Now that it’s Round 2 of The Wells Fargo Championship, that means it’s time to play some Showdown contests. In case you are new to the format, typical Showdown GPPs on DraftKings offer upwards of $50,000 to first place for second-and third-round tournaments, and sometimes even up to $100,000 for the final round. They also provide weekend-long contests that offer $15,000 to first place on average. Let’s take a look at PGA DFS picks for Round 2 of The Wells Fargo Championship.
Round 2 PGA DFS Picks: The Wells Fargo Championship
Previous Round Recap
The intense storms in the Charlotte area surprisingly gave perfect conditions for the greenskeeper to provide a pristine surface. The greens have been immaculate, usually yielding to some of the best putters in the game. Plenty of ball-strikers took advantage on the first day, setting themselves up nice for the rest of the weekend. This wave (the early-late wave), is said to have the tougher of the conditions now on both days. However, that didn’t stop K.H. Lee from shooting the wave’s best score, at 66, while Peter Malnati was the only other one from the wave to shot better than three-under.
The stars from this wave really struggled to get going, with Sungjae Im coming out on top with a 68. Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland were able to get in at two-under and sit five back of the first-round leader.
That leader was no one other than 50-year-old Phil Mickelson, who had his best round in over two years on tour, shooting an opening-round 64. The afternoon wave also provided plenty of other good scores and will also see an easier set of conditions tomorrow morning. One of those golfers turning around and going out tomorrow morning is Tommy Fleetwood, who finally kept it together for the entire first round and continues his strong play from the second round at The RBC Heritage a few weeks.
Two golfers that have been out of form lately, Gary Woodland and Luke List both found something here at the difficult Quail Hollow, shooting a first-round 67. Woodland continued his strong ball-striking seen last Friday at The Valspar Championship, while List gained over two strokes putting. Any time he does that, you can expect him to have at least a Top-10 score for the day- if not better.
Round 2 Cut Prediction:
The average score for the day came in slightly over par, at 71.83. But with only 65 players making the weekend, less than half the field, I suspect the cut-line will hover around Even and one-over tomorrow. If the wind does pick up in the afternoon like expected, then I could see the cut trending towards one-over late in the day.
Round 1 Stat Recap:
If you’ve been following my showdown stuff for a while, then you know I like to target golfers that are gaining strokes in all facets of their game so that if one part goes south, they have others to fall back on. In round one, the following gained strokes in all four facets:
- Phil Mickelson (gained at least a stroke in all four facets)
- Keegan Bradley
- Peter Malnati
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Luke List
- Gary Woodland
- Kyle Stanley
- Sungjae Im
- Zach Johnson
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- DraftKings is offering $25,000 to first and $100,000 guaranteed for the second-round slate.
The Wells Fargo Championship PGA DFS Picks
Anyone that looks at Wind finder will see that the 20 mph gusts and constant 15 mph will set in around 11 a.m. It’ll remain that way until later in the day before dying off again. Those teeing off at 1 p.m. will have it their entire round, while those teeing off later may get a bit of a break toward the back end of their rounds. However, the early morning folks will have it best, and there’s no denying that.
PGA DFS Picks for Round 2 of The Wells Fargo Championship
- Bryson DeChambeau ($10,000): Big daddy Bryson brought his big stick out to play in Round 1, but he completely botched two holes on the back nine- two of the easiest on the course. DeChambeau is down on the leaderboard, and I’m content with that because maybe he’ll be lower-owned tomorrow. I’ll be starting my lineups with DeChambeau tomorrow, teeing off at 7:23 a.m. tomorrow morning.
- Joel Dahmen ($7,900): Getting the fire started late on Wednesday, Dahmen decided to poke some fun at Mickelson, his playing partner, and found out that wasn’t the greatest idea. But Dahmen has a chance to win back some money tomorrow that I’m sure he inevitably lost today. Dahmen’s irons were on absolute fire today, a continuance of good form he said he had last week at home.
- Kyle Stanley ($7,100) The good form continued in Round 1 for Stanley, who has been simmering for the last month or so. His irons were the only thing missing last week, and they showed up in big fashion in Round 1. I’ll bet on that sticking around for a few days.
Sneaky PGA DFS Pick for Round 2
- Hunter Mahan ($6,300) I may be heading a bit off the reservation here, but I just wanted to talk about the enigma that is Mahan. Plagued by BAD timing before, as he was leading The 2013 Canadian Open when his wife went in to labor, the next seven years for Mahan haven’t went as planned. He rose all the way to 28th in the world in late 2015, but it’s been a downward spiral since then, with only a handful of top 10s over the next 5 years. These last few years have been years where careers have been reborn, like Brendon Todd and Stweart Cink, so why not Mahan?
Golfer that I’m playing that maybe you shouldn’t
- Justin Suh ($6,800) Like Mahan, I really needed a reason to talk about Suh. Because of that, naturally, I created an entire category for him. Most of you know that Suh was a big play of mine for the week-long slate, so to say I was sweating every one of his shots would be an understatement. The first few holes started off terribly, and it really looked like Suh had the chipping yips. He stared three-over thru three before settling down and playing his next 15 holes at three-under, battling all the way back to even par. The highlight of the round was an absolute dart on the par-3 6th, that measured 255 yards today, putting it within four feet. Surprisingly, that was one of the few birdies of the day on that hole. Suh also finished the day with another 200+ yard birdie on No.9, sticking a 202-yard iron shot within eight feet to cap off a solid comeback. While we aren’t getting Suh at the basic min price he was at the start of the week, there’s still some value there for Suh, who will turn around and head out at 9:02 am.
DraftKings and FanDuel Fill-Ins for Valspar Championship
- Patrick Reed ($8,800)
- Tommy Fleetwood ($8,000)
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