2018 THE PLAYERS PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
Jason Day sure wanted to make the Wells Fargo Championship interesting with some leaky play from tee to green, but his around the green form made up for it and led to his two stroke win. After going out to a three stroke lead before entering Sunday’s round, Day made some mistakes in his round that eventually was reduced to being tired with Aaron Wise. However, he found enough juice left in the tank and survived the Green Mile. This week, he looks to continue his 2018 success in Ponte Vedra at the Players and against an outstanding field.
Paul Casey’s late withdraw means 49 of the OGWR 50 will be in attendance this week, putting us in a good spot for DraftKings tournaments. A large amount of coverage every day makes finding you cash, GPPs and just guys you want to watch much easier to stomach Adam Scott’s:
- Shot 2 to 3 feet, 6 inches
- Shot 3 to 4 feet, 1 inches, 7 feet 7 inches
- Shot 4 to 2 feet, 6 feet 1 inch
- Shot 5 in the hole
Justin Rose, $9100 – Rose still hasn’t won on tour this year, but it has to happen, right? There really hasn’t been a big-time tournament where Rose hasn’t at least crept into the conversation. His OTT game is strong and his approach game is equally fire. He’s 8-of-8 in cuts made this year and still isn’t getting major respect. He actually went down over $2k in price since the Arnold Palmer Invitational and that includes a 12th place finish at the Masters. His game is in better shape than it was last year when he min-cut, making it 3-of-4 cuts made including a fourth in 2014.
Matt Kuchar, $7800 – Not sure what else Kuchar has to do at this point outside of win to get more respect in bigger tournaments, but he again sits in “hard to ignore” dollar value. The former Players champ hasn’t missed a cut this season (again) and still being left behind. For his price tag, you don’t need Kuchar to win, you just need him to him to be around on the weekend aka what Kuchar does. He has always had success in Pete Dye tracks like the Travelers and the Heritage, why should you doubt that wouldn’t continue this week?
Zach Johnson, $7500– Zach Johnson is 12-of-13 in making cuts. Re-read that. Only Marty Kaymer has a better on record at the Players at this point. Did I mention that he’s 12-for-12 this year in cuts made? What about him gaining the most strokes total in one tournament since 2012? ZJ isn’t going to “wow” you off the tee, but every other part of his game is way too good to ignore right now. He’s eighth in SG: Ball-striking his last 12 rounds and 21st straight up in approach. Throw in he’s second in proximity overall to go with ninth from 150-175 and 22nd in 200+, it doesn’t matter he’s not hitting it far, it matters he’s hitting close and accurately.
Webb Simpson, $7300– If there’s a round that Simpson could point to and say it might have changed his career, his round last year at the Players might have been it. He was able to gain strokes putting after being notorious for his struggles on the green. Since then, Webb has turned into a model of consistency for a guy who was thought to be done. This year Simpson has made 11-of-13 cuts including 7 top 25s and 4 top 10s, yet he’s featured in the low $7ks again. If you’re looking lower than this for most of your teams this week, you’re not going to be finding more bang for buck past Webb. A major winner that has proven his game to be solid this year on a track that should suit his eye.
Overall, this should be a fun week to enjoy golf. If a 6/6 lineup gets through, you’re going to be looking at some greener screens than usual as there will most definitely be a name or ten that don’t make the weekend. The warm weather looks to have hit the US in all places so hopefully some good golf can jump start the summer and lead us into some higher bank rolls.