Sung Kang outdueled the field in a birdie-fest edition of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Fueled by a second round 61, Kang was able to fend off the likes of Brooks and several other players sporting solid recent form. Congrats to Kang on his first career PGA tour victory.
Act two of four of the PGA major season is suddenly upon us. I’ve talked about my support for the Tour moving the PGA to May, but I must admit the buzz around it seems a little flat heading into the event. I think (at least I hope) that things will heat up once the first ball takes flight. The spacing of this major is new for all of us, and I think we just need the event itself to get started before we can really get geared up.
There’s no shortage of storylines surrounding the Wanamaker Trophy and its first trip to Long Island, NY and Bethpage Black. First comes the field. Obviously, Tiger takes center stage as he looks to take back to back majors and close the gap on Jack. Brooks still feels disrespected. Rory looks to snap out of a mini weekend slump. JT withdraws with a wrist injury. Jason Day remains an enigma. And, in true Dustin Johnson form, he identified par 5 play as being the key to the week (there are only 2 par 5’s at Bethpage Black). Will Justin Rose keep up his most recent form, or will a missed cut at Augusta be lingering in the back of his mind. Will Rickie ever break through? How about Tommy Fleetwood? The field is loaded, but perhaps not the main attraction of the week. That honor belongs to the golf course. A traditional US Open venue and Tillinghast gem, Bethpage is a mammoth track. Typically, tournaments are played here when it’s fast and firm in late summer. But with the tournament being moved to spring, and an abnormally damp and cold spring in the northeast at that, the course will be playing brutally long, wet, and soft. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the longer hitters will have a significant edge this week. Shorter hitters can take some solace in the purity of the greens, as the good putters should be able to gain ground on the field with their flat sticks. It should be a super interesting week at Bethpage… I can’t wait for it to get started!
Hit ‘em straight - Pat
Event: 2019 PGA Championship
2018 Champion: Brooks Koepka
Field: 156 Players, Top 70 and ties make the cut
When: 7:00am EST, Thursday 5/16
Course: Bethpage Black
Architect(s): A.W. Tillinghast
This week, I created 4 custom rolling reports. You can access them all, as well as a cumulative report and my final DraftKings exposures and lineup constructions below.
Custom Stat Model: (Statistics courtesy of Fantasy National Golf Club)
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Outright Win Bets
· J Rahm 18/1
· P Casey 42/1
. B Watson 50/1