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

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Updated: May 13, 2015
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WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Sunday at THE PLAYERS could not have been anymore compelling. The play on the back nine, with the tournament in the balance, was unbelievable. Multiple players stepped up their games in the face of what had to be immense pressure. Starting on the 12th hole, Rickie Fowler hit great shot, after great shot, with no fear of any of the many hazards that were in front of him on each and every hole at TPC Sawgrass. Fowler was 6-under-par on his final 6 holes in regulation and was 2-under-par in the 4 hole playoff. Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner did not lose the playoff, Rickie Fowler won it – and put an end to the “most overrated player in golf” fiasco that dominated the golf world earlier in the week. As for #BLSPicks, our guys both had players in the top-15 who had a shot at winning on the weekend. The first half of the One and Done fantasy season is now over and we start new this week (2nd half runs from the Wells Fargo Championship to the PGA Championship). The BLS DraftKings squads were largely undone by Jordan Spieth finally running out of gas at THE PLAYERS and missing the cut (we were able to cash in one contest to limit the damage – review below). It’s time to get off to a great start in this new fantasy season and dominate DraftKings this week at one of the best courses on the PGA Tour schedule each and every year – Quail Hollow.

The Wells Fargo Championship still feels like a new tournament on the PGA Tour, but this year will actually be the 13th edition at Quail Hollow Club. Players love this course (the 2017 PGA Championship will be held here), which is hard to imagine given the amount of undulations that are on the 2-year-old Bermudagrass greens (Bentgrass was replaced in 2013) . We’ve seen stars breakthrough for their first PGA Tour win in recent years in Charlotte as McIlroy won in 2010 and Fowler won in a playoff in 2012 (his only other win on Tour prior to last week).  Quail Hollow is consistently one of the harder tests on the regular PGA Tour schedule as the long 7,562 yard par 72 averaged +0.546 strokes to par in 2014 and was the site of the most bogeys or worse (1,658) among all the non-majors. The last 3 holes, known as The Green Mile, are three of the toughest late back nine holes in all of golf. In 2014, all three ranked inside the top-4 toughest for the week and 17 and 18 were the hardest two closing holes anywhere on Tour for the season. There is a slight chance of rain on the weekend and the winds should be fairly moderate throughout the tournament. Take a look at how our experts will start the 2nd half of their fantasy season.

 

KisnerR-O‘s Pick — Kevin Kisner – (35-1)

Nobody is playing better golf over the last month than Kevin Kisner. The 31 year-old former University of Georgia Bulldog has been in playoffs in 2 of his last 3 starts and although he didn’t win either the RBC Heritage or THE PLAYERS, his play down the stretch of those tournaments both in regulation and in those playoffs (he was under par in both) was fantastic. I believe it’s only a matter of time before Kisner wins on the Tour and I’m going to hope that his red-hot play continues this week in Charlotte, not far from where he was born in Aiken, South Carolina. Besides the fact that Kisner is now 44-under-par in his last 12 rounds on the PGA Tour, I also like the fact that he got to rest during the week of the Cadillac Match Play and didn’t have to travel across the country to San Francisco like most of the top players in this week’s field. Couple all this with Kisner’s tie for 6th in last year’s edition at Quail Hollow and he’s an easy pick for me at the Wells Fargo Championship. Be sure and check Twitter for my win bets.

PAttyFOX‘s Pick – Patrick Reed – (36-1)

I finished the first half of our fantasy tour with a nice little run. Two wins, a near final 4 spot at the WGC and a commendable effort by Rory at THE PLAYERS over the last 4 weeks is about all you can ask out of a fantasy capper in a month’s time. Now it’s time to take what we’ve learned from the first half and get atop the leaderboard in the second half of the fantasy season. There are several golfers that make sense this week. Jim Furyk is the all-time money leader at Quail Hollow. Distance is such a premium this week and at a 272 yard average off the tee and an ever-aging body, I just can’t trust Jimmy and “Fluff” to get the job done. Kevin Kisner is red-hot with a P-2 at The Players and even took a T-6 here last year. I won’t go with this upstart considering the talent level in the field this week. Then you have Rory, Stenson and a completely star-studded field ready to have a go at the title. The guy I’m taking this week is a player that has to be frothing at the mouth to get a win. Patrick Reed has witnessed his young counterparts stealing all the glory lately. Speith wins The Masters in convincing fashion, Rory wins the WGC and now Rickie Fowler grabs a win at THE PLAYERS. If there was ever a time for Patrick Reed to be motivated, it would be here. After all, he lives and breathes to live up to his “Top 5 Golfer In The World” statement. Further, Reed has a T-32 in his last two trips on this track, he’s top-25 in strokes gained stats and top-30 in Par 3, 4 and 5 scoring. Most importantly for me this week, he’s respectable off the tee at a 290 yard average. In sum, even though Reed has no friends, no relationship with his parents and frequently talks smack to his peers on the course; he’s the right golfer for Quail Hollow. Good luck this week.

 

 

Last Week Review:

THE PLAYERS Championship

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

BillyR-O’s Pick — Billy Horschel – (67-1)

Finish: T-13th ($187,500)

Fantasy Season Standing: 20th

 

RoryFOX’s Pick — Rory McIlroy – (8-1)

Finish: T-8th ($270,000)

Fantasy Season Standing: 26th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DraftKings Review: THE PLAYERS Championship

Although Jordan Spieth claimed to feel supremely confident at TPC Sawgrass prior to THE PLAYERS, the gas in the tank finally ran out after an unbelievable couple of months of golf. We put too many of our eggs in the Spieth basket and were thus behind the 8 ball in the DraftKings contests after the first two rounds in Ponte Vedra Beach. We were able to limit the damage with one squad that could have been great if Morgan Hoffmann hadn’t missed the cut on the number. We will do our best to earn our money back this week in Charlotte.

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