DraftKings Preview: Genesis Scottish Open

The PGA TOUR makes its way to Scotland this week for the Genesis Scottish Open, serving as a prelude to The Open Championship. The prestigious Renaissance Club will be the host venue for this event, featuring a challenging 7,237-yard par 70 course with fescue grass greens. The tournament boasts an incredibly talented field, although the world's top-10 player, Jon Rahm, has chosen to sit out the week leading up to the final major of the year.

In this article, we highlight three standout picks for your DraftKings fantasy golf lineups:

  1. Xander Schauffele ($10,400): Despite not quite reaching his usual spectacular form this season, Schauffele has still managed to secure three top-10 finishes in his last six starts and eight overall in 2023. He returns to The Renaissance Club as the defending champion, having won the tournament last year by a narrow one-stroke margin over Kurt Kitayama. Schauffele's rolling statistics paint an impressive picture, ranking third in SG: Total over his last 24 rounds, trailing only Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. With his previous success at this event and his recent performance, Schauffele remains an excellent choice in the $10,000-plus price range.

  2. Tommy Fleetwood ($9,400): Fleetwood has enjoyed a stellar 2023 season so far, accumulating five top-five finishes and three top-20s in 17 starts. Despite a missed cut at the Travelers Championship three weeks ago, he should be well-rested for a tournament that has treated him favorably in the past. In his three previous appearances at The Renaissance Club, Fleetwood achieved a T4, T26, and a solo second-place finish. Currently, he ranks eighth in SG: Tee-to-Green, 13th in SG: Ball-Striking, 17th in SG: Putting, and eighth in SG: Total. With Fleetwood's historical success at the course and his strong recent form, he presents an enticing option at $9,400.

  3. Alex Smalley ($7,900): Although the presence of such a strong field may make Smalley's inclusion seem surprising, his recent performances have more than justified it. He impressed at the John Deere Classic, finishing T2, marking his second top-10 finish in the past three events and his fifth top-25 in the last eight. Smalley's exceptional approach play has been a key factor during this run, ranking second in SG: Approach among this competitive field over his previous 24 rounds, second only to Scottie Scheffler. Despite his putter holding him back at times, he still holds a respectable 17th ranking in SG: Total within that 24-round stretch. Additionally, Smalley already has experience playing at The Renaissance Club, finishing T10 last year, indicating his affinity for the course. The only concern may be the quick turnaround from Illinois to Scotland, but his consistent numbers cannot be ignored. While slightly pricier than desired at $7,900, Smalley remains an attractive option given his elite value.

As you set your DraftKings fantasy golf lineups, consider the expertise and insights provided above. While this article reflects the personal views of the author, it is essential to exercise your own judgment and skills in creating successful lineups. The DraftKings platform offers a comprehensive experience where you can apply your knowledge and strategies. Good luck with your selections and enjoy the Genesis Scottish Open!

Disclaimer: The author of this article is both a promoter at DraftKings and a dedicated fan and customer (username: Lan1228). The opinions expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily represent those of DraftKings. Furthermore, the strategies and players discussed may differ from the author's actual selections. The article does not guarantee success, and all customers should rely on their own skill and judgment when building their lineups. The author has no access to non-public information and is not an employee of DraftKings.