PGA DFS GPP Breakdown: Presidents Cup

Top-ranked grinder, STLCardinals84, will break down his top GPP golf targets for the coming week’s tournament, going over his favorite plays at various price ranges. Who better than PGA DFS master, STLCards, to help you on your way.

Presidents Cup

Welcome to a unique golf event for DFS purposes, Grinders! The Presidents Cup will take place this week after a three year hiatus. This usually gets contested every other year, but COVID threw a wrench into those plans. As such, we have a 2022 Presidents Cup upon us.

Quail Hollow will be the host course for this event. This course used to be a regular stop on the PGA Tour, but it has been revamped and refined over the past few years to become more of a “major championship” venue. This will play as a difficult course. However, this is a unique tournament. It is not a traditional stroke play event. The data and stats don’t matter as much.

You simply want players that are going to play as much as possible.

Sounds easy, right? Well, not really. Before we dig in, let’s take a look at the format.

The USA team has 12 players. The International team (sans Europe, which only plays in the Ryder Cup) has 12 players. All 24 players will play a “singles” match on the final day. However, prior to that, each golfer is only required to play once.

Day 1 – Five foursomes matches (alternate shot pairs)
Day 2 – Five four-ball matches (pairs where everyone plays their own ball, best score on the hole for the team is used)
Day 3 – Four foursomes matches followed by four four-ball matches

That means there are 18 total matches before you get to the singles. Golfers could compete in each of the four cycles (Day 1, Day 2, and each part of Day 3) prior to the single match, or they might play just once.

The good news is that we will know who is paired together on Day 1 before rosters lock. 10 players will be in action that day, while 12 will sit. You can guarantee that ownership will be sky high on the 10 players that are playing that day, because we know they are going in the opening round. It’s tough to roster a player who is getting a zero on the first day, but that does provide some potential in GPP builds. If one team starts the first day and loses horribly, they might not play again until the singles. Pairs can be changed up for each round.

Obviously, the best case scenario is to roster players who are paired together in the same lineup. If they play together three times and win every time, you are getting double the points. You can bet that winning GPP rosters are going to have BOTH players from the pairing that does best in the four-ball and foursomes rounds.

Again, building lineups for this is about 95% strategy and 5% stats, and it’s hard to write definitive conclusions until we see the Day 1 pairings. For now, I’ll offer some brief thoughts on some of my favorite GPP options.

UPDATEHERE ARE THE DAY 1 PAIRINGS. CORRELATION IS BEST TO ROSTER BOTH PLAYERS FROM A PAIRING TOGETHER

Match 1: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INTL)

Match 2: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INTL)

Match 3: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Tom Kim/K.H. Lee (INTL)

Match 4: Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) vs. Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INTL)

Match 5: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) vs. Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INTL)

This makes me like Mito Pereira over Taylor Pendrith as the punt play now. I am less high on Conners with him facing off against Spieth/Thomas in Round 1.

Justin Thomas – $9,600 DK – The obvious top plays are Cantlay and Schauffele, as they always tend to play well together as a team. However, they are also the two most expensive golfers on the board, and they are tough to fit together into a lineup. I prefer the Spieth/Thomas pairing. They also have a strong history when playing together, and I expect them to be vocal leaders for the USA team. On a points per dollar basis, I’ll start with Thomas — but I like both players very much.

Sam Burns – $8,800 DK – I expect Burns to be particularly strong in the four-ball matches with his aggressiveness, and I even like playing him in GPP builds if he sits the first day — though I don’t expect that. He is expected to play with Scheffler, which is a definite upside combination in this format.

Jordan Spieth – $7,000 DK – As I mentioned above, he’s likely going to be paired with Thomas. Assuming they are paired on Day 1, I will play them both together…. a lot.

Corey Conners – $6,200 DK (and possibly Taylor Pendrith as a punt) – This pick will entirely depend on how the initial matchups shake out. The International golfers will obviously carry low ownership. I’m hoping for a Canadian pairing of Conners and Pendrith, and if they are together in Day 1, I will definitely use them in some GPP builds. Conners is a great ball striker, and Pendrith has been playing with confidence. They could surprise in some team matchups, and I could see either player winning in singles, too.

Adam Scott – $6,000 DK – I would expect him to be the veteran leader of a relatively outmanned International squad. He will need to play well for the team to have a chance, and his ball striking skills should stand out at Quail Hollow. I really like him if he plays the first day.

As always, we need to revisit the selections after Day 1 pairs are released, but that is not until Wednesday afternoon. I will update the top of this article with thoughts at that time!

Top-ranked grinder, STLCardinals84, will break down his top GPP golf targets for the coming week’s tournament, going over his favorite plays at various price ranges. Who better than PGA DFS master, STLCards, to help you on your way.

Presidents Cup

Welcome to a unique golf event for DFS purposes, Grinders! The Presidents Cup will take place this week after a three year hiatus. This usually gets contested every other year, but COVID threw a wrench into those plans. As such, we have a 2022 Presidents Cup upon us.

Quail Hollow will be the host course for this event. This course used to be a regular stop on the PGA Tour, but it has been revamped and refined over the past few years to become more of a “major championship” venue. This will play as a difficult course. However, this is a unique tournament. It is not a traditional stroke play event. The data and stats don’t matter as much.

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