Fantasy Golf: DraftKings picks for the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge

ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 08: Scott Piercy of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 8, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 08: Scott Piercy of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 8, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Fantasy golf fans return to one of the PGA TOUR’s most storied courses for the Charles Schwab Challenge. Who will lead your DraftKings squad to victory?

This week, the fantasy golf (and PGA TOUR) slate travels to Fort Worth, Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge. In direct contrast to last week’s PGA Championship, this event has been played on the same course (Colonial Country Club) since 1946.

The continuity of play at one venue provides valuable course data to the daily fantasy golf community. In my opinion, this course data can be very helpful to those who are building lineups for DraftKings contests this week.  

Let’s take a quick look at the course. This week’s track is a par 70 that measures 7,209 yards. The course features tree lined fairways which places a premium on accuracy off the tee. In my opinion, the course design does not favor length off the tee in the manner that many tracks on the PGA Tour do.

It’s not hard for me to find data to support my belief that driving distance is not a key factor to win at Colonial. Previous winners of this event are the likes of Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson, and David Toms. Let’s just say that these guys do NOT hit the ball as far as Dustin Johnson. However, these previous winners are known to be very accurate off the tee.

Last year’s winner, Justin Rose, was sixth in the field in driving accuracy. In 2017, Kevin Kisner won the event and was first in the field in driving accuracy.

If you wish to look at correlating course data from other events on Tour look no further than the RBC Heritage. The RBC Heritage is played at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina. Harbour Town is another classical golf course with tree lined fairways. Players that have good results at the RBC Heritage tend to also succeed at Colonial Country Club.

Additional statistics I am looking at this week are scoring off the tee, strokes gained approach, par 4 scoring, and strokes gained putting.

Now let’s get to my DraftKings picks for the week!

Scott Piercy (8,600)

Scott Piercy has displayed some great recent form. He finished 16th at the RBC Heritage in April. He followed that up with a runner up finish at the Byron Nelson in early May. It should be noted that Piercy had no bogeys through four rounds at Trinity Forest, an accomplishment that hadn’t been done on Tour in nearly a decade.

Piercy is currently 17th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy. If Piercy continues to find fairways at Colonial you can expect him to be in the top ten this Sunday. I think he continues his outstanding play this week.

In my opinion, DraftKings made an error by pricing Piercy at only $8,600 in this tournament’s somewhat weak field. I say take advantage of their mistake and start your lineup with Piercy. Piercy’s value is just too good to pass up at that price point.

Charley Hoffman (7,600)

From a statistical perspective, Charley Hoffman’s numbers don’t pop off the page. Why is that? Well, he was not having a great year until something appeared to click for him at the Valspar Championship back in March.

Hoffman finished 18th at the Valspar, and he followed that up with a sterling runner up finish at the Valero Texas Open. He has made five straight cuts, and that alone makes him worth a look for your fantasy golf teams.

Additionally, Hoffman has played Colonial ten times over the course of his career. He has never missed the cut. I like what I am seeing from him. I am backing Hoffman in DraftKings with confidence.

Danny Lee (7,300)

I love Danny Lee this week. Why? Well, first of all, he fits the narrative for course horse at this event. Mr. Lee has played this event five times. His results at Colonial include 4 top 22 finishes and a 38th. Lee finished 14th here last year.

Lee has always been somewhat of a streaky player. He has looked good as of late. He finished 7th at the Valero Texas Open in April. Lee finished in 36th place at last week’s PGA Championship.

Brian Stuard (7,100)

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I like the look of Brian Stuard at only $7,100. Since January 2019 Stuard has played 12 PGA Tour events. He has made the cut in 10 of the 12 events played.

Mr. Stuard started 2019 with an 8th place finish at the Sony Open in January. In early March, Stuard finished in a tie for 20th at the Honda Classic.

His 16th place finish at the RBC Heritage is what popped off the page for me. As I stated earlier, RBC Heritage is played on Harbour Town Golf Links which is a correlating course to this week’s track.

In my opinion, if Stuard can perform that well at Harbour Town I have no doubt he can meet the test at the Colonial. Stuard’s previous results at Colonial appear to justify that statement. He has never missed the cut here.

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If you need additional low priced players to fill out your DraftKings fantasy golf lineups I like the following players to make the cut and maybe make a run at a top 20:

Nick Taylor (6,800)

Vaughn Taylor (6,700)

As always, good luck!