TPC Shawgrass showed yesterday it has to be treated with the upmost respect, with so much water lurking on nearly every hole, it’s easy to mount up a huge score, just ask Rory McIlroy.
There will be plenty of people who have had their outright bets ruined after day one, or are completely shot when it comes to their DraftKings line-ups. However, not to worry, there’s still chance of winning a bit of money at The Players Championship.
Last time we posted a day two three-ball parlay, we landed a monster +7669 winner at the PGA Championship.
Tony Finau - Mickelson/Howell/Finau
Tony Finau obviously had an awful day yesterday, with the American expected to play well at the Players Championship, his chances look pretty much over after the opening few holes.
However, he’s too good to repeat that, he dropped 3.38 shots on the field around the green on the opening day, a department he’s only dropped shots in once in his last 12 events.
His putter actually looked pretty solid on Thursday. T2G and around the green are usually strong points for Finau, but everyone is allowed one off day.
Phil was pretty handy with the putter on day one, it’s hard to say you can expect the same on Friday.
Michael Thompson - Gay/Thompson/Munoz
Michael Thompson is a great putter, and has a pretty solid all-round game, with not many demons in any department. He played well on the opening day, and this bet is more about fading others.
If you think Munoz can keep up 2.84 shots gained with the putter, then you are a braver man than me. He’s averaging -1.1 shots to the field with the putter in his last five events.
Not much concern about Gay, he had a hard opening day, and given his recent form I’d expect a repeat on Friday.
Webb Simpson - Garcia/Simpson/Mcilroy
If you think Sergio Garcia will gain 3.77 shots with the putter again, you are mad. It just won’t happen. Webb finished one under, which is pretty impressive given his irons let him down, the putter is working, if he can get his short game going he’s a live bet to win this.
Obviously, Rory could and should be much better today, but he’s still struggling to find his game and even though it’s improved, I wouldn’t trust his short game enough here.
Cameron Smith - Smith/Frittelli/Bradley
Like Garcia, there’s not much chance that Bradley has a day-out with his putter like he did on the opening day.
Cameron Smith has been one of the most consistent golfers in recent weeks, which showed yesterday with all his stats being ok. He’s gained over four shots with his irons in the last two events, if he gets these going on day two, he should be climbing up that leaderboard.
Max Homa - Homa/Poston/Knox
Like Smith, Homa has been on a heater of late. All good things come to an end, but there’s a difference between his run ending, and losing to Poston and Knox.
Homa dropped shots with the putter yesterday, which is a bit out of character, given he’s averaged 3.1 shots gained on the field in the last five events.
I have no real concerns with Poston, Knox is the one to beat, he had a steady round yesterday but I’d rather be on Homa in a match-bet here.
Live outright pick: Webb Simpson @ +2800