After his play and subsequent withdrawal from last week’s Northern Trust, there was a strong doubt that Tiger Woods would play again this year. Tiger played nine holes this morning in the Pro-Am and appears on track to play in The BMW Championship. Tiger will have a press conference after the round, so we should know more about the state of his game later today. The big if’s surrounding Tiger’s game has more to do with health than skill, so if he can play this week there is a chance that the defending Tour Champion from last year can make a return to East Lake. Currently ranked in the 38th position in this year’s race, Tiger will need a good week to advance in the playoffs. Tiger has the track record at this course and knowing that he has to hit less than driver seems to be a perfect fit for his game at the moment. With both a discount in price and low projected ownership, Tiger if healthy could be a great GPP option for the week.
Slow play has been an issue on The PGA Tour for many years. Thanks to the advent of social media it’s become a lot easier for PGA Tour players to vent how they feel about the issue of slow play. This past weekend Bryson DeChambeau took some heat both on and off the course for his very deliberate style of play. In a post-round press conference, DeChambeau took offense to the issue by standing behind the way he plays the game. While many players were critical of DeChambeau he did not quite get the harsh treatment that J.B. Holmes received at The Open Championship. Already a five-time winner on tour, DeChambeau is possibly the biggest name associated with the slow play issue. After meetings with players such as Brooks Koepka, DeChambeau has decided to try and improve the pace of his play. Looking to take the high road, DeChambeau took to Instagram to vow an improvement to the issue at hand. Hopefully, DeChambeau can put this behind him as he prepares to try and make this year’s Presidents Cup team.
If you are new to DFS golf, or to just golf in general than you might not associate the game of Vaughn Taylor to that of a player worthy of making a Ryder Cup Team. With a win during the 2005 season and 17 top 25 seasons in the 2005 and 2006 seasons combined Taylor played in the 2006 Ryder Cup team as a captain’s pick. Since that time Taylor has done little to earn that type of recognition in his game. Currently, in the 62nd position in this year’s FedEx Cup race, Taylor will need a special week if he hopes to make a trip to East Lake for the first time. Entering this week with having made 8 straight cuts including 4 top 20 or better showings, Taylor is a player that has consistently outperformed his price. With yet another low price tag for this week’s BMW Championship, Taylor sits near the top in terms of Pt/$/K in our projection model for the week. Looking to have his best season in quite some time, Taylor is in a good spot to once again be a top value option for the week.
After only two short months of time together, Jason Day has decided to part ways with caddie Steve Williams. Searching for answers Day hired Williams ahead of The U.S. Open with hopes of turning his game back into the right direction. Day will have longtime friend David Lutterus on the bag this week at The BMW Championship. Currently, in the 50th position in this year’s FedEx Cup race, Day will have to play very well if he hopes to make it to East Lake next week. With, The Presidents Cup team also on his mind, Day currently sits one spot out of an automatic bid to make the team. This former number one player in the world will have plenty to play for his week as he prepares to keep his 2019 season alive.
Kevin Na has decided to take a pass on The BMW Championship. Currently ranked outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings Na’s 2019 season is over. He will not be replaced in the field.
A pretty good storm moved through the New Jersey area late on Wednesday afternoon. The grounds crew will be able to get the course ready for round one tee times, but due to damage that occurred to spectator areas the gates for The Northern Trust will not open on time. Early morning golfers will play with no spectators as the gates will not open until 10. Players like Rory and Tiger will play close to nine holes before they see any spectators. For now, it appears the course is ready to go and there is no other major news to report. ResultsDB will be up shortly after roster lock. Good luck this week Grinders!!!!
Vaughn Taylor ended up being one of the more popular golfers in cash game formats for last week’s Wyndham Championship. While his top 40 finish did not exactly exceed the expectations needed to pay off his salary, Taylor’s play did very little in terms of hurting your lineups. Priced-down in this strong field, Taylor is a player you can look for as a source of salary relief for the week. Looking to play his way into next week’s BMW Championship, Taylor will need a made cut and a decent finish if he hopes to improve his current ranking ( 63rd) in this year’s FedEx Cup race. Taylor has made 8 straight cuts since the start of May and with 4 of those finishes coming inside the top 25 or better this former Ryder Cup member could end up being a sneaky point per dollar play for the week.
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