2022 PGA DFS: Sentry Tournament of Champions FanDuel DFS Golf Picks

by Tyler Marling
2022 PGA DFS: Sentry Tournament of Champions FanDuel DFS Golf Picks

The PGA Tour is finally back this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii. The champions-only event will have a field of 39 winners from last season so pickings will be slim for the Sentry Tournament of Champions FanDuel DFS picks.

This tournament seems to be the most difficult to handicap using DFS every year due to the small field and it is the first tournament of the new year, after a month-long layoff.

With such a limited field, it also gives you the option of playing extremely cheap guys, who have the potential to win the tournament.

For instance, last year's PGA Champion, Phil Mickelson is listed at just $7,800. Stewart Cink, who had a great season last year, is only $7,000. That would allow you to enter a very top-heavy lineup.

That will not be my strategy, however.

2022 PGA DFS: Sentry Tournament of Champions FanDuel DFS Golf Picks

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Max Homa - $8,500

31-year old Max Homa had a bit of a breakout season in 2021. He recorded his second career win at the Genesis Invitation at Riveria Country Club, defeating Tony Finau in a playoff en route to the victory.

Homa was very solid in 2021. He made 23-of-28 cuts and had 5 top-ten finishes. Homa has parlayed his 2021 success into a successful start to the 2022 season, which started in September of 2021.

He has made 3 out of 4 cuts in the 2022 season and won the Fortinet Championship in September. Homa is a player that can get uber hot and make a lot of birdies. His stats don't quite measure up, but for $8,500 he's worth taking a chance on.

Jason Kokrak - $9,300

Another player on this list who had a breakout season in 2021 is Jason Kokrak. He made 21-of-27 cuts, had 12 top 25s, 5 top 10s, and 2 wins. That parlayed into a cool $5.1 million in earnings.

Kokrak is a prodigious driver of the golf ball. Which makes him a perfect fit for the beast that is the 7,596 yard Plantation Course at Kapula. Kokrak averaged 307.9 yards per drive last season, good for 21st on tour.

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He turned that power game into .352 strokes gained off-the-tee per round. If he continues to find success off of the tee, Kokrak will have a legitimate shot to contend this week where plus-power is a major advantage.

Marc Leishman - $9,600

The Marc Leishman play is quite a different play than the Jason Kokrak play. Leishman is not long compared to other tour players.

He only averaged 293.8 yards per drive, good for 124th on tour last season, and behind mainly body-builder types like the towering Collin Morikawa (114th), the beefy Si Woo Kim (101st), and the ripped Ricky Fowler (98th).

Leishman, despite his lack of length off of the tee, still had a fantastic 2021 campaign. He made 22-of-24 cuts, with one win, and four top tens.

He makes up for his lack of a long game with a fantastic short game. Leishman will look towards a hot flat stick to contend in Hawaii.

Tony Finau - $10,000

If Tony Finau were $10,000 every week, he'd be in my lineup every week. Although he's just an average tour putter, and his clutch gene is chock-full of question marks, every other aspect of Finau's game is top-notch.

The top aspect of Finau's game is his power. Even though he has one of the shortest swings on tour, he is one of the most consistently long players. His average is only 305 yards per drive, however, if you watched throughout the course of the 2021 season, you'd notice he was hitting less than driver more often than other tour players.

Finau picked up, on average, almost .3 shots per round, off the tee, over the rest of the field. This is a week where we may see Finau pull the headcover off the big stick more and he'll be able to take serious advantage of the power game.

Cameron Smith - $10,700

Talk about a heck of a season. Cameron Smith made 23-of-24 cuts, had a whopping 8 top tens, and had 1 win.

This pick is all about the short game. Like his countrymate, Leishman, Smith has an excellent short game. Smith finished 25th in 2021 in shots gained around the green at .261, which is fantastic. However, where he made his hay was with the flat stick. Smith is in the argument for being the best putter on tour, and the stats back it up.

He gained over half a shot on the field per round, at .573. If you do the math, Smith gains over three-quarters of a shot around and on the green. For someone who is a decent driver of the golf ball and a decent iron player, that is a massive advantage when he's on, off the tee, and from the fairway. It allows him to be a threat to be in contention every week.

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Mullett mania ran wild last year with Smith and this is my most confident play of the six guys I'm playing. He would also be someone I would strongly consider betting to win this week.

Justin Thomas - $11,900

This is going to sound a little crazy for a guy who made 21-of-23 cuts and had a win, a second, a third, and 7 total top 10 finishes, but it felt like Justin Thomas had a disappointing 2021 season.

Thomas is someone who can make birdies in a flurry. He just seemed to have one stinker of a round to really take him out of contention for a win quite often last season. 95% of the players on tour would take the year Thomas had last season, but he is among the top five percent in the game and expects to contend every single week. I expect him to do that this season and I think that starts off in the first week of 2022.

There isn't a weak spot in Thomas' game outside of maybe spraying the driver here and there. When it's locked in, look out, he can go really low.

His performance, historically, in this tournament is something else that should be used heavily to weigh your options for your top pick this week. Thomas has played in this tournament, at the same golf course, each of the last five times. His finishes will leave you shaking your head:

  • 2017: 1st
  • 2018: 22nd
  • 2019: 3rd
  • 2020: 1st
  • 2021: 3rd

Four out of the past five years, he has finished in the top three, with two wins. It's safe to say he likes this golf course. Include Justin Thomas in your 2022 PGA DFS: Sentry Tournament of Champions FanDuel DFS Golf Picks with a high level of confidence this week.


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2 comments

Barry LaDolph January 8, 2022 - 10:34 pm

I won so much betting on Finau that I got his tattoed on my lower back 🙂

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