PGA DFS Core Plays: Genesis Scottish Open


Top-ranked DFS player, Notorious, breaks down his favorite PGA DFS picks at various salary ranges for this week’s tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.


While I didn’t have the best week of DFS at the John Deere Classic, Davis Thompson being first in my model was at least some consolation. Kyle Murray hit Thompson outright to go along with a few other bets. I was able to cash a made cut parlay and a couple placements as well, so it was a great week for the golf team at Scores And Odds. I will always post my golf bets here in the Core Plays article, but we’d love to have you try Scores And Odds if you like betting on other sports.

We now enter one of my favorite two-week stretches of the year. While my sleep schedule disagrees, I love the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. Even though this isn’t a Signature Event, this is one of the strongest fields that we have had all year. This is the third time the Genesis Scottish Open has been a partnership event for the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour and the sixth time the event has been held at The Renaissance Club.

Noto’s PGA Model Download & Video for the Genesis Scottish Open

While purists will argue this isn’t a true links course (due to a few trees and a wall?), I still view this as a links course. The big question this week is the weather. Windy conditions are typically a staple for both Scotland golf and links golf, but the early-week forecast is calling for some rather calm conditions. We’ve seen the winning score at this event range from -7 to -22 and all of that hinges on the weather. This is one of those weeks where you want to look at the weather right up to lock and potentially build tee time stacks.

As far as the course goes, this is a Par 70 that measures 7,237 yards. This is a unique Par 70 in that it features three Par 5s and five Par 3s. There is also a drivable Par 4. These four scoring holes do give an edge to those who can bomb it off the tee, although I wouldn’t say driving distance is a prerequisite for success at this venue. There are going to be a lot of mid and long irons hit this week, as 69% of approach shots last year came from at least 150 yards. The greens here are large and feature slow fescue grass. Looking at 3-putt avoidance might not be the worst idea.

I’m taking a heavy look at strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained approach, proximity from 150+ yards, bogey avoidance, strokes gained putting, and links experience.

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PGA DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Core Plays for the Genesis Scottish Open

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Event and Course Notes

What to Look For

Core Plays

Tom Kim
DraftKings: $9,500 / pOWN%: 18%
FanDuel: $10,800 / pOWN%: 17%
Strokes Gained Off the Tee: 35
Strokes Gained Approach: 30
Strokes Gained Around the Green: 37
Strokes Gained Putting: 51
Birdie or Better %: 20
Bogey Avoidance: 75


Kim missed the cut at the Rocket Mortgage, but he was fresh off a playoff loss to Scottie Scheffler the week prior. He hasn’t had the best 2024 campaign, but his game seems to be trending right in time for the final major of the season. He’s finished in the top 5 in two of his last five starts, and his statistics over the last couple of months have been encouraging — he has gained at least 2.4 strokes off the tee in five of his last seven events and has gained over 14 strokes on approach in his five events combined. He has really taken a liking to links golf — he has finished T6 or better in both of his trips to The Renaissance Club and finished T2 at last year’s Open Championship.

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Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth (aka Notorious) is a lead RotoGrinders Expert and one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the DFS industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in several sports and multiple Live Final appearances. Noto provides expert NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards. Follow Noto on Twitter – @RG_Notorious