DraftKings created the single round showdown format last year for the PGA, and it has caught on enough to come back again for this year. Much to my surprise as well, the contest sizes are not bad at all. This column is meant to be a quick hitter article, to give you the stats you need to make informed decisions, and give you a couple of recommendations to start your lineup.
DraftKings is offering 5K to first place for tomorrow’s round three slate and 10K to first for the Weekend Slate.
Round 1/2 Recap:
- Scoring Averages:
- Round 1: 73 or +3
- Round 2:71.64 0r +1.64
- Eight Eagles in round 2
— Cut Sweats (@CutSweats) May 18, 2019
Round 3/Weekend Model
My Round Three Showdown & Weekend Picks:
*Remember these picks are focusing on golfers outside the top-ten.
Going to be very tough to go against the model here since it likes Patrick Cantlay. We’ll save him for the highlight. Xander Schauffele who we highlighted in yesterday’s writeup played well today gaining two strokes from tee to green en route to a solid 69. He is a bit cheaper and looks to be a fine option. If you aren’t keen on either of those two guys, you’d have to go all the way to Matt Kuchar who ranks 19th in the model to find someone outside the current top 10.
Patrick Cantlay ($9,200/$8,800)
There is a bit of a premium assigned to Patrick for both slates, maybe a tad cheaper in round 3, but it wasn’t his tee to green game that struggled in round 2, but his putting, losing two strokes to the field in round 2. He had been putting well the previous tournaments, and even in round one gained two strokes, so I’m not banking on that being a repeat performance and will be playing Cantlay at hopefully a bit suppressed ownership from his second round.
Adam Scott is one of those no brainer type plays, we see every so often, and while he sits in a tie for second, I thought I’d just bring that up. Next up we have a very cheap Francesco Molinari, who sparked back to form a little bit in round 2 gaining almost four strokes from tee to green. If that keeps up that price is all too cheap for Francesco. Scott Piercy is next, followed by Jason Kokrak Webb Simpson and Henrik Stenson.
Scott Piercy ($7,500/$7,400)
Wish I had stuck with my original read on Scott Piercy. To be honest, I have no idea how or when it changed. He gained two strokes from tee to green in round 2, en route to a solid 67, putting him inside the top 25 heading into the weekend. His price is much higher than the start of the tournament, which could keep his ownership a bit lower.
Charles Howell III came into this week totally off form, but found something today, gaining four strokes from tee to green, after a decent performance in round 1 gaining 1.32 strokes. He should definitely be on your radar for the next two slates. Bronson Burgoon is next on the list, incredibly this guy hasn’t made a cut all season it seems like, but here is, and in the same position as Charles.
J.T Poston ($6,300/$6,200)
After an opening round 77, all hope looked lost. Fear not though, a bounce back 67 as he was the only guy that shot 77 or worse on Friday to make the cut. I’ll take momentum and a cheap price as the narrative to play him. Oh, and he also gained four strokes from tee to green.
Others to round out the lineups:
Rory Mcilroy ($8,700)
Emiliano Grillo ($7,100)
Henrik Stenson ($7,500)
Jimmy Walker ($6,500)
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