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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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Collin Morikawa flies commercial with a brand new piece of luggage

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If watching Collin Morikawa stripe iron shot after iron shot on Sunday at the Open felt about as un-relatable as it gets, the 24-year old superstar might have more in common with us than meets the eye.

Despite a $2.07 million payday last weekend, Morikawa was seen lugging his bags in an Atlanta airport, a friendly reminder that not all PGA Tour pros fly privately.

Matt Adams of Golf Channel and Fairways of Life was quick to point out the reason why the new Champion Golfer of the Year is returning home with an extra carry-on this week. Okay, that part might not be so relatable!

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Tiger Woods gives lessons to celebrity guests in new series

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‘A Round with Tiger: Celebrity Playing Lessons’ is a new four-part series from Discovery’s Golf Digest featuring Woods giving golf lessons to some big-name celebrities.

In the Peter Berg-directed series, Tiger teaches them tips to improve their game and engages with his celebrity friends on several topics, including fatherhood and perspectives on life.

The series features actress and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as David Spade and Dwayne Wade, while a fourth and final episode will show behind-the-scenes clips and outtakes from the filming.

“Shooting this series was some of the most fun I’ve ever had filming on the golf course. Each guest brought a unique perspective on life, both professionally and personally. I’m always inspired by others who are considered the best at what they do and learning about how they made it to the top. I was pleasantly surprised by Jada and David’s golf games, and Dwyane, who just picked up the game, made a lot of progress in the time we spent together. Each episode provides something that everyone can enjoy and learn from, so I’m happy to share these lessons and conversations with the world.” – Tiger Woods.

The content was captured in February, the day before Tiger had his unfortunate car accident, from which he is still recovering.

Check out episode one with Jada Pinkett Smith here.

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Every record Collin Morikawa broke with his historic Open win

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Collin Morikawa’s Open win was historic for a myriad of reasons.

Firstly, Morikawa is only 24 years-old. Some of the most skilled golfers in PGA Tour history go their entire career without matching the accomplishments that Collin already has under his belt before his 25th birthday. This may sound hyperbolic, but the young Californian’s Hall of Fame case might already be bulletproof.

Morikawa won the PGA Championship at Harding Park only eleven months ago. With yesterday’s win, the two-time major champion joined Tiger Woods as only the second player ever to win both the Open and the PGA Championship before the tender age of 25. Safe to say he’s in pretty good company.

Here are some of the other records that Morikawa achieved yesterday, courtesy of the great Justin Ray.

The list goes on. On second thought, we weren’t being hyperbolic, “historic” feels like an understatement.

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