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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
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- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Rust? Maybe there’s a little competitive rust as Johnson makes his first start since his tumble in Augusta. But he won his last three starts and still is the class of this field, and he’s feeling good and is ready to return.
- Also like: Kevin Kisner. Is playing quite nicely, though the putter went a little cool on Sunday and Monday morning. Four finishes of T-11 or better in his last five starts, and hungry to win after close call at Zurich.
- Sleeper: Lucas Glover. Former U.S. Open champion had top-25 finishes at Honda, Valspar, Bay Hill and has won in North Carolina before, capturing the Wells Fargo in Charlotte.
- DraftKings bargain: Brian Gay ($6,900). Coming off a pair of T-6 finishes and boosted by knowing he’s getting ready for the Players next week.
- Fade: Brendon de Jonge. There was a time not long ago we thought he was the best player yet to win on Tour, but with little status this season, barely has any starts and cannot get into any rhythm. Three starts, two missed cuts, best finish of T-71.
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- Projected champion: Jon Rahm. Always like young and promising players on courses where players have little to no experience. Rahm hasn’t played since he was T-27 at the Masters, so he’ll be well rested.
- Also like: Dustin Johnson and Kevin Kisner. Not worried about DJ’s back at all and I definitely want to ride Kisner’s momentum from New Orleans.
- Sleeper: Wanted to go with Bud Cauley, but he withdrew on Tuesday. So I’ll take J.T. Poston, who has finished T-27 or better in five of his last six Tour starts not including Zurich, where he was T-32 playing with Dominic Bozzelli.
- DraftKings bargain: A lot of good options this week. Harold Varner III at $6,300, Bryson DeChambeau at $6,100 and Grayson Murray at $6,000.
- Fade: Shane Lowry. Hasn’t been the same since last year’s U.S. Open.
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- Projected champion: Kevin Kisner. I’ll ride that momentum from Kisner, who’s coming off one of the most electrifying runner-up finishes you’ll ever see at the Zurich Classic.
- Also like: Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas. Everything seems back to normal for DJ, and he’s won his last three events still. Haas has cooled off of late, just have a feeling he’ll find something in the state where he played college golf.
- Sleeper: Camilo Villegas. It’s been a real struggle for him in 2017: seven missed cuts in 10 starts. Showed a good deal of form with a T-10 at Valero, though. Feel he’s worth a flyer.
- DraftKings bargain: Nick Watney ($6,600). After three 14th-place finishes earlier this year, Watney missed back-to-back cuts. But a T-5 at Zurich shows he back in that earlier form. It also helps that he’s now satisfied his Major Medical Extension and has his full Tour card back.
- Fade: Phil Mickelson. Has a stellar record at this tournament … when it’s played at Quail Hollow. Different track this year, so course horse factor is out the window. He’s also cooled off somewhat of late.