The on-court play was completely overwhelmed by everything outside of it this week as the new golf tournament held in London appeared to dwarf coverage of Thursday’s RBC Canadian Open – even leading to a statement from Commissioner Jay Monahan.
Golf continued and St. George’s Golf and Country Club proved to be a beautiful venue for the PGA Tour and players took advantage of early on.
Matt Fitzpatrick had an early lead with four birds in his first five holes. He would have added more before dropping a shot at his closing stretch to finish the day 6-under-64. It wasn’t the best run of the day even though Wyndham Clarke was passing through the Englishman with a stealth-free 63. Many big names lurk behind these two, with Rory McIlroy and Tony Fino leading a group that opened with the 4-under-66.
Forty-three players fired substandard rounds to open the week, which made things very cluttered in the second round. Even with so many players at par on the day, the overall average scoring was better than a stroke and a half on a tie. While the splits show no advantage, the morning saw the fewest points available and I’ll be keeping an eye on some early tee times through Friday.
Strokes gained explanation
Strokes Gained Can Give Golfers, DFS Players, and Fans More Details About How a Golfer Really Plays Scales each shot relative to the rest of the field.
Using the millions of data points you collect, the round calculates how many shots a player would need on average to get the ball into the hole from every distance and position. If a player beats these averages, he gains hits on the field.
Every situation in golf is different. Strokes earned measure how players perform in relation to a situation.
In this piece, we’ll look at a variety of measures of earned strokes:
- Strokes gained: off the tee
- Acquisition of strokes: the approach
- Gaining Strokes: Around the Green
- Acquisition of strokes: mode
- Hits earned: Hitting the ball (which is off the tee + style)
- Strokes gained: tee to green (hit the ball + around the green)
In general, SG: Ball-Striking and SG: Tee-to-Green are the most stable in the long run, while the situation is more prone to fluctuations.
You can often find the advantages of live betting by identifying golfers who hit the ball well, but don’t drop the ball. Likewise, high-performing players may fall back: putting numbers may fall back moving forward.
3 golf players to buy in the second round
If you’re asking me who I like the most to be in a position to get in on the weekend, my answer is definitely Sam Burns. However, I don’t like the odds for us because he’s now getting the top class treatment he so well deserves with short odds of going into round two. . With his start on the easiest hole on the field, this could be one of the best numbers we’ll see on him this week.
Burns shot 3-under 67 to start his week at St. George and was consistent throughout his bag. He had shots in every meter on Thursday, resulting in more than four shots on the field from the tee to the green. All he did was strong for the RBC Canadian Open and I expect him to keep it going on Friday morning.
Alex Smalley is a name I’ve been watching all this year and has shown some flashes of the game’s existence to compete. He did it again to start this tournament as he had nearly five hits with the ball on Thursday. He’s been evenly balanced both out and on approach during his stealth-free run at 67. I think this could be a championship as we see a surprising name coming up at the top and at +6600 on BetMGM going into round 2, I’d be willing to take a little bit more The flyer for the former Duke’s grad.
If I’m going lower off the board, it’s for a player I know can go down any round. Sebastian Munoz definitely has that ability because he’s often one of the guys we see near the top after the opening rounds. He played out of the afternoon wave on Thursday and managed to score 69.
The Colombian is going into the game early Friday and while he faltered a bit on his way to opening the week, I would expect him to be a player I would expect to be ready to score in the second round. He struggled to score through the last nine holes, but closed the round with strikes on the field with his last three shots on approach. I’ll be looking for him to carry that momentum into the second round, and if he can take advantage of the two 5 valences he has early in his round, he can quickly move up to the leaderboard.
3 golfers fade into the second round
Wyndham Clark is not a name I expected to see at the top of the leaderboard for starting this week. It’s someone off the tee and usually a little better for bigger trails. Clearly he was going all out on Thursday, especially on the Greens, where he had 3.89 shots on the field.
There isn’t really anything to punch holes in Clark from round one, but a fading has to do with his ability to stay on the front page of the leaderboard over the next few days. He hasn’t had a top 20 since his first event in 2022, back at the AmEx in January. I expect him to start his drift on the leaderboard on Friday because he feels uncomfortable having an overnight lead and a long day to think about it before he advances again in the afternoon.
There’s not a lot holding on to our traditional vanishing positions as nearly everyone near the top of the leaderboard has had a solid dayball shooting in overall play from the tee to the green. When I narrow down to irons, I see this approach as going to be the main class and this leads me to a Charlie Hoffman fade.
Hoffman is the only player in the top 25 to have missed hits on the field on approach. He didn’t do it with just one swing. It was a fairly consistent problem throughout the tour and only gained hits in seven of his 18 knockouts. He had two iron shots that got better than 0.8 hits on the field, which made his overall numbers look better than they generally were. I will continue to fade Hoffman this week so he can show more consistency throughout the round, especially for a player who has missed 7 of the past 8 cuts.
Justin Rose had the ugliest day, from an approach perspective, for players who finished their tour on an equal footing. He was the fifth worst player on the entire field to use his irons, but when you win 3.28 shots on the greens, he can still make a solid opening score.
We’ve seen Rose put these numbers together at times in his career and even recently, but it’s rarely sustained across an entire championship. I’ll take my chance that he can’t keep this up with the short game alone, and until the irons come along, he’ll be on my vanishing list.