A thrilling two rounds in the desert sets the stage for a fantastic weekend. Not only are the world’s best within an earshot of contention, but a plethora of big names fill up the causing pack. The action continues as showdown slates takes over. DraftKings is offering up a slate best $50,000 to first place for Round 3. This quick-hitter article will give a few stats from Rounds 1 and 2, some PGA DFS picks, and best DFS Golf lineup advice for Round 3 Showdown contests.
PGA DFS Golf Picks: WM Phoenix Open Open Round 3
Rounds 1-2 Recap
A fantastic set up over the first two days at TPC Scottsdale, as in form golfers were able to score, while others, like Jordan Spieth, had to really battle to make the cut. But, with the cut-line and first place separated by just ten shots and the top 10 and cut line only separated by five shots, it sets the stage for a thrilling weekend.
Adam Hadwin would pick up where he left off on Thursday, putting well and playing solidity throughout his bag in the morning. Sahith Theegala, however, the overnight leader, would start his day, which was finishing round one, with a few bogeys, before going on a tear in round two with a seven-under 64 on the day. Patrick Cantlay is also making the best of his first trip to the desert, as he shot a second straight score in the mid-60s, with a five-under 66 today, and sits just three back of Theegala heading into the weekend.
Xander Schauffele and defending champion Brooks Koepka would be the standouts in the PM Wave, as both would get themselves into position for a weekend run for the second straight year. Schauffele will have to navigate a Covid- positive test in his came, however, while Koepka just has his blonde hair holding him back.
The WM Phoenix Open Rounds 1-2 Stat Recap
Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Jon Rahm
- Max Homa
- Cameron Young
- Abraham Ancer
- J.T. Poston
Strokes Gained Approach
- Bubba Watson
- Doug Ghim
- Brooks Koepka
- Jon Rahm
- Justin Thomas
Strokes Gained Around the Green.
- Xander Schauffele
- Adam Scott
- Lucas Glover
- Russell Henley
- Sahith Theegala
Strokes Gained Putting
- Patrick Cantlay
- Kevin Kisner
- Rory Sabbatini
- Charley Hoffman
- Billy Horschel
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Best PGA DFS Golf Picks Today for DraftKings Showdown
Although it should be obvious, it bears worth repeating the North Course played three shots easier than the South Course today. Targeting golfers that play that course should be a given, so here are a few golfers playing there tomorrow, outside of Rahm.
- Bubba Watson ($8,700): After quite a lengthy layoff, Watson is back and looks well-rested. After a second-place finish last week in Saudia Arabia, the Scottsdale resident is back at home and playing well. Thru two rounds, he’s leading the field in strokes gained on the approach and is even gaining slightly with the putter. The putter has always been his nemesis in his career, but when he’s in form, he typically stays that way. A perfect piece to start any lineup build with for round three.
- Abraham Ancer ($8,100): Flying way under the radar this week, Ancer continues the solid form he showed last week in the other desert. He’s getting it done this week with a good putter and a very solid OTT game but is still waiting for his irons to click. Once they do, and the putter stays hot, he could challenge the top of the leaderboard by the end of round three.
- Keith Mitchell ($7,700): This year, it’s been feast or famine for Mitchell, but when he makes the cut, he’s typically in contention and racking up points. After solid work tee to green the first two rounds, gaining over 4.5 strokes, Mitchell is ranked as one of the worst putters to have made the cut, losing almost two strokes with the flat stick. But, it’s something that has been able to catch fire here early on in this year, as to year’s past when that hasn’t been the case, helping him put his solid tee to green game to good use. Maybe that trend continues tomorrow in round three.
- Branden Grace ($7,300) With just two starts here, and two top 10s at this event, Grace can be in no form and still find a way to perform here at TPC Scottsdale. This week though, he isn’t just relying on his putter, as his approaches and around the green work have both been admirable thru the first two rounds. Now, if he can find a few more fairways on Saturday, and flip the driver to either positive strokes gained or at least matching the field, then Grace should be able to find himself on the first page of the leaderboard at the end of the day.
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