After a brief break from DFS Golf last week we are headed over to the other side of the Atlantic for the Genesis Scottish Open. For the first time, the PGA Tour has co-sanctioned this event alongside the DP World Tour.
This week provides for a ton of excitement. We have an interesting golf course, a loaded field, and coffee golf! As for the field, we have 14 of the top 15 golfers in the OWGR teeing it up this week. Everyone from Scottie Scheffler to recent winner Xander Schauffele will be teeing it up in Scotland.
As for the course, The Renaissance Club is a Tom Doak design. It’s 7,300-yard par 71 with massive sloping greens on some epic property. This venue has been the host of this event for the past 3 years. Benign weather conditions in 2019 and 2021 yielded low scores. Brutal, tough, traditional Scottish weather made things very difficult in 2020. Without much wind in the forecast and recent rains, expect this tournament to resemble that of 2019 and 2021.
I am looking for elite drivers who have shown the capability to go low and have played well in Europe before. With that said, let’s get into my favorite DFS plays for the 2022 Scottish Open!
2022 Scottish Open DFS – $10,000+ Range
Justin Thomas $10.600
I am once again writing up Justin Thomas as my favorite play at the top of the DFS board. At the end of the day, he is the player I trust the most and his price is very fair. Thomas ranks 1st in this field in Strokes Gained – Approach in this field over the past 50 rounds. And with five Par 3’s, the best iron player in the world should thrive at The Renaissance Club.
JT has also proved that he excels the week before a major. He has two Top 5’s in his final event before a major. He also has very good course history at this event. JT has two Top 10’s in his only two appearances. Play Justin Thomas at the top of your 2022 Scottish Open DFS lineups this week.
2022 Scottish Open DFS – $9,000 Range
Sam Burns $9,200
What does this 4-time winner have to do to get priced like an elite golfer? At the end of the day, Sam Burns knows how to win and has extreme upside to his counterparts in his price range.
Burns checks every box this week. He is an elite driver with above-average distance, he’s won multiple birdie fests, and he finished Top 20 at the 2021 Scottish Open. Over the past 50 rounds, Burns ranks 8th in Strokes Gained – Approach and 6th in Strokes Gained – Putting. The combination of these two should bode well for his chances this week. Pick Sam Burns in your 2022 Scottish Open DFS lineups.
2022 Scottish Open DFS – $8,000 Range
Max Homa $8,000
Max Homa has solidified himself as someone to can close it out when it matters most. He is a two-time champion of the Wells Fargo Championship and also won The Genesis Invitational. These were elite events in stacked fields. And he’s played excellent in the 2021-2022 season with two wins and seven other Top 20 finishes.
In addition, Homa ranks as only one of three players on the PGA Tour this season to rank in the Top 20 in both Strokes Gained – Approach and Strokes Gained – Putting. This is a deadly combination when parlayed with his strong off-the-tee skills. Max Homa should be a wonderful addition to your 2022 Scottish Open DFS lineup.
2022 Scottish Open DFS – $7,000 Range
Aaron Rai $7,400
It goes without saying that the 2020 Scottish Open champion is quite familiar with The Renaissance Club. The fact that he is not a popular or well-known name is why his price is so cheap. It is very rare that you can get a past champion of the event and with good recent form at $7,400. Rai finished T9 last week at the Irish Open, which is promising to see that he is playing well on the other side of the Atlantic.
Aaron is also a pretty consistent cut maker on both the PGA and DP World Tours. He has made the cut in his last six starts and in 10 of his last 11. Play Aaron Rai in your 2022 Scottish Open DFS lineups this week.
2022 Scottish Open DFS – $6,000 Range
Matthew Nesmith $6,900
Matthew Nesmith is a great $6K range play. He has been scorching hot with his irons and has been making a lot of cuts. The former Gamecock is a must-play in DFS this week.
Nesmith is coming off a 19th place finish at the Travelers where he gained 9 strokes of ball-striking. That was one of the best iron performances of his career. If he didn’t struggle on the greens, he very well could have been in contention.
And he’s just been solid so far in the 2021-2022 season. He finished T3 at the Valspar Championship and has made the cut in 10 of his last 12 starts. His elite ball-striking will carry him into the weekend once again. Take Matthew NeSmith as the last man on your 2022 Scottish Open DFS lineup.