PGA Championship by the Numbers: DFS Wrap-Up

The DraftKings $3.3M Millionaire Maker didn’t quite live up to its name this time around, as two players tied for the top spot and each took home $550,000.

Jason Day built a lead and held off the rest of the field to secure the title for Mailnurs (68 entries) and TooMuchMonta (14 entries) and their identical lineups of Jason Day (1), Branden Grace (3), Justin Rose (4), Brooks Koepka (T5), Tony Finau (T10), and David Lingmerth (T12).

A total of 89,204 players submitted 188,295 entries for a shot at the $1 million first place prize. Eighty-eight players submitted the maximum 100 entries while 61,626 players (33% of the field) submitted a single entry. The table below shows the tremendous growth in PGA DFS this year.

Major # of Participants
Masters ~ 48,700 users (999 max)
US Open ~ 53,500 users (500 max)
The Open Championship ~ 69,400 users (500 max)
PGA Championship ~ 89,200 users (100 max)

As you can see, golf is quickly becoming one of the biggest DFS attractions out there. Here is a breakdown of the numbers for the PGA Championship:

# of Entries # of Players # of Entries Best Finish % of Lineups Cashed % of Players Earning Profit % of Prize Pool Entered % of Prize Pool Won ROI
1 61,626 61,626 3 23.80% 23.80% 32.60% 20.50% -45%
2 12,972 25,944 3 23.90% 11.00% 13.70% 8.50% -46%
3 5,296 15,888 3 23.00% 10.00% 8.40% 4.90% -49%
4 2,461 9,844 3 24.20% 10.70% 5.20% 3.90% -35%
5 2,367 11,835 3 23.40% 9.40% 6.30% 4.60% -36%
6 1,020 6,120 3 24.70% 10.60% 3.20% 2.80% -24%
7 626 4,382 3 24.20% 9.70% 2.30% 1.60% -41%
8 428 3,424 3 24.80% 7.90% 1.80% 1.30% -37%
9 289 2,601 3 22.60% 11.40% 1.40% 1.00% -37%
10-24 1,644 22,549 1 24.80% 10.00% 11.90% 24.80% 81%
25-49 289 9,574 47 26.80% 14.50% 5.10% 3.40% -41%
50-99 98 6,338 1 25.10% 11.20% 3.40% 19.20% 400%
100 88 8,800 3 26.20% 12.50% 4.70% 3.40% -37%

Now let’s take a look at some other interesting statistics:

• The highest finish for a player with one golfer that did not make the cut was LaMagic in 1,097th place.

• The highest finish for a player with two golfers that did not make the cut was JSpieth87 in 17,947th place.

• The worst finish for a player with all six golfers making the cut was 158,124th place.

• 600 players cashed with two golfers missing the cut.

• The most popular lineup (Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Danny Lee, Patrick Reed, Robert Streb, and Brooks Koepka) finished in the top 3.3% of the field.

• There were 7,255 all-USA lineups (13% cashed) and 926 all-world lineups (19% cashed).

• 111 players won at least $1,000 and 79 players lost at least $1,000.

• The No Chalk Award goes to Hardfour, who had a lineup with no golfer over 0.16% owned.

• The Straight Chalk Award goes to 35 players, with each golfer at least 17% owned.

• Nine players cashed without choosing a golfer that finished in the top 10.

• 31,958 players chose Jason Day but did not cash.

• 4,555 players chose Jason Day and Jordan Spieth but did not cash.

• 1,036 users had the word “golf” in their username.

Congrats to all the big winners! Registration is currently open at DraftKings for the $2.5M Fantasy Baseball Main Event on August 28th, in which players will have another shot at a million bucks.

About the Author

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  • Chad Hancher is a western Pennsylvania native and 2005 graduate of Penn State who’s been hooked on DFS since 2011. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and works as a statistician in Washington DC. You can find him on twitter at baseballsDFS.

Comments

  • PearGod

    These oddball stats are great! Thanks for the research and for posting these!

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