Paulie's Picks: The Players Championship

This week, the tour heads to Ponte Vedra for the Players Championship and the strongest field of the season. With so many great players in the field, it’s tough to find the value picks, so we are here to help. 

DraftKings doesn’t seem to place much stock into a player’s performance outside of the PGA Tour when crafting salaries. That makes events such as the Players a great opportunity to find some international players who are significantly underpriced. Snagging a few of these guys will allow you to roster a few of the high-priced favorites (McIlroy, Fowler, Spieth, Day, etc). Here’s who I like this week:  

Soren Kjeldsen
DraftKings Salary: $6,600

Not a name that jumps off the page to most American golf fans, but Kjeldsen is a well-known commodity across the pond. The Dane is ranked within the top 40 in the world and has played well in his past two starts, finishing 7th at the Masters and 4th at the Open de España. Expect Kjeldsen to have a low ownership percentage because of his lack of familiarity in the States.

Rafael Cabrera Bello
DraftKings Salary: $7,100

Rafa Cabrera Bello has been one of the hottest players on the planet over the past 5 months, moving from outside the top 100 in the world to inside the top 30. Cabrera Bello plays predominantly on the European Tour, but in his 4 U.S. starts earlier in the year Bello finished 4th, 3rd, 4th and 17th, proving his game travels well. His $7,100 sticker price is way below where it should be. Expect Bello to play well at the demanding Sawgrass setup. 

Bernhard Langer
DraftKings Salary: $5,800

TPC Sawgrass values precision more than any other regular tour stop; enter German Bernhard Langer who is hitting 76% of his fairways and 80% of his greens on the Champions Tour. Langer also proved that his game still belongs on the PGA Tour by contending at Augusta in April. At $5,800, Langer is a great pick to make the cut and provide salary savings that you can spend on some of the favorites.

Zach Johnson
DraftKings Salary: $8,300

It is unbelievable to see a player of Zach Johnson’s caliber with a salary this low, but the veteran’s lackluster play in 2016 has players avoiding him like the plague. I am buying low here as his game is a perfect fit for TPC Sawgrass, a course that values precision. His track record is strong here as well, having finished no worse than 32nd in his last 7 starts at the Players Championship.