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DraftKings is offering 10K to first place for tomorrow’s Round 2 slate.
- Scoring Numbers:
- Round 1- 70.23
- One lone eagle was made in the round by Marc Leishman
- Bogey Free Rounds:
- Bryson Dechambeau
- Xander Schauffele
Another perfect day of golf awaits the these 3o golfers
Round One Commentary
Justin Thomas lackluster round one performance brings an entire slew of golfers into the mix. Eleven golfers are within five now, whereas only three were there to start the day. This EXACTLY what the PGA Tour was looking for, and exactly what I hoped to see as well. Scoring was rather tight as the greens are not nearly as receptive as last week, much firmer and faster. Thus, not as many irons shots close to the hole, and subsequently not many birdies.
The scoring average was just a hair over par. Brooks Kopeka battled back from a weird situation on the front nine where he hit an errant drive hit a parked golf cart and went back into a water hazard, but he prevailed with a hot approach game and is tied for the lead. Xander Schauffele is trying to make a big-time name for himself here this week, and his iron game looks almost too hot, gaining just about three strokes on the day, adding another 1.5 thru the tee ball and around the green.
Patrick Cantlay, however, couldn’t make up ground, but that was only due to his short game, losing FOUR STROKES on the day. Horrendous. Got to be his worst of the year. That hopefully changes tomorrow with not as many cameras following him. He leads the SG BS Vs. SG P category. He’s joined by some familiar faces in Paul Casey, Gary Woodland, Tommy Fleetwood, and a bit of a surprise for the last Jon Rahm, who had been riding a hot putter coming in. Look for that to turn around on Friday.
Round Two Showdown Picks
Jon Rahm ($10,000)
With so much meat above him, and priced third highest in the slate I think we get a bit of an ownership discount for a guy that gained 2.7 strokes ball striking in round one. Usually, that type of form for Jon Rahm doesn’t disappear, so we’ll bet on him having a nice recovery with the putter, maybe a slight adjustment to his pace overnight will serve him well.
Stud or Value Pick outside of the Top 10
Gary Woodland ($7,200)
I rolled with Gary in a lot of crucial spots this week and highlighted in my 30/30 leaderboard article on why I did so. He said last week he found something in his game on Saturday, and the results have followed. Everyone is home happy and healthy in the Woodland family so he can go worried about making birdies. He gained just over 2.5 strokes ball-striking today.
Sneaky Pick Outside of top-10
Charles Howell III ($6,200)
I actually like a bunch of these names down here including Sungjae Im, Corey Conners, Kevin Kisner, & even Abraham Ancer. I listed Howell only because I think he’ll get the lowest ownership of the above-listed players. He relied on his putter a little bit today, but he also had a couple of sloppy bogeys so that should wash itself out over tomorrow’s round.
Paul Casey ($7,100)