Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Shriners Children’s Open

| October 5, 2021 9:09 am PDT

Fresh off a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Sam Burns saunters in Vegas, oozing with confidence. The 25-year-old Ryder Cup snub gained a prodigious 14.824 strokes from tee to green in Mississippi; he’s up to #18 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Plus, he shot 13-under-par at TPC Summerlin last fall.

It goes without saying that Burns is one of the fantasy golf picks this week.

Unfortunately, Sam’s the second highest-priced golfer on DraftKings ($10.9k) and will be extremely popular. There’s actually merit in fading Burns as one of your DFS golf picks.

Saying that means I’ll probably get “burned,” but steering clear from the names at the tippy top is a strategy I typically employ. With that in mind, here are my top PGA DraftKings picks for the Shriners Children’s Open.

Best DFS Golf Picks for the Shriners Children’s Open

If you’re firing multiple GPP lineups, here are three guys to be keen on including in your core.

Webb Simpson ($10,200)

There are horses for courses, and there’s Webby at TPC Summerlin. Going back to 2010, Simpson is 9 for 9 here with seven top-20s. That includes four top-10s and a victory; he’s a bazillion under par (67.56 scoring average).

While Simpson hasn’t been firing on all cylinders of late, he’s landed inside the top-20 in four of his last six starts and has made six straight cuts. Motivated from being left off the United States Ryder Cup team, expect Webb to come out guns blazing on Thursday.

Si Woo Kim ($9,000)

$9,000 seems a little too cheap for what Si Woo Kim brings to the table. On the heels of a T11 in Napa and T8 in Jackson, it’s crystal clear that Si Woo’s game is in a good place. As far as his ability to go low at this week’s venue – have no qualms about that.

Si Woo Kim – By the Numbers at the Shriners Children’s Open
Year Scores (to par) Result
2020 67-67-63-69 (-18) T8
2019 71-64-70-69 (-10) T55
2018 66-70-69-66 (-13) T15
2016 69-66-71-69 (-9) T25

That’s 50-under-par in four trips to TPC Summerlin without a single round over par.

Now how do you feel spending $9k on Kim? Not only is he one of the safest Shriners Children’s Open DFS picks, but he’s also one of the guys with the most upside to win. 

Matthew Wolff ($8,200)

Don’t look now, but this Wolff is officially on the prowl. After taking some time off to put the last 12 months in the rearview and switching back to the irons that he played so well within 2020, the former top-15 player in the world appears to have turned a corner.

Matthew was swinging the club with all sorts of mojo last week; Wolff led all golfers in driving distance (338.2) and gained nearly six strokes from tee to green. Now he heads to a golf course that he tore apart in 2020 (18 birdies and 4 eagles; he shot -23 and lost in a playoff).

It’s fair to say I’m a bit bullish on Wolff’s chances this week.

Best DFS Sleepers for the Shriners Children’s Open

We’re always looking for cheap plays to round out our PGA DraftKings picks. Here are two guys under $7k that could be useful this week.

Nick Watney ($6,600)

After finishing 204th in the FedEx Cup standings, Nick Watney decided to use his one-time season-long exemption to be inside the top-50 on the PGA Tour career money list. Considering he was hanging on by a thread at no. 50 in the all-time earnings, plus he had no real status. This was an easy choice.

And boy, is it paying off.

Watney finished T30 at the Fortinet Championship and T2 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He’s pocketed north of $665k and sits 4th on the FedEx Cup standings.

The Las Vegas resident is extremely familiar with this week’s layout just gave us a flash of his vintage self. Nick’s closing bogey-free 65 on Sunday means he’s shot under par in each of his eight competitive rounds this season.

Trey Mullinax ($6,600)

Those looking for a boom or bust play, give Trey Mullinax a closer look. He rode into the new season, beaming with self-belief after a solo second at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. That faith rubbed off last week in Mississippi, where Mullinax shot -20 and tied for 4th.

Looking ahead to this week, TPC Summerlin is open off the tee, and the conditions will be benign. It’s about driving it well and holing putts.

In that case, Mullinax makes sense as one of the best Shriners Children’s Open DFS picks. Trey ranked 2nd in SG: Off-the-tee and 7th in SG: Putting last time out at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

My Suggested DFS Lineup for GPPs

  • Webb Simpson -$10,200
  • Sungjae Im – $9,200
  • Si Woo Kim – $9,000
  • Matthew Wolff – $8,200
  • Nick Watney – $6,600
  • Trey Mullinax – $6,600

Sungjae Im is another guy I like this week in daily fantasy golf. As I expand more in the post linked below, Im’s affinity for TPC Summerlin can’t go unnoticed. Two other names that appeal to me this week are Corey Conners ($8.8k) and Brian Harman ($7.6k).

Like Im, Conners and Harman are featured among my best bets of the week.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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