Coming off Day 1 of the Bridgestone last week, I was happy as a clam, my DFS squad resting in the #238 slot with Phil Mickelson my one player over par. I felt good about picking big hitters J.B. Holmes and Hudson Swafford, but ironically, Swafford, my cheapest play of the week, was the only one to finish under.
This week, we move to Charlotte, North Carolina for the last of the season's Grand Slams at Quail Hollow. At 7600 yards, Quail is among the longest venues to host the PGA, so I pretty much went along with the same logic as last week: Big hitters off the tee and guys who can hit the greens in regulation the most consistently.
Rory McIlroy ($11,800): Here is the Zen at work, but Rory, who tied for fifth last week at the Bridgestone after three great final days, is totally in the groove after his back injury and ready to take a title.
Hideki Matsuyama ($10,500): Another red-hot swinger, Matsuyama averages 87.4 points a week and is coming off a huge win at Firestone last week. The hot hand can be ephemeral, but I am not so sure about that here.
J.B. Holmes ($7400): Holmes started strong last week and then fell apart. Still, on the long course he ranks among the top with measured tee shots greater than 320 and I am indeed looking at big hitters.
Bubba Watson ($7300): Bubba has certainly been struggling this season, making just 11 of 18 cuts and averaging just over 54 points a week. But, he too is a big hitter and is due, and since I spent a lot on the top end, the bottom feeders have to come through.
Jhonattan Vegas ($6500): Surprisingly low-priced, Vegas is another big hitter who won the Canadian two weeks ago and made a top-25 showing last week at the Bridgestone.
John Daly ($6300): The ultimate big hitter these days, picking Daly is part sentiment, part skill, but mostly hope-based.
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