With just a few minutes to the first major of 2020 there is no news to report. The weather could be a factor in terms of affecting play, as winds could be strong on Thursday afternoon. ResultsDB will be up and running a few minutes after lock. Good luck this week Grinders!!!
As we get closer to the first round of The PGA Championship, it appears that there could be an edge to have in terms of a weather draw. With winds expected to pick up throughout the day, the afternoon draw on Thursday could potentially have the worst of things. Friday could have a similar pattern, but for now, it appears the worst of the wind could happen after lunch during today’s first round. If you are looking for a tie-breaker on a golfer this week for the classic slates, then weather could be used to break that tie. Overall if you like a player who plays late on Thursday, then the weather draw should not exclude you from playing that golfer. Thursday afternoon should be harder, but as we have seen in the past there can still be good rounds on the wrong side of the draw. Late week projected ownership numbers show a decreased interest in players with the worse perceived draw, so there is also a chance you can gain an edge by mixing in some of the golfers from the late wave on Thursday and hope the weather forecast misses. Perhaps the safest way to gain an edge this week using weather would be to stack the early wave in Thursday showdown slates.
For the second straight week, Vaughn Taylor has decided to withdraw from a tournament. A nagging rib injury will keep Taylor sidelined at least another week. Taylor has been replaced in the field by Alex Noren. At this late of a junction, we could see Noren added to the round 2 showdown slate, but should not expect to see him in any full week contests
Matthias Schwab is a value-priced golfer worth looking at this week. Schwab was a popular pick for many golfers at The Memorial a few weeks ago but was unable to make the cut on what turned out to be a very difficult course. Currently ranked inside the top 80 in the world, Schwab showed he could bounce back with a strong top 35 finish at the 3M Championship and then followed that up with a 3rd place finish at last week’s Bermuda Championship. Considered a good young talent by many in the world of golf, Schwab should have plenty of confidence heading into this week. Priced near the bottom on DK and at absolute rock bottom price on FD, Schwab could end up being a strong option in terms of salary relief for the week.
After failing to play well for the second time since the restart with a lead on a Sunday, it will very easy to cross Brendon Todd off your player list ahead of the year’s first major. Currently trending towards a very low ownership number for the week, it appears most in the industry are comfortable making the assumption that Todd will struggle after his letdown last week. Despite his poor showing on Sunday, Todd is still having a fabulous season and as a great driver of the golf ball, he should have a chance of playing well again this week. Perspective is a powerful thing, and despite his poor showing down the stretch last weekend, Todd has already overcome so much to be at this point. Looking to put his bad week in the review mirror Todd could be a low owned difference-maker for the week.
As one of the more active PGA Tour players on social media, Ian Poulter is a great follow if you are looking to gain some insight into the world of professional golf. Poulter went live on Instagram earlier today to give us a bit of insight into how Harding Park could play this week. With much talk about how the rough will play for the years first major, Poulter hit a couple of shots with a five iron from the rough. While one lie was decent, the other just a few feet away was pretty awful. The major takeaway is that you want to keep it in the fairway for the week. Golfers will not always get good lies in the rough, and stronger players could have an advantage in terms of muscling out of certain lies.
Having not played since the canceled Players Championship in March, Adam Scott is the last golfer ranked inside the top 30 in the world to make a return to the tour since the COVID outbreak. Historically a player we look to attack in major championships, Scott is flying a bit under the radar this week. Currently projected to have a sub 7% ownership, Scott could end up being a difference-maker given his very affordable price tag across the industry. While there is a legitimate concern of where his game could be entering this week after a long layoff, Scott has the talent to crush his price for the week, making him a very intriguing leverage choice in large field GPP’s.