Matt Fitzpatrick and Jordan Spieth are still battling it out on the back nine of the RBC Heritage Classic, but that hasn’t stopped DraftKings from preparing the PGA DFS lobby for next week’s Zurich Classic. There’s a lot to look forward to in this unique team format PGA tournament that will have DFS players thinking through lineup construction and game theory strategies.
PGA DFS: DraftKings Zurich Classic GPP Slate
Fans might have expected a letdown this week in the RBC Heritage coming off one of the most exciting Masters in recent memory. Jon Rahm, who won his first Masters with a Round 4 comeback over Brooks Koepka was among the many golf stars that continued on to play in the RBC Heritage. The stars showed out, with high level golfers Matt Fitzpatrick and Jordan Spieth set to finish first and second ahead of golfers like Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
That could change a bit at next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The unique team event pits two golfers in tandem against eighty other teams. Cantlay and Schauffele are the defending champs and are proving to be in great form in the RBC. Colin Morikawa and Max Homa will team up despite both underperforming in the lead up. Superstars like Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler will not play in the event.
Their absence could push PGA DFS ownership the top players like Cantlay, Xander, Morikawa and Homa while spreading out ownership among the next tier of golfers. Much of how the ownership shakes out will depend on pricing, which can be expected to get released by DraftKings later in the week. Likewise, there should be a great deal of talk in the PGA DFS streets about the best lineup constructions for team events and how– and how much– to correlate golfers.
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There’s expected to be less attention on the event given the level of players and the enormous amount of interest over the last two weeks. DraftKings has lowered the prize pools a bit from the Masters and the “elevated” RBC Heritage. Nevertheless, there should still be a lot on the line in PGA DFS this week.
The flagship GPP on DraftKings has a $20 buy-in and offers $200,000 to first. Players with smaller bankrolls who want to get in on the top-heavy GPP action can enter the $5 150-max GPP. The latter contest has an ~60,000 lineup field size and $25,000 up top.
The high-stakes $555 will have 600 players with $100k to first. Single entry players will notice a slightly smaller pool at all buy-in sizes. The middle stakes $200 has moved from it’s usual size of ~1,000 to 833 for this week’s smaller PGA event. It’s typical first place prize of $50,000 will be $30,000.
Coming off two weeks of twists and turns, PGA DFS players should keep an eye out for news and analysis as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans nears. This week’s new format will make DFS strategy and game theory particularly important. The prize pools may be a bit smaller given the lowered spotlight on TOUR, but there should be no lack of interest from high-level DFS players.
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