PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Win Bets & DraftKings (The Barclays)

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Updated: August 26, 2015
The Barclays

THE BARCLAYS

Plainfield Country Club, Edison, New Jersey

The 2014-2015 PGA Tour regular season is over. Unbelievably, a 51-year-old Davis Love III took home his 3rd Wyndham Championship last weekend. What an amazing performance by Love, who finally has gotten over his foot injury and became the 3rd oldest player ever to win a Tour event. Next year’s Ryder Cup captain not only put himself into the PGA Tour Playoffs with the win, but will now play The Masters for the time since 2007 next season. As for our win bets, we had a real chance on Sunday with Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, and Tiger Woods – who we added late on Twitter on Wednesday night (always check twitter for late adds). Unfortunately, we got shutout and didn’t come close to cashing in any DraftKings contests either. Some weeks are like that in golf betting, but with the long odds most players have it only takes a couple of good weeks a year to find success. In 2015 most of the marquee players have played their best in the biggest tournaments. As we move to the start of the PGA Tour Playoffs this week, it will be interesting to see if the top-10 in the world dominate over the next 4 weeks as they have at the best events all season long.

The last and only time The Barclays was held at Plainfield Country Club, the tournament was a bit of a disaster – quite literally. An earthquake opened the week in New Jersey in 2011 and Hurricane Irene almost finished the week as the tournament was reduced to a 54 hole event because of the weather. The Barclays in 2011 actually finished on a Saturday, which almost never happens on the PGA Tour. The soggy conditions in 2011 made Plainfield the easiest Par 71 of the season 4 years ago as the players averaged under 69 strokes a round at The Barclays. The Donald Ross design which has been updated by Gil Hanse will now play as a par 70 this year and at about 50 yards longer, the scores should be a bit higher than the last go around. Of the 125 players who qualified for the playoffs, 120 will tee it up this week, with the notable absence being Rory McIlroy who will rest his injured ankle one more week. The top 100 in the Fed Ex Cup standings after The Barclays will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week in Boston. To the delight of everyone, the weather looks outstanding over the next 4 days in the New York City area with sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s in store. This week is fairly hard to predict with the small amount of player history at the course, so we’ll add a few more players to our list and reduce the amount on wagers. Here are the players we will be putting our money to work on this week to kick off the playoffs, GOOD LUCK!

 

 

THE BARCLAYS WIN BETS

Dustin JohnsonDustin Johnson — (12-1) 

With not much history to go off of at Plainfield Country Club we might as well take the guy who won the only other Barclays played there in 2011. Dustin Johnson has been driving the ball so long and so straight this year that the tight course should not bother him this week if he continues on his recent form. Although there has been some major disappointment for D.J. this year, he has still put together an outstanding season with a World golf Championships win at Doral, 8 top-10s, and 14 of 17 made cuts. He currently stands at 7th in the Fed Ex Cup and should have a great chance to win if he can avoid one or two blow up holes this week.

 

Justin RoseJustin Rose — (12-1)

Justin Rose also played well at The Barclays in 2011 as he finished T-6th. Rose has had an unbelievable season on the PGA Tour as he currently sits in 5th in Fed Ex Cup points in only 16 starts, highlighted by his victory in New Orleans at The Zurich Classic. Rose has missed 4 cuts this season but has finished no worse than T-6th in his last 4 starts and has 7 top-10s overall. Currently at 5th in total strokes gained this season, Justin Rose has a real shot at taking the Fed Ex Cup trophy home (and the cash that goes with it) if he can have 4 more consistent weeks in the playoffs.

 

Matt KucharMatt Kuchar — (35-1)

Again, going off the limited history at Plainfield, Matt Kuchar finished 2nd in the 2011 tournament. Although it has been another very good season for Kuch, he has yet to find the winner’s circle this season and The Barclays would be a good event for Matt to breakthrough and notch his 8th career PGA Tour win. Kuchar has missed just 1 cut in 21 starts this season and has 5 top-25s in his last 6 worldwide starts. At 26th in the Fed Ex Cup standings, Kuchar will have to play well in the first 3 events of the playoffs to assure himself a spot in the Tour Championship.

 

Brandt SnedekerBrandt Snedeker — (32-1)

BLS favorite, Brandt Snedeker, had a blistering 61 in the 2nd round of the Wyndham Championship last week, unfortunately his 1st and final rounds were not anywhere near his standards. Sneds also found success at The Barclays in 2011 and he finished T-3rd, which included setting the course record with a 61 during the tournament. It’s been another fantastic year for the former Vanderbilt star with a win at Pebble Beach and 8 top-10s in 23 starts. The 2012 Fed Ex Cup champion currently sits at 13th in this season’s standings and Sneds will look to become the 2nd player to win the Fed Ex Cup twice (Tiger Woods).

 

Danny LeeDanny Lee — (72-1)

There are not too many golfers that have been as hot as Danny Lee has been late in the season on the PGA Tour. Since his 1st career win at The Greenbrier over the July 4th weekend, he has had 3 top-10s in 5 starts and 7 overall for the season. Danny took last week off but has made an amazing 32 starts on the PGA Tour this season. With his hot play, Lee has moved up to 10th in the Presidents Cup standings for the International team and will solidify his spot with good finishes in the next 2 events. He’s currently 10th in the Fed Ex Cup standings and has great value at 72-1 this week.

 

David LingmerthDavid Lingmerth — (80-1)

I cannot for the life of me understand why David Lingmerth is 80-1 this week. I absolutely love his value at that number. Lingmerth has been just as hot as Lee, Spieth and Day has over the summer and started his great run with a win at The Memorial against an outstanding field in June. Since then, he has had 3 top-10s in 6 events and has played well on many different types of layouts. Lingmerth currentlty is 21st in the Fed Ex Cup standings and has a real good shot to find himself in Atlanta for the Tour Championship to culminate his breakout season.

 

Nick WatneyNick Watney — (125-1)

Nick Watney would probably say that his season has not lived up to his standards, but he could right the ship with a win at Plainfield, where he finished T-10th in 2011. He played real well last week until a final round 72 dropped him down the leaderboard. He’s made 16 of 25 cuts this season and has 3 top-10s which lands him at 52nd in the Fed Ex Cup standings. He should be firmly in the first 2 playoff events but will have to do some good work to play the BMW and Tour Championship. We always pull for our boy from Sactown and would love to see him get his 6th career PGA Tour win this week.

 

Jason GoreJason Gore — (225-1)

Jason Gore has been known as one of the most streaky players in Golf over the last decade. In 2005, Gore won back-to-back Web.com events and after gaining a battlefield promotion with another victory on that tour a few weeks later, Gore won his lone event on the PGA Tour a few weeks after that. Although he has not found much success on the PGA Tour over the last half decade, Gore is finally healthy and will be looking to continue his hot play this week after finishing 2nd at the Wyndham Championship. I love Gore at 225-1 this week as he’s been known to catch fire for weeks at a time and at 98th in the Fed Ex Cup standings, he’ll have to play well to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

 

Scott BrownScott Brown — (252-1)

Much like Jason Gore, 252-1 for someone who played so well last week is just value I cannot pass up. Scott Brown had a real shot to win the Wyndham Championship and I’m hoping he takes that momentum north to New Jersey for The Barclays. Brown’s T-3rd last week was his third top-10 of the season and he’s made 17 of 28 cuts. At 71st in the Fed Ex Cup standings, Scott will most likely get at least 2 starts in the PGA Tour Playoffs, but could earn a third of fourth with a couple of finishes like last week.

 

 

Last Week Review:

WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina

Webb Simpson — (25-1)

Finish: T-6th ($174,825)    

Justin Thomas — (25-1)

Finish: 56th ($12,204)

Bill Haas — (25-1)

Finish: T-6th ($174,825)

Patrick Rodgers — (65-1)

Finish: T-38th ($23,220)

Ollie Schniederjans — (72-1)

Finish: MC ($0)

Carlos Ortiz — (125-1)

Finish: MC ($0)

 

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DraftKings Review: WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Bad 2nd rounds by J.J. Henry and Andres Gonzales did the BLS DraftKings squad in at Wyndham. We won’t go as far as to blame the missed cuts on those guys’ lack of fitness, but in the heat of Greensboro it’s possible it was a factor. Maybe those guys should spend a little more time in the workout trailer and less time at the 19th hole.

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