PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done & DraftKings (PGA Championship)

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Updated: August 12, 2015
Whistling

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Not too many people were touting up Shane Lowry prior to the Bridgestone Invitational last week, but the 28-year-0ld Irishman looked like one of the better players in the world down the stretch as he captured his first World Golf Championship and tournament title in America with the win in Akron. As a result, Lowry immediately became a member on the PGA Tour and we’ll likely see a lot more of him in America over the next couple of years at least. Team BLS had just about as good a week as Lowry in Akron as FOX catapulted himself into contention for the 2nd Fantasy One and Done season title with Bubba Watson taking a solo 2nd at Firestone. Although R-O is out of the title race – he also secured a top-10 with Henrik Stenson and guided the BLS DraftKings squad to a dominating performance in North East Ohio. The One and Done season ends this week as the best players in the world (and a few club professionals) head a few states to the West to Wisconsin and the gorgeous Straights Course at Whistling Straits for the season’s last major and Glory’s Last Shot.

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D.J.’s famous bunker is covered by a corporate tent this year.

The PGA Championship returns to the site of one of the most infamous endings in major championship history, where in 2010 Dustin Johnson ground his club in a bunker outside the ropes on the 72nd hole and subsequently took a 2 stroke penalty to miss out on a playoff at Whistling Straits. It was one of the cruelest rulings in golf history as spectators had trampled through all the bunkers outside of the ropes and those areas were not well-defined despite the warning posted prior to the tournament by the PGA of America. In a bit of irony, the PGA has covered most of that same bunker with a corporate tent this year at Whistling Straits, but once again like in 2010, all the bunkers on the course will be played as bunkers whether they are inside or outside of the ropes. The Straits Course at Whistling Straits, one of Pete Dye’s greatest creations, will play as a par 72 at around 7,500 yards this week. A number of blind tee shots will test the players’ driving abilities this week and greens in regulation will be key as scrambling has proven to be difficult in the first 2 PGA Championships held at the course. All of the golfers who finished in the top-10 in 2010 were inside the top-30 in greens in regulation for that week. Getting the ball in the fairway off the tee will be key to setting up good angles on approach shots to try to get the ball close to the pins on the rather large greens on the Straits Course. As is the case every single week on Tour, a hot putter will also go a long way toward a good finish. The weather forecast for the week looks good outside of a chance of rain on Friday. Temperatures should be in the 80s and the winds off of Lake Michigan could dry out the golf course and add more defense to a track that already has plenty of bad spots for a golf ball to settle in. It’s been a fantastic year for the majors in golf and we see no reason why that won’t continue this week as all the marquee players are in the field at Whistling Straits. Here’s how the BLS guys will attack the PGA Championship. ENJOY!

 

Paul caseyR-O‘s Pick — Paul Casey – (68-1)

Sadly, I won’t be finishing in the money for the 2nd half of the Fantasy Golf One and Done season. The writing has been on the wall for many weeks now – so all I have to play for is the individual weekly prize this last week of the contest. I’m hoping I’ll be the only one to pick Paul Casey at Whistling Straits this week. Paul has had a fantastic season as he has finally regained the form he had for most of the first decade of the 21st Century. Casey has done everything but win this year on the PGA Tour and without a win, I think there’s a decent chance he will slip under the radar this week. Paul has made 14 of 18 cuts, has six top-10s and also two 2nd place finishes in the 2014-2015 season as he currently sits at 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Casey’s season statistics also line up well at Whistling Straits as he’s 17th in total driving and 5th in greens in regulation on the PGA Tour. Couple those numbers with the fact that he finished in a tie for 12th at Whistling Straits in the 2010 PGA Championship and Paul Casey gets the nod for me as my last pick of the One and Done season. Check my Twitter for win bets at the season’s last major.

Rory 3FOX‘s Pick – Rory McIlroy – (10-1)

Luckily, I was the only player in our pool to grab Bubba “Shit Head” Watson last week and no one had Lowry. So, I grabbed $950K in player winnings and the sole weekly prize of $175.00. More importantly it catapulted me into 4th place overall and gives me a real shot for the all the marbles. I currently sit $888K in player earnings behind 1st place. If my golfer wins and the other fantasy players ahead of me take less than a top ten, I could very well hoist the 1st place trophy on Sunday. Here’s my rationale for taking Rory this week. He competed and nearly won on this track in 2010. There are concerns about his health and whether or not he’ll be rusty after an injury recently sidelined him for a number of weeks. So, I checked how he’s performed historically after lengthy breaks. He’s played quite well and shows no signs of rust. I thought long and hard about Henrik Stenson, but Henrik missed the cut on this track last time around and I have real concerns about his closing abilities. He never seems to make the big shots necessary to win on the big stage. I thought about Sergio Garcia, who leads the world in ball striking. Sergio, again, doesn’t seem to have that closing ability we’ve all come to know and love about Rory. For the pool members in front of me, my research shows that the leader will take Stenson or Bubba. The second place contender will likely take Jordan Spieth. So, I’ll be pulling hard against those guys and slurping Jaeger bombs all weekend in hopes of a Rory McIlroy win.

 

Last Week Review:

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HenrikR-O’s Pick — Henrik Stenson – (23-1)

Finish: T-6th ($219,000)

Fantasy Season Standing: 36th

 

BubbaFOX’s Pick — Bubba Watson – (25-1)

Finish: 2nd ($930,000)

Fantasy Season Standing: 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DraftKings Review: WGC – BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

We dominated in Akron, Ohio! In fact, had Hunter Mahan been able to do anything at all at Firestone Country Club we would have been swimming in cash. Four players in the top 6 is quite a good week none the less. Let’s continue the momentum and win the million in Wisconsin!

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