PGA DFS Podcast - The American Express Pro-Am
Mike Alexander and Donald Remington preview the The American Express Pro-Am from a DFS perspective
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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 39 Brendon Todd walked off with eagle-3 toward a 2-over-par 36-36=72 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open, nudging one spot to T7 on even-par 140, four short of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed (70).
The 35-year-old's best finish in nine previous majors is T12 at the 2015 Open Championship (St. Andrews). He also recorded a T17 at the 2020 PGA at TPC Harding Park, where he was a first-round co-leader (65-70-72-67). On 10 (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, the Georgia alum lost 0.17 strokes approaching and 1.72 around, but gained 0.94 off-the-tee. Through 17 holes, he overshadowed one birdie-3 at 14 (from 16'8") with five bogeys at 11, 16, 1, 3 and 8, but salvaged the round with an eagle-3 at 9 from 6'5". Todd, who will play out of the fifth-to-last twosome in R3 with first-timer Matthew Wolff, registered a brilliant 1.61 putts per GIR and +4.22 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
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World No. 55 Jason Kokrak birdied three of his final five holes en route to a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open to post 1-under 139, up two places to solo 6th, three shy of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed (70).
The 35-year-old, who's searching for his first PGA TOUR victory in 231 events, is one of just six players under-par at the halfway mark. He'll play out of the third-to-last twosome in R3 with 18-hole leader Justin Thomas. On six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, the Canadian-born American recorded a +1.07 SG: Off-the-Tee, +1.01 SG: Approach, and +0.26 SG: Around. He penciled four birdies at holes 9, 14, 15, and 17, slightly outbalanced by five squares at 2, 3, 5, 12 and 16. The Xavier alum, whose best finish in 12 prior majors is T19 at the 2018 PGA (Bellerive), registered 1.72 putts per GIR and +1.94 SG: Putting with 31 total putts.
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Beginning off No. 10 tee, three-time past champ and World No. 21 Tiger Woods birdied two of his final three holes, his only two birdies on the day, stumbling to a 7-over-par 37-40=77 in R2 of the 120th U.S. Open and missing the cut by four on 10-over 73-77=150.
A total of 62 players from a field of 144 made the 36-hole cut of 6-over 146, 14 (T49) on the number. Woods, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, misses his fourth cut at the U.S. Open in 22 appearances, three in his last four, and since winning his 15th major at the 2019 Masters, has missed the cut in three of his next five majors and hasn't recorded a top-20 finish. On five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, the 44-year-old gained 0.59 strokes approaching but lost 1.1 around and 1.2 on-the-green. He overshadowed two birdies with five bogeys and two doubles, ending the short week with seven circles against 11 bogeys and three doubles. Other notable MCs include: 147- Matthew Fitzpatrick; Collin Morikawa .. 148- Gary Woodland; Tommy Fleetwood .. 150- Justin Rose .. 152- Tyrrell Hatton .. 153- Phil Mickelson .. 154- Jordan Spieth .. 155- Sergio Garcia.
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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 45 Harris English fashioned an even-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open for a 36-hole total of 2-under 138, up five places to T3, two adrift of leader Patrick Reed, who also shot 70.
The Georgia alum's 70 may not sound like much on the surface, but it's tied for the fourth-best lap of the day and gained 5.22 strokes against the field average in R2. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a +0.87 SG: Off-the-Tee, +3.23 SG: Approach, and +1.0 SG: Around. The 31-year-old traded two birdies at 12 and 13, with two bogey-5s at 14 and 16, before finishing with 11 consecutive pars. He recorded a pedestrian but steady 1.78 putts per GIR and +0.16 SG: Putting with 32 total putts. English, whose best finish in 16 prior majors is T15 at the 2013 Open (Muirfield), will play out of the penultimate twosome in R3 with Rafa Cabrera Bello.
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Overnight leader and World No. 3 Justin Thomas back-pedaled with a 3-over-par 35-38=73 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open, dipping two spots to T3 on 2-under 138, two shy of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed (70).
Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 27-year-old conjured three (of 14) fairways and hit nine greens in regulation, losing 0.77 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.06 approaching and 1.66 around-the-green. He scribbled down three birdies at 18, 3 and 7, outbalanced by four bogeys at 13 (3-putt from 36'0"), 14, 16 and 17, and double bogey-6 at 1, where an errant tee ball led to a forced layup and then a 3-jack from 21'0". The Alabama product's split featured two from between 12 and 24 feet, highlighted by a 24-footer at 7 for one of two birdie-2s on the card. His lone major win came at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, where he was T7 and five back at the halfway pole (73-66), before winning by two with 69-68.
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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 10 Patrick Reed battled to an even-par 34-36=70 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open for a 36-hole tally of 4-under 136, up one place on the day and good for the midpoint lead by one over Bryson DeChambeau, who fired a clubhouse-low 68.
This is the 30-year-old's first 36-hole lead/co-lead since the 2018 Masters 59 starts ago, where he led by two (69-66) and won by one (67-71) for his first and lone major title. Overall, it's his ninth halfway lead/co-lead in 225 events, previously 5-for-8 converting, two straight. On just five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, the Augusta University product eked out a +0.18 SG: Off-the-Tee and +0.61 SG: Approach, but racked up a solid +1.32 SG: Around. He exchanged five birdies at holes 11, 16, 1, 6 and 9, with five bogeys at 13, 15, 17, 5 and 7, which despite his solid short-game numbers above, were all failed scrambles. The Texan recorded an impeccable 1.39 putts per GIR and +3.15 SG: Putting with 25 total putts, converting three scoring tries from between 10 and 19 feet.
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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 18 Hideki Matsuyama hung up a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the 120th U.S. Open to reach even-par 140, up 26 places on the live leaderboard to T7, four back of 36-hole leader and playing competitor Patrick Reed (70), and records one of just three sub-70 laps on the day thus far.
This is the Japanese star's eighth consecutive U.S. Open with two prior top 10s, including a best of T2 in 2017 (Erin Hills). Overall, it's his 31st major championship with seven previous top 10s with the above-mentioned T2 his best. On seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 28-year-old gained 3.08 strokes approaching and 3.15 around-the-green. He squared two bogey-5s at 18 and 2, offset by three circles at 1, 8 (from 16'6") and 9, highlighted by a chip-in birdie-3 at 1 from 13 yards away, where he used the slope behind the hole to perfection. Matsuyama posted 1.5 putts per GIR and -0.95 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
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Defending champ Gary Woodland settled for rounds of 74-74=148 (+8) to likely miss the cut at this week's U.S. Open Championship and later revealed he's been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip.
The Kansas Jayhawk product circled seven birdies this week but also swallowed nine bogeys and a trio of doubles. He lost strokes off-the-tee this week (-0.90 SG:OTT) and also lost on approach (-0.23 SG:APP). That's unsual for the big hitter and after his round he revealed why that may be. "Obviously the last six weeks have been frustrating just pain-wise. The game is actually I feel like in a pretty good spot, doing things really well and just can't get around the pain." He would go on to say that he's been battling a torn labrum in his left hip and will be going to see a specialist on Monday to see what the next steps are. If we circle back six weeks then the ho-hum results start to make more sense. He lost a combined 4.2 strokes tee-to-green in his last four lead-in starts and posted nothing better than a T33 finish over that stretch. Gamers should wait for a clean bill of health before re-investing in fantasy leagues.
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