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FANTEAM DAILY FANTASY GOLF – PGA CHAMPIONSHIP DAY 3

ZALATORIS TAKES THE ADVANTAGE AND THE BIG CAT MAKES THE CUT

Round 2 of the PGA Championship played just how we expected with the guys who went out in the afternoon wave taking the advantage. Overnight leader Rory McIlroy had a frustrating day with a 1 over par 71 and was perhaps affected by the Tiger roars, as the big Cat made the cut with a putting masterclass.

Will Zalatoris made easy work in the easier scoring conditions with a 5 under par 65 and has a 1 stroke advantage heading into day 3. Zalatoris will be looking over his shoulder though with a tightly packed leaderboard including Mito Pereira, 2 times Masters champion Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas who has proved he can handle any conditions this golf course throws at him. Round 3 is known as moving day so we should be in for an exciting day of golf.

FanTeam have created a Day 2 PGA Championship contest for us to enjoy. €2 buy-in with €600  prize pool. Contests start 21st May, 13.00pm BST 14.00pm CET

WEATHER

One word today: COLD! Temperatures are only expected to get up to 63F with wind gusts between 10-20MPH. There is also a slight chance of rain in the morning. An easier day in prospect albeit cold.

When building lineups it might be worth factoring in the weather, with the PM wave having the clear advantage on day 2. Day 3 looks a little different with the morning wave getting the colder potentially wet conditions. 

ROUND 2 STATS

STROKES GAINED ON APPROACH 

Approach is the most important attribute this week. The degree of difficulty for approach shots here will be incredibly high due to the uneven lies, leveled off greens, and surrounding short grass. Many approach shots will be with long irons and ranging from 150-200 yards out so great iron play is key. 

  1. Gary Woodland
  2. Tyrell Hatton
  3. Bubba Watson
  4. Davis Riley
  5. Max Homa

STROKES GAINED OFF THE TEE (DRIVING DISTANCE)

This course is made for bombers, the long hitters will have a sugnifficant advantage as Rory proved on day one as he bullied it from the tee. Why this is not the most important stat it’s worth taking a look at after seeing what Rory did Thursday.

  1. Jon Rahm
  2. Bubba Watson
  3. Cameron Young
  4. Min Woo Lee
  5. Keegan Bradley

STROKES GAINED PUTTING

Ben Crenshaw said this in regards to Southern Hills, “You could putt these greens your entire life and not figure them out.”With the huge banks and contours on these greens I will be weighting putting into my model a little more this week, especially in the 5-10ft range.

  1. Lanto Griffin
  2. Mito Pereira
  3. Brooks Koepka
  4. Maverick McNealy
  5. Bernd Wiesburger

BOUNCE BACK SCORE

Something new for this week is bounce back scoring. This stat is determined by using a golfers tee to green numbers and their putting expectation. In doing this we can determine golfers who should bounce back if they continue to hit their irons well and return to the putting baseline. Here’s the top 5 from round 2.

  1. Harold Varner
  2. Bubba Watson
  3. Anirban Lahiri
  4. Talor Gooch
  5. Si Woo Kim

TEAM REVEAL

Although I will be entering multiple entries in the golf  cash games, this is one of my lineups for the PGA Championship contest on FanTeam.

As you can see, the lineup is built around the player stats from round 2 above.

I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about golf, but are playing in Saturday’s PGA Championship contest.

Day 3 PGA Championship cash contests  start at 13.00BST 14.00CET,  so be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.

All stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club. You can get 20% off any package now by using this link FANTASYNATIONAL.COM/FANTEAM You will not be disappointed. 

Please feel free to message me on Twitter @JackHumphreyKM if you have any questions – all support queries should go to @FanTeamOfficial.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you’re new to FanTeam then you’ll need to create a new account here – alternatively, head on over to fanteam.com and click the green ‘Register’ button in the top right corner.

Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.

Best of luck to everyone entering  – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.

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