The 3M Open tees off on Thursday morning with a much weaker field than we’ve been used to seeing since the PGA Tour started up again. There are still a few big names hovering at the top, but it’s mostly a wide-open field of unknowns. It may be best to wait and see in terms of Showdown strategy heading into the weekend, but if you want to get out ahead of everyone, you can throw some lineups into the Round 1 Showdown contest on DraftKings. Let’s go over some daily fantasy golf picks for the first round.
Tony Finau ($10,200)
There’s a reason Finau is priced up in Showdown and down a bit in Classic contests. We saw Finau get out to a hot start last week at Muirfield Village at a much tougher course. If Finau’s putter is hot out the gate, and his ball striking stays hot as well, we could see him leading after Round 1 again. The idea here is we’re banking on Finau killing it to make the cut and then imploding later in the weekend.
Matthew Wolff ($9,400)
Wolff is the defending champion here and his price is actually a bit lower for Round 1 Showdown. He’s another golfer who is streaky and unpredictable at times, so if you want to leverage a bit in Showdown, that may not be a bad idea. Playing him in Round 1 in hopes that he gets super hot at a course he shot a 62 at last year makes sense. I can’t imagine ownership on any one golfer will be extraordinarily high in Round 1 Showdown. Comfort level could be a factor here.
Doc Redman ($8,800)
You’ll notice a trend as we hit Redman in the $8K range. These are all golfers who can score like crazy but are pretty volatile. Redman has been one of the better golfers since the PGA Tour came back in June. He missed the cut at Memorial, but so did a lot of great golfers, including the guy at the top — Dustin Johnson. So Redman should get back to scoring again this week. He didn’t even hit the ball bad at Muirfield, he just couldn’t putt. This is a guy who had gained at least 5.1 total strokes in each of the past three tournaments before the MC.
Si-Woo Kim ($7,900)
Si-WOOOOOOO — as my colleague Pat Mayo likes to say — has made four straight cuts?!? What is this world? So Kim is coming off his best tournament since the restart, striking his irons incredibly well at Muirfield while also gaining 3.1 strokes putting at a tough track. I know he finished higher at Travelers, but that was a much easier course. Is this the week Kim fails and misses the cut? Perhaps. We’re also in Round 1 Showdown, so as long as Kim keeps it together on Thursday, we’ll be OK. If the irons stay hot and the putter gives us anything, Kim has sneaky Round 1 leader upside.