It was a solid week in Mexico for the PGA DFS playbook.  While Jon Rahm did not win, he finished runner up to Tony Finau.  I always feel good for a guy like Tony when he gets a victory because he’s done everything but win a major in his career.  My one and done play Patrick Rodgers started slow but finished strong getting into the Top 10 by the end of the weekend.  We saw once again why this Akshay Bhatia kid is going to be someone to watch in the coming years on the PGA Tour.  While that event was terrific for growing the game of golf, we need to focus our attention on Charlotte, North Carolina for another designated event.  

The PGA Tour travels north to the Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship.  The course was overhauled before the 2017 PGA Championship was held here and it is now a par 71 with just three par 5's and four par 3's that stretches out nearly 7,600 yards.  Players must score on the Par 5's to put themselves in position to contend over the weekend.  Quail Hollow features six holes in which players have a better than average chance to make eagle.   All of the Par 5's are reachable in two and two of the Par 4's are actually drivable for the bombers.  We've also got three 200 plus yard Par 3s, one of which is 250 yards.  It's no wonder that Rory McIlory has won this event three times including his very first PGA Tour victory because driving the golf ball is at a premium this weekend.  Total driving stands out as the most important stat of the week.

There is a stacked field this weekend, but unlike major championships, we will be missing the Top 2 players in the world Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler.  They both obviously picked this as their one skip of the season’s designated events.  When you look over this field, despite those two big names out, you still have a ton of fantastic players and you can’t list all of them in the playbook.  You have to pick your guys and stick with them.  I know Rory did not look good at Augusta but this is his course and I’ll pay whatever to get him in my lineups this weekend.  The value of the weekend is Justin Thomas even though my gut tells me it’s a trap, I just can’t ignore him under 9K especially on a course he has such a great track record on including winning the 2017 PGA Championship.    

Bombers are definitely my primary target this weekend but we’ve seen course managers have success at this tournament because you need to know when to attack this golf course.  The players need to do their homework on this track because it can break you down really quick.  It is also an advantage if the golfer has great ball striking skills with their long irons and a terrific short game.  Putting is always important but this course is not known for the most challenging greens.

The weather looks pretty good on tobacco road this weekend for the Wells Fargo.  The forecast on Thursday and Friday is calling for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 70s.  As for the weekend, there is a 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon and overnight on Saturday but should clear up in the morning for the final round on Sunday.  There really is no advantage in tee times this weekend.



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