rd Drive On Oconee
  • Brittany Altomare – 2 – T-8 Drive On Oconee, T-15 Pelican Women’s Championship
  • Brittany Lincicome – 2 – T-9 Women’s PGA, T-13 Drive On Oconee
  • Brooke Henderson – 3 – T-6 ShopRite LPGA, 6th Women’s PGA, T-6 Pelican Women’s Championship
  • Carlota Ciganda – 2 – T-3 Women’s PGA, T-4 Drive On Oconee
  • Charley Hull – 2 – T-7 Women’s PGA, T-6 VOA Classic
  • Gaby Lopez – 2 – T-9 Women’s PGA, T-13 Drive On Oconee
  • Inbee Park – 3 – 2nd Women’s PGA, T-2 VOA Classic, T-6 US Women’s Open
  • Jennifer Kupcho – 2 – T-7 Women’s PGA, T-11 VOA Classic
  • Kelly Tan – 2 – T-13 Women’s PGA, T-11 VOA Classic
  • Lydio Ko – 3 – T-8 Drive On Oconee, T-4 Pelican Women’s Championship, T-13 US Women’s Open
  • Megan Khang – 2 – T-13 Drive On Oconee, 5th US Women’s Open
  • Mel Reid – 2 – T-11 Drive On Oconee, T-12 Pelican Women’s Championship
  • Nasa Hataoka – 2 – T-3 Women’s PGA, T-11 VOA Classis
  • Sei Young Kim – 2 – WIN Women’s PGA, WIN Pelican Women’s Championship

It’s also worth noting here that making cuts on the LPGA doesn’t mean as much as on the PGA Tour. Excluding the Women’s PGA championship, which is conducted by the PGA of America and LPGA together, a total of 118 players have missed the cut in the last four events. Smaller fields of late have meant fewer players not getting to the weekend while the LPGA has maintained a top-70-and-ties cut rule.

Event Finish History

We like to look for potential horses for courses with most LPGA Tour events, particularly those with regular host courses. We’re looking at players with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five years.

  • Amy Yang – 2
  • Ariya Jutanugarn – 4
  • Brittany Altomare – 2
  • Brittany Lincicome – 3
  • Brooke Henderson – 3
  • Charley Hull – 4
  • Danielle Kang – 2
  • Jennifer Song – 2
  • Jessica Korda – 3
  • Lexi Thompson – 4
  • Lydia Ko – 3
  • Nelly Korda – 3
  • Sei Young Kim – 3
  • Stacy Lewis – 2

Strokes Gained Leaders

The LPGA doesn’t offer strokes gained measurements in total or broken down by category (since they don’t have ShotLink). However, we can present strokes gained data based on play, so we have done that for the last five tournaments. Here are the top 20 players (only So Yeon Ryu and Nelly Korda have less than 8 rounds logged):

  • 1. Sei Young Kim: 4.09 ($11,100)
  • 2. Inbee Park: 3.474 ($10,700)
  • 3. Carlota Ciganda: 3.022 ($9,300)
  • 4. So Yeon Ryu: 2.424 ($9,900)
  • 5. Jin Young Ko: 2.375 ($10,900)
  • 6. Lydia Ko: 2.301 ($10,100)
  • 7. Brooke Henderson: 2.256 ($10,500)
  • 8. Charley Hull: 2.141 ($9,400)
  • 9. Nasa Hataoka: 1.987 ($9,600)
  • 10. Anna Nordqvist: 1.974 ($7,700)
  • 11. Moriya Jutanugarn: 1.652 ($8,600)
  • 12. Danielle Kang: 1.559 ($10,300)
  • 13. Austin Ernst: 1.281 ($8,400)
  • 14. Yealimi Noh: 1.277 ($8,700)
  • 15. Jennifer Song: 1.239 ($9,000)
  • 16. Ariya Jutanugarn: 1.214 ($8,800)
  • 17. Madelene Sagstrom: 1.175 ($6,700)
  • 18. Angela Stanford: 1.169 ($7,500)
  • 19. Amy Olson: 1.127 ($8,200)
  • 20. Jennifer Kupcho: 1.127 ($7,800)

Cheat Sheet

A cheat sheet with top-15 results from the last 5 CME Group Tour Championships, as well full results and strokes gained from the last five LPGA events, is available for members only. Click on the link to see the file and ask for permission over Google Sheets or email me for access.

2020 CME Group Tour Championship DraftKings recommendations

$10,000 and up

We have six players in this group, and I like Sei Young Kim and Brooke Henderson. Lydia Ko is back and playing well, but she seems too expensive.


We have 19 players in this group, and this is where we want to make a lineup. Lexi is a value pick as a horse-for-course player. Nelly, Nasa and Charley Hull feel like must-plays. Jessica Korda is a horse-for-course. Jennifer Song is on a good run and likes the course. Ariya loves here. Amy Olson can do well, hanging in there on a tough scoring course.


DraftKings typically breaks the rest of the field in half at the $7,000 mark. Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist are good plays. Kupcho can fade on weekends but is a solid play. Amy Yang is a HFC.

Below or at $7,000

We’re looking for bargains in this range, and we have a lot of the field in this range. Mina Harigae is a tremendous value, as is Brittany Lincicome. I think Maria Fassi will like this course.

A sample CME Group Tour Championship DraftKings GPP lineup

  1. Lexi Thompson – $9,500
  2. Charley Hull – $9,400
  3. Ariya Jutanugarn – $8,800
  4. Amy Olson – $8,200
  5. Amy Yang – $7,200
  6. Mina Harigae – $6,900

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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