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
Scoring was bountiful, as expected with a total of 154 birdies were made on the day. Roberto Diaz late in the day got it to nine under and took a two-shot lead over a couple of golfers. It was a career low for him.
- Scoring Average:
- 69.46 or -1.56
Round 1 Commentary
A stellar all-around performance from Roberto Diaz, he’ll likely remember it for quite some time. He gained 5.1 strokes tee to green and another five with the short game, 2.5 coming from the putter, so everything was clicking. Adam Long and Russell Henley also gained over four strokes tee to green, and at least one stroke putting as well, and sit just two back.
MY GUY Colin Morikawa finds himself in second place in the pivotal SG BS vs. SG P category, behind Chase Wright. Collin, however, gained 2.5 strokes tee to green, 1.61 one of that coming from his ball striking, but lost almost three strokes with the putter. Yikes. Not something you like to see from a top priced golfer. John Catlin, Josh Teater, and Brian Stuard round out the top 5 in said category.
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Round Two Showdown Picks
*Focusing on golfers outside the top-10.
Matthew Wolff ($9,500)
I’m going to go right into it here, and ride this wave. He played a bogey-free round, and looked good tee to green again. This type of course, is made for him, and hey listen he hasn’t qualified for The Open yet because last week was not an Open qualifying event. This week is though. I’m sure he’d love to go play in his first Major as a pro coming off of back-to-back wins.
Doc Redman ($7,200)
So Doc has his Open invite sewed up, but not his PGA Tour card, and its vice-versa for Wolff. Funny how that works. Anyway, if Zach Sucher weren’t’ in the top-10, he’d be in this spot as he looks to be back in form, but we will stay true to the article and talk about Doc. Doc looked good everywhere except around the green, which isn’t usually like him. He ended up losing almost a stroke from that category, and I’m willing to gamble that that doesn’t happen again.
Beau Hossler ($7,200)
Beau ended up being close to a core play for me this week, and he didn’t let me down on Thursday. He gained 1.3 strokes tee to green, that same 1.3 strokes ball striking (he was even on around the green) and gained over a stroke with his putter. We know he’s got the talent, but since that runner-up finish to Ian Poulter last year, it’s been tough sledding. It looks like he’s trending in the right direction so I’ll hop aboard again.
Viktor Hovland ($10,200)
Bud Cauley ($8,000)
Brice Garnett ($7,000)
Jhonttan Vegas ($7,400)