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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: Rickie Fowler. Liked the way he finished off the PGA Championship, so he has some momentum. He didn’t get a major this season, so now he’ll take aim at the next best thing.
- Also like: Henrik Stenson, who can ride a hot streak quite well. And Jason Day. He seems to really get up for events in the New York/New Jersey area.
- Sleeper: Richy Werenski. Three top-20 finishes in last four starts to make his way into the playoffs, including a playoff loss at Barracuda. He’s a New England kid who’d love to get to TPC Boston next week and needs to play well to do it.
- DraftKings bargain: Kevin Na ($6,800). Strange year for Na, but he played quite nicely at Wyndham last week (T-4) and he’s always a solid bet to make the cut. Also like Branden Grace, Mr. Major 62, at $6,900.
- Fade: Si Woo Kim. A terrific young player, but he’s injured so often that you never do know when you can count on him. He’s made 27 starts and finished only 10 events, and his status for the upcoming Presidents Cup remains questionable.
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- Projected champion: Jason Day. Slow start to the season, but liked what I saw at the PGA, except for the 18th hole on that Saturday, of course.
- Also like: Paul Casey. Hasn’t finished worse than 26th since Bay Hill. Just hasn’t gotten a victory yet.
- Sleeper: Ollie Schniederjans. Runner-up at Wyndham gives him confidence and he typically puts good weeks together.
- DraftKings bargain: Gary Woodland ($7,000). Gaining momentum after what has been mostly a trying season. Has a Presidents Cup spot to play for, too.
- Fade: Justin Rose. Hasn’t finished better than 54th in almost two months.
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- Projected champion: Jason Day. If not for a baffling decision at Quail Hollow’s 18th in the third round, Day would’ve been contending for PGA. Seems to have finally regained his mojo in rough year, and while Glen Oaks is hosting for first time, his T2-WIN-T4 slate in his last three appearances at this event should still inspire even more confidence.
- Also like: Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka. The winners of the year’s middle two majors are attractive options this week. Spieth’s PGA performance wasn’t fantastic but it’s tough to believe he won’t make noise right away after his stunning back-to-back wins this summer. Koepka has experienced no U.S. Open hangover, as his worst finish since then is T-17. A refreshed Brooks – who’s played just three times since Erin Hills – is a dangerous Brooks.
- Sleeper: Byeong Hun An. A total flyer here. Missed two of his last three cuts and hasn’t had a top-10 finish since May. He’s been really tough to figure out this year but just have a feeling that with his talent a big performance is coming soon. Maybe not the most scientific approach here, but I said I liked Justin Thomas at the PGA because of a gut feeling despite him going MC-MC-MC-T28 prior to the event, and look how that turned out…
- DraftKings bargain: Gary Woodland ($7,000). Playing sneaky good golf (top 25 at PGA and top 5 at Canadian Open) and extra motivated for a big performance to secure a Presidents Cup spot as the clock ticks down.
- Fade: Justin Rose. It would be fitting for Rose to come out and have a big week when I fade him, considering he’s fallen flat multiple times when I’ve picked him to win this year. If I continue to be dead wrong on him, so be it. But Rose enters having looked totally uncomfortable in his last three starts.
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- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Finally got the putter going with a final-round 67 at the PGA Championship and motivated to salvage a season in which he didn’t contend at a major but won three straight times.
- Also like: Jason Day. Another guy looking to change the narrative after a disappointing year and trending up with three straight finishes inside the top 30, including a T-9 at Quail Hollow.
- Sleeper: Patrick Cantlay. Ranked No. 120 in the world, but we don’t expect him to stay outside the top 100 for long. Former No. 1-ranked amateur made 9 of 9 cuts this season with two top 10s and four top 25s after missing nearly two years due to injury.
- DraftKings bargain: Brian Harman ($7,000). Top-10 machine with seven this season, including a T-2 at the U.S. Open. Won in May and has been pretty consistent since, most recently recording a T-13 at the PGA Championship.
- Fade: Rory McIlroy. Hard to fade the defending champ, but he’s expensive ($10,900) and almost decided to sit out the playoffs due to injury. Was never really in the mix at Quail Hollow, where he’s dominated in year’s past, and the health/schedule stuff has to be a distraction.