Tommy Fleetwood, $9,100
There seems to be an aversion to the Brits who spent last week at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour. I get it. It’s quite a trek from GMT to Vegas. It’s creating quite an opportunity on DraftKings ownership, however. It’s impossible to avoid all chalk in a limited-field, no-cut event, but finding the one or two low-owned gems who could realistically top-five is the key. Before embarking overseas, Fleetwood was a disaster with his irons, losing strokes in four straight events, ending with a missed cut at the US Open. The past two weeks at the Scottish Open (second) and BMW Championship (T13) the ball striking started to re-emerge. After finishing 11th in the field in Scotland in SG: OTT, Fleetwood leveled up at Wentworth, gaining the fourth-most strokes from the tee box. While he wasn’t dominating with his irons like vintage Fleetwood, he gained an average of three strokes on approach over the two events. It’s rare you’ll ever see a low-owned Fleetwood, but he currently project to be half or a third of the ownership of everyone else not named Brooks Koepka in his price range. Since most projection systems and optimizers don’t factor in Euro data, these projections haven’t caught on that Fleetwood’s playing a lot better than his recent form would suggest.
Dylan Frittelli, $6,600
Sungjae Im has a lot of buzz this week after striking the shit out of the ball at Shiners but failing to get anything to drop. Frittelli lost even more strokes putting on his way to a T34 and comes in more than $2,000 cheaper. Putting is not his strong suit, until those weeks it actually is. It’s the JB Holmes corollary: A player who performs the worst with their putter on a consistent basis only to spike out of nowhere get red hot. Over the past two seasons, Frittelli has only gained over three strokes putting in an event five times. In those events, he’s never finished lower than T20 with three top-10s and a win. Just pray it’s one of those weeks.
Keegan Bradley, $6,500
Do you have the stomach to endure multiple three-foot misses for birdie? Yes? Then Keegs is your man. He’ll make top heavy lineups work at just $6,500 and he’s actually been kinda good. Bradley’s gained on ball striking against the field in eight straight starts and actually gained on the greens in half of them. From this low in the pricing you’re not looking for the winner, although it’d be nice, but you want someone who can generate ample birdie tries. And Keegan’s that guy.