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Scotch Open Top PGA DFS Picks, Values ​​and Transoms for Wide Field GPPs

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It’s always fun to cross the pond for DFS, and this time around we’ll have solid fields in back-to-back weeks, starting with this week’s Scottish Open. The first key thing to note is that the lockdown time will be much sooner than we are used to. It will arrive at 2:15 a.m. EST, which means you might need a long night or an early morning alarm to check for withdrawals.

The other big key to these events is the weather. The wind is the biggest protector of this course at Renaissance Club, as if it were calm, as is currently planned, we will have a bit of a birdie fest with the potential for winners to be 20+ under par . Keep an eye on that as things lock down this week.

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While the overall contests are a bit smaller than some of the big events, DraftKings still rolled out the typical Pitch + Putt with $20 entry and $200,000 for first on the $800,000 prize pool. I’m going to focus on this big GPP as we go through the picks for the Scottish Open.

If you missed it, we’ve added two new metrics to our PGA models – Perfect% and SimLeverage. You can find an explainer on these measures here.

The Cliff Notes version is that you can use SimLeverage to quickly find leveraged games in tournaments, while Perfect% is great for finding the best prized games for cash games.

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Now let’s move on to the plays of the week.

High level

Jon Rahm $11,000

It looks like the property is going to play out relatively flat in this range of Xander Schauele up, so I’ll just take my favorite piece. It’s Rahm for me this week because I think he’s about to break through for another win, and I like that it doesn’t look like he’s getting too chalky.

Rahm was poised to struggle and hold onto the 54-hole lead at the US Open just weeks ago before a disastrous final hole derailed him on Saturday. He still had a good week, but it’s not the great game we saw from him just over a year ago. I believe he’s close to getting back to that form, and I’m going to start my training here because I like enough dormant tier players not to worry too much about the price at the top.

Collin Morikawa $9,400

Something must give in the lower part of this level, and it looks like most people will be heading towards Will Zalartoris. I get it – he’s been great lately – but I don’t think he’s twice as likely to finish higher than 2021 Open champion Morikawa. The defending Golfer of the Year champion has demonstrated his ability to play well on links-type courses. If you assume he will make the club changes this week that helped him win at Royal St. George’s last year, then it’s fair to expect he could produce better results this time around. here at the Renaissance Club. Morikawa is a guy with a ceiling to win every time he plays, and he’s shown that form for three of four rounds at the Country Club, but we’re getting a big prize giveaway and low ownership, which makes it game easy basic for me this week.

Midrange

Viktor Hovland $8,800

I plan on jamming two to three guys from Hovland to the top for a lot of lineups this week. I’m about 50/50 between Jordan Spieth and Vik, so I’ll take the lower projected property on the Norwegian. He certainly hasn’t been in his best form lately, but we all know he can score in a group when he has it. I expect birdie or better to be an important aspect this week, and if he can find his game a bit with the striking ball, there’s no reason he can’t be there all the time. throughout the weekend.

Cameron Young $8,100

We have to take a leap of faith on this one that Young’s game will travel anywhere. He certainly deserved the benefit of the doubt, and I’m sure the player best suited to be rookie of the year. Young continues to appear at the top of the charts, and I’ll keep looking for that this week after he took time off following a missed cut at the US Open. He ranks 8th in that area in SG: Tee-to-Green and tied for 3rd in Birdie-or-Better over the past six months. Sign me up for this kind of game with low salary and no high property.

Value Games

Mark Leishman $7,500

I thought form was returning for Leishman after he quietly posted a T14 finish at the US Open. Unfortunately, he let me and many others down with his missed cut the following week at the Travelers Championship. However, I will continue to ride this train with very weak ownership for a player who has posted three career top-6 finishes at The Open Championship. I’ll take that link pedigree for the Aussie and hope he shows up with the match he played at the Country Club last month.

Hao Tong Li $7,200

I expect this event to turn into a birdie fest, so we’re going to want players who can go low and have the advantage for a high finish. Hao-Tong Li checks both boxes, placing 6th on the DP World Tour in birdie and earning a win at the BMW International Championship. I don’t usually accept guys after a first win – especially one of this magnitude – but I believe in his talent. He doesn’t even need to wrestle at this price, just go out and score.

Sleepers

Victor Perez $6,900

Victor Perez is arguably the worst rated player in this area. He played some good golf with a win and a T3 just a month ago, and he has a strong course history at this event. The Frenchman has two top 30s (including a T14) and was well positioned to do better than last year before a final round 75 derailed his tournament. He had posted three runs in the 60s in the first three days and was in the top 10 heading into Sunday. Add to that the fact that I know he won’t be afraid of that elite field, and it makes Perez one of my favorite plays on the entire board this week.

Alexander Bjork $6,700

Speaking of guys who passed out on Sunday last year, Alexander Bjork was in the penultimate couple alongside Scottie Scheffler in the final round. It fell back on a T26 finish, but at this price, we may even be able to get away with this type of result this year. The Swede has consistently posted similar results lately, with a T7 and three other top 25s in his last five outings. He’s a player showing form and knows the course well, so he could produce great results for us at the lower price range.

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