2020 Workday Charity Classic: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 Workday Charity Classic. Daily fantasy golf analysis for this week’s DFS slate to help you build winning cash game and tournament lineups on DraftKings.

Welcome to The Primer column for the 2020 Workday Charity Classic! We are here to help you build your DFS lineups for FanDuel, DraftKings or whatever other sites you choose to play on (this article does have a DraftKings bias though).

This week, as has been the case since play resumed for the 2020 season, we have another strong field queued up for the Workday Charity Classic!  This will be the first of two tournaments back to back at Muirfield – which is weird, and in order to get a good idea of course history – a great resource for that would be how players have done at The Memorial.  Muirfield is a pretty long course, settling in at over 7400 yards, and with a number of long Par 4’s, players who have the ability to avoid blowups on longer Par 4’s and long Par 3’s will likely fair well in this event.

In addition to the aforementioned things to consider, as is the case in most events that play longer – SG: Approach will be a key stat to consider (as is generally the case for me when it comes to stats) – and with very quick greens, I think that quality putters will be paramount.

Let’s have a look at four options that I like along with a bit of a dart throw – `and some rationale for why I think you should include them in your player pool:

Last Week’s Picks:

  • Tyrell Hatton – T4
  • Tony Finau – T53
  • Christian Bezuidenhout – MC
  • Erik Van Rooyen – MC
  • Sebastian Munoz – MC

Not great, Bob! Though we did have Matthew Wolfe and Bryson DeChambeau on the Cheat Sheet at least to salvage some dignity.

The Best of the Best

  • Patrick Cantlay – $10,600

I’m hoping that the price point will help keep his ownership levels down, but we’ll see how that shakes out.  He’s an elite option in terms of SG: Approach, has a strong course history here including a win here in 2019 after firing a 64 on Sunday.  He had a strong showing at the Travelers to kick off his post-Covid tournament action – and I like his chances of being right in the thick of things this weekend.  Interest of full disclosure, I also like Justin Thomas a lot this week, and they are my 1A/1B options.

  • Patrick Reed, $8,800

I continue to like the price point on Reed – and the fact that he has missed two out of the last four cuts may help keep his ownership level in check at a very low price for a golfer of his calibre.  There’s some risk here, but I like him yet again, and in the interest of full disclosure, that will probably remain as long as he is in this price point – he’s too cheap.  He’s above average in all facets of the game, and ranks 4th on tour in SG: Putting.  I like his chances of a bounceback effort this week after a disappointing showing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The Next Tier

  • Adam Hadwin – $8,200

Hadwin is fresh off of a T4 last week in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and I like his chances of carrying that over this week.  He is mediocre off of the tee, but has been great in all other parts of the game – which include ranking in the top 30 in both SG: Approach and SG: Putting.  All in all he ranks 13th on tour in SG: Tee to Green, showing that he has been playing outstanding golf this season.  The price point is great – and I like his chances of keeping things rolling this week at Muirfield.

  • Joel Dahmen – $7,700

Sure – his short game can be an absolute mess – but if gets things to the point where he is somewhat acceptable on the greens, watch out (much the same for Viktor Hovland).  Dahman has been a cut making machine, and has done mediocre enough to prevent ownership levels from skyrocketing.  He’s great off the tee, which never hurts – and has an elite approach game, ranking 13th on tour in SG: Approach.  I like his chances to do well on this track, and I think you have a shot at a top 10-20 finish this week from Dahman, which is great for the price point.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Mackenzie Hughes – $7,000

Definitely not a stat darling – Hughes has an elite short game that includes a 6th rank on tour in SG: Around the green.  Basically what that means is if he is striking the ball somewhat decent, and his short game plays elite as it usually does, he can contend.  He’s been a streaky golfer, and one that has served me well over time to ride the waves with.  Fresh off a 3rd place finish last week – I like his chances of keeping things going – and due to poor play early on in the season, his stats are bad enough to help keep his ownership levels in check.  There’s risk here – but I love the upside at what should be low ownership with including Hughes in your player pool.

If you would like to see some more of my favourites for this week’s event, check out The PGA Cheat Sheet!

If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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