DFS PGA Weekend Optimal Lineups - Honda Classic
Drew Phelps checks out every fairway and reads every read to provide you with the best Weekend Optimal Lineups for the Honda Classic.
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Well, it has been a rough week to say the least at the Honda. I said it in my playbook that these guys have to hit their spots and avoid the blow up holes. When one of the best players in the world and defending champion shoots 6 over on Friday and misses the cut, you just have to chalk it up as one of those weeks and use the weekend slate to make up that ground. Here’s to better luck this weekend.
DRAFTKINGS GPP OPTIMAL #1
Sergio Garcia $9400
Gary Woodland $8900
Daniel Berger $8400
Jason Dufner $7800
Rafa Cabrera-Bello $7700
Thomas Pieters $7500
DRAFTKINGS GPP OPTIMAL #2
Justin Thomas $9700
Tommy Fleetwood $9000
Webb Simpson $8300
Russell Henley $7800
Louis Oosthuizen $7600
Jamie Lovemark $7500
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Mark Hubbard avoided all blemishes today en route to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, giving him a share of ninth place after day one.
The San Jose State product pelted 13 greens in regulation which was tied for 20th best in the field today. From there, highlights included birdie putts from 15'3" and 17'7" at the 11th and 3rd holes, respectively. From a strokes gained standpoint, it was that 17'7" splash at the par-3 third that gained the most ground (1.13 strokes over the hole average). Hubbard was recently slumping with four straight missed cuts but he finished T17 last week at Shadow Creek and he's keeping his foot on the gas through 18 holes at Sherwood Country Club. Making his 114th start on the PGA TOUR, he is searching for his fourth career top 10 and first victory.
Added Yesterday 10:28 pm (EST)
Abraham Ancer steadied a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, good for ninth place on the early leaderboard.
Ancer striped all but one fairway today which was tied for best in the field. He used that extreme accuracy to set up 15 greens in regulation and converted on five birdies from there. The most notable was a 25'4" bomb at the par-3 third hole. Currently sharing a piece of ninth place, Ancer has now been T9 or better in four of his last seven rounds played and appears to be sneaking back into good form. He has piled up three runner-up finishes in his TOUR career but is still searching for his first victory.
Added Yesterday 10:21 pm (EST)
Patrick Cantlay tossed together a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, climbing onto page one of the early leaderboard.
The UCLA product piped 11-of-13 fairways today and pelted 13 greens in regulation. That resulted in 3.141 strokes gained tee-to-green which ranked 9th today. Perhaps that shouldn't be too surprising when you consider he's playing so close to his old stomping grounds and he was also the 54-hole co-leader at the Shriners just two weeks ago. The highlight of his round was a 37'7" birdie bomb at the par-3 eighth hole. He will now get ready for round two where he will start just three shots off the torrid pace set by Sebastian Munoz.
Added Yesterday 10:09 pm (EST)
Mackenzie Hughes cruised to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, setting himself up in a share of ninth place.
The Canadian entered the week with top 15s in four of his last six starts and he kept his foot on the gas today. Hughes piped 11-of-13 fairways on his way toward 12 greens in regulation. It was his biggest strength, the putter, that did most of the heavy lifting today, though. Hughes splashed home a steady stream of mid-range putts to gain 2.374 strokes putting over the field today (7th in the field). The Canuck has now gained strokes putting in 33 of his last 44 measured rounds. The 29-year-old is still in search of his second TOUR title, the first coming at the 2016-17 RSM Classic.
Added Yesterday 9:51 pm (EST)
Justin Rose caught fire with the flat stick during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, styling a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to position himself in a share of ninth place.
The Englishman started on the 10th tee and fired out of the gate today with birdies in six of his first seven holes to claim the early lead. The round got derailed with a double bogey at the par-4 18th but there were still plenty of positives to lean on today. How did he get the job done? "Read the greens really well today, putted it nice, felt like I hit a couple really quality iron shots as well, which is what I haven't been doing, so yeah, some good signs." Rose may have undersold his hot putter today because he walked off the course ranked first in strokes gained putting today (+3.45). He splashed home five putts from outside of 10 feet today. Rose hasn't lived up to his lofty standards in 2020 but he does have three top 15s since the restart so it hasn't been all bad. Gamers should watch closely to see how he follows up this strong opening round.
Added Yesterday 9:26 pm (EST)
Dylan Frittelli feasted on Sherwood Country Club with a 6-under-par 32-34=66 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, positioning himself in a share of fourth place.
The South African striped 10 (of 13) fairways today and from there, his irons and wedges were dialed in. Frittelli set up six scoring chances from inside six feet today. That included a near-ace at the 204-yard, par-3 third hole. Frittelli walked off the course gaining 3.35 strokes approaching-the-green, fourth-best in the field. The 30-year-old has four top 10s on the PGA TOUR including a win at TPC Deere Run and a T8 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Sherwood Country Club resembles those courses in the fact that golfers are often forced to club down off the tee and accuracy is rewarded. He is now T4 after day one, two shots off the early pace set by Sebastian Munoz.
Added Yesterday 9:11 pm (EST)
Harris English steadied a 6-under-par 33-33=66 during opening round action of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, good for a share of fourth place at day's end.
English orchestrated today's tidy round with 12-of-13 fairways hit. That kept things relatively stress-free around this Nicklaus Design. "I felt like this is definitely a second-shot golf course. Hit my irons really well today." This is a case where the stats don't match up as English actually lost 1.79 strokes on approach today while hitting a ho-hum 12 greens in regulation. What he did do, though, was splash home a trio of birdie putts from the 14-to-19 foot range and also hole out from the greenside bunker at the par-3 eighth. His four-hole birdie train from 7 thru 10 gained 3.62 shots over the field which accounts for 94 percent of his strokes gained today. The Georgia Bulldog has finishes of T12 or better in four of his last six starts and he continues to trend toward the winner's circle. He's a two-time TOUR winner but hasn't lifted a trophy since the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November of 2013.
Added Yesterday 8:46 pm (EST)
Tyrrell Hatton continues to fill his confidence tank and did more of the same today with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, good for a share of second place alongside Justin Thomas.
The Englishman went back home to the U.K. after the U.S. Open and got to work with his swing coach (his father). That is what Hatton is crediting for this stellar run of form which includes a win at Wentworth, a T3 last week at Shadow Creek, and now a strong start at Sherwood CC. The Englishman made it look easy today, particularly with the irons. Hatton set up 10 scoring chances from inside of 12 feet before his day was done. He converted on eight of them while dropping just one shot along the way. Hatton has now gained 37.513 strokes over the field in his last nine worldwide rounds. Gamers should keep investing until Hatton cools off.
Added Yesterday 8:20 pm (EST)