Welcome to the 2020 Players Championship Fantasy Picks and Pro-Tip
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The 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass hosts golf’s 5th major in an event that should be fantasy friendly. The Par 72 course plays at 7189 yards long and is 36th in par adjusted distance and 11th in fairway width, while playing in the middle of the road in difficulty. Despite average difficulty, fantasy scoring should be ample as the course yield the 2nd most eagles on tour last year. Combining that with a Top 10 bogey rate, and the swings will be plentiful for cut sweats, moving day, and R4 showdown alike.
The graphic above shows that TPC Sawgrass has historically been a course that rewarded above average driving accuracy and didn’t place quite as much importance on driving distance or putting. The one pause I have is that in 2019 the PGATOUR moved The Players from a May event to being hosted in March on the calendar, with cooler temperatures. This lead to 17.5 percent of the deviation in scoring being driven by OTT play compared to a previous everage of 15.5 percent. Obviously, great overall drivers who are long and accurate are optimal regardless of the venue, but I do think distance may matter more moving forward than it does historically in the data and I will probably play my lineups this week with the course fit / history toggle turned to the OFF position.
PGA DFS is as much a balance of projection and ownership as it is finding the right plays. These concepts were covered in our PGA DFS Strategy Guide which should be referenced throughout the season as you look to hone in your strategy.