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PGA DFS: East Lake Golf Course Preview and Trends

The field is set at 30 for the TOUR Championship. The field will take on East Lake Golf Course as it has every year since 2004. The course is a par 70 that plays just over 7,300 yards. The greens are around 6,300 square feet and are bermudagrass. Golfers that were lucky enough to qualify for the TOUR Championship will make have to deal with 74 bunkers and six water hazards as they make their way around the track. 

The course itself has been somewhere between 20th and 30th most difficult on tour in any year over the past half-decade. With winning scores ranging anywhere from -9 to -12 over that span, it will be interesting to see how the new format plays out. Before anyone sticks a tee in the ground, the golfers will start with staggered scores. They’ll range from Justin Thomas ($15,500) starting at 10-under all the way down to the last five golfers in the TOUR Championship that will start at even par. 

PAST WINNERS

Golfer Year Winning Score DraftKings Points
Tiger Woods 2018 -11 110
Xander Schauffele 2017 -12 109
Rory McIlroy 2016 -12 114.5
Jordan Spieth 2015 -9 96
Billy Horschel 2014 -11 101

OFF THE TEE

Despite the length of East Lake, there’s an ever so slight advantage to accuracy off the tee. As far as DK points go, driving accuracy is about 1.5 times more correlated to scoring as distance off the tee is. In East Lake’s illustrious history as host of this event, there have been 19 golfers to break 100 DK points. Of that group, 10 golfers have finished in the top 10 of distance compared to 12 that hit that threshold in driving accuracy.

Driving Accuracy Rank (Last 24 Rounds) Golfer (Salary)
1 Chez Reavie ($5,100)
2 Abraham Ancer ($7,100)
3 Kevin Kisner ($6,600)
4 Rory McIlroy ($10,600)
5 Louis Oosthuizen ($5,700)
6 Lucas Glover ($5,200)
7 Corey Conners ($6,100)
8 Paul Casey ($7,500)
9 Sungjae Im ($5,900)
10 Tommy Fleetwood ($7,700)

ON APPROACH

It isn’t a shocking development that golfers who hit greens score well here. In the aforementioned group of 100-plus DK point scorers, 16 have finished in the top 10 of GIR. Only two golfers who’ve won at this track since 2010 have done so while losing strokes on approach. They both made up for it with a hot putter, though. 

GIR Rank (Last 24 Rounds) Golfer (Salary)
1 Corey Conners ($6,100)
2 Paul Casey ($7,500)
3 Jon Rahm ($9,900)
4 Adam Scott ($8,200)
5 Kevin Kisner ($6,600)
6 Louis Oosthuizen ($5,700)
7 Justin Thomas ($15,500)
8 Tony Finau ($8,800)
9 Hideki Matsuyama ($9,300)
10 Gary Woodland ($8,000)

Key Stats

  • Greens in Regulation
  • Driving Accuracy
  • SG: Putting (Bermuda)
Image Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Justin Thomas.

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