2023 PGA DFS: AMEX Championship DraftKings Preview

by Keith Flemming

The PGA Tour finished its two-week Hawaii run and is back on the mainland for the 2023 PGA DFS: AMEX Championship DraftKings Preview.

The AMEX Championship is a PGA Tour Pro Am that will take place over three courses for the first 54 holes: the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta Country Club, and The PGA West Stadium Couse. The players will play the Stadium Course twice, once during the first three rounds and then again on Sunday.

All three courses are Par 72's and none longer than 7,200 yards. The courses are being played by amateurs and pros. So don't expect difficult pin locations or conditions. The winning score has been -20 or lower in the last 5 AMEX Championships. Keep that in mind as you read through this preview and set your DFS Golf Lineups.

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2023 PGA DFS: AMEX Championship DraftKings Preview

The Venues

PGA West Stadium Course

Some call this course the sequel to TPC Sawgrass, Pete Dye designed both with plenty of risk/reward decisions to be made by those playing it. A majority of the landing areas are generous, but trouble lurks with water hazards that come into play on seven holes.

Like many Pete Dye courses, you can make birdies and eagles in bunches. The Stadium Course allows both at a higher rate than the PGA Tour average. However, big numbers are lurking as the field finds 1.87 double bogeys or worse per 72 holes. This number is higher than Augusta, Bay Hill, and TPC Southwind.

PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course

This course became part of the rotation of this event in 2016. The longest of the three courses, the par 72 plays at 7,147 yards on the scorecard. This course is made for scoring opportunities if players can get off the tee. The longest Par 4 is 462 yards and three of them play under 380 yards. There are also three Par 5s under 550 yards, making them possible to reach in two by a majority of the field.

La Quinta Country Club

This par 72 allows a field average of 26% birdies or better. It is the second easiest on tour behind Kapalua. La Quinta has tight fairways and small greens but is no match for today's touring professional. The maintenance staff sets pins in easy positions for the amateur playing partners. It leaves the course with little defense to the skills of the modern PGA Tour player.

Correlated Courses

  • TPC Summerlin
  • TPC Sawgrass
  • TPC Scottsdale
  • Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Key Stats

  • Total Birdies
  • SG: Tee to Green
  • SG: Approach
  • Dye Positive
  • Desert Positive

My 2023 PGA DFS: AMEX Championship DraftKings Lineup

Will Zalatoris ($9,600)

Will Zalatoris of the United States reacts to his putt for birdie on the 11th green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The...

Zalatoris has a great record at Dye Courses including two Top 25 finishes at Sawgrass and a 6th place finish last year in his first AMEX Championship. When Will putts well he is a very strong player and he's rolling the rock right now. Last week he gained two strokes on the field Putting and is averaging 1.2 strokes gained Putting over his last five starts. If Zalatoris continues to gain strokes on the greens to go along with the consistent 5-6 strokes he gains on the field Tee to Green and you will see why I'm bullish on him this week.

Another option in this price range: Patrick Cantlay $10,100

Cam Davis ($8,800)

Cameron Davis of Australia plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of...

Davis has a solid track record at this event finishing inside the Top 30 in all 3 appearances, including a solo 3rd last time he played this event. He opened the season at the Sentry Championship and uncharacteristically putted poorly. He lost 3 strokes to the field on the greens. Davis doesn't have a weakness in his game, over his 20 events he is gaining strokes on the field in all five major categories.(SG:T2G/OTT/APP/ARG/P)

Andrew Putnam ($8700)

Andrew Putnam hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during round three of the Shriners Children's Open at TPC Summerlin on October 09, 2021 in Las...

Putnam has a great track record at this event, finishing Top 21 in four of his last five appearances (Top 15 in 2 of his last 3). He started his 2023 campaign with a 4th place finish at the Sony. Where his top 5 position was almost solely due to his short game. He gained 2.4 strokes around the greens and an insane 10.5 strokes on the greens.

He's made 16 consecutive cuts dating back to the AT&T last May. His one consistent weakness is off the tee, if he can drive it well this week, he could have consecutive Top 5s to start his 2023 season.

Another Option in this price range: KH Lee $8,300

Adam Hadwin ($8,200)

Adam Hadwin of Canada hits off the third tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country...

Hadwin will be a popular play this week to contend and will be highly owned on DraftKings. His record at this event more than justifies his ownership being high this week. In seven appearances at the AMEX Championship, Hadwin has a finish of 6th or better four times. He's gained a ridiculous 36.02 total strokes on the field in his last 4 appearances (the highest in the field). Hadwin lives in Phoenix and has stated several times publicly that he feels at home on desert courses. This event is his first of 2023 but that is the case most years for Hadwin.

David Lipsky (7,300)

David Lipsky of USA plays his bunker shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championships at Leopard Creek Country Golf...

Lipsky made his AMEX debut last year and finished an impressive T14. He started the 2023 season last week with a 4th place finish at the Sony Open. He was third in the field in birdies made and gained over 5 strokes on the field in Tee to Green and Approaches.

If he can duplicate that performance, he will have a chance to be in contention in back-to-back weeks.  Lipsky is playing great golf, having moved up 54 spots in the World Golf Rankings since October. He's finished Top 25 in three straight events and made the cut in seven of his last ten.

Another option in this price range: Brandon Steele $7,400

Ben Griffin ($7,200)

Ben Griffin of the United States plays a second shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on...

You can argue there isn't a better value this week than Ben Griffin at this price. He's made the cut in eight of his last nine starts. He has six Top 30 finishes in that span and has jumped 160 spots in the World Golf Ranking in that period. Griffin looked great last week at the Sony Open, his first event of 2023, where he finished 12th. In Hawaii he gained 1.7 strokes or more on the field in SG: Tee to Green, Off The Tee, Approach, and Putting.

Over his last five tournaments, he's averaging over 3 strokes gained for Tee to Green and Approach. If he continues that level of ball striking, he's a real bargain at his DraftKings price. There's some risk in it being his first AMEX Championship, but he has experience on Tour in tournaments with multiple courses. He finished T29 at the RSM Classic last November.

Another option in this price range: Ben Taylor $7,100


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