PGA Tee to Green
Corales PuntaCana Resort
By Christopher Feery
PGA Tee to Green – Corales Puntcana Resort Club & Championship
The PGA Tour has itself an island getaway this week as it heads to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic
For the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Tee time on Thursday is 7 am EST, so be sure to get your DFS lineups set in advance.
Most of the world’s top golfers will actually be in Austin, TX this week for a WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event. In short, we have ourselves a wide open event to break down for DFS purposes, and we could see some surprises on the leaderboard when all is said and done.
Course and Weather
The event will be held at the Corales Golf Club, a Par 72 course which spans nearly 7,700 yards. The course itself is known for a quartet of Par 5’s, as well as not being the most difficult to compete on. As such, we could see some nice scores from those who pack their A-games for the trip to Punta Cana.
We really couldn’t ask for better weather conditions for this tour stop. We’re talking temperatures in the high 70s, partly sunny or mostly cloudy skies, and low winds for all four days. There is a 20 percent chance of rain during the event, but overall it doesn’t look like weather will be a factor at all.
Field and Cut
Standard cut rules are in effect with the MDF rule on standby as needed. Two weeks ago, we had an absolutely loaded field to sift through for the Players Championship. Last week at the Valspar, it wasn’t quite as star-studded, but we still had plenty of name recognition to go around.
This time around, let’s just say the field is on the lighter side. Just 11 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings are slated to compete. Drilling down even further, it’s just six of the Top 125. For the Top 100, just four of those golfers will be competing.
Here are the five highest-ranked golfers competing this week for your reference.
* 59: Sungjae Im
* 80: Jhonattan Vegas
* 91: Dylan Frittelli
* 100: Charl Schwartzel
* 106: Peter Uihlein
Name recognition may be lacking this week, but we can still rely on some tried and true principles while building out our lineups. Included on that list are things such as recent form, course history, and those who have caught the attention of the oddsmakers.
There’s not a ton of history to glean for this event, but we have had different winners for the last three years of this event. Here they are for your reference.
* 2018: Brice Garnett
* 2017: Nate Lashley
* 2016: Dominic Bozzelli
Beyond that trio of names, several golfers up and down the salary charts have performed well here over the last three years. Trey Mullinax and Joel Dahmen have both finished in the Top 25 for two of the last three years. Denny McCarthy and Kelly Kraft both binked Top 5 finishes here last year.
What the Oddsmakers Say
Since the field isn’t as loaded as normal, it’s not a reach to suggest that this event is wide open. That said, the oddsmakers still have christened some clear cut favorites. Here are the five golfers with the best odds to take the whole thing down.
* Jhonattan Vegas +1400
* Sungjae Im +1600
* Denny McCarthy +2500
* Nate Lashley +2500
* Aaron Baddeley +2500
Further down the odds chart, we find Joaquin Niemann with odds of +2800. At +3000, we find a trio of golfers: Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Detry, and Joel Dahmen. The odds tighten up dramatically from that point, as we have a wide range of names with odds ranging from +3300 to +7000.
The Bottom Line
The lack of star power in this week’s event is a slight downer, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. We have a four-day event being contested in idyllic conditions. The field is wide open, the course is friendly, and there are solid plays to be found at each price point.
Add it all up, and it shapes up to be a fun event in which we could see some pretty healthy fantasy scores. For additional insight on this week’s tour stop, we encourage you to check out our PGA Premium Content.