We finally made it to another major. This is bittersweet as it is the final major of the year and the full cut events are winding down as we head into the Fedex Cup Championship. However, lets enjoy this major and win some money with some nice prize pools this week. As many of you know, we will be onsite all week at Quail Hollow so be sure to tune into our twitter account: @dailyfntsypress.
We have a hole by hole preview and pictures on twitter. This is going to be a ball striker’s feast at Quail Hollow. There are a few changes at Quail Hollow this year from when the course plays host to the usual Wells Fargo Championship. The rough will be lined with bermuda grass rather than the Rye that was seen in years past. This can have a significant impact on the type of lie you have in the rough. There have been a few hole changes as well from the typical Wells Fargo Championship layout. The first hole is now a par 4 540 yard dogleg right, a par 5 has been reduced to a par 4, and bunkers were added to the 11th hole. They also removed thousands of trees to allow more sunlight to hit the greens and allow for the layout changes of the course. These changes should make the course play more difficult than it has in the past.
The PGA Championship is a rotating major being held this year in Charlotte, North Carolina at Quail Hollow. The course will play as a Par 71 coming in at 7,600 yards. That is a beast of a course for a par 71. The closing three hole stretch is known as the “Green Mile” and should lead to some exciting, or tilting, few holes of golf. For more details on the course, visit our twitter and video below:
Previous Winners (Note: These are Quail Hollow winners and NOT PGA Championship winners)
2016 James Hahn
2015 Rory McIlroy
2014 J.B. Holmes
2013 Derek Ernst
2012 Rickie Fowler
2011 Lucas Glover
The weather does not look good at all with close to 60% chance of thunderstorms Friday through Sunday. However, the wind is low which is a positive. We may see some delays throughout the week and the rain could add some yardage to an already long course. We will keep you updated on the rain and if there is a tee time wave that will benefit from the conditions.
- SG: T2G
- SG: OTT
- Par 4 Scoring
- SG: Approach
Cash Game Core
Charley Hoffman ($7,600) – Hoffman is playing arguably the best golf in his career with 4 top 10 finishes in his last 6 events. At only $7,600, Hoffman is a solid cash game play. In the last 24 rounds, Hoffman ranks 1st in Par 4 Scoring, 15th in SG: T2G and SG:OTT, and 26th in GIR% gained.
Rory McIlroy ($11,800) – It’s hard to pass up Rory in any format of play this week. He absolutely crushes Quail Hollow. He also has gained some form in his last couple events. Don’t overthink it this week and plug him into your lineups with the amount of options in the 7,000 range this week.
Paul Casey ($7,800) – We have been using Casey for quite some time now with great success. We will be looking to continue this success with Casey. Casey ranks 3rd in Par 4 Scoring, 1st in GIR%, 25th in SG: T2G and SG: OTT, and 1st in SG: App.
Daniel Berger ($7,600) – Berger is another player in the 7k range that we can load up on. All of these players in the 7k range make it very easy to pay up for McIlroy. Berger ranks 9th in Par 4 Scoring, 2nd in SG:App, and 28th in GIR%.
Also Consider: Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler
There are several good plays above 9k. However, we are going to write up some plays that might go overlooked in the low 7k to upper 6k range. These players are the difference makers in a large field GPP.
Xander Schauffele ($7,000) – We are going to keep playing Xander until the wheels fall off. The common player with have little knowledge of Xander. His recent form is incredible and a good pivot off of some chalky players in the range. X MAN ranks 6th in GIR%,16th in Par 4 Scoring, 32nd in SG: T2G and SG: Ott, and 5th in SG: Putting as a bonus.
Jamie Lovemark ($7,200) – Lovemark can absolutely mash the ball. Not only is he mashing the ball but he is in solid recent form. The length should be to his advantage here. Lovemark ranks 9th in SG: OTT and SG: T2G, 21st in Par 4 Scoring, and 33rd in GIR%.
Danny Lee ($6,600) – Remember when Lee was priced at $10,300 and was chalky? Yeah, so do we. He also burned a lot of people after his Round 1 withdrawal. However, at this price, Lee is an excellent GPP only play. Lee ranks 1st in GIR%, 8th in SG: App, and 22nd in Par 4 Scoring. Not bad for a player priced this low.
Ian Poulter ($7,000) – I can’t believe how many times I’ve written up Poulter this year. He is playing like a fire was lit under him after Brian Gay helped him seal up his tour card. Poulter’s recent form is INCREDIBLE. Poulter ranks 1st in Par 4 Scoring, 3rd in GIR%, 5th in SG: App, and 6th in SG: ARG.
Also Consider: Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Chappell