The first round is coming to a close at the 2022 Wyndham Championship, so we now have an idea of who to play for tomorrow’s round 2 showdown. John Huh absolutely crushed today by shooting a -9 under 61 in addition to a bogey free round. He might have a good feel for the course, but we’ll discuss why it’s not worth going back to him tomorrow. Instead, we’ve prepared a list of solid options that are in a better position to break this PGA DFS slate.
The morning wave had nearly a half stroke advantage over the afternoon wave today. This was mostly due to the winds and overall playing conditions being calm throughout the morning. First round leader John Huh, for example, was in the earliest tee grouping today and reaped the benefits. He’s not likely to replicate the same amazing performance in round 2.
I wouldn’t suggest going all in on the morning wave guys, but there’s currently an advantage given the first round statistics. The weather in North Carolina is looking relatively calm tomorrow morning, so a similar outcome wouldn’t be surprising. In this case, consider the starting tee times for the golfers you like prior to drafting lineups.
It’s generally smart to fade the guys at the top of the leaderboard after round 1, but this is a different situation for a golfer like Sungjae Im. Sungjae has one of the highest OWGRs in the field, and he tends to do well in events like the Wyndham Championship. Elements like hitting fairways, approach play, and putting are essential to doing well at this course, and they’re also some of Sungjae’s strong-suits.
Sungjae did excellent work on the par 5s today by scoring two eagle 3s. He added four birdies on top of this to finish the day with a -7 under 63 and nearly a bogey free round. All things considered, he’s doing very well for Draftkings scoring purposes.
Unlike John Huh who currently leads the tournament, we know Sungjae Im is capable of posting consecutive low rounds. Although it’s early, he’s in a situation where he can win, and he’s likely to establish some distance if he can tomorrow. Given his status, it’s worth taking a large stand on the South Korean in tomorrows GPPs.
Joohyung (Tom) Kim
It was hard not to think the worst after Joohyung Kim quadruple-bogeyed his first hole of the tournament. In unbelievable fashion, Kim managed to record 7 birdies and go 3-under on the day. He did not have a single bogey after his 4-stroke mistake on the first hole.
This type of bounce back likely accompanies a great sense of confidence from Kim. He could’ve easily hung his head, withdrew, and been done for the weekend, but instead he still has a chance to win. It’s worth going right back to Tom Kim considering he fired an elite, bogey-free 17 holes after one mistake.
Kim will start round 2 on the projected cutline of -3. He’s currently in a position to make the cut, but look for him to gain substantial ground if he can avoid dropping strokes. We know he can go low and play well in clutch situations considering his two recent top 10 finishes.
Tarren currently sits at even par through one round but don’t let this fool you. He’s going on three top 25 finishes in a row and has several low rounds throughout this stretch. With four birdies and four bogeys today, Tarren clearly had a shaky first round, but it’s promising that he can convert birdies. Tomorrow he’s in a situation where he’ll be chasing the cutline, so low-scoring is a must.
Key Points for Callum Tarren
- At least one round of 66 or lower in his last three tournaments
- Low round of 63 at the 3M open
- Three consecutive top 25 finishes
- Two top 10 finishes in the past month
- Early start time gives him a potential scoring advantage.
There’s no guarantee that Callum Tarren makes the cut tomorrow, but he has a good chance given his early start time and ability to go low. He tees off at 8:40 AM ET / 7:40 AM CT.
The three golfers discussed here are only the beginning to building lineups. Round 2 showdown is interesting because the player pool remains large, giving way to a wider range of outcomes. It sometimes helps to focus on guys that are chasing the cutline with a proven ability to go low. You can also consider whether there’s a wave advantage before building lineups to give yourself an edge. Thank you for reading, hopefully these picks help you win in PGA DFS.