Recapping The Players, Prepping Your for the Byron Nelson
All the work Webb Simpson did in the first three rounds of The Players Championship made for an uneventful finish to PGA’s unofficial 5th major. While much of the world’s best teed it up at Sawgrass, the final leaderboard had a mixture of familiar and lesser known players, but not a lot of early favorites.
Tiger Woods continues to keep his name in the headlines, as his 11 under par had him just outside the top 10. His impressive performance should serve him well as he gears up for The US Open on the schedule in about a month.
Sunday Dramatics Despite the Blowout
Simpson would have needed to implode like no other PGA player to lose his enormous lead on Sunday. Despite this all-but assured victory, a variety of players shot some low scores in the fourth round to spice up the excitement for daily fantasy contests.
Jason Day couldn’t quite make it back-to-back trophies, though his -4 final round helped him put up 109 points in the FanDuel four-day contest. Justin Thomas finished tied for 11th, saving his daily fantasy weekend with a strong -6 to cap off the tournament. Rickie Fowler had the most buzz prior to Thursday, but had a disastrous time in the early going, finding himself cut after play concluded Friday, logging a mere 30.5 points on DraftKings.
DFS impact players such as Xander Schauffele, Alex Noren, and Matt Kuchar all finished with a double digit number under par. Last week’s sleeper recommendations had mediocre performances, with Si Woo Kim, Tony Finau, and Bubba Watson finishing just under par for the four rounds.
Less Players Attending Byron Nelson Classic
Formerly one of the prestigious events on tour, The AT&T Byron Nelson will see a thin field in attendance this year. The primary reason may be because the event will be held at a new location after 35 years at Las Colinas. Though the Trinity Forest Golf Club will host the tournament the next four years, many of golf’s greatest will be taking the week off from the less than familiar course to get themselves in line for the upcoming US Open.
Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth will try their luck at the Dallas course, however. Both players can be drafted for top dollar on DraftKings and FanDuel, with Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, and Billy Horschel rounding out the list of pre-tournament favorites. Mark Leishman, Jimmy Walker, and Adam Scott are some emerging names of interest. All have been playing well as of late and could represent a solid second tier option.
Hidden Values Deep in the Draft
DFS players will have a challenge rounding out their lineups this weekend since only 12 of the world’s top 50 will be competing. This weekend will give a chance for players such as Kevin Na, James Hahn, and Graeme McDowell the chance to make a name for themselves as reliable starts in FanDuel and DraftKings contests.
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