Having had as much practice as anyone on the field with alternate shots, stars Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele extended their round one lead with a four-under 68 effort on the day. They’ll take the lead into the weekend, but PGA Tour rookies David Lipsky and Aaron Ray are right on their heels after another stellar round shooting a five-under 67 in the more difficult format of round 2. Also giving chase is the team of doc redman and Sam Ryder, who are also right on their heels, getting to -16 thru two rounds, and sit just one back along with Lipsky and Rai. Best ball format returns for round 3 as low scores will once again be the story. This article will cover a few notes from the first two rounds and picks for round 3 PGA DFS contests.
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PGA DFS Golf Picks Today: The Zurich Classic Round 3
Round 2 Recap
For the second straight day, lighter winds than the forecast was the theme, and even with the more difficult format of the two this week, scoring was very good. Only 26 scores were under par on Friday last year, compared to X number this year. Wyndham Clark and Cameron Tringale put together their second straight solid day on the course, backing up an opening-round 62 with a five-under 67. Nobody, however, had as good a day as Australian’s Jason Day and Jason Scrivner.That until the late afternoon when Brendan Grace and Garrick Higgo caught fire and also turned a seven-under 65. Tying the format record in the event with a seven-under 65. That moved them all the way into the top 5, a big week for the second Jason, as he doesn’t have any status on the PGA Tour. Billy Horschel and Sam Burns would also catch fire on their back nine, coming in with 31 after a 37 on the backside, and are in position for the second straight year at the Zurich.
Others turning in solid scores were Brandon Wu and Patrick RodgersCameron Smith and March Leishman, Talor Gooch and Max homa, as well as Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Charlie Schwartzel, all of whom shot a four-under 68 on the day.
Zurich Classic Round (1) Birdie or Better Leaders Morning Wave:
(Recorded Birdies or better for their team & team score)
- Taylor Moore (7) (-12)
- David Lipsky (7) (-11)
- Shane Lowry (7) (-8)
- Dylan Wu (7) (-8)
- Doc Redman (6) (-11))
- Chase Seiffert (6) (-10)
- Garrick Higgo (6) (-8)
Zurich Classic Round 1 Birdie or Better Leaders Afternoon Wave:
- Wyndham Clark (7) (-10)
- Bubba Watson (7) (-10)
- Xander Schauffele (6) (-13)
- Patrick Cantlay (6) (-13)
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Going back to best-ball format for the third round will bring lower scores once again. Teams that had both guys contribute equally should get a leg up on teams that had one of their players doing most of the work.
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Collin Morikawa & Viktor Hovland ($10,200)
Looking like something much less than the odds favorite over the first two days; this dynamic duo could not get it going again today. After birdieing the 8th and 9th hole, a short par 4 10th and a par 5 11th awaiting, things were looking up. But they couldn’t capitalize on either hole, ended up making bogey on one of the next ones, and would never get better than two under for the day.
So why are we playing them tomorrow? Simple, their ownership is likely to be the lowest of the week; IF they end up playing well, their stock for the final round will rise significantly. So that’s the gamble we gamble they catch fire on Saturday, and ownership skyrockets for Sunday, or they play poorly again tomorrow and ownership is totally non-existent for Sunday. One or the other happens.
Matthew NeSmith and Taylor Moore ($7,700)
A big team effort in round one saw each golfer make at least five birdies. They wouldn’t be able to get it going today in alternate shots but were able to grind hard enough to come in at even par. They didn’t lose too much ground, still in the top 10 thru two rounds, but with others priced right below them that are higher on the leaderboard, should yield lower ownership for round three. NeSmith has been on fire lately, and Moore has clearly found some comfort in knowing his partner is in great form.
Joel Dahman and Stephen Jaeger ($6,800)
After dominating on the Korn Ferry Tour last year, Jaeger had high hopes for this season on his return to the PGA Tour. It hasn’t gone well, though, as he has not made a cut since early March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But, now that the streak of missed cuts is broken, and he’s got a partner whose playing well to lean on, Jaeger should play with the most freedom he’s played with, in well over a month. Low ownership is also expected, as we gamble on Jaeger finally breaking out of his slump in round three.
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Matthias Schwab and Doug Ghim ($6,7000)
Struggling at times today in the difficult alternate shot format, making three straight bogeys on 15,16 and 17, Schwab and Ghim were able to rebound on the front nine, birding three of their first seven holes to get them comfortably back inside the cut line . The finishing bogey on the 9th hole just got them an earlier tee time for round three, which should give them slightly better conditions than those teeing off in the afternoon. Schwab is in the midst of solid form, while Ghim is known to make tons of birdies, with bogeys as well. They should be low owned for the third round slate being so far down the leaderboard.
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