Louis Oosthuizen

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The Field

The Presidents Cup is upon us and, thanks to DraftKings’ match-play scoring system, you can partake in the last big golf event of the year by creating your own fantasy teams on DK this week. Team International and Team American will square off as two 12-man teams and take part in match play contests spanning three days. The first three days will compose of team play with five alternate-shot matches on Thursday, five bestball matches on Friday and then four more matches of each variety in two different sessions on Saturday. The final day will see 12 singles matches for a total of 30 matches, overall. The following players compose the two squads:

America: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Tiger Woods, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau

International: Hideki Matsuyama, Abraham Ancer, Adam Scott, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Byeong Hun-An, CT Pan, Hao-Tong Li and Sungjae Im

Set your lineups here: PGA TOUR $150K Presidents Cup Premiere [$50K to 1st]

The Course:

Par 71, 7,055 yards

This will be the third time the Royal Melbourne Golf Club has hosted the Presidents Cup, with it hosting prior editions in 2011 and 1998. From those teams, just Tiger Woods (1998 and 2011) and Matt Kuchar (2011) have experience playing this venue, while Jason Day and Adam Scott (both 2011) also have experience playing here in competition.

The venue sets up as a shorter Par 71, but contains just two Par 5s and three Par 3s. A rolling, open-style venue with larger natural bunkering and lots of elevation changes, Royal Melbourne harkens to a mix of St. Andrews and Augusta in many ways with larger fast greens and little flat spaces. The open nature of the fairways, although guarded by some heavy overhanging trees and doglegs, should allow big hitters to do as they please off the tee, although course knowledge will help as bunkers and fast conditions could lead balls into trouble here quickly.

The International squad, many of whom partook in the Australian Open last week in Sydney, will have a slight advantage here given that they will be used to the windy and dry Australian conditions, since they have three Australians on the team, and several International players familiar with playing in Australia and this week’s venue.

Last five winners

**The USA has won every Presidents Cup except 1998 (INT 20 ½ to 10 ½) and 2003 (Tie)

2017—United States 19-11
2015—United States 15 ½ – 14 ½
2013—United States 18 ½ – 15 ½
2011—United States (Royal Melbourne) 19-15
2009—United States 19 ½ – 14 ½

Match-Play Studs

1. Justin Thomas ($10,800): Led in points at the last Ryder Cup, going 4-1 and was 3-1-1 at the last Presidents Cup

2. Tiger Woods ($8,400): The GOAT has a career 53-20-2 record in all singles match play in his career and a 24-15-1 record in the Presidents Cup

3. Louis Oosthuizen ($8,800): Oosthuizen has a fantastic match-play history that includes a 23-14-2 career record. He’s gone 6-2-2 in this event over its last two editions.

4. Patrick Reed ($7,800): Reed is well known for his Ryder Cup heroics, as he’s compiled a 6-1-2 record in that event. He hasn’t been as strong at the Presidents Cup, but is still a great match-play target.

5. Gary Woodland ($6,600): Woodland will be playing his first international event for the United States, but he has a 10-5-1 match play record that includes a finals loss in the WGC Match-Play event in 2015.

DraftKings Scoring/Strategy

The golfer you draft as your Captain will earn 1.5x the standard fantasy point value for each statistic, streak and bonus.

Per Hole Scoring
Holes Won +3 Pts
Holes Halved +0.75 Pts
Holes Lost -0.75 Pts
Holes Not Played +1.6 Pts
Matches Won +5 Pts
Matches Halved +2 Pts

Streaks and Bonuses
Streak of 3 Consecutive Holes Won in Match {Max 1 Per Round} +5 Pts
No Holes Lost in Match Bonus +7.5 Pts

International Targets: The International team enters this event as (+250) underdogs so there isn’t a huge likelihood that many of their players go for big point producing weeks here. Still, the squad has a lot of rookies/young players so veterans like Adam Scott ($9,600), Louis Oosthuizen ($8,800) and Hideki Matsuyama ($9,200) should have a great shot at playing all five matches and, potentially, being great GPP plays. The younger International players will all be insanely risky DFS plays, as most won’t be guaranteed more than two matches and will facing a deep U.S. squad. Abraham Ancer ($5,000) is coming in off two top 10s and picked up a win in Australia last season. As a PGA regular he’s unlikely to be too intimidated by the Americans and could end up being a key figure if they make a run for the win. Cameron Smith ($6,000) should also be considered here, as he’s another PGA Tour regular who, as an Aussie, will certainly have the fans on his side this week.

American Targets: The Americans come in as heavy (-250) favorites so we’re expecting more fantasy points to be scored on this side. One drawback of rostering American players, especially the expensive ones, is that their depth may mean that some players end up sitting once or possibly twice in the team formats. Even Justin Thomas ($10,800), who is the clear best option for Team USA right now, could conceivably sit a match. Still, you should expect Thomas, Xander Schauffele ($10,200) and likely Patrick Cantlay ($8,200) to all see at least four starts. One wild card for top American, and a decent Captain’s target, is Webb Simpson ($7,400) who is in superb form, has loads of experience and should be leaned on heavily by team captain Tiger Woods. I also mentioned Tony Finau ($5,400) below, who I think is a superb value-target as well.

Oh Captain: Louis Oosthuizen ($13,200 CP)

The International side might be heavy underdogs to win outright this week but that doesn’t mean you should be avoiding all their players. On the contrary, on such a rookie-laden squad you should expect the in-form International veterans to play a ton this week with the South African Oosthuizen looking like a virtual guarantee to play in all five matches. Oosthuizen has been on both of the last two International sides, and both times played in all five matches, while also leading the International side in scoring—including going 4-0-1 in 2015. Oosthuizen also comes in with experience playing in Australia, as he not only finished solo second last week in the Australia Open in Sydney, but he also won an international event in Perth in 2016. To top things off here, he comes in with scintillating form, having finished T6 or better in three of his past four starts coming in. Oosthy provides you with a $3K price savings over the top U.S. player (Justin Thomas), is one of the best bets on either side to be guaranteed five starts, and has the form and experience to pull of a big week, even against the powerhouse Americans. He’s a perfect Captain’s pick in GPPs this week.

Valuetown: Tony Finau ($5,400)

With this being Finau’s second international appearance for the U.S. team (his other being in 2018 at the Ryder Cup), I feel safe projecting a larger role for big Tony, who went 2-1 for the U.S. in 2018, winning one team match and destroying Tommy Fleetwood 6 and 4 in singles. The big rolling fairways of Royal Melbourne should be extremely beneficial for Finau’s off the tee game, and it’s notable that he’s found success on similar venues like Augusta National straight away. With Woods acting in a dual captain/player role, Johnson still recovering from knee surgery and Brooks Koepka out, I’d expect Tiger and the other American captains to look to Finau to carry more of the load this week, as his high birdie rate and intimidating power certainly makes for a very deadly match play combination. Assuming he starts well, look for Finau to be out in at least four matches against an International squad with multiple weak spots.

Set your lineups here: PGA TOUR $150K Presidents Cup Premiere [$50K to 1st]

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