WGC Workday Championship – Gambling/DFS Preview 2021

This week, instead of the WGC Mexico due to COVID travel restrictions, the PGA Tour has the first ever professional event at The Concession Golf Club in Florida for the WGC Workday Championship with the best field of the season. I break down the tournament and give my gambling/DFS picks for the week.

Concession Golf Club – Bradenton, FL

Course Breakdown

7470 yd. Par 72, Jack Nicklaus designed course, Bermuda grass, 3 of the Par 3s are over 211 yds, above average fairway widths but they tend to get more narrow after the 300 yd mark, the rough is low at only 1.5 inches, lot of bunkers in the landing areas and water off the tee in on about half the holes on the course, lots of doglegs so some golfers may go more less than driver, fairly large multitiered greens with lots of undulation so the landing areas will be small, most greens are elevated and guarded by bunkers and water, will likely play firm and fast

Tournament Notes

  • This tournament is taking the place this year of the WGC Mexico due to covid travel restrictions in and out of Mexico
  • First PGA event being held at this course
  • This course hosted the 2015 NCAA Championship where Bryson DeChambeau beat CT Pan in the finals, likely with an easier course setup
  • No cut event
  • Other than Match Play, the only player to have won a WGC event in the last 5 years outside the Top 20 in the world was Phil at Mexico in 2018. Elites win WGCs

Key Stats

Approach, Ballstriking, SG: T2G

Main proximity distance range on approach: 125-150 yds (wedge play)

Corollary Courses

  • PGA National Golf Club (The Honda Classic) – Nicklaus redesign with a lot of water
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club (The Memorial) – Nicklaus designed long Par 72

Field

72 Player WGC Field with 48 of the top 50 in the world (missing Tiger and Paul Casey)

Defending Champion (Mexico): Patrick Reed (-18) 

Runner Up Last Year: Bryson DeChambeau (-17)

One and Done: Xander Schauffele

Alternate: Joaquin Niemann

One and Done Considerations: DJ, Xander

Players

Dustin Johnson: 11600: +650 – 1st in SG: T2G, 1st in ballstriking, 2nd in approach, 7th in SG: OTT, 1st in DK pts, 1st in Par 4 scoring, 2nd in opportunities gained, 6th in Par 3 scoring (200-225 yds), 4th in proximity 100-125 yds, 10th in proximity 125-150 yds, plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds)

Xander Schauffele: 10800: +1300 – 4th in SG: T2G, 9th in ballstriking, 2nd in short game, 8th in SG: OTT, 18th in approach, 5th in SG: ARG, 4th in putting, 2nd in DK pts, 7th in proximity 125-150 yds, 5th in Par 4 scoring, 26th in opportunities gained, plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds), plays well on Nicklaus design courses

Sungjae Im: 8800: +3500 – 20th in SG: T2G, 13th in ballstriking, 10th in SG: OTT, 22nd in approach, 20th in DK pts, 14th in opportunities gained, 22nd in Par 4 scoring, 22nd in Par 3 scoring (200-225 yds),plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds), plays well on Nicklaus design courses

Joaquin Niemann: 8100: +4000 – 5th in approach, 12th in SG: T2G, 6th in ballstriking, 11th in SG: OTT, 11th in opportunities gained, 7th in Par 4 scoring, 18th in DK pts, 27th in Par 3 scoring (200-225 yds), 8th in proximity 100-125 yds, plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds), plays well on Nicklaus design courses

Will Zalatoris: 8000: +6000 – 8th in approach, 21st in SG: T2G, 16th in ballstriking, 24th in SG: OTT, 2nd in Par 3 scoring (200-225 yds), plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds)

Kevin Kisner: 7000: +11000 – 12th in approach, 13th in short game, 2nd in putting, 24th in DK pts, 30th in ballstriking, 25th in Par 4 scoring, 1st in proximity 125-150 yds, 30th in in proximity 100-125 yds, 25th in opportunities gained

Gary Woodland: 6800: +12500 – 11th in approach, 17th in opportunities gained, 5th in proximity 125-150 yds, 24th in Par 3 scoring (200-225 yds, plays well on long courses (over 7400 yds), plays well on Nicklaus design courses, has played pretty shitty lately

Puerto Rico Open

One and Done: Thomas Pieters

Alternate: Matt Wallace


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