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DraftKings PGA DFS Lineup Picks - Valero Texas Open Golf Advice (2023)

DraftKings PGA DFS lineup picks daily fantasy golf


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Field Size: 144 Players
Cut: Top 65 and Ties
Top 25 Entrants: 2


Last Five Winners Of TPC San Antonio

2022 J.J. Spaun -13
2021 Jordan Spieth -18
2019 Corey Conners -20
2018 Andrew Landry -17
2017 Kevin Chappell -12


Expected Cut-Line

2022 0
2021 3
2019 0
2018 2
2017 1


TPC San Antonio

7,435 Yards - Par 72 - Bermuda Greens (Overseeded With Bent/Poa)

When the Valero Texas Open got moved to the week before the Masters, we saw the strength of the event decrease to being one of the weaker stops on tour. It likely doesn't take a rocket scientist to correlate players wanting a break before the first major of the year and the reduced quality teeing it up this week, although a big brunt of that answer comes down to the hidden difficulty of the track.

Designed in 2010 by Greg Norman, TPC San Antonio Oaks is a lengthy Par 72 property that vaguely mimics next week's major but does so in a unique fashion that generates its own flair for the dramatics. We see those ramifications come into play immediately, with around the green producing 3.3% more impact on scoring than a typical stop on tour. That particular factor, mixed with a seven percent decrease in GIR percentage, helps to make the layout one of the more demanding major preps on the schedule.

Six of the most challenging holes at the course stretch between 410-481 yards, creating what theoretically should produce a condensed second shot yardage. However, it is essential to note that no proximity range is wildly more impactful than the next. We see that come to fruition with each 25-yard bucket from 100 yards and beyond yielding over a 10% expected output rate.

Overall, a complete display of ball-striking, tee-to-green data, past TPC performances, GIR percentage, par-five scoring and weighted par-four will make up the beginning of my model. And despite wind calculations being something I will look into marginally, big scores are lurking in even the calmest conditions -- just ask Kevin Na in 2011 after he carded his infamous 16. Some say this course might be why he is now on the LIV Tour. I can neither confirm nor deny.

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC San Antonio PGA Average
Driving Distance 285 283
Driving Accuracy 56% 62%
GIR Percentage 58% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 58% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.54 0.55

Key Stats 

Let's quickly run through how I built my model. (You can see only the 2023 season when you make a copy).

Weighted Strokes Gained Total (30%)


Strokes Gained Total Wind (7.5%)


Strokes Gained Total TPC (10%)


Strokes Gained Total 7,400+ (10%)


Weighted Scoring (20%)


Total Driving (10%)


Weighted GIR (12.5%)


Total Number Of Top 10's Out Of The Seven Categories: Two-Year Running Model

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High-Priced DraftKings DFS Players 

***There are four players priced above $10,000. Please remember that my DFS article is always a first look at the field. Opinions might shift as the week goes on, and I am more than happy to discuss anyone further on Twitter.

Early thoughts on the group:  We have four of the top five players in my model directly located in this $10,000+ section. There are questions to be asked about Hideki Matsuyama's health, but I'd prefer to let some of those things be answered leading up to Thursday before locking in a player pool. As always, ownership will be the great decider on the optimal route for us to consider.

Options In Pool On Monday. Names Will Become Further Condensed Throughout The Week: If you forced me to pick right now, my favorite play would likely be Tyrrell Hatton because of the leverage he is creating as the top-priced option on the board, but but everyone is still included as a potential path to consider. Not much we can do until more information enters the market. 


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Mid-Priced DraftKings DFS Players

$9,000 Range

Early thoughts on the group:  Davis Riley is the first name to make my "not playing list." There is negative leverage in all ways I ran my model, and his shaky around the green game and output in the wind should be considered alarming trends that I don't want to become invested in for the Valero.

From there, narrowing this pool further on Monday is much more challenging. Taylor Montgomery looks like an early pivot away from much chalkier choices around him. My model likes his scoring potential for TPC San Antonio, but the GIR percentage will always be the potential undoing. Si Woo Kim is the top-ranked player on my sheet, although the public has followed suit with his nearly 25% early ownership total. That should regress over the next few days since the first iteration of my returns will always be overly aggressive to indicate where the market is at early in the process, but it is worth keeping an eye on since I would like to find a way to gain exposure. And then we have Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Fox -- three golfers with top 12 overall rank retrievals in my sheet but are middling in the advantage we are getting if we play them. I'd assume one is 100% getting cut, but that answer will come with more information.

Options In Pool On Monday. Names Will Become Further Condensed Throughout The Week: Si Woo Kim, Taylor Montgomery, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Fox. It is never 100% ideal when only one golfer (Davis Riley) can be eliminated on a Monday.


Mid-Priced DraftKings DFS Players

$8,000 Range 

Early thoughts on the group: Alex Noren is in one of those spots where the price tag is arguably too high for the form he is bringing to the table, but the lack of public intrigue has to make him enticing. It is important to remember that he is a coin flip for his odds with any other player in this group. Ben Griffin is likely going to be the most popular choice in this range. Let's see where that percentage trends because he has tons of playability if the total can drop some over the next 48 hours. And let's see where ownership moves for the likes of Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Cameron Davis. Davis, where he stands, is almost unplayable because of the volatility, but the upside numbers do love his potential. Bezuidenhout has the opposite situation occuring, where most gamers seem to be going elsewhere. I would bite if things stay the same.

Options In Pool On Monday. Names Will Become Further Condensed Throughout The Week: J.J. Spaun, Alex Noren, Ben Griffin, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Thomas Detry, Cameron Davis and Davis Thompson

I am mostly 100% out on everyone else (barring something unforeseen). I'd also like to get that list above condensed to two or three names by Wednesday night.

Low-Priced DraftKings DFS Players To Consider ($7,000+)

The list removes all players outside the top 65 in overall or upside rank + negative totals against their DraftKings price, upside, and ownership. We will break this list down more as ownership continues to trickle in over the next few days. (Anyone -10 spots or higher in ownership got removed to condense this list). We can make changes in the Final DraftKings article to account for new information.

That is obviously a massive group of names for us to whittle down and consider over these next few days.

Where it stands right now, my model likes Brendon Todd, Robby Shelton, Nick Taylor, Alex Smalley, Eric Cole and Joseph Bramlett more than the rest of the group.

Ownership is still too early into the week to take much from those percentages above, but we will get that entire list down more on Wednesday.


Sub-$6,000 Options To Consider

All the players below were inside the top 60 in one of the two iterations of my sheet and positive during either the differential against DraftKings price or ownership. You can use my model to get a complete field breakdown, but this condensed things nicely as a first run. (anyone -10 spots or higher in ownership got removed to condense this list).

We will condense this list further as the week progresses, but we have a handful of interesting dart throws from those names. I don't want to remove too many options from that list early since ownership will be a big factor for leverage. Also, please note that some of the numbers are being driven by limited data.



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