This column a quick hitter article, to give you the stats you need to make informed decisions for your fantasy golf, PGA DFS lineups, and give you a couple of recommendations.
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Tournament Update: Round 1/2 Recap
- Scoring Average:
- Round 1: 72.55
- Round 2: 72.48
Round 2 Model
Today was Gary Woodland’s day to shine, as the fantastic ball striker added in some ridiculously good putting in the round, gaining almost five strokes, capped off by a 40 footer on his 18th hole. He also played BOGEY-Free, the only one of those on the day.
One of the highest 6/6 %’s ever this week as the +2 SNUCK in. That brought back in huge chalk like Cantlay, RCB, and Snedker among others.
Rhys Enoch was the highlight of the day for me. If you watched coverage all the way to the end, he shot 66 to make the cut on the number after opening with a 77. The swagger over the last three holes was great, walking in putts, and it was good the highest rated player from Wales make the cut. He along with another European and island-mate, Shane Lowry both gained eight strokes better tee to green than they did in round one. Incredible turnaround. Sneds, Simpson, and Ancer also turned it around.
Dustin Johnson is one good putting day from being back in this tournament, as he leads the BS vs. Putting differential. Martin Kaymer, Emiliano Grillo, Brooks Kopeka & Erik Van Rooyen are all in the top 5 of that category as well.
Round Two Showdown Picks
*Remember these picks are focusing on golfers outside the top-10. The reason for this is simple: the guys in the top-10 are playing great and make for obvious picks, I don’t want the obvious.
We just mentioned DJ not too long ago, and it’s no surprise with the Tee to green numbers as good as they are that he’s ranked third by the model. Plenty of other options here but I’m going to trust the model and go to him. I also love Tiger, but then again when don’t I?
Dustin Johnson ($9,800)
You could tell today that he was so close and whether its Saturday or Sunday, one day he’ll make all the putts. Let’s hope it’s tomorrow, so he’s got a shot to win come Sunday.
He was absolutely on fire with his approaches today gaining almost four and a half strokes on the day but was equally as bad with his putter losing 1.37 on the greens today. I’ll bet that changes tomorrow and goes out and posts a solid moving day score.
Sergio Garcia, the same Sergio that could make a putt inside of ten feet last week, sits in a relatively comfortable position and his price has come down significantly. I’m still a little weary of his game, and would instead head to another oldie, but goodie, for this price range.
Phil Mickelson ($7,800)
I like that he’s at least in position to go out and fire a number tomorrow. Sure he’s eight back, but you know Mickelson is in for some thrills. Tomorrow is the day to get himself back into the tournament, so I think it’s a good place to bet on Phil going on some runs, and racking up those DK points.
Hao-tong Li ($6,900)
I usually give a brief opening, but none is needed this time as the top golfer rated in the model below 7K is Hatong ranked at 24th. He had had it to four under at one point in the day, before falling back on the front nine, but still, the stats have plenty of room to improve. Now, with the cut behind him, I think that should give him plenty of confidence to go out and take some chances tomorrow and put that hot putter to good use.
Tiger Woods ($10,200)
Jon Rahm ($8,600)
Sergio Garcia ($7,500)
Alex Prugh ($6,200)