The 2022 Players Championship is underway, sort of. After five + hours of delay today, only 66 of the 77 golfers from the morning wave finished their round, with the pm wave at most playing seven holes. That leaves a marathon tomorrow, where the weather will be a factor again. When the golfers did get to play, the course was easy, with little wind and soft greens, scoring was at its best it will be all week. We’ll cover the weather, a review of golfers that have teed off and finished their round, as well as how I’m playing the weather, and some target for my PGA DFS picks for Round 2 DFS golf lineups.
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Round 1 Recap
It was clear from the get-go that the wind wouldn’t be a problem on the day, but the lightning would be. Before the horn blew for the second delay, with tee times being pushed back an hour to start with, Tommy Fleetwood was staring down a nine-footer to get to four under. He would make that and continue his solid play through the front nine, or should I say solid putting display, as he’d shoot the low of 66 on the day. Very late in the day, Tom Hoge would jump back to form and also shot the score, but getting it done a different way, barely gaining any strokes putting, but gaining over five strokes tee to green. Keith Mitchell would also have a chance at that number, as would Anirban Lahiri, but Mitchell bogeyed 18, the first of his day, and Lahiri par’d nine, so they both finished at five-under. Joaquin Niemann and Kramer Hickock would also finish at the number as a packed leaderboard would see 19 of the 77 golfers separated by just three shots.
Other standout rounds came from Sam Burns, Abraham Ancer and Brian Harman, all of who shot a four-under 68. Taylor Pendrith has a chance to get to six under but also fall back quite a bit, as he’ll have the difficult 17th and 18th holes to finish in the morning.
The Players Championship Round 1 Stat Recap
Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Sam Burns
- Keith Mitchell
- Matthew Wolff
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Hayden Buckey
Strokes Gained Approach
- Anirban Lahiri
- Alex Noren
- Will Zalatoris
- Ian Poulter
- Maverick McNealy
Strokes Gained Around the Green.
- Tom Hoge
- Brandt Snedeker
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Beau Hossler
- Keith Mitchell
Strokes Gained Putting
- Maverick McNealy
- Tyrell Hatton
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Joaquin Niemann
- Cameron Smith
- Pat Perez
- Garrick Higgo
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Best Weather Predictions & Strategy Today for DraftKings Showdown
Tomorrow’s forecast is sadly eerily similar to today’s. To finish round 1, before we even think about starting round two, it will be at least 3 hours from when they first tee off. Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick are just about thru their 7th hole, playing the par-three 17th to start the day. They’ll take roughly 3 hours to finish their first round before they turn around and start over again.
There are a few scenarios that could play out with thunderstorms in the forecast starting at 8 am thru 5 pm.
Best Case Scenario (Based on the expected forecast)
The window of golf needs to be about 8 hours of play for the pm/wave to finish their first and second round. Based on the expected forecast, there are only about 5 hours max of play. That means they’ll need three hours at minimum to play on Saturday, a day that looks like the worst of the week, at least until noon, to finish up their second round. After 12:00 pm, the conditions are expected to lighten up, and terms of no thunderstorms, but the wind will be here to stay, making scoring extremely difficult.
But, back to the best-case scenario, is many thunderstorms miss the Sawgrass area, and this wave can complete both rounds one and two tomorrow. I highly doubt that happens at this point.
Most Likely Scenario (Based on the expected forecast)
With thunderstorms expected all day, it’s conceivable that they don’t even play golf tomorrow. But, with this being the crown jewel of the PGA, every effort to play 72 holes will be made, so they’ll likely play at least play some golf tomorrow, even if it’s for an hour. If this route ends up coming to fruition, then expect the wave just starting their rounds to complete their first-round on Friday. They then will play their second-round on Saturday, with the wave that already completed their round playing their round 2 on Sunday. Yikes for anyone that stacked pm/am.
Worst Case Scenario (based on the expected forecast)
The worst-case scenario based on the expected forecast is we don’t play golf again until Sunday morning and this turns into a 54 hole event, with 36 holes played on Sunday, all from this pm/am wave, and then 36 again on Monday, with 18 holes of round 2 being played and 18 holes of round 3, the final round, being played to crown the winner. A cut likely still happens after round 2 is completed.
Once we get a little more information, I’ll update this section (the picks section) with who I’m going with for round 2 contests based on the information we get. Until then, stay dry, try not to tilt much, and have something else ready to do if, in fact, we don’t play golf the next few days.
10:15 A.M. Update
We’ve been playing golf for just about three hours now, and it looks like we may get another long stretch, or possibly the rest of the day. If that’s the case these pm/am golfers may end up getting in a lot of their second-round today. Regardless, it looks like we should get at least another 4-6 hours of playing in today, with around 6 or 7 tomorrow. The six or seven tomorrow will be in the toughest conditions of the week, with strong winds and cooling temps. If the pm wave does end up playing most of their round today, which they very well could, they will definitely have the advantage. Golfers that seem to be weathering the conditions the best right now are:
- Scottie Scheffler ($9,300)
- Daniel Berger ($9,000)
- Brooks Koepka ($8,800)
- Russell Henley ($7,600)
- Jason Day ($7,300)
- Kevin Kisner ($7,200)
- Sam Ryder ($6,200)
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