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DRAFT PGA Best Ball – Strategy and Cheat Sheet

I’ve been participating non-stop in the new best ball format that DRAFT is offering. There are a million different layers to go through and this article will serve as somewhat of a living document from now until the Masters kicks off when the lobby will close. For now, I figured I’d start everyone off with a basic breakdown of the rules and a cheat sheet to see who’s qualified for which majors and how they’ve done in previous majors since 2010.

Format

You’re probably familiar with NFL best ball and PGA is no different. You go through either four- or six-person drafts lasting 10 rounds. Those 10 golfers are who you have on your roster for the entire season. No roster moves, no changes. At the conclusion of each major, your five best eligible golfers from that tournament will be used to calculate your score. Easy as that. The scoring and bonuses aren’t all that dissimilar to DraftKings scoring.

The per-hole scoring is as follows:

Score Points
Double Eagle or Better 15
Eagle 8
Birdie 3
Par 0.5
Bogey -0.5
Double Bogey -1
Worse than Double Bogey -3

Tournament Finish Bonuses are as follows:

Tournament Finish Points
1st 30
2nd 20
3rd 18
4th 16
5th 14
6th 12
7th 10
8th 9
9th 8
10th 7
11th-15th 6
16th-20th 5
21st-25th 4
26th-30th 3
31st-40th 2
41st-50th 1

The following table displays major-qualifying golfers along with their performances in those majors since the start of 2010. I’ll be back soon with some more thoughts on best ball strategy.

GolferMajors Qualified ForStartsMade CutsMissed CutsAverage DK PointsLowest DK Point TotalHighest DK Point TotalBest Finish PositionWorst Finish PositionScoring Over Field Average (SOFA)MastersPGAUS OpenOpen Championship
Brooks Koepka42018270.59.5115.5110031.83YESYESYESYES
Jordan Spieth42420467.413126.5110028.97YESYESYESYES
Rory McIlroy43427765.512.5125110027.69YESYESYESYES
Jason Day43328563.66.5135110025.63YESYESYESYES
Dustin Johnson43226661.211104.5110023.18YESYESYESYES
Xander Schauffele476161.813.589210022.68YESYESYESYES
Rickie Fowler43428660.212105.5210022.32YESYESYESYES
Tony Finau4119261.615.594.5510022.29YESYESYESYES
Phil Mickelson43427759.812122.5110021.86YESYESYESYES
Justin Rose43425958.712.5106110020.8YESYESYESYES
Henrik Stenson43124758.912.5129110020.65YESYESYESYES
Matt Kuchar43429557.610.594210019.64YESYESYESYES
Justin Thomas41411356.614.5104110018.04YESYESYESYES
Tiger Woods42317656.27110.5210017.89YESYESYESYES
Patrick Reed42014654.613.5125110015.26YESYESYESYES
Zach Johnson43529652.915.5114110014.92YESYESYESYES
Sergio Garcia435251052.78109110014.75YESYESYESYES
Keegan Bradley42620650.410.5109.5110012.65YESYESYESYES
Jon Rahm4107350.77100410012.17YESYESYESYES
Marc Leishman4282085011.5103210011.83YESYESYESYES
Francesco Molinari43224849.410.5100110011.54YESYESYESYES
Paul Casey43122948.9290310010.64YESYESYESYES
Bubba Watson434211348.114104.5110010.26YESYESYESYES
Webb Simpson43022847.712.58511009.91YESYESYESYES
Jimmy Walker42415947.39108.511008.54YESYESYESYES
Gary Woodland42618846.310.592.561008.36YESYESYESYES
Tommy Fleetwood4148647.11888.521007.42YESYESYESYES
Kevin Na429191045.3080.571007.11YESYESYESYES
Danny Willett423131041.7291.511002.96YESYESYESYES
Bryson DeChambeau4106440.211.565151001.1YESYESYESYES
Tyrrell Hatton4157838.96.579.55100-0.14YESYESYESYES
Si Woo Kim493628.4170.513100-10.24YESYESYESYES
Aaron Wise430316.211.523.5100100-22.75YESYESYESYES
Viktor Hovland3#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES-YESYES
Keith Mitchell3#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYESYES-YES
Thorbjorn Olesen3#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYESYES-YES
Hideki Matsuyama32521460.712102210022.35YES-YESYES
Patrick Cantlay387154.119.5701210016.04YES-YESYES
Martin Kaymer334241050.43105110012.4YESYESYES-
Kevin Kisner31612450.710.591210011.47YESYES-YES
Ian Poulter33022849.61288310011.46YESYES-YES
Rafa Cabrera Bello32115645.714.58041007.82YESYES-YES
Cameron Smith3107345.398341005.68YES-YESYES
Stewart Cink324131141.37.59041003.97YESYES-YES
Billy Horschel32012842.410.573.541003.88YES-YESYES
Alexander Noren321101133.30666100-4.12YESYES-YES
Kyle Stanley3145927.11155.539100-9.54YES-YESYES
Patton Kizzire362427.81059.549100-10.51YES-YESYES
Devon Bling2#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES-YES-
Jovan Rebula2#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES-YES-
Kevin O'Connell2#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES-YES-
Takumi Kanaya2#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES--YES
Adam Scott23531463.410.5105110025.47YESYES--
Charl Schwartzel23526954.611.5116.5110016.64YES--YES
Brandt Snedeker22922752.71086310014.97YESYES--
Louis Oosthuizen233231052.80117.5110014.75YES--YES
Thomas Pieters296350.512.591410012.2-YES-YES
Eddie Pepperell264250.311.573.5610010.53YES--YES
J.B. Holmes22012849.13.585.531009.99YESYES--
David Toms2159645.910.586.541009.09-YESYES-
Daniel Berger2149546.3207861007.22-YESYES-
Hao-Tong Li2321441882.531006.18YES--YES
Matthew Fitzpatrick2151054211.56771004.12YES--YES
Vijay Singh22314941769.591003.37YESYES--
Michael Kim232139.711.555171001.69YESYES--
Brandon Stone274338.83.578121000.67-YES-YES
Kiradech Aphibarnrat214773896315100-0.41YES--YES
Charles Howell2159636.712.561.519100-0.92YESYES--
Padraig Harrington226111536.21377.54100-1.49-YES-YES
Matt Wallace241333.912.57919100-5.63YES--YES
Kevin Tway221128.5213660100-9.02YESYES--
John Daly21531225.31067.518100-13.19-YES-YES
Shugo Imahira230324.717.529.5100100-13.5YES--YES
Lucas Bjerregaard231225.313.544.540100-13.98YES--YES
Adam Long2101999100100-26.96YESYES--
Martin Trainer1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A-YES--
Adrian Otaegui1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Alexander Bjork1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Dimitrios Papadatos1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Doyeob Mun1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Isidro Benitez1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Jake McLeod1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Jorge Campillo1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Miguel Angel Jiménez1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Sungjae Im1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Yuki Inamori1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A---YES
Álvaro Ortiz1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES---
Ángel Cabrera1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES---
José Maria Olazábal1#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/AYES---
Lee Westwood13127460.416.5108210022.73---YES
Fred Couples198159.615.591.5610021.84YES---
Cameron Champ111059.559.559.5323221.68-YES--
Sung Kang155055.846.561186718.14---YES
Andrew Putnam111054.554.554.5595914.43-YES--
Romain Langasque122051.847.556396511.67---YES
Kevin Chappell11914549.412.591310011.52---YES
Jason Dufner134241049.50106110011.51-YES--
Branden Grace12618848.711.5104.5310010.72YES---
Shaun Norris122048.5475061629.56---YES
Yoshinori Fujimoto111044.544.544.554549.43---YES
Ryan Fox165148.71870.5271008.77---YES
Zander Lombard122046.5405366678.16---YES
Charley Hoffman12516944.916.586.581006.7YES---
Ernie Els132191342.71.59711004.81---YES
Paul Lawrie1139440.813.564.5241004.33---YES
Graeme McDowell130151541.21190.521003.41--YES-
Michael Thompson173437.712.579.521003.37--YES-
Andrew Landry132142862151003.08YES---
Emiliano Grillo1127540.31370.5121001.88YES---
Chez Reavie1116539.312.574121001.85-YES--
Bernhard Langer1116540.5147381001.78YES---
Satoshi Kodaira185339.82.563281001.46YES---
Shane Lowry123111239.89.586.521001-YES--
Andy Sullivan1126638.468212100-0.85---YES
Y.E. Yang123101336.112813100-1.07-YES--
Trevor Immelman11789357.574.512100-2.49YES---
Tom Lehman184435.813.566.514100-2.78---YES
Davis Love1156934.412699100-2.99-YES--
Darren Clarke123101334.24.5103.51100-3.94---YES
Russell Knox1156934.41669.512100-4.08---YES
Lucas Glover12271529.18.56312100-7.98--YES-
Troy Merritt152330.7145342100-8.23-YES--
Mark Calcavecchia172529.613679100-8.36---YES
Rich Beem182625.87.557.536100-11.85-YES--
Alexander Levy1102828.42.57027100-11.92---YES
Mark O'Meara11441025.7873.522100-12.57YES---
Shaun Micheel192724.91356.548100-13.14-YES--
Larry Mize193623.3113951100-14.75YES---
Prom Meesawat1101212121100100-14.96---YES
Shubhankar Sharma141325134751100-15.07---YES
Mike Weir1123922.91.54828100-15.25YES---
Sandy Lyle11831518.8350.544100-19.2YES---
Todd Hamilton1112918.83.54960100-19.34---YES
David Duval1101918.2372.549100-20.18---YES
Jazz Janewattananond110119.519.519.5100100-20.57---YES
Oliver Wilson140419.817.526100100-21---YES
Ian Woosnam190912.51.522100100-25.53YES---
Abraham Ancer110114.514.514.5100100-25.57---YES
Byeong-Hun An0178935.211.564.523100-4.17----
Jim Furyk03123849.9794.5210012.01----
Tom Lewis042233.6135330100-5.01----
Luke List041328.911.55839100-10.63----
Justin Harding02022016.523.5100100-16.93----

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