2019 Presidents Cup Picks, DraftKings Preview, Predictions

Pat Mayo and Geoff Fienberg make their 2019 Presidents Cup Picks while breaking down the course and odds for the tournament. They chat about their favorite plays and how they’re approaching the new 2019 Presidents Cup DraftKings contests. Plus, thoughts on Patrick Reed cheating.

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2019 Presidents Cup Picks: Show Index

0:22 Giveaways
2:24 DraftKings Rules
4:51 Patrick Reed
12:38 Course/Stats
14:14 Odds
19:40 Team USA
32:35 International Team
47:03 Reed/Spieth/Phil
54:55 DraftKings Picks + Bets


2019 Presidents Cup Course Details

Course: Royal Melbourne
Par: 71
Yardage: 7,049


2019 Presidents Cup DraftKings Notes

Field: 24 players
Cut: No Cut
Lineup lock: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. ET
Roster: Six golfers
Salary cap: $50,000

NOTE: There’s a new feature with the 2019 Presidents Cup DraftKings game. Like all golf events on DraftKings, you still pick six players for your team, but now, there’s a captain’s roster spot like you’ve seen in single-game showdown contests. This means you will designate one player on your roster as captain and they’ll score 1.5x their normal points. However, you also have to pay 1.5x what they’d cost as a regular player.


2019 Presidents Cup DraftKings Picks

Justin Thomas ($10,800) is a lock to play every session and enters as the hottest American player. He’s expensive, but a must. On the other side, Louis Oosthuizen ($8,800) the pick. He’s been a beast for the Internationals at this event in the past and has been scorching worldwide entering play with three top-six finishes in his past four starts, including a runner up in Australia last week.

That’s not the most thrilling analysis in the land, but like the WGC Match Play, thinking about the 2019 Presidents Cup from a DraftKings angle is more important this week than almost any other. You have to put yourself in a correlation mindset. No different than pairing QBs with WR/TEs in DraftKings NFL or game stacking the top of lineups in MLB to squeeze an extra at-bat or two over the competition; the same principle will apply in Melbourne.

Lineup lock is Wednesday afternoon; the first day of matches should be announced Tuesday evening in North America. Filling out a DraftKings roster before knowing the pairings and first day of matches is a complete waste of time. Like in all sports on DraftKings, selecting the best players is obviously the most important thing, but this is a type of contest you can potentially win through attrition and stacking.

There are five sessions over four days in Australia: one Wednesday, one Thursday, two Friday, and the single slate on Saturday. Bump one day in the future to sync with the Melbourne calendar. Now, this may blow your mind, but see if you can follow along; If a player isn’t a part of the Wednesday session, they aren’t going to play all five sessions. It’s this type of insight that allowed me to move out of my mother’s basement

Now, any player who sits Wednesday can certainly still play in the remaining four sessions, and just because someone plays Wednesday does not guarantee all five sessions. But you must attempt to maximize the number of holes your roster can play. Based on the DraftKings contest rules for this tournament, it’s truly the biggest advantage you can have on the field.

So, don’t play anyone not involved in the first session. Also, pair your favorite picks with their playing partners. And, if you take Louis, and let’s say he’s paired with Abraham Ancer, making Ancer your captain to differentiate your roster and get away from a very popular Oosthuizen, while still getting all of Louis’ points seems pretty sensible. It is worth noting that if two golfers are a team day one, it doesn’t mean they’ll ever play together again. However, you have to maximize the upside of your team to actually compete for any top DraftKings prize and that’s the best way to do it.

It’s also worth noting Tiger Woods ($8,400) isn’t expected to play every session, and it’s probably unlikely Dustin Johnson ($9,400) will have a full complement of golf in his first appearance in months coming off an injury. Additionally, since they were added to the team after Jason Day and Brooks Koepka’s injuries, if Rickie Fowler ($7,000) and Byeong-Hun An ($4,800) weren’t good enough to be selections in the first place, it’s difficult to imagine that they’d play all five sessions. All of that is guesswork, but it makes logical sense to me, so they’ll be fades, even if they’re involved in the first session on Wednesday.

Wait for the first teams to be announced and don’t take anyone who is sitting the first match. Pair up your favorite picks with their day one partners to double your points, and just hope you actually took the good players.


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Pat Mayo is an award-winning video host and producer of long and short-form content, and the host of The Pat Mayo Experience daily talk show. (Subscribe for video or audio). Mayo (@ThePME) won the 2019 Fantasy Sports Writing Association Daily Fantasy Writer of the Year and Podcast of the Year awards, along with the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Best Video award, and is a finalist for three FSWA Awards in 2019 (Best Podcast, Best Video, Daily Fantasy Writer of the Year). His 17 FSWA nominations lead all writers this decade and are third-most all-time. Mayo has been recognized across multiple sports (Football, Baseball & Golf), mediums (Video, Writing & Podcasting), genre (Humor), and game formats (Daily Fantasy and Traditional Season Long Fantasy). Beyond sports, Mayo covers everything from entertainment to pop culture to politics. If you have a fantasy question, general inquiry or snarky comment, ship it to Mayo at ThePatMayoExperience@gmail.com and the best will be addressed on the show.


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