The 2020 Workday Charity Open field is packed with stars, including three ranked among the top five in the world. But are Jon Rahm (No. 2), Justin Thomas (No. 4) and Brooks Koepka (No. 5) optimal plays for your PGA DFS lineup this week when the PGA Tour returns to Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio?
Or should former major winners like Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed be part of your PGA DFS strategy starting Thursday?
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Thomas comes at a high price in the 2020 Workday Charity Open DFS player pool at $11,100 on DraftKings and $12,000 on FanDuel, so choosing him means you’ll need to find value further down the board. Rahm isn’t far behind at $10,900 on DraftKings and $11,800 on FanDuel. Before entering these PGA DFS tournaments or any others for the 2020 Workday Charity Open, you’ll want to see the top PGA DFS picks, advice and player pool from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.
McClure is a DFS pro with nearly $2 million in career winnings, and he’s been red-hot on his PGA Tour picks this season. McClure is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every tournament 10,000 times, taking factors like statistical trends, past results and current form into account. This allows him to find the best PGA DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any PGA DFS player.
Last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, McClure was extremely high on Bryson DeChambeau. The result: DeChambeau shot 23-under par and finished on top of the crowded leaderboard, earning his first PGA Tour victory this season. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge weekend.
Now, McClure has set his sights on this week’s event and revealed his optimal PGA DFS advice, strategy and player pool. Head to SportsLine now to see his top daily Fantasy golf picks for the 2020 Workday Charity Open.
Top Workday Charity Open PGA DFS picks
One of ATP’s top PGA DFS picks for the Workday Charity Open 2020: Matthew Fitzpatrick at $8,000 on DraftKings and $9,700 on FanDuel.
The 2013 U.S. Open champion, Fitzpatrick already has two top-10 finishes on his resume this season. Fitzpatrick finished seventh at the WGC-HSBC Champions and ninth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and most recently was 14th at the RBC Heritage. With five European Tour victories before his 25th birthday and having made the cut in his first outing at Muirfield Village last season, Fitzpatrick is primed for a breakout performance on the PGA Tour. Fitzpatrick is a steal at this price point, so lock him into your PGA DFS lineups and look for a big return this week at Muirfield Village.
ATP’s optimal PGA DFS strategy also includes rostering Patrick Reed at $8,800 on DraftKings and $10,500 on FanDuel.
Reed, who’s finished in the top 10 five times this season, is an almost sure-fire bet to be near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. Reed has been one of the best putters on tour, ranking fourth in strokes gained putting and first in one-putt percentage. He’s also sixth on tour in birdie average (4.50), having racked up 189 of them in 42 rounds. Lock him in your PGA DFS lineup and look for a big return this week at the Workday Charity Open 2020.
2020 Workday Charity Open odds, golf picks, predictions, best bets, field grade for Muirfield Village
Four weeks into the PGA Tour’s restart, we’ve gotten four straight elite winners. Daniel Berger, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are your champions of the four events back, and you will likely be able to add to that list over the next two weeks as the Tour sets up shop for a fortnight at Muirfield Village.
First up will be the Workday Charity Open. The event, which replaces the John Deere Classic, features a still loaded field as players get back into the swing of things after the extended time off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Then next week, many of the same players will participate in the Memorial Tournament.
Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest, with odds and prop bets provided via William Hill Sportsbook.
What: Workday Charity Open
When: July 9-12
Where: Muirfield Village — Columbus, Ohio
Three Things To Know
1. Different Muirfield: Wonkier course geeks than I will get far deeper on how Muirfield Village will play at the Workday Charity Open compared to how it plays the week after at the Memorial. I do hope the Tour tries some funky permutations with it, though. Put tee boxes where you’ve never put them. Put pins in locations players have never seen. It will be a nice look at how courses can be completely changed simply by changing the beginning and ending of the holes that make them up. You might not have this opportunity again anytime soon.
2. Koepka back: After finishing in the top 10 at the RBC Heritage a few weeks ago, Brooks Koepka had to pull out of the Travelers Championship because his caddie, Ricky Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19. That quelled any momentum Koepka had built up, but it also creates intrigue for me. It seems like Koepka is pointed in the right direction after about eight months of futility. It’s good timing, too, with Bryson DeChambeau laying claim to “best player in the world” title and the first major coming up fast (see below).
3. PGA creep: By the time the Tour leaves Columbus, it will have just two more events — the 3M Open and WGC-St. Jude Invitational in Memphis — before the first major of the season (and the first major in over a year) will be played at Harding Park in San Francisco. In a normal year, we’re focused on how golfers are playing at the Memorial because the U.S. Open is on deck. This year, we’ll be focused on how they play eight rounds at Muirfield Village because the PGA Championship is on deck. We haven’t talked much about the first major, but now we’ll start watching these events through that lens as our seven-majors-in-12-months stretch gets underway in 30 days.
Grading The Field
The Memorial field will be world-class, but the Workday field still gets some of that spillover. That will include Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson (of course), Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff. Like I mentioned off the top, we’ve gotten some absolute studs as winners in the first four weeks back. That’s not necessarily unusual given the quality of fields, but it’s been an unexpected treat that will likely continue with the uptick from last week’s group to this week’s at the Workday Charity Open. Grade: A-
Three Best Sleepers
1. Ben An (66-1): Four straight top 25s for Ben An at Muirfield Village. I get that it’s going to be set up differently, but it likely won’t be that different. An hasn’t been his usual sharp self from tee to green so far this season, so I’m betting on him bouncing back to more normal Ben An numbers at some point in 2020. Combine that with a hopefully-hot putter, and it’s not hard to envision a win.
2. Si Woo Kim (150-1): This is my weekly “wait, this guy has all the talent in the world, why are his odds this long?” guy. Last week it was Matthew Wolff at 100-1. This week it’s Kim, who’s coming off two straight made cuts. At 150-1, even in a good field, it’s worth a flyer.
3. Matt Wallace (100-1): After missing the cut at two of the first three events back, Wallace finished T12 last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Good player, good talent, could absolutely win at Muirfield Village this week.
Workday Charity Open Picks – WINNING LINEUP
Brooks Koepka ($10,400)
Justin Rose ($9,700)
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,000)
Cameron Champ ($7,700)
Ryan Armour ($7,400)
Richy Werenski ($6,800)