The last major tournament of the season went pretty close to how I expected it to last week, with all of my top 6 picks making the cut and performing fairly well. Jason Day, my highest priced recommendation, got the win by 3 stokes at Whistling Straights and set a PGA Championship record with his 20 under par tournament. Bubba and Matsuyama didn’t really perform as well as I had hoped, but Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed had really solid tournaments despite playing in the afternoon on Day 1, which turned out to be the one bad session of the tournament.
This week the PGA moves to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship, which is the final tournament of the PGA season. There are several players in the tournament who are on the bubble with regards to finishing in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup Standings and earning their spot in the playoffs. This will add some extra drama to the tournament, as players try to earn those valuable points to bump themselves into the playoffs.
DraftKings.com is back with some more big tournaments this week. They don’t really compare to the Millionaire Maker from last week, but you can still win a pretty penny with the right lineups. DraftKings is running a $3 entry Drive The Green contest with $400,000 in guaranteed prize pool. It’s also the last chance for any PGA fantasy buffs to earn their spot in the $600,000 Fantasy Golf World Championship that takes place at the beginning of September.
Anyways, on to my top plays this week:
Brandt Snedeker $10,300
Snedeker is the second favourite to win this tournament according to Bet365.com, who has Snedeker listed at odds of 18/1, which is just behind Koepka at 14/1. DraftKings has Snedeker priced as the 4th most expensive player, a full $600 behind Scott and Matsuyama and $500 behind Koepka. Snedeker won at Wyndham in 2007 and has 3 top 10 finishes since. After a mediocre first two rounds at Whistling Straits last week, Snedker really found his game posting a -7 over the weekend to finish in 12th place with a -10 for the tourney. He’s in good form and should play well here again this week.
Justin Thomas $9,400
The young gun is playing very well of late. He followed up top 5 finishes at the John Deere Classic and Quicken Loans National with a 18th place finish last week at the PGA Championship. He can attack holes very well, which should bode well at Wyndham, a course that Thomas is very familiar with. Thomas is listed at 25/1 at Bet365.com this week, which makes his $9400 price tag very reasonable.
Will Wilcox $8,400
Wilcox has been playing great golf over the past month. He’s finished T8, 2nd, T21 and T10 in his last 4 tournaments on the PGA Tour and looks primed to get his first win. He is listed at 40/1 at Bet365.com, which makes him the 13th favourite for this tournament, while DraftKings has him priced as the 18th favourite. It’s always good to see a player under priced in this way.
Ollie Schniederjans $8,300
This pick is one I like despite the odds not showing Schniederjans as under priced at DraftKings. Schniederjans just took a week off, after missing the cut at the Barracuda Championship a couple weeks ago. Before that though, he had T22 and T15 finishes at the Canadian Open and the Quicken Loans National. I think Schniederjans is a rising star on Tour and he will be getting his first win sooner than later. Bet365.com has him listed at odds of 70/1 to win this week.
Boo Weekley $6,600
I think Boo is a pretty solid value play this weekend. He’s made the cut in his last 7 tournaments, and that includes a couple of top 10 finishes. Last week he finished T37 at the PGA Championship, and that includes a final round 75. On Saturday he shot a 65, which shows he does have the ability to shoot low rounds if he is putting well. At $6,600 he’s a decent play this week if you need some cheaper guys.
So there are my top 5 picks for this week’s PGA contests at DraftKings.com.
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