Defending a title on the PGA Tour is always a hard task. With nine birdies en route to an open round of 66 Xander Schauffele is in a good position to perhaps defend his title this week. For those playing the showdown slates, Schauffele looks to be a priority spend as he as absolutely dominated this course over his last five rounds. Including yesterday’s nine birdies, Schauffele has 31 birdies over his last five rounds at Sheshan International Golf Club. Joining Schauffele as an elite top-end spend for the round two showdown slate is Rory McIlroy. The current FedEx Cup champion made 8 birdies during round one redeeming himself from a very poor showing at last year’s event. When building showdown lineups it’s easy to fit one or both of these players in due to the amount of value the format provides.
The Asian leg of the PGA Tour comes to an end this week. It’s been nice having primetime golf, but I would guess all of the DFS Community is ready to have shot tracker back in a few weeks. Rosters lock in 30 minutes today so please make sure to edit any lineups that you may have set earlier in the week. You check back to see how your lineups stack up against the field as ResultsDB contest listed fifteen minutes after lock. As always we will post any late-breaking news before lock. Again roster lock is at 8:45 P.M. eastern time, so please get those rosters set.
A bad reputation is often a hard thing for a DFS player to overcome. Louis Oosthuizen has somewhat of a bad rap for withdrawing from events due to injury. If you can get over this type of view then adding Oosthuizen to your roster builds is a great way to gain upside for the week. With a proven track record of playing well at some of the biggest events in the world, Oosthuizen is a golfer we can look to as a great source of value this week. Looking at the price compared to talent and Oosthuizen really stands out even in a very talented field. Of the players in his price range, Oosthuizen is really one of the few players who you can say has the pedigree to win this type of event.
The former bad boy of The Chinese PGA Xin-Jin Zhang will look to build on a solid start to his 2020 PGA Tour season. Fresh off winning the money list on the Korn Ferry Tour, Zhang has started off this season with 4 out of 5 made cuts including 3 top 20 or better outings. Trending as a strong value option for the week, Zhang has played in this event the previous four seasons so he will have a bit of experience to rely on this week. Zhang relies on a steady type of game, but at his price tag we could see value crushed with a top 20 type finish.
Tony Finau did not exactly set the world on fire in his start at last week’s ZOZO Championship. At this point in his career, Finau will always garnish a fair share of ownership, and if there is always a chance that some in the community will not add this top 15 player in the world to a roster after last week’s disappointment. Finau narrowly missed getting his second career win at last year’s HSBC WGC event and has a great skill set to compete again this year. Finau is both long off the tee and great with his approach making him an ideal fit for Sheshan International Golf Club. Even at a high price tag, Finau has the type of game that can pay off his salary despite a top 10 type finish. In his two previous starts at this event, Finau has shot under par in six of his eight rounds. If you are not quite high on taking Finau in your builds this week, then there is always merit for attacking this golfer in showdown slates as he has a very high 28% birdie rate in his 8 rounds at this course.
Currently projected to have a sub 8% ownership Henrik Stenson is a player you can look to target in terms of GPP leverage this week. With so many other popular top-end spends to pick from in this field, Stenson is simply going to have less curb appeal than he probably should. In his last four starts at this event, Stenson has not finished worse than T25 including a pair of runner up showings. During that span, he has gained 40 shots tee to green and with 11 of his last 16 rounds at Sheshan International Golf Club falling at 70 or under Stenson has a great chance to be a difference-maker this week.
Bubba Watson is one of the few players on tour that plays his own style of golf. A self-taught artist that does things his own way Watson is without a doubt one of the more fascinating players to watch in the world of golf. If you have not seen the shot he hit during last week’s ZOZO Championship please do yourself a favor and google the shot, it’s well worth your time. Due to somewhat poor recent form, we find Watson priced somewhat low in comparison to his actual talent level. As a past winner of this event, Watson should garnish some interest this week and he stands out as a top player in our projection model in terms of Pt/$/K. Par 5 scoring has always been a key to playing Sheshan International Golf Club. When Watson won this event ( 2014), he played the par 5’s at 14 under par for the week. At his current price, Watson does not need a top-end finish for the week. A decent week of par 5 scoring and we could see Watson as the top overall play in terms of value for the last event of the Asian swing.
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