The PGA Tour returns to action at Hogan's Alley
After a three-month interruption due to COVID-19, the PGA Tour is back in action this week. The Charles Schwab Challenge is set for June 11-14 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best Charles Schwab Challenge lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,800)
Okay, Rory. Time to pick up where you left off. The World No. 1 and reigning FedExCup champ was on a colossal roll before COVID shut down the sports world — in his last 14 PGA Tour events, Rory's average finish is 6.6, with two wins and eight other top 5s. He is one of a select few to play competitive golf in the last three months, competing in (and winning) the TaylorMade Driving Relief Charity Skins Game, and as the best in the world, it should take him less time to return to form than his competitors. He's a no-brainer this week.
Jordan Spieth ($8,000)
The lengthy break has either allowed Spieth to clear his head and return refreshed and ready to go, or it's given him an opportunity to sink further into the morass of swing tinkering and self-doubt. We're betting on the former, although as with everything else in this crazy time, we're flying a little blind. The 2016 winner at Colonial is a Texas native and should ride the positive vibes of the home crowd, provided he doesn't drive the ball all over the Metroplex, as was his tendency prior to the break.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,800)
Sneds' pre-COVID season was a mixed bag — finishes of T12, T3, MC, MC and T22 leading up to the stoppage. He just seems like a Colonial (and a Hogan) type of player to us: a good ball striker able to handle tight fairways and windy conditions while relying on a flawless short game. In what is a common refrain among this week's contestants, he says his game is sharp and he's anxious to play.
Kevin Na ($7,600)
With little relevant information available this week, we're making a course-horse play (one of several this week) with Na, the defending champion who shot a second-round 62 on his way to victory here last year. Was playing well before the interruption, with a win and five other top-20 finishes on the 2019-20 season.
Ryan Palmer ($7,400)
Palmer's another Fort Worth local — in fact, he's a member at Colonial, and this week, membership probably will have its privileges as everyone else shakes the rust off while he strides across familiar ground. He had six top-21 finishes in his last eight events prior to the quarantine.
Phil Mickelson ($7,300)
Phil has echoed other players who are as anxious to go as nervous thoroughbreds in the starting gate, telling Dan Patrick: "This is the best shape I've been in. … I'm excited to go play." He's won this event twice, and every so often, muscle memory kicks in for Phil and he starts firing at pins (although it hasn't happened much lately). He is the player in the field who has played competitive golf most recently, having joined Tom Brady in losing to Tiger and Peyton Manning in Capital One's The Match a few weeks ago.
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