PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done & DraftKings (FedEx St. Jude Classic)

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Updated: June 10, 2015
TPC Southwind

FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC

TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee

David Lingmerth was able to buck the trend of established world-class players winning The Memorial Tournament as he took down Justin Rose in what turned out to be a 3-hole sudden-death playoff on Sunday evening. Rose let a 3-shot lead slip away early in the final round and never really got it going in an even par round. The BLS picks for the week were mediocre as both Kuchar and Tiger made the cut, but did next to nothing on the weekend. There was also some tough luck for R-O  as he lost a 19-1 Justin Rose win bet in another playoff. Adding insult to injury, the BLS DraftKings squads were 1 player away from making a killing on the weekend (it didn’t happen – review below). The Tour now moves to Memphis where the field is typically not as strong as other events as players head to the U.S. Open site early to prepare for next week’s major championship.

TPC Southwind, although demanding and one of the top-15 hardest courses on Tour, will not offer much of a glimpse of the conditions players will be facing next week at Chambers Bay. The 7,239 yard par 70 course in Memphis actually played as the hardest non-major par 70 on the PGA Tour schedule last season for the second time in 3 years. The narrow fairways at TPC Southwind usually give the players a challenge close to hitting normal U.S. Open fairways, but Chambers Bay is not the typical U.S. Open course. Ball striking and scrambling should be at a premium this week (as it will be next week) and accuracy off the tee will probably be more important than driving distance. That could change with softer conditions as we once again have inclement weather in the forecast in Western Tennessee. Here’s how our guys see the FedEx St. Jude Classic going down on the eve of the U.S. Open.

 

G McR-O‘s Pick — George McNeill – (42-1)

My Tiger Woods hunch last week was clearly wrong, although I think he’s much closer to finding his game than most people think. After all, he found a way to make the cut while not being able to get off the tee at all. This week in Memphis I’ll go with a little more consistent player these days and take George McNeill. The 2-time PGA Tour winner has had a great run lately with a T-5th at Colonial and a T-13th at The Memorial. He has also had top-20s in 5 of his last 7 starts. Hopefully McNeill can continue the hot play at the FedEx St. Jude and find his way into contention on the weekend. Check my twitter for win bets in Memphis.

PhilFOX‘s Pick – Phil Mickelson – (16-1)

Boy oh boy, another Sunday to forget for last week’s golfer, Matt Kuchar. Kuuccchh!! played well enough leading into Sunday and could have even turned in a top ten, but he decided to forget how to strike a golf ball come Sunday. I’m going back to the well on a tried and true golfer in Phil Mickelson this week. The older guys like Phil get, the more important Major tournaments and Major tournament preparation becomes. Phil is notorious for rounding his game into shape just before the US Open and nothing will change this week for the St. Jude. The reason I make this a bonafide play is because of Phil’s particular track record of late at TPC Southwind.  He took a T-2nd in 2013 and a T-11th last year. I would save him to complete his career Grand Slam next weekend, but I’m not convinced his game is quite ready for a Major win. We’ll know after Sunday of this week though, won’t we?
Last Week Review:

THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

TigerR-O’s Pick — Tiger Woods – (31-1)

Finish: 71st ($12,276)

Fantasy Season Standing: 29th

Kuchar

 

FOX’s Pick — Matt Kuchar – (31-1)

Finish: 26th ($45,880)

Fantasy Season Standing: 11th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Busch League Sports DraftKings Lineups: FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC

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DraftKings Review: THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

We were all set up for a huge week at The Memorial, then one of the most consistent players on Tour, Justin Thomas, shot 4-over-par on Friday and missed the cut by 2 shots. It’s hard to criticize a player who has done so much good work for us this season, but had he just kept it together we would have probably cashed in all our DraftKings contests. As it played out, we cashed in one double up game and were literally a few points from doubling our money with the other squad. Tough luck once again, let’s get it back this week.

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