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Expert Shriners Open Data & Stats for PGA DFS Picks on DraftKings & FanDuel

Jason Rouslin



Having a variety of viewpoints and data points can be both a curse and a blessing. In this article, I sift through all the data and give you top picks from all four statistical angles that make up PGA DFS. The swing season continues with the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. TPC Summerlin has been the host for quite some time, and there has been plenty of professional golf over the last 12 weeks, giving us a complete data set.

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PGA DFS Picks: The Shriners Open

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Eight golfers have at least three top-10s over the last 12 weeks of golf, double what last week’s field had. Mito Pereira is the only one with four, adding another made cut last week, but he came in 31st. Sam Burns added his third in the previous week, as did Hayden Buckley and Sahith Theegala, marking their first PGA Tour top-10s. Both will skyrocket up the reshuffle rankings, guaranteeing them pivotal starts moving forward. PGA Tour veterans Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama are joined by Erik van Rooyen and Taylor Moore as the only golfers in the field with at least three top-10s in this timespan.

Corey Conners continued his impressive consistency over this timespan, coming in the top 25 seven of eight starts, including finishing 17th last week. He scored over 100 points at the Sanderson Farms and should be in a good spot with the significant price drop from last week’s pricing. Sungjae Im failed to play well enough over the weekend to tie Conners with seven top-25s over the previous 12 weeks, but he still has six in that time span, the same as Na and Pereira.

Lastly, Viktor Hovland, Abraham Ancer, Webb Simpson, Cameron Tringale and Joaquin Niemann have all played at least seven of the last 12 weeks and have made the weekend in each of them.

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Trey Mullinax and Cameron Young bucked their bad play trend last week, but they still lead with five missed cuts in the previous 12 weeks, joined in the field only by Bill Haas, Tyler McCumber, Wyndham Clark, Martin Trainer and Kyle Stanley.

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PGA DFS Picks Based on Recent Form

  1. Sam Burns ($10,900)
  2. Louis Oosthuizen ($9,900)
  3. Erik van Rooyen ($8,000)
  4. Mito Pereira ($7,800)
  5. Sahith Theegala ($7,500)
  6. Roger Sloan ($6,800)

Course History

There is plenty of history to work off this week in Vegas, as the tour has played at TPC Summerlin for a long time. Since 2015 nine golfers have teed it up every single year, with only two of them making the cut in all six: Nick Taylor and Webb Simpson.

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Lucas Glover is the only golfer in the field this week to have come in the top 10 three times and in three straight appearances, starting with a third in 2017, followed by a seventh and a ninth the last two years. Nine others, including Simpson and Glover, have come in the top 10 twice here. Scotti Piercy is the only one to have come in the top 25 four times out of seven tries, while Chesson Hadley had done it three times out of six. The other seven golfers have all come in the top 10 twice and missed the top 25 in their other three starts.

Outside of Simpson and Taylor, there has not been much success here at finding the weekend consistently. Russell Knox and Charles Howell have made it in all four tries, Ryan Palmer, Luke List, Si Woo Kim, Brian Harman and Stewart Cink are 3-for-3, and Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler are 2-for-2.


Rory Sabbatini has not found that type of success at TPC Summerlin, missing the cut four times since 2015. Eight others have missed the cut three times since 2015, with the biggest name among them being Abraham Ancer.

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Top PGA DFS Picks Based on Course History

  1. Webb Simpson ($10,200)
  2. Hideki Matsuyama ($9,500)
  3. Ryan Palmer ($7,500)
  4. Rickie Fowler ($7,300)
  5. Scott Piercy ($6,700)
  6. Chesson Hadley ($6,500)

Strokes Gained

A year’s worth of data should clearly indicate where golfers excel and where they struggle. For perspective, the average number of strokes gained for each stat has been added. Each week this column will also include the most important stat for the week and the top 10 rankings based on the average strokes gained from those stats.

Strokes Gained Tee to Green

  1. Paul Casey (1.293)
  2. Viktor Hovland (1.263)
  3. Will Zalatoris (1.184)
  4. Brooks Koepka (1.171)
  5. Corey Conners (1.15)
  6. Hideki Matsuyama (1.074)
  7. Russell Henley (0.926)
  8. Scottie Scheffler (0.909)
  9. Doug Ghim (0.909)
  10. Luke List (0.892)

Strokes Gained Off the Tee

  1. Viktor Hovland (0.656)
  2. Brooks Koepka (0.631)
  3. Corey Conners (0.625)
  4. Keith Mitchell (0.57)
  5. Luke List (0.557)
  6. Joaquin Niemann (0.556)
  7. Sungjae Im (0.526)
  8. Scottie Scheffler (0.515)
  9. Charles Howell III (0.505)
  10. Emiliano Grillo (0.368)

Strokes Gained on Approach

  1. Paul Casey (0.895)
  2. Russell Henley (0.831)
  3. Will Zalatoris (0.751)
  4. Corey Conners (0.698)
  5. Matthew NeSmith (0.683)
  6. Emiliano Grillo (0.669)
  7. Viktor Hovland (0.648)
  8. Charley Hoffman (0.646)
  9. Hideki Matsuyama (0.614)
  10. Kyle Stanley (0.55)

Strokes Gained Around the Green

  1. Kevin Na (0.702)
  2. Danny Willett (0.518)
  3. Si Woo Kim (0.467)
  4. Seamus Power (0.44)
  5. Patrick Reed (0.368)
  6. Ian Poulter (0.364)
  7. Louis Oosthuizen (0.353)
  8. Webb Simpson (0.353)
  9. Rickie Fowler (0.343)
  10. Brian Harman (0.334)

Strokes Gained Putting

  1. Louis Oosthuizen (0.764)
  2. J.T. Poston (0.706)
  3. Ian Poulter (0.695)
  4. Patrick Reed (0.669)
  5. Zach Johnson (0.667)
  6. Jason Kokrak (0.628)
  7. Brendon Todd (0.62)
  8. Sam Burns (0.579)
  9. Chesson Hadley (0.552)
  10. Harris English (0.544)

Strokes Gained Off the Tee and Approach

  1. Corey Conners (1.323)
  2. Viktor Hovland (1.304)
  3. Paul Casey (1.153)
  4. Brooks Koepka (1.113)
  5. Will Zalatoris (1.07)
  6. Emiliano Grillo (1.037)
  7. Charley Hoffman (0.987)
  8. Russell Henley (0.902)
  9. Joaquin Niemann (0.882)
  10. Hideki Matsuyama (0.854)

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Top PGA DFS Picks Based on Strokes Gained

  1. Viktor Hovland ($10,600)
  2. Paul Casey ($8,900)
  3. Corey Conners ($8,800)
  4. Russell Henley ($7,900)
  5. Joaquin Niemann ($8,200)
  6. Luke List ($7,200)

Old School Statistics

With only two par 4’s over 450 yards, I have added in scoring on par 4’s measuring 400-450 yards.


  1. Emiliano Grillo
  2. Kyle Stanley
  3. Russell Henley
  4. Chez Reavie
  5. Doug Ghim
  6. Paul Casey
  7. Brian Stuard
  8. Russell Knox
  9. Joel Dahmen
  10. Hank Lebioda

Driving Distance

  1. Brooks Koepka
  2. Matthew Wolff
  3. Brandon Hagy
  4. Keith Mitchell
  5. Wyndham Clark
  6. Joseph Bramlett
  7. Luke List
  8. Joaquin Niemann
  9. Dylan Frittelli
  10. Viktor Hovland

Birdie or Better

  1. Sam Burns
  2. Scottie Scheffler
  3. Webb Simpson
  4. Viktor Hovland
  5. Harris English
  6. Cam Davis
  7. Brooks Koepka
  8. Jason Kokrak
  9. Patton Kizzire
  10. Charley Hoffman

Par 4 400-450 Yards

  1. Abraham Ancer
  2. Webb Simpson
  3. Brooks Koepka
  4. Corey Conners
  5. Emiliano Grillo
  6. Zach Johnson
  7. Kevin Na
  8. Russell Henley
  9. Matt Kuchar
  10. Adam Scott

Approach Proximity Under 125 Yards

  1. Russell Henley
  2. Adam Scott
  3. Brandt Snedeker
  4. Aaron Wise
  5. Tom Hoge
  6. Roger Sloan
  7. Matt Kuchar
  8. Charles Howell III
  9. Kevin Streelman
  10. Sam Burns

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Top PGA DFS Picks Based on Statistical Analysis

  1. Brooks Koepka ($11,000)
  2. Adam Scott ($8,400)
  3. Charley Hoffman ($8,200)
  4. Emiliano Grillo ($7,400)
  5. Stewart Cink ($7,100)
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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now four years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of two boys, James & Myles. A dog and more specifically Lab lover (Bella), he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, at Disney World, on a hike, or somewhere in between. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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