The Charles Schwab Challenge is underway, and now the fun begins as PGA DFS Showdown contests take center stage. This week, the stars of the event came to play. If there was any question about Jordan Spieth, he answered them today with a spectacular 7-under 63 in Round 1. Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia added another big name to the leaderboard at that number.
Round 2 PGA DFS Showdown Picks: Charles Schwab Challenge
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Spieth was out bright and early, giving his fans plenty to cheer about from the onset. He gained over four strokes putting and gained at least 0.75 strokes in all four facets. Spieth has been on point with his ball striking as of late, and the change back to green surfaces has him rocking and rolling once again.
The other big story of the morning wave was sponsor invite Erik Compton giving his best Spieth impression, gaining over 5.5 strokes putting in Round 1. That lead him to a 5-under 67, and this will be a huge round for his career on Friday. Adam Hadwin and Patton Kizzire maintained exceptional course form, as he and Cameron Tringale were the only other two golfers from the morning wave to shoot 3 under or better.
Chasing a 7-under 63 to start your day is a daunting task, but Garcia was up to it. Jason Kokrak also picked up where he left off a little over a year ago at this course. He shot a 5-under 65 thanks to gaining over four strokes with his ball striking, and another two with the putter. Brandt Snedeker continued his good recent form with a solid 4-under 66, while Kramer Hickok finds himself in relatively unfamiliar territory after posting the same Round 1 score.
Round 2 Cut Prediction
The average score today was 70.93, just a tad shy of 1 over. However, with only 125 golfers in the field, the cut should trend towards 2 over. It is starting to look like 1 over will be good enough for 57th, and 2 over gets to 69 golfers. It may even go to 3 over, but the winds aren’t supposed to be a problem tomorrow.
Round 1 Stat Recap
Those who have been following my Showdown articles know I like to target golfers that are gaining strokes in all facets of their game; if one part goes south, they have others to fall back on. In Round 1, the following gained strokes in all four facets:
- Jordan Spieth
- Sergio Garcia
- Adam Hadwin
- Brandt Snedeker
- Sebastian Munoz
- Byeong Hun An
- Daniel Berger
- Henrik Norlander
- Joaquin Niemann
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The wind isn’t expected to be a problem, so the scoring average should be around even par. It is also worth noting that neither wave will have much of an advantage. It will be hard to fade Spieth on his “home” course playing this well, so assume he will be a part of lineups.
PGA DFS Picks for Round 2 of Charles Schwab Challenge
- Collin Morikawa ($9.900): Another day, and another two strokes gained with Morikawa’s approach shots. It is so hard to fade him, even if the putting isn’t great. When the puts are coming easy, though, he can have one of the best rounds in the field.
- Daniel Berger ($9.100): With another front row seat to Spieth’s greatness, Berger put together a solid round of golf. Although he couldn’t get as many putts to drop as Spieth, Berger did gain strokes everywhere else. In fact, he gained more on approach shots and tee shots than Spieth; things are looking up in that regard. Berger’s price has come down quite a bit from his week-long cost, so this is certainly a good time to jump in.
- Andrew Putnam ($6,600): Known as one of the better putters on tour, Putnam struggled in that department today. He lost about a third of a stroke putting, but his irons are in form, with over 1.5 shots in Round 1. Anyone would gladly sign up for a repeat performance to go along with a hot putter tomorrow.
Sneaky Pick for the Round 2 Showdown
- Troy Merritt ($6,500): It was a few weeks ago when our own Ben Rasa started to toss in Merritt’s name. He hasn’t disappointed with a couple of top-10s in his last four starts, so he is putting himself in position again after Round 1 with all parts of his game seemingly on fire. There is no need to fade that type of form heading into Round 2.
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