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3M Open DraftKings picks

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Welcome to the first week of a new installment of DraftKings picks from Andy Lack, staff writer and host of the Pick the Pup Golf Show, a weekly golf betting and DFS podcast.

We’ll kick things off with the 3M Open. The PGA Tour travels to TPC Twin Cities this week in Blaine, Minnesota, a course known for its generous fairways and an abundance of water hazards. That’s right, water comes into play on 14 holes at TPC Twin Cities, so avoiding big numbers and still taking advantage of scorable opportunities will be of paramount importance.

You can check out my betting tips and selections here. Now let’s get into the DraftKings slate!

$10,000 range

Tony Finau, $10,700 (Projected ownership: 22.45%)

While Tony Finau will certainly be a popular selection this week, the former Puerto Rico Open champion is my preferred choice at the top. TPC Twin Cities suits Finau’s skillset to a tee, as exemplified by a 23rd and 3rd in his two appearances here.

Finau built some momentum last week with a T15 at the Open. I expect him to keep the ball rolling in the midwest.

$9,000 range

Sergio Garcia, $9,900 (Projected ownership: 10.64%)

Sergio presents a nice leverage option at the top of the $9,000 dollar range, as most fantasy managers seem to be gravitating to the likes of Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale, Emiliano Grillo, and Bubba Watson. While those are all fine selections, there is no reason to believe that the former Masters champion cannot outperform any of those players.

Coming in on the heels of three consecutive top-20 finishes, I expect Sergio to play some really good golf down the stretch. Did I mention it’s a Ryder Cup year?

$8,000 range

Gary Woodland, $8,000 (Projected ownership: 3.2%)

The lack of Gary Woodland respect is downright shocking to me, and I will gladly take a flier on a proven commodity like Woodland at a fraction of the ownership of his similarly priced peers such as Luke List and Hank Lebioda. The former U.S. Open champion has still gained strokes on approach in six straight starts. I’m willing to roll the dice at sub-five percent ownership.

$7,000 range 

Lanto Griffin, $7,700 (Projected ownership: 6.13%)

I will continue to play Lanto Griffin at sub-10% ownership until others catch on. The former Houston Open winner is the only player in this entire field to rank inside the top-10 in both proximity from 175-200 yards and 200 yards plus. Lanto has finished in the top-40 at a 66% clip this year, including last week at the Open.

$6,000 range

Satoshi Kodaira, $6,500 (Projected ownership: 6.45%)

Satoshi Kodaira is often mispriced on the DraftKings slate, and this week is no different. Kodaira gained 5.8 strokes on approach at the Barbasol and three strokes off the tee, good for one of the best ball-striking weeks of his entire career.

We’ve seen him get scorching hot with the flat-stick recently as well. I don’t love to mine down here in the mid $6,000 range, but Kodaira certainly leaves fantasy managers with a lot of options.

 

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TaylorMade signs 15-year-old AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year to an NIL contract

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This week, TaylorMade Golf announced that they’ve signed AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Miles Russell, to an NIL contract.

In a statement, TaylorMade called Russell “nothing short of remarkable”.

“Miles’ record setting success at his young age is nothing short of remarkable and we are excited he chose us to support him in his growth as a golfer to continue to accomplish his career goals. Identifying and developing the top junior talent in the world has always been a priority for us at TaylorMade. Miles and his family epitomize the type of athlete and human being we are looking to add to Team TaylorMade.”

Russell has broken plenty of records in recent months. This season, he was named American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Boys Player of the Year, making him the youngest male player to receive the award. The record was previously held by Tiger Woods who was about 10 months older than Russell at the time he received the award.

At age 14, J he became the youngest player ever to win the Junior PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass at age 14.

The 15-year-old also played in his first Korn Ferry Tour event on Thursday, the LECOM Suncoast Classic, and shot a first-round 68.

In the aftermath of the agreement, Russell released a statement.

“I have had a great relationship with the team at TaylorMade for years now and couldn’t be more excited to continue to work with them in the future. TaylorMade has a history of developing the top junior talent in the world to help reach their goals of becoming PGA TOUR and major championship winners. I am looking forward to working with the team to reach those and other goals I have laid out for my career.”

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Group of PGA Tour caddies sign endorsement deal with underwear company

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In an interesting turn of events, a group of PGA Tour caddies have signed an endorsement deal with an underwear company.

Geno Bonnalie (Joel Dahmen), Aaron Flener (J.T. Poston), John Limanti (Akshay Bhatia) and Joel Stock (Will Zalatoris) and John Ellis (Wyndham Clark) have signed a deal with the underwear brand, SAXX.

Here are some details about the endorsement deal:

  • The deal eclipses six figures in total value, extending what last year marked the first significant apparel agreement with a group of pro caddies. Of note, Geno and John Ellis appeared in the Netflix docuseries, Full Swing.
  • The caddies will wear SAXX underwear, shorts and polos on and off the course.
  • SAXX will donate $100 to the Testicular Cancer Foundation for every birdie made by the caddies’ players for the rest of the season.
  • SAXX will bring the Ball Masters to the masses at the Travelers Championship, hosting a fan activation with underwear giveaways, photo opportunities, appearances from the Ball Masters and more.
  • Fans can become an honorary Ball Master, which includes a year’s worth of underwear, among other things. Go to SAXX.com/ball-master-application from now until June 15 to enter.

The partnership is great for the caddies and also represents a great cause.

Check out the video they shared on YouTube:

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Man charged with stealing millions of dollars worth of memorabilia from Augusta National

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According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, a man has been charged in Chicago with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of memorabilia from Augusta National.

The man, Robert Globensky, was charged with transporting the memorabilia across state lines.

The report states that between 2009 and 2022, Globensky allegedly transported “millions of dollars’ worth of Masters golf tournament merchandise and historical memorabilia” from Augusta National “and transported to Tampa, Florida, knowing the same had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud.”

The document was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Per the court records there is no mention that Globensky worked for the golf club.

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