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PGA DFS: The BMW Championship Round 2 Showdown Spotlight for DraftKings and FanDuel | 8/27

Jason Rouslin

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DraftKings Showdown PGA DFS picks for Round 2 of the BMW Championship. Daily fantasy golf advice with Sungjae Im on Friday, 8/27/21.

The BMW Championship is underway, and daily fantasy golf Showdown contests take center stage as DraftKings is offering $50,000 to first place for tomorrow’s second-round slate. Be sure to check out Awesemo’s expert PGA DFS Showdown projections and ownership for The BMW Championship Round 2 daily fantasy golf slate.

PGA DFS Showdown Picks: BMW Championship Round 2

Previous Round Recap

Not much known about the course, other than the expectation that it would play easy, would give us that right off the bat. With a short par 4 and shorter par 5 to start the round, many would jump out to a two-under thru two days. Harold Varner would jump out early and was six-under thru 13, but he’d play the last five holes at one over to finish at five-under. There would be a whole pack there, including last week’s winner Tony Finau. 

They would end up three shots back of Sam Burns, who looked like he could do something special, starting eight-under thru 14 holes, but would play the last four holes at even. Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy would catch him, with Rory having a couple of shots down the stretch to take the round one lead by himself but failed to do so. Patrick Cantlay Abraham Ancer was the closest to the trio at eight under, shooting a six-under 66 on the day. That before Sergio Garcia would go on a run of his own thru his back nine and get it to seven-under with a couple of birdies on his closing holes. Cantlay opened with a 36 on the front and then caught fire on the back, shooting an inward 30 after missing his putt for 29.

Notables

Dustin Johnson seems to be rounding into form at the right time, firing an opening-round 67 after finally finding a replacement driver. Xander Schauffeele would also get to that number, as would Hideki Matsuyama and Keegan Bradley. Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth struggled in their opening rounds on the other end of the spectrum, shooting 72 and 71, respectively. Morikawa’s back injury seems to be really affecting his game, losing almost two strokes on his approaches and another 1.25 with his putter. It doesn’t look good.

For Spieth, signs look a little better as he was able to gain over a stroke on his approaches, but get this, lost over two on and around the green. That’s awful and one of his worst rounds in the category in quite some time. Emiliano Grillo would also bring his elite iron play to the forefront in round one, gaining almost four strokes don’t the day, while lost just shy of two strokes on and around the green.

Round 1 Stat Recap

A full day of play and a full set of statistics. The three at the top at one key difference, each gained over 2.25 strokes, putting the most among all golfers inside the top 10 to end day one, except for Patrick Cantlay, who gained over SIX on the day. Golfers that gained in all four facets of the game in round 1 were:

  • Sam Burns
  • Jon Rahm
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Sungjae Im

Strokes Gained Tee to Green

  1. Emiliano Grillo
  2. Sam Burns
  3. Joaquin Niemann
  4. Abraham Ancer
  5. Harold Varner
  6. Webb Simpson

Strokes Gained Off the Tee

  1. Bryson DeChambeau
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Charl Schwartzel
  4. Dustin Johnson
  5. Ryan Palmer
  6. Sungjae Im

Strokes Gained on the Approach

  1. Emiliano Grillo
  2. Cameron Smith
  3. Joaquin Niemann
  4. Carlos Ortiz
  5. Tony Finau
  6. Lucas Glover

Strokes Gained Around the Green

  1. Corey Conners
  2. Tom Hoge
  3. Mackenzie Hughes
  4. Sebastian Munoz
  5. Phil Mickelson

Strokes Gained Putting

  1. Patrick Cantlay
  2. Jon Rahm
  3. Rory McIlroy
  4. Sam Burns
  5. Erik Van Rooyen
  6. Keegan Bradley
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PGA DFS DraftKings Showdown Picks: Round 2 Slate Preview

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The BMW Championship Round 2 PGA DFS Picks

The course doesn’t have much disparity and not a lot of bogey holes either. With that, it really comes down to a putting fest for the longer hitters, how hot a good putter can get with their irons.

  • Brooks Koepka ($8,800) When Brooks has gotten his putter going lately, it’s resulted in good finishes. Well, today wasn’t any indication as he lost almost three strokes with his ball-striking. However, that’s unlikely to continue in Round 2, and if the putter stays hot, he can get right back in it with a good round on Friday. Plus, he had a significant decrease in daily salary, present a good chance to jump on board. For golfers priced under $9,000 in the second round slate, Koepka leads them in projected points. Check out the projection of the full field here.
  • Sungjae Im ($8,200) One of only six golfers in the first round to gain strokes in every facet of his game, Im’s trendline has been getting better over the last few weeks. He continues to get better each of the last two weeks. Earning a top 25 in each, including a tie for 16th at last week’s Northern Trust. If he can give himself a few more quality looks tomorrow and improve his iron play, he should maintain pace and stay in the top 10 of the event heading into the final two rounds.
  • Joaquin Niemann ($7,600) A bogey-free 68 looks pretty decent on the card, but when you see he lost almost two strokes with his short game, you know it could have been better. I know the short game hasn’t been good the last few weeks, but we need one round, not four. A good spot to bet on him, given the strength in his ball-striking right now.

Sneaky Pick for the BMW Championship Round 2 DraftKings Showdown

  • Phil Mickelson ($6,200) A-bomb and gouge course that rewards golfers hitting it far and posses a good short game seems to fit Phil’s thrill style. At this salary, he allows for lineup construction that can include two high-priced studs. Whether it’s chasing the form in Jon Rahm and another top-end stud or some variation, he will need to improve his ball striking, though especially if he wants to make a last-ditch effort at the Ryder Cup team, as he lost just about a stroke in that department in round one.

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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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