In terms of PGA DFS, it’s a record-setting week for Jon Rahm and his ownership on the main slate. It also came with a gift from DraftKings, as the weak field here in Mexico didn’t attract as much volume, and as such, many contests were rake-free or better. The first time all year that has happened. He posted a first-round lead, tied with four others, as he looks to get his first win on the season here south of the border. This article will cover a few more stats from Round 1 of the Mexico Open and provide a few PGA DFS picks for Round 2.
PGA DFS Golf Picks Today: Mexico Open Round 2
Round 1 Recap
Aaron Rai was one of the first on the course today, followed not far behind Rahm, and he got things going after hitting it to two feet from 247 on the par 5 14th hole. He posted 6 under for the wave, which was only good enough for the sixth-best score. A second Jon, Jonathan Byrd, was one of the other four golfers other than Rahm to shoot 64 on Thursday, with Brendon Todd, Trey Mullinax and a big surprise Bryson Nimmer, who gained four strokes putting on Day 1 to shoot his 64.
Aaron Wise and Sahith Theegala put in other quality efforts from this wave, both continuing their fine season in Round 1, both gaining in all four strokes gained categories while gaining over three strokes with their approaches.
The winds, as it typically does, picked up a tad in the afternoon and kept scores much lower on the whole. Only Scott Brown was able to shoot better than 5 under, ending the day with a 65. As of writing this, Kurt Kitayama also has a chance at tying Brown’s 65, as he’s 5 under through 15, with the easiest hole on the course, the 18th, still to play. They were the only two scores though that shot or had a chance, better than 66 on the afternoon wave. Stars from the wave-like Tony Finau and Abraham Ancer also struggled, while Gary Woodland had a four-birdie streak on the front nine that propelled him to a solid opening 67 in Round 1.
The Mexico Open Round 1 Stat Recap
Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Jon Rahm
- Cameron Champ
- Trey Mullinax
- Danny Lee
- Hayden Buckley
Strokes Gained Approach
- Aaron Wise
- C.T. Pan
- Sang-moon Bae
- Armando Favela
- Sahith Theegala
Strokes Gained Around the Green
- Mark Hubbard
- Matt Jones
- Brian Stuard
- Bill Haas
- Ryan Blaum
Strokes Gained Putting
- J.T. Poston
- Bryson Nimmer
- Davis Riley
- Ben Griffin
- Patrick Rodgers
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The same weather pattern we saw on Thursday should remain for Friday, with the morning wave having a slight advantage over the afternoon.
Gary Woodland ($9,400)
After one round and watching him play, it is time to throw in the towel on my weeklong fade. Woodland gained the most shots tee to green in Round 1, tying Rahm with 4.83 strokes gained, but did not get the putter going losing almost 1.5 strokes. Still, he gets the better conditions and is at a solid price for either a balanced build or a stack with Rahm build. He’ll likely be higher owned but worth it for the second-round slate. After poor opening rounds, Tony Finau and Abraham Ancer will probably not be targeted all that much and could make for nice pivots off the higher owned Rahm and or Woodland.
Carlos Ortiz ($8,200)
Carlos is in a bit of a rut, as he hasn’t had a top 10 since the WWT Mayakoba Championship back in November of last year. It’s been a string of bad starts and injuries for Carlos. But being back on home soil has clearly motivated him in the past and seems relatively healthy. He hit over 70% of the greens in Round 1 and also gained about a quarter of a stroke off the tee. With a subpar Round 1, ownership shouldn’t be high. He’ll play well in one of the rounds, just have to pick the right one.
Anirban Lahiri ($7,400)
While we don’t often talk about grass types and golfers here at Awesemo, it’s clear from Lahiri’s comments he prefers paspalum. It showed again in Round 1, gaining over a stroke with his putter and over a stroke with his approaches. He also was positive in his off the tee work as well, all great signs for Lahiri, who has already shown us what his top form looks like this season.
Other Low Owned Targets for PGA DFS Round 2 of the Mexico Open
- David Lipsky ($7,300)
- Kurt Kitayama ($7,200)
- Graeme McDowell ($7,200)
- Matt Wallace ($7,000)
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