The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship is set for Sept. 24-27 at Corales Golf Course in Puntacana, Dominican Republic. 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 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Will Zalatoris ($10,900)
Has a sponsor's exemption ever entered a tournament as the top fantasy seed? Not to my knowledge, but this is a special situation for a special player. The current points leader on the Korn Ferry Tour, Zalatoris parlayed his U.S. Open invitation into a T6 finish alongside World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, earning a spot in next year's Open and demonstrating his readiness to play with the big boys. He's been dominant on the Korn Ferry this season, leading the circuit in points and earnings, and this week represents a chance to further acclimate himself to the big stage in a lower-pressure setting.
Henrik Stenson ($9,500)
Stenson has been scarce of late — only three starts since the post-COVID reboot, two of them MCs at majors. He's 44, and his best days are clearly behind him, but the 2013 FedExCup champ and 2016 British Open winner probably has the best career resume of anyone in the field this week, and a relaxed, low-key tournament could be just the tonic for contention.
Brice Garnett ($7,900)
The 2018 Corales Puntacana champion is strictly a course play this week, but for a week in which there's not a ton of usable data to go on, it's enough. Garnett did have six top-26 finishes last season and made the cut in his first outing of 2020-21, and the fact that this year's Coralaes Puntacana is a full-points FedExCup event for the first time could help Garnett and others like him do a little points racing.
Graeme McDowell ($7,800)
Last week, we let our hearts get the better of us with our Tiger-Phil throwback Hail Marys, and we may be running a similar risk with the affable Northern Irishman. Since the reboot, McDowell has missed the cut in seven of nine outings, including a missed cut in the final year of his 10-year U.S. Open champion's exemption. But he's the defending champion (the tournament was last played in March 2019, so technically it was the season before last), and he was pretty flawless that week. Here's hoping that the muscle memory kicks in.
Chris Stroud ($7,300)
Course horses are a running theme this week, and Stroud is no exception. He finished T2 here in 2019, including a third-round 64, for one of four top 10s in 2019. The 2019-20 season was far less productive (only one top 25), and he missed the cut at his first start of 2020-21 at the Safeway, but he actually played some solid golf there (4-under for two rounds).
Jonathan Byrd ($6,600)
Byrd finished solo 4th at the 2019 Corales Puntacana and then promptly disappeared from view; his 2019-20 season was a trek through the golf wilderness. Maybe some comfortable territory provides a chance for a reboot.