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PGA DFS: Showdown Spotlight Picks for Tokyo Olympics Golf Round 4 | DraftKings & FanDuel

Jason Rouslin

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There were no weather delays on Saturday in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, as the action was fast and furious on moving day. With two par 4’s that were set up as drivable, scores were always going to be low. In fact, the average score for the day was close to 2.5 under par, as the field moved up while getting tighter. Heading into Sunday, there are 11 players within four of the gold medal and 28 of the 60 players within five of the podium. That’s an excellent setup for today’s final round. PGA DFS contests are the biggest we’ve seen for showdown contests this week, with DraftKings offering $100,000 to first. Let’s dive into some PGA DFS picks for Showdown and Single-Game contests on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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PGA DFS Showdown Picks: The Olympics Round 4

Previous Round Recap

Sungjae Im opened his day by playing the first three holes at one over par, including a bogey on the 11th hole. Then, as he was two-over for the week and 13 or so shots out of the podium, something clicked? Or maybe unclicked. He’d birdie the next four and then birdie six holes on his inward nine, posting an eight-under 63. The third day in a row, that number has been shot, only by one golfer each day, and will likely take that again from Im to get on the podium.

Speaking of getting himself into medal contention on moving day, Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the field in birdies this week with 19 through three rounds, including nine in Round 3. Within just two of the podium, he and teammate/countrymate Paul Casey are in great spots to end up on the podium tomorrow. Casey has been consistent all week with three rounds at 68 or better, and is in a tie for third heading into Sunday. Only he and Xander Schauffele have done that this week.

Schauffele was able to put together a really solid round yesterday, considering on his first nine holes, he made about 50 feet of putts for par. But he’s shown the ability to get ridiculous hot with the putter, bailing himself out. Carlos Oritz would hang around for most of the day as well, putting together his third straight round in the 60s, and is one of the few surprises here this week.

Notables

The team of Irishmen Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy gives that country medal hopes bother entering the day within two of the podium. For McIlroy, an Olympic flame has been lit inside of him, finally enjoying being part of the games. His play has followed his energy looking superb off the tee. A few careless mistakes in Round 3 would have him one or two closer; McIlroy will be in the chasing pack on Sunday. Thomas Pieters is having a bit of deja vu to the Rio Olympics, where he finished fourth, plagued by just one bad round. This week, his bad round came on Friday, shooting a five-over 76. With a 65 and 64 surrounding, it would be truly Pieters-esque to wind up with a medal after having one of the worst round scores of the week.

Collin Morikawa is as advertised, stumbling out of the gates before finding it yesterday. He’s with 11 other golfers that are in a tie for 17th that likely need to tie the tournament low of 63 to get onto the podium. Lastly, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed won’t be a factor here this week for the Americans.


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Round 3 Stat Recap

The Olympics site has a shot tracker on a desktop/laptop, but it is not available via phone. ** Correction, turn your phone horizontally, and all of the info is there. There is a full slate of statistics, including strokes gained; click here to see them all.

Strokes Gained Tee to Green

Average Place: 6.6

  1. Sebastian Munoz (5)
  2. Mito Pereira (5)
  3. Xander Schauffele (1)
  4. Sepp Straka (5)
  5. Corey Conners (17)

Strokes Gained Ball Striking

Average Place: 6.6

  1. Xander Schauffele (1)
  2. Sepp Straka (5)
  3. Sebastian Munoz (5)
  4. Joachim B Hansen (17)
  5. Rory McIlroy (5)

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Strokes Gained Off the Tee

Average Place: 30

  1. Jhonattan Vegas (17)
  2. Collin Morikawa (17)
  3. Hurly Long (42)
  4. Viktor Hovland (32)
  5. Antoine Rozner (42)

Strokes Gained on the Approach

Average Place: 9.8

  1. Shane Lowry (9)
  2. Joachim Hansen (17)
  3. Sepp Straka (5)
  4. Xander Schauffele (1)
  5. Thomas Pieters (17)

Strokes Gained Around the Green

Average Place: 28.6

  1. Patrick Reed (38)
  2. Hideki Matsuyama (2)
  3. Hurly Long (42)
  4. Mito Pereira (5)
  5. Juvic Pagunsan (55)

Strokes Gained Putting

Average Place: 13.2

  1. Sami Valimaki (28)
  2. Carlos Ortiz (3)
  3. Thomas Detry (14)
  4. Hideki Matsuyama (2)
  5. Sungjae Im (17)
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The Olympics PGA DFS Picks

It’ll be interesting to see how the tournament committee sets up this final round. With two par 4s playing as drivable yesterday, will they return to that setup or the more traditional route. That could dictate scoring a bit, as well positional points, which are awarded to players for the final rounds showdown contests.

It’ll be tough to decipher among the top players for the final round; all of them have their upside. I’ll try and mix a few of them in with some lower-owned plays.

PGA DFS Picks for Round 4 of The Olympics

  • Tommy Fleetwood ($8,200): One of the more obvious plays on the slate, Fleetwood came roaring into contention with a nine-birdie day on Saturday. He can be the second, third, or even fourth guy in your lineup here for the final round, providing salary flexibility each way.
  • Justin Thomas ($9,000): Ok, hear me out … We’ve waited all week for the good round, it almost came yesterday, and now we’ve got his cheapest prices and likely lowest ownership of the week. I know it’s a big gamble given how bad he’s been playing this week and lately, but the gamer in me says there’s a ton of leverage to be had here. I might even pair him up with Morikawa trying to get something lower than 64 out of both of them to make up the positional points they won’t get.
  • Rory Sabbatini ($7,500): Kind of just hanging around all week, not doing anything spectacular, nor doing anything and, the South African turned Slovakian has one of those outside chances at making a run for the podium.

Sneaky Pick for the Round 4 Showdown

  • Rasmus Hojgaard ($6,900): If he could throw out the first round, Hojgaard would be right there in contention for a medal. Sadly he can’t, but clearing playing with purpose and dignity, roaring back in the last two rounds. He put his good ball-striking to use on Saturday, firing a five-under 66,

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now two years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of James as well as two Labradors (Choco and Bella) and he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, or somewhere hopefully lost in nature with his dogs guiding him along the way. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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