This is a quick-hitter column to show you the key stats needed to make informed PGA DFS picks for your DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy golf lineups. In this space, we’ll look for a few recommendations in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. For typical Showdown GPPs, DraftKings will offer upwards of $50,000 to first place for second- and third-round tournaments, and sometimes even up to $100,000 for the final-round. They also provide weekend-long contests that offer $25,000 to first place on average. FanDuel has even tried to get into the weekend-long and final-round contests, offering $10,000 and $5,000 to first place in their PGA DFS Showdown contests. Let’s take a look at PGA DFS picks for Round 2 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Round 2 PGA DFS Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Previous Round Recap
Coming off a year where it ranked the hardest course on the PGA Tour, Bay Hill was back and rearing its head again as the golfers struggled at the start. However, the familiarity around these tracks prevailed in Round 1 for both Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau, who led the morning wave with scores of 66 and 67, respectively. Jason Kokrak was the lone man at 68 from the morning wave. On a day where the stroke average was well over par, it’s very encouraging to see their games coming into form. Victor Perez found his putter in Round 1 and led three other golfers at 69 from the morning wave. Other notable rounds were turned in by Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth, Lanto Griffin and Tommy Fleetwood.
I thought McIlroy’s lead would be rather safe given that this wave’s player pool was a bit weaker than the morning wave. Corey Conners got out to a fast start, going 6 under through his first eight; a bogey on the 18th, his ninth hole of the day, sent him to the front nine at 5 under. He got it to 7 at one point before falling back to 6 to tie McIlroy. Byeong Hun An and Sebastian Munoz were able to find every part of their game in Round 1, and they matched Kokrak at 68.
Quick Hitter Round 1 Stat Recap
Conners gained over 5 1/2 strokes on his approaches today in Round 1, the most of any golfer this year — according to the PGA Tour communications Twitter account. While that’s an impressive feat, I can’t imagine it will continue all four days. If you are looking for a more balanced approach, all of the following golfers gained strokes in all four measured categories:
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Byeong Hun An
- Sebastian Munoz
- Martin Laird
- Viktor Hovland
- Cameron Tringale
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General Strategy and Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA DFS Picks
The toughest conditions aren’t expected to come until Saturday, but we’ll see a perfectly sunny and warm day for Round 2. It should promote ideal scoring conditions, but with how the course is set up this week, nothing will be easy. Fairways and greens are paramount, as the rough around the greens seems to be incredibly penal.
PGA DFS Picks for Round 2 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational
- Bryson DeChambeau ($9,900): He has a game plan this week. And when DeChambeau starts to execute it, he’s almost impossible to beat. Surprisingly, DeChambeau led the field in driving accuracy after Round 1, hitting 78% of his fairways; that’s a scary sight since he is also top 10 in distance. There is a distinct price difference from McIlroy, and that should make it easier to build a more balanced lineup.
- Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,300): Typically relying on accuracy off the tee to get it done, Fitzpatrick only hit 50% in Round 1 but was still able to hit 83% of his greens. That is pretty impressive given the fact that the rough length seems to be up this year. I think the driver improves tomorrow morning and he’s able to gain a bit more control and put it closer tomorrow. Fitzpatrick should be able to move closer to Conners and McIlroy by days end, setting himself up for a chance to win over the weekend.
- Byeong Hun An ($7,100): Known for his tee to green game, An just has to match the field with his putter, and he’ll start gaining strokes against the field at a very high rate. Playing near his home course, Hun An should be the most comfortable on these greens than anyone else, and that showed in Round 1. Let’s see if he can back it up for Round 2.
Sneaky PGA DFS Pick for Round 2
Lucas Glover ($6,800)
Speaking of needing puts to go down, Glover battled his way to an even-par day that featured four birdies and four bogeys. His ball striking looks to be back, and now his putter and short game have to follow. The same trend seemed to start last week as well. Perhaps instead of going backward here in Round 2, Glover can catch that hot putter and move up the leaderboard. He goes out in the morning along with An and Fitzpatrick.
DraftKings and FanDuel Genesis Invitational Lineup Fill-Ins
- Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland
- Jordan Spieth ($9,200)
- Justin Rose ($7,500)
- Tyler Duncan ($6,000)
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