PGA GOLF: $8,000+ PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Second major for 2019, top 100 golfers in the world – dfs golf doesn’t get much better than this!
We got burnt last week by Sungjae Im at the Byron Nelson so it’s bounceback time at one of the hardest courses on the PGA rotation.
This Bethpage Black course is a monster 7425yd Par 70 that requires length and accuracy off the tee, then solid long irons and hybrid’s on approach to all be on song for four days to even have a chance of competing.
I normally do like to take putters in these majors but with the course likely to play even longer than normal with the mid-week rain making tee shot run less of a factor, the priority here is for guys who will have a chance at an approach shot that could lead to birdie.
All six of these guys are teeing off AM/PM which I’ve spied has a little advantage weather wise with some rain forecast Friday morning. It’s a small advantage that may not even materialise but these tournaments always come down to small edges.
Henrik Stensen ($16,800): He can’t putt to save his life at the moment but he his price reflects his recent putting form not his career putting. One of the best ball strikers in the field, so he should be able to get the ball to the green at least without too much worry relative to the field. Can’t be as bad with the flat stick as he has been. Likes Poa as well (18th in field SG Putting).
Adam Scott ($17,200): Scotty’s Saturday at Augusta was genuinely heartbreaking. No one hits it like Scott can when he is on and he could have turned 2 or 3 shots clear heading into Sunday had the putter been on. It was off. Way off. But Scott loves Poa relative to the other US surfaces (14th overall on Poa compared to 68th all surfaces) so I’m going back to him here hoping for a hot putter.
Sergio Garcia ($16,900): No real weakness here from Sergio, hits it long, is ranked #7 SG: Aproach in this field, and he has solid course history here so the confidence will be high. Most of all the price is right.
Tommy Fleetwood ($17,900): Hasn’t had a big win in the US but is never far away. Ranked #16 Ball Striking, #17 Off The Tee, #12 Around The Green’s and his putting is also pretty reliable as well. Just a really quality, balanced player who has the length and ball striking capabilities we are looking at.
Tiger Woods ($23,000): At his price, with this salary cap, Tiger is both very affordable and likely to go relatively underowned. There is just so much big-hitting quality below him and it is very difficult for coaches to take both Woods and another one of the superstars. If Tiger can drive the ball well he will top 5 here no problems whatsoever.
Troy Merritt ($8,000): Ranked #11 in Proximity 200+ yards which will be a really key stat in this tournament. Going off early which I liked and has the length to give himself the chance on the greens. Should be 1-3% owned and has a solid chance of making it to Saturday which is all we want from this price range.
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