The key to winning big in pools and Draftkings is finding some hidden gems. I have looked through the field and found 5 guys that I think could surprise this week at Baltusrol.
Driving is a big key at the challenging Baltusrol and Woodland is one of the tour’s best with the big stick. The Kansas product ranks 14th on tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, and has been great of late, with a t21st at the Quicken Loans, 2nd at the Barracuda, and a t12th at the Open Championship.
The former PGA Championship winner has seen his career tailspin since the anchor ban, until recently when he switched to the same Bettinardi arm-lock putter that Matt Kuchar uses. Since then Bradley has rattled off 3 made cuts in 4 events, highlighted by his top 10 at the Memorial and top 20 at the Open Championship.
Castro’s name doesn’t jump off the page, but the pro has risen from 304th in the world rankings to 104th in 2016. Castro plays well at demanding courses, as evidenced by his 2nd at Quail Hollow, t11th at the Memorial and t8th at Pebble Beach. I also like his recent form, Castro made the cut at last week’s RBC Canadian Open, and finished t11th at the Barbasol the week prior.
Another former major champion who has refound his form since switching to the arm-lock putting style is Webb Simpson. The Wake Forest alum has three top 11 finishes in his last 5 starts and ranks 15th in strokes gained tee-to-green.
Si Woo Kim
Kim has been stellar of late, losing the Barbasol Championship in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley, and backed it up with a solid t23rd at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. When Kim’s game is clicking his strong tee-to-green game paces his scoring, a good formula for Baltusrol.