Houston Open 2021 | Optimal Lineup

Houston Open 2021 | Optimal Lineup

The Houston Open is in the books and the Optimal Lineup is complete! It scored 566.5 points and cost $48,300.

Optimal Lineup

Jason Kokrak ($8,800 & 117.0 Points)

Kokrak made four consecutive birdies on the back-nine Sunday, en route to victory. This is his third victory in his last 28 starts worldwide. Kokrak’s week was not without setbacks. He had nine bogies, one double bogey and one triple bogey. However, he offset those with 24 birdies which certainly boosted his fantasy scoring.

Scottie Scheffler ($10,900 & 99.0 Points)

Scheffler appears in the optimal lineup for the second consecutive week. After sleeping on the 54-hole lead, this might be viewed as a disappointment since Scheffler is still searching for that first career PGA TOUR victory. This was only the 5th time in Scheffler’s career that he’s been $10,000+. He’s gained at least 18 fantasy points on the field in every one of those starts.

Matt Wolff ($10,400 & 85.0 Points)

Wolff continues his excellent start to the 2022 season, earning at least a T17 finish in all four starts. He’s averaged 106,5 fantasy points over those four events. His Houston Open performance was highlighted by an ace on Sunday. Expect Wolff to remain priced in this range during some of the weaker field events on the schedule.

Kevin Tway ($6,100 & 97.5 Points)

Tway headlined the trio of golfers in the optimal lineup who cost $6,100 or less. With a closing birdie on 18, Tway was able to secure a two-way tie for second. He didn’t have a single birdie streak all week, but his second round was full of fantasy points. He carded two separate eagles and three more birdies during that round.

Kramer Hickok ($6,100 & 83.0 Points)

This was Hickok’s best performance since his epic eight-hole playoff at the Travelers Championship with Harris English. He had lost points to the field in six of his nine starts after that week but bounced-back in Houston.

Martin Trainer ($6,000 & 85.0 Points)

Trainer came out of nowhere to contend this week in Houston. Previous to this week, Trainer hadn’t cracked the 65 fantasy point mark since January. He had lost points to the field in 59 of his last 68 events. He had garnered 0.0% ownership in 13 of his last 14 (0.01% in the other). An amazing performance to end up in the optimal lineup.

Mayakoba Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

Mayakoba Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

The Mayakoba Championship is in the books and the Optimal Lineup is in! It scored 678.5 points and cost $49,300.

Optimal Lineup

Viktor Hovland ($10,900 & 134.5 Points)

Hovland not only captures victory but he successfully defends his title in Mayakoba. His point total of 134.50 matches his point total for his Puerto Rico Open victory and is the second highest total of his career… behind only his win at Mayakoba last year.

Scottie Scheffler ($9,900 & 110.5 Points)

Scheffler piled up the birdies, 21 of them for the week. That also included a birdie streak on both Friday and Sunday. His solo-4th place finishing position was helpful in earning Scheffler the fourth highest point total of his career.

Joaquin Niemann ($7,800 & 104.5 Points)

Niemann was one of the most popular golfers on the slate and he paid off for his backers. Niemann’s “value” this week checked in at 13.3x his salary, making this the 7th most valuable week of Niemann’s fantasy career.

Carlos Ortiz ($7,600 & 122.0 Points)

Ortiz makes good in his native Mexico, finishing solo 2nd. His well-rounded week featured scores of 67-65-67-66. The highlight of his week included for five birdies in a six hole stretch on Sunday afternoon. That earned him his third birdie streak of the week.

Danny Lee ($6,900 & 105.5 Points)

Lee makes the optimal lineup for the second consecutive week. Lee shot one of the lowest rounds of the day on Sunday —  a 64 that included six birdies and an eagle.

Andrew Landry ($6,700 & 101.5 Points)

Landry made all pars over his final ten holes of the week but had already racked up 21 birdies to that point. He had multiple birdies streaks and a bogey free round to push over the century mark in scoring.


  • Of the Top 150 Most Optimal Lineups
    • 16 cost $50,000
    • 13 cost $49,900
    • 10 cost $49,800
    • 8 cost $49,700
    • 103 cost $49,600 or less.
Bermuda Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

Bermuda Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

The Bermuda Championship is in the books and the Optimal Lineup is in! This week featured plenty of value and one quirk that we rarely see.

Optimal Lineup

Patrick Reed ($10,400 & 113.0 Points)

Reed broke out of a sour stretch of golf in a big way. He posted at 14-under par, the clubhouse lead at the time he finished. Entering this week, Reed had lost a total of 87.7 fantasy points to the field over his last four starts. Thanks to his T2 finish, he earned 113 fantasy points, the most since his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2021.

Taylor Pendrith ($9,100 & 108.0 Points)

Despite mixed results for Pendrith in his PGA TOUR career, he’s been a fantasy darling. He’s played eight PGA TOUR fantasy slates since the 2020 US Open and has gained fantasy points in seven of them. His birdie-making ability is incredibly valuable in fantasy. Even though he didn’t make a birdie on Sunday and failed to convert a three-stroke 54-hole lead, Pendrith still cracked into the optimal lineup.

Scott Stallings ($8,600 & 102.5 Points)

Stallings continues his success on sub-7,000 yard courses with a T5 finish in Bermuda. He was flying up the leaderboard with a 62 (9-under) on Sunday. That was the round of the day, by three strokes, and also earned him a bogey free round bonus.

Lucas Herbert ($7,700 & 118.0 Points)

Herbert battled the elements to win for the first time on the PGA TOUR. This is his third win worldwide. Herbert has largely flown under the radar in his 20 PGA TOUR starts, only cracking 10% ownership once. That might change moving forward.

Vincent Whaley ($7,000 & 95.5 Points)

Whaley finished with a 72 (1-over) on Sunday but it featured four birdies. He made 20 birdies and one eagle this week but off-set much of that with bogeys. That’s certainly fine when it comes to fantasy scoring.

Danny Lee ($6,700 & 124.5 Points)

Despite finishing T2, Lee was the highest scoring fantasy player of the week. His even-par 71 on Sunday was highlighted by five birdies, including a birdie streak. Speaking of birdie streaks, Lee earned a birdie streak in every single round this week. That’s only the sixth time a golfer has done that since 2018.


  • It’s obviously rare that the winning golfer isn’t the highest scoring fantasy player but Danny Lee (T2) stole that honor this week.
  • The combined ownership of the optimal lineup was 45.1%.
  • Of the Top 150 Most Optimal Lineups
    • 3 cost $50,000
    • 3 cost $49,900
    • 4 cost $49,800
    • 1 cost $49,700
    • 139 cost $49,600 or less.
ZOZO Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

ZOZO Championship 2021 | Optimal Lineup

The Best Possible Lineup on DraftKings

The optimal lineup on DraftKings for the ZOZO Championship scored 579 points and cost $48,600. It featured one golfer over $10,000, one in the $9,000 range, one in the $8,000 range, two in the $7,000 range and one in the $6,000 range. Here’s each player that made the optimal lineup.

Hideki Matsuyama ($10,300 & 124.0 points)

Matsuyama earns his seventh PGA TOUR victory and this one comes in his home country of Japan. Matsuyama didn’t go wire-to-wire, but he was near the top of the leaderboard after every round of this event. This is the most DraftKings points scored by Matsuyama in any event over the last four years. His five-shot victory was punctuated with an eagle on the 72nd hole, pushing his fantasy tally to a personal best.

Cameron Tringale ($9,200 & 96.5 points)

Tringale tied the lead late on Sunday but struggled down the stretch. He made bogey on both 17 & 18 in the final round, finishing T2 for the week. Tringale continues to have the unique distinction of having made the most money in PGA TOUR history without winning an event. At 96.5 points, this was the 8th best fantasy performance for Tringale since the start of 2018.

Matt Wallace ($8,000 & 86.5 points)

Wallace played well on a tough golf course all week long. He finished with round of 70-70 on the weekend and earned a T4 finish. This continues a great stretch of fantasy production for Wallace who scored 98 points at the Shriners Children’ Open, he last start before this week. His $8,000 price tag was his most expensive salary in his last seven starts, but it was certainly worth it.

Sebastian Munoz ($7,300 & 90.5 points)

Munoz has proven to be a volatile golfer which generally translates well to fantasy scoring. The 90.5 points he scored at the ZOZO Championship ended a four tournament stretch in which is lost fantasy points to the field. Despite also scoring 90.5 points last week at the CJ Cup, that was actually worse than the field average on a very easy golf course.

Brendan Steele ($7,100 & 102.0 points)

Steele didn’t shy away from Sunday pressure, shooting a 66 and matching his low round of the week. His final round featured six birdies and elevated him to a T2 finish. That’s his best finish since his runner-up at the 2020 Sony Open.

Sam Ryder ($6,700 & 79.5 points)

Ryder has been one of the most valuable golfers on TOUR in recent months. Entering this week, Ryder had gained at least 20 fantasy points on the field in five of seven starts. Now he piled up 79.5 fantasy points, providing 11.8x value.

It’s worth noting that the vast majority of optimal lineups left plenty of money on the table. By the number, 78% of the Top 150 Optimal Lineups cost $49,600 or less. Only 10 of the Top 150 lineups cost all $50,000, only 4 cost $49,900, only 12 cost $49,800 and only 7 cost $49,700.



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CJ Cup @ Summit 2021 | Optimal Lineup

CJ Cup @ Summit 2021 | Optimal Lineup

CJ Cup @ Summit Optimal Lineup

The optimal lineup on DraftKings for the CJ Cup cost $49,000 and scored 819.50 points.

Rory McIlroy ($10,100 & 159.0 points)

McIlroy leaned on his driver and putter en route to victory at The Summit Club. He was second in the field in Strokes Gained Off-the-Tee and he led the field in Strokes Gained Putting. This is his second win of 2021 and the 20th PGA TOUR victory of his career.

Collin Morikawa ($10,800 & 145.5 points)

Morikawa ended with an eagle on 18 to highlight a splendid round of 62 on Sunday. It was well documented that the Summit Club is Morikawa’s home course and he certain played like it this week. There was a three hole stretch that he played at +4 on Friday, which is certainly something he will rue as he finished one stroke behind McIlroy.

Keith Mitchell ($6,200 & 130.5 points)

Mitchell got off to a hot start, playing his first 36 holes at 19-under par. He ran into trouble midway through his Saturday round, but rebounded with a solid 67 on Sunday to earn himself a T3.

Aaron Wise ($7,400 & 129.5 points)

The prolific fantasy scorer has done it again, this time thanks to 24 birdies and an eagle. His T5 finish marks his fourth consecutive Top 26 finish on TOUR and back-to-back Top 10s in Las Vegas. He continues to putt well, gaining 1.17 strokes with the putter, unlocking the rest of his game.

Rickie Fowler ($6,400 & 127.5 points)

Fowler entered Sunday with a two-shot lead, but he couldn’t muster enough birdies on Sunday — shooting a 71 and finishing T3. The good news for Fowler is that he was dynamite with his driver, gaining more strokes off-the-tee than anyone else in the field.

Adam Scott ($8,100 & 127.5 points)

Scott’s week was highlighted by the seven hole stretch to end his round on Friday, where he played those holes in 8-under par. He actually made seven consecutive “3”s with two of them counting as eagles. He finished with a bogey-free 69 on Sunday.


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