The Tap In – Safeway Open

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Welcome, everyone, to the first edition of the Tap In – my weekly look at Sunday’s Showdown golf slate on DraftKings. Hopefully you can finish the week strong (or make a comeback from a bad week in some cases) with some Final Round Showdown action on DraftKings and FanDuel using some of my favorite plays. As always, I welcome all of your feedback on the article – feel free to email me at coachkrall20@gmail.com or (better yet) sign up for your free trial of DPA Premium content and join me in our Slack Chat to share any thoughts or suggestions you might have. Thanks a lot for your time!

This year’s Safeway Open from Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA proved to be anything but wine and cheese for the leaders after the first two rounds of action. The two members of the final group on Saturday, Nick Watney and Bryson DeChambeau, combined to shoot 4-over par Saturday. They relinquished their lead to long-hitting Cameron Champ, who’s 5-under par 67 Saturday gives him a 3-shot lead over Canadians Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin, as well as last week’s winner at the Greenbrier Sebastian Munoz. It should be an exciting Sunday as we watch to see if anyone can chase down Champ to claim the title. Here are the players I like heading into Final Round Showdown contests on Sunday.

Sungjae Im ($10,000)

On the surface it would appear as though this week has been a disappointment for Im to this point. But a closer look at the stats through three days paints a very different picture. Im leads the field in Strokes Gained: Approach and is 2nd in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking through three rounds, but has lost an amazing 7.1 strokes Around The Green. That is three strokes worse than anyone else in the field this week and 4.5 more than he has ever lost in an event as a professional – I’ll bet against this continuing into Sunday. Last week’s runner-up at the Sanderson Farms appears to be locked in with his irons – I’ll give him another shot to turn around his short game Sunday.

Chez Reavie ($9,200)

The $9K range is filled with great options heading into Sunday, but I’ll go with Reavie over the rest of the pack. Reavie is the only player in the field this week to gain strokes on Approach and Off The Tee in each of the first three rounds heading into Sunday. Currently tied for the lead in Birdies Made this week, Reavie has only been held back by a mediocre putter leading to a loss of 0.2 strokes so far on the greens. But ranking 3rd in both Strokes Gained: Approach and Ball Striking through three days has covered up the issues on the greens, and I’ll ride that iron play again Sunday on my rosters.

Adam Hadwin ($8,600)

Hadwin made a charge up the leaderboard Saturday, leading the field in Strokes Gained: Approach on Day 3, gaining an outstanding 3.2 strokes Saturday. Usually a tremendous putter, Hadwin lost 1.1 strokes on the greens Saturday, but was still able to post a 5-under par 67 to move into 2nd place heading into Sunday’s final round. A deeper dive into Hadwin’s putting stats proves how rare his struggles Saturday actually were. Hadwin only lost 1.1 strokes or more on the greens 17 times in 2019, a really low number for players on Tour. But the best part of this stat is how he has bounced back from these poor rounds – he has only lost strokes putting in the round following a poor performance four times in 2019! Great putters make corrections quickly, and Hadwin certainly qualifies there – I’ll ride the hot ball striking at bank on a bounceback on the greens Sunday.

Brian Gay ($7,600)

I played Gay as one of the key compenents to my Round 3 Showdown teams Saturday, which looked to be a great call as he was 5-under par after his front nine and had taken the lead in the tournament. But a disastrous 10th hole in which he hit two balls out of bounds off the tee derailed what was a great round. Despite that setback he played the rest of his round at 1-under coming in and still finds himself in the Top 10 heading into Sunday. Gay is one of three players to make a whopping 17 birdies through the first three rounds, proving he has the ability to shoot up the leaderboard as he did early Saturday. I’m going to bank on him shaking off one bad hole Saturday and playing his way into contention on Sunday.

Aaron Baddeley ($6,700)

Baddeley is yet to find a day where everything has clicked in his game. Thursday he struggled off the tee, losing 1.6 strokes on tee shots alone, and on Friday the usually sure-handed putter lost 3 strokes on the greens. Saturday proved to be the most consistent day for Baddeley of the week as he gained on the greens, as he usually does, and only played slightly below average ball striking. You are really grasping for straws this week in this bottom range, so I’ll take Baddeley as the guy with the best pedigree of the possibilities in this range Sunday. 

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