This column is a quick-hitter article to give you the stats you need to make informed PGA DFS picks for your DraftKings + FanDuel daily fantasy lineups and give you a couple of recommendations for the third round of the Bermuda Championship. On a typical Showdown contest, DraftKings will offer upwards of $50,000 to first for rounds 2 and 3 showdown and sometimes up to $100,000 for the final-round contests. They also provide weekend-long contests that have been offering $25,000 to first for most weekends. Lastly, FanDuel has also tried to get into the weekend-long and final-round contests, offering $10,000 and $5,000 to first.
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Previous Round Recap
We found out bright and early that the wind was going to be a factor, as one of the event’s favorites had the rare golf “Triple-Double” and was never able to recover. Ryan Armour was able to battle his way through the conditions and get in under par for the day and set the pace for the morning wave, as overnight leader Peter Malnati couldn’t navigate the wind nearly as well, shooting three over 74. The scoring average also skyrocketing from just slightly under 70 to above 73 today. Quite the difference, That pushed the cut to one over par, which still isn’t official because the afternoon wave wasn’t able to finish.
The rounds of the day were shot here as Kiradech Aphinbarnrat shot 66 & Denny McCarthy and Peter Uihlein both shot 67.
Speaking of the afternoon wave, this group saw some big moves from a lot of golfers that got to five under par and finished at -2 or worse, with one of them guaranteed to miss the cut and the other needing a birdie tomorrow morning just to make it. I’m talking about Tyler McCumber & Justin Suh. Also suffering the same fate was Will Gordon & Luke List, but both were able to stop their bleeding and are safely into the weekend.
Wyndham Clark was able to shoot one of the best rounds of the day, a two-under sixty-nine, as he had at all the way to ten under, but the two late bogeys sent him back to eight under, tied with Armour.
*Note: For some reason, the statistical feed is down for the tournament. However, if you go to the leaderboard on the PGA Tour website and click each individual player’s name, you can get Greens in Regulation, Driving Accuracy, Distance, and Putts per Greens in Regulation.
PGA DFS Slate Preview
TBD but likely around 8:00 am EST
- DraftKings is offering $20,000 to first and $60,000 guaranteed for the second-round slate.
- DK is also offering 10K to first and 40,000 guaranteed for the weekend-long slate.
- FanDuel is offering a 1K to first with 5K guaranteed for the week-long slate.
General Strategy and PGA DFS Picks
Not having a working feed is quite an annoyance when trying to compare golfers. It’s rather ancient how we have to go out about it in this day and age when betting is becoming more and more prevalent. Anyway, I’ll try my best to sift through the leaderboard and find some stats we can take into tomorrow’s round.
While winds are expected to be lesser tomorrow than today, it’s expected to shift entirely, and now today’s hard holes will be the easy ones and vice versa.
The last event that Wyndham had a chance to win was the Honda Classic last year. A grind it out tough event that had tons of wind in play and was more about controlling it off the tee and having a great short game. That’s exactly what Clark is doing here, as he’s only hit 43% of his fairways and 61% of his greens. But, he’s been able to use his strengths here the first two rounds, as the course played overly difficult with the wind today. That will, and did, nullify is poor iron play as Clark looks to win his first PGA Tour title.
Stud or Value Pick Outside the Top 10
Aaron Wise ($8,600)
Wise’s play has improved over the last month and a half with a couple of top 20 finishes. It’s still a bit erratic, but typically when he makes the cut, he makes it worth it. Sitting just four back of the top 10 and eight birdies through two rounds, Wise is a good bet to at least equal the field in terms of expected birdies, but we are playing on a strong weekend from the young man out of Oregon. I also like Luke List quite a bit in this range as well. He’d be in great shape if it weren’t for the triple bogey that derailed his round on 15.
Sneaky Pick Outside the Top 10
Will Gordon ($7,300)
Speaking of getting your round derailed, about the same time it happened to list, it happened to Gordon, who had all the way to five-under before going double, a bogey on 16 & 17. Still, what he’s shown us when he makes the weekend is that he ‘s typically able to score well. While turning in colorful cards, they usually wind up in a healthy return for investors. He’s hitting 83% of his greens this week, which is a fantastic sign. Even though he’s only hitting 36% of his fairways, that isn’t stopping him!
Luke List ($8,000)
Rasmus Hojgaard ($7,800)
Doug Ghim ($7,400)
Camilo Villegas ($6,600)
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