Sitting just two shots out of the lead heading into round three of the Sony Open, Michael Gellerman finds himself in both a great position and a spot of uncertainty. Finding your way as a PGA Tour rookie is never an easy thing, and a strong early-season performance would go a long way for Gellerman. As a past winner on The Korn Ferry Tour, Gellerman has shown he can play well on the weekend when the pressure is magnified. The question remains can Gellerman make the leap from The Korn Ferry Tour to golf’s biggest stage. Averaging 2.29 DK showdown points over the first two rounds, Gellerman stands out as one of the better point per dollar players over the first two rounds of play. Still priced below 7k for Saturday’s slate, Gellerman could be a player that once again performs well in comparison to the price. Playing in only his 3rd Saturday PGA Tour round Gellerman will have the challenge of playing near the lead for the first time this season.
Windy conditions played a strong factor over the first two days of the Sony Open. Overall the tee time split favored the late/early wave by almost three shots. Zach Johnson played well this week despite playing in the tougher of two draws. This former Sony Open Champion starts the season strong as he looks to put a disappointing 2019 season in the review mirror. Averaging 2.02 DK Showdown points per hole over the first two days, Johnson will look to build on an excellent start to this year’s Sony Open. WIth ownership less than 10% over the first two days, Johnson has gone largely unnoticed and could end up being sneaky play in both showdown and weekend slates. In nine career Saturday rounds at The Sony Open, Johnson owns a scoring average of 68.7 highlighted three rounds of 66 or better. Typically a strong wind player Johnson stands to be a strong factor in what will continue to be windy conditions for this week’s event.
It’s all quiet on the news front this week. Kevin Na and Aaron Baddeley are the only two players to take a pass on this week’s event. Good luck this week grinders, ResultsDb will be up and running shortly after lock. Please check back to see how your lineups stack up against the field.
For the second straight week, players will have to deal with what appears to be quite a bit of wind. Kevin Roth’s weather report is up in the main forum and it looks like the only edge we have in terms of weather is to lean towards golfers who play better in the wind. With wind speeds expected to reach 30 mph on both Thursday and Friday conditions should be the same for everyone in the field. Typically in windy conditions, you like to target players who not only hit it very solid but those who also can flight golf shots lower if needed. I typically lean towards golfers who also grew up playing this style of golf, for example, golfers who played in Texas and or Australia often come to mind in a windy environment. Overall the wind conditions could limit the normally low scores we see on this course.
Even though The Sony Open is actually the 14th event of the 2020 season, players use the downtime between the wrap around season and the start of the new year to implement equipment changes. Kevin Tway announced today that he has signed a multi-year deal with Wilson Golf. The deal calls for Tway to play irons and wedges. Hoping to have the same success that fellow Wilson staff member Gary Woodland had when making the switch last season, Tway will look to improve on year in which he missed making it to The Tour Championship by one spot. Equipment changes at this time of year are typically not something to be worried about, as players have plenty of time to tweak equipment to their liking.
For those new to DFS golf, Charles Howell is the type of player many in the industry like to target early in the season. For whatever reason, Howell typically plays his best golf from now until the end of March. This week’s Sony Open is a place that Howell has played well for a very long period of time. Howell has made all of his 18 cuts at this event highlighted by 10 top ten or better finishes. In his last 40 rounds at Waialae Country Club Howell has only failed to break par 3 times. For those of you looking to gain an edge at Showdown slates, Howell has posted 15 rounds of 66 ( 4 under ) or better in his last 10 starts at The Sony Open. Currently projected at around 11% ownership, Howell is a player that feels somewhat overlooked this week.
Kevin Na has withdrawn from The Sony Open and will be replaced in the field by Vince Covello. Na did not play his best golf last week at The Sentry Tournament Of Champions, but at this time there is no injury news associated with his choice to pull out of this week’s event.
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