DFS PGA Playbook - Desert Classic
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Desert Classic.
The Sony Open started the season off with a bang especially with my weekend optimals. I hope if you didn't join the party last week, you jump in this week because the water is just right.
Time for another fun week as the PGA Tour finally heads to the continental United States for the Desert Classic in La Quinta, California. This tournament is unique in that it is played on three courses over the course of the weekend. Each of the golfers will play one course each day for three days and then we have our cut after Saturday's round. Sunday will feature only the Top 70 players that will compete for the title.
Here are the three courses in a nutshell ...
TPC STADIUM COURSE: 7,159 yards / Par 72
There is water all over this track and when there is no water, these players have to deal with bunkers all around the fairways and greens. We need to target players who keep the ball on the fairways and greens which means ball strikers (strokes gained: tee-to-green; SG:TG). There is no scrambling from the water. This is the course where the final round will be played.
NICKLAUS TOURNAMENT COURSE: 7,159 yards / Par 72
This is another course that favors ball strikers. It features a mix of narrow and wide fairways and gives the players a lot of risk/reward situations involving water. Iron play is vital on this course which means we need players with consistent ball striking ability. Also, we want players who have good sand game as there are bunkers all over the place. Most Nicklaus courses reward players who can avoid the hazards and give these players a chance to go low.
LA QUINTA COUNTRY CLUB: 7,060 / Par 72
This course is considered the easiest of the three. The fairways are a bit narrower than the Nicklaus course but the track is shorter. We continue to target ball strikers on this course because players must stick the greens to go low.
I have given you plenty of options for this week's tournament which features a field of 156 players. You'll notice that I gave you a ton of options between $9200 and $6700 because that's where I feel the best value lies. I think you can build really strong GPP lineups using a lot of 9, 8, and 7K players. I'll have a few of the studs in my lineups but I love the middle tier this week.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!