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PGA DFS: Genesis Open Course Preview and Trends

The Tour heads about five hours down the coast to Southern California for the Genesis Open this week. As usual, this event will be played at Riviera CC. In Riviera, we have a Par 71 course that plays just about 7,350 yards. Everything at Riviera is difficult to hit whether you’re talking about fairways or greens. The average course sees just about 64 percent of fairways and 63 percent of greens hit. Since 2010, those numbers are 53.6 percent and 55.7 percent, respectively. The course features poa annua grass greens but kikuyu for the rough and fairways. Over the past five years, it has been anywhere from the fifth to the 24th most difficult course on tour.

PAST WINNERS

Golfer Year Winning Score DraftKings Points
Bubba Watson 2018 -12 114
Dustin Johnson 2017 -17 114.5
Bubba Watson 2016 -15 111
James Hahn 2015 -6 100
Bubba Watson 2014 -15 121

OFF THE TEE

As far as correlations for off-the-tee stats this week, we’re pretty flat with distance and accuracy. There’s a slight bump across the field when it comes to driving distance but if we zoom into what helps golfers reach their ceiling here, distance takes on more importance.

Since 2010, there have been 47 golfers that finished in the top 5 of DK scoring. Nearly 50 percent (23-of-47) of that group finished in the top 20 in driving distance. By comparison, just over 21 percent (10-of-47) hit that number in accuracy off the tee. Strokes Gained: Off the Tee factors in a quite a bit of distance with a touch of accuracy thrown in and that grades out as even more important with 57 percent (27-of-47) finishing in the top 20 of that category.

tee viz

SG:OTT Rank (Last 24 Rounds) Golfer
1 Bubba Watson ($9,700)
2 Rory McIlroy ($10,700)
3 Bryson DeChambeau ($10,200)
4 Trey Mullinax ($7,200)
5 Abraham Ancer ($7,300)
6 Luke List ($7,400)
7 Jon Rahm ($10,400)
8 Jhonattan Vegas ($6,500)
9 Jason Kokrak ($7,600)
10 Tony Finau ($9,100)

ON APPROACH

I’ll spare you the introduction, here, reminding you it’s important to have birdie putts in golf. If we look at that same group we examined for off the tee stats, the results for hitting greens in regulation is overwhelming. Nearly 75 percent (34-of-47) of that group finished in the top 20 in GIR.

GIR Rank (2019) Golfer (Salary)
1 Dustin Johnson ($11,400)
2 Justin Thomas ($11,000)
3 Rory McIlroy ($10,700)
4 Jon Rahm ($10,400)
5 Bryson DeChambeau ($10,200)
6 Phil Mickelson ($9,900)
7 Bubba Watson ($9,700)
8 Tiger Woods ($9,500)
9 Xander Schauffele ($9,400)
10 Hideki Matsuyama ($9,300)

Key Stats

  • Greens in Regulation
  • SG: Off the Tee
  • Driving Distance
  • SG: Putting (Poa)

Player NameSalaryAverage DK PointsLowest DK Point TotalHighest DK Point TotalBest Finish PositionWorst Finish PositionScoring Over Field Average (SOFA)StartsMade CutsMissed Cuts
Dustin Johnson1140078.123.5114.5110034.5972
Justin Thomas1100068.658.583.595424.9440
Rory McIlroy1070075.073.576.5202029.9220
Jon Rahm10400NANANANANANANANANA
Bryson DeChambeau1020035.31060.541100-8.7211
Phil Mickelson990075.363.589.524532.1660
Bubba Watson970059.19121110015.5954
Tiger Woods950024.524.524.5100100-18.4101
Xander Schauffele940079.579.579.59936.6110
Hideki Matsuyama930065.81885410021.3431
Jordan Spieth920059.52583.5410016.3642
Tony Finau910045.516.59621001.8422
Patrick Cantlay900043.2198841001.6312
Marc Leishman890048.818.59051005.2954
Paul Casey880071.85996.524928.2550
Adam Scott870065.820.5107.5210021.8651
Tommy Fleetwood860063.563.563.5373720.6110
Matt Kuchar850060.614.582810016.5871
Cameron Smith840069.55879.566324.5330
Chez Reavie830032.111887100-11.8624
Sergio Garcia820066.425.590.5410023.7541
Branden Grace810064.861.568223720.8220
Louis Oosthuizen800035.32149.562100-9.3211
Charles Howell790038.6147215100-5.0954
Adam Hadwin780075.062.591.563431.3440
Rafael Cabrera-Bello780071.07171262628.1110
Tyrrell Hatton7700NANANANANANANANANA
Sungjae Im7700NANANANANANANANANA
Martin Laird760060.02288.5810015.9862
Jason Kokrak760059.322102.5210016.1761
Cameron Champ760021.02121100100-21.9101
Kevin Na750057.121.597210013.5963
Scott Stallings750055.02293410011.0431
Andrew Putnam750052.552.552.5494912.8110
Sung Kang740069.8388887226.3440
Luke List740053.72773.5201008.6321
Bud Cauley740048.520.571201006.1431
Si Woo Kim740026.723.531100100-18.4303
Danny Willett7300NANANANANANANANANA
Keegan Bradley730057.52190210014.3853
Ryan Moore730057.42387.5410013.9972
Abraham Ancer730048.0484868685.1110
Trey Mullinax7200NANANANANANANANANA
J.B. Holmes720066.322101.5310022.7981
Brian Harman720050.519.5104.531006.3532
Aaron Wise720025.02525100100-17.9101
Beau Hossler720019.519.519.5100100-23.4101
J.T. Poston710074.574.574.5171729.6110
Charley Hoffman710061.511.597410017.9981
Martin Kaymer710051.0515153538.1110
Kevin Streelman710041.415.56527100-1.7853
Russell Henley710035.3265161100-7.6312
Kevin Tway710022.31727.5100100-21.7202
Joaquin Niemann7000NANANANANANANANANA
Sang-moon Bae700072.352.588.587529.3440
Charl Schwartzel700063.120.5100.5310019.1651
Ollie Schniederjans700057.026.587.5810013.1211
Harold Varner700050.62570.5261005.4431
Joel Dahmen700022.522.522.5100100-20.4101
Brian Gay700020.01624100100-24.0303
Steve Stricker690088.567117.512942.8330
Jim Furyk690062.32373.51110019.2871
Bill Haas690061.314101110017.6853
Brendan Steele690055.51774.51010012.3871
Jason Dufner690051.42667.5291007.1541
Hudson Swafford690024.319.531.5100100-20.2404
J.J. Spaun690011.0814100100-34.1202
Sam Burns6800NANANANANANANANANA
James Hahn680065.521100110021.5651
Peter Uihlein680061.561.561.5262618.6110
Brandon Harkins680061.561.561.5414118.6110
Ryan Armour680043.543.543.564640.6110
Brian Stuard680040.321.56339100-3.1422
Chris Stroud680028.475930100-14.7725
Cheng-Tsung Pan680021.02121100100-21.9101
Kiradech Aphibarnrat6700NANANANANANANANANA
Anders Albertson6700NANANANANANANANANA
Denny McCarthy6700NANANANANANANANANA
Nick Taylor670051.51768.5261007.8431
Pat Perez670048.914.567131005.3963
Ernie Els670046.810.578101003.2853
Danny Lee670027.220.541.569100-15.5514
Andrew Landry670016.01616100100-26.9101
Sam Saunders660065.56566264921.6220
Anirban Lahiri660064.36067.5266419.3330
Patrick Rodgers660052.82670221007.8321
Scott Brown660051.71399.521007.5532
Hunter Mahan660050.419.584.581006.8853
Kyle Stanley660043.616.567241000.5422
Scott Langley660038.224.56522100-6.2312
Peter Malnati660036.82460.564100-8.2312
Satoshi KODAIRA6500NANANANANANANANANA
Vaughn Taylor650049.814.572201006.5752
Harris English650048.219.576101004.2642
Jhonattan Vegas650047.61879.5121005.0642
Ted Potter650031.6167410100-11.0413
Cody Gribble650022.02024100100-21.9202
Michael Kim650021.71724.5100100-23.4303
Mackenzie Hughes650019.01919100100-25.9101
Cameron Davis6400NANANANANANANANANA
Tae Hee Lee6400NANANANANANANANANA
Keith Mitchell6400NANANANANANANANANA
Sam Ryder6400NANANANANANANANANA
Kramer Hickok6400NANANANANANANANANA
Adam Schenk640054.554.554.5535311.6110
Fred Couples640042.622807100-0.9734
Davis Love640038.32067.545100-5.7312
Julian Etulain6300NANANANANANANANANA
Carlos Ortiz630075.07476202631.5220
Ryan Blaum630037.015.558.560100-6.9211
Jonas Blixt630029.3146041100-12.2312
Robert Streb630024.920.528.5100100-18.7505
Bronson Burgoon630020.02020100100-27.3101
Stephan Jaeger630017.01717100100-25.9101
Tyler Duncan630015.01515100100-27.9101
Adam Long6200NANANANANANANANANA
Chase Wright6200NANANANANANANANANA
Jim Knous6200NANANANANANANANANA
Seamus Power6200NANANANANANANANANA
K.J. Choi620065.120.592510021.5981
Tom Hoge620058.053.562.5395316.7220
Morgan Hoffmann620034.3116122100-9.9523
Seth Reeves6100NANANANANANANANANA
Vijay Singh610053.82296210010.2972
John Huh610040.311.57126100-3.7633
John Senden610037.318.57718100-6.4835
D.A. Points610031.51563.530100-10.8624
Grayson Murray610023.523.523.5100100-21.4101
Kenny Perry610020.520.520.5100100-19.2101
Tim O'Neal6000NANANANANANANANANA
Rod Pampling600072.07272272725.4110
Freddie Jacobson600046.82391.531002.5532
Kelly Kraft600037.320.55463100-6.7211
Alex Cejka600034.31553.555100-9.3422
Whee Kim600029.216.550.561100-15.9312
Michael Block600018.733976100-23.9312

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