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Scottish Open Top PGA DFS Picks, Values ​​& Sleepers for Big Field GPP

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It’s always fun when we head across the pond for DFS, and this time, we’ll get strong entrants in back-to-back weeks, starting with this week’s Scottish Open. The first thing to note is that the lockdown time will be much earlier than we are used to. It will arrive at 2:15am EST, which means you may need a long night or an early morning alarm to check for withdrawals.

The other big key in these events is the weather. The wind is the biggest protector of this course at The Renaissance Club, as if it’s calm, as currently forecast, we’ll have a bit of a birdie fest with the potential for winners to be over 20 under par. Keep an eye out for that as things close this week.

While the contests are generally a bit smaller than some of the big events, DraftKings still implemented the typical Pitch + Putt with a $20 buy-in and $200,000 for the first of $800,000 in prizes. I’ll be focusing on this great GPP as we look at the selections for the Scottish Open.

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Now, let’s get into the plays of the week.

Upper level

Jon Rahm $11,000

It looks like the property will develop relatively flat in this range of Xander Schauffele to the top, so I’ll just take my favorite play. It’s Rahm for me this week, as I think he’s about to work his way up to another win, and I like that he doesn’t look like he’s going to get too chalky.

Rahm came close to competing and holding the 54-hole lead at the US Open just a few weeks ago before a disastrous final hole derailed him on Saturday. He still put together a good week, but it’s not the great play we’d seen from him a little over a year ago. I think he’s about to find that form again, and I’ll start my lineup here, as I like enough players at the sleeper tier not to worry too much about the top price.

Colin Morikawa $9,400

Something has to give at the bottom of this level, and it seems that most people will head to Will Zalartoris. I get it, he’s been really good lately, but I don’t think he’s twice as likely to finish higher than 2021 open champion Morikawa. The defending golf champion of the year has demonstrated his ability to play well on links-style courses. If he assumes he’ll make the club changes this week that helped him win at Royal St. George’s last year, then it’s fair to hope he can produce better results this time around at The Renaissance Club. Morikawa is a guy with a ceiling to win every time he plays, and he showed that form for three out of four rounds at The Country Club, but we’re getting a big discount on price and little ownership, making him an easy central play. for me this week.

Medium level

Victor Hovland $8,800

I plan on bringing two or three guys from Hovland up to the top for a lot of lineups this week. I’m about 50/50 between jordan spieth and Vik, so I’ll take the lowest projected property in the Norwegian. He certainly hasn’t been in his best form lately, but we all know he can score a lot when he has it. I expect birdie or better to be an important aspect this week, and if he can find his game a little bit with hitting the ball, there’s no reason he can’t be out there competing all weekend.

young cameron $8,100

We have to take a little leap of faith on this one that Young’s game will travel anywhere. He’s certainly earned the benefit of the doubt, and I’m on the player who is best positioned to be Rookie of the Year. Young continues to appear at the top of the leaderboards, and I will continue to look for him this week after he took time off after missing a cut at the US Open. He ranks eighth in this field in SG: Tee-to-Green and tied for third in Birdie-or-Better in the last six months. Sign me up for those kinds of plays with a modest salary and no top tenure.

value plays

Marc Leishman $7,500

I thought form was returning for Leishman after he quietly cruised to a T14 finish at the US Open. Unfortunately, he let me and many others down with his failed court the following week at the Travelers Championship. However, I will continue to ride that train with a really low property for a player who has posted three top 6 finishes in his career at The Open Championship. I’ll take that link pedigree for the Aussie and hope he shows up with the game he had at The Country Club last month.

Hao-Tong Li $7,200

I expect this event to become a birdie fest, so we’re going to want players who can play low and have the advantage of finishing high. Hao-Tong Li checks both boxes, ranking sixth on the DP World Tour in birdie time and coming off a win at the BMW International Championship. I don’t usually buy guys after a first win, especially one of that magnitude, but I believe in their talent. You don’t even need to compete at this price, just go out there and score.

Sleepers

Victor Perez $6,900

Víctor Pérez is arguably the most sought-after player in this field. He has been playing very good golf with a win and a T3 just a month ago, and he has a solid record in this event. The Frenchman has two top 30 finishes (including a T14) and was poised to do better than he did last year before a final round 75 derailed his tournament. He had posted three rounds in the 60s during the first three days and was in the top 10 as of Sunday. Add in the fact that I know he won’t be afraid of this elite field, and that makes Perez one of my favorite plays on the entire board this week.

Alexander Bjork $6,700

Speaking of guys who faded on Sunday last year, Alexander Bjork was in the penultimate pairing alongside scottie scheffler in the final round. He went back to a T26 finish, but at this price, we might even be able to get that kind of result again this year. The Swede has consistently posted similar results of late, with a T7 and three other top-25 finishes in his last five starts. He is a player who shows form and knowledge of the course, so he could produce excellent results for us in the lower price range.

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