PGA DFS Podcast - Rocket Mortgage Classic
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Playing out of the final twosome with leader Dustin Johnson (68) and making his PGA Championship debut, World No. 59 Scottie Scheffler backed up with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round at TPC Harding Park, dropping two places into a five-way T4 on 10-under 270, three short of champion Collin Morikawa, who fired a 64 out of the penultimate twosome.
The TOUR rookie, chasing his first victory in 31 career events, settles for his 10th top 25 of the season in 20 starts, third straight, and his fifth top 10, four of those top 5s. This was his fourth overall major appearance and bags his first top 25, bettering a T27 at the 2017 U.S. Open, where he was low amateur. For the week, the 24-year-old, who began the day T2 and one back, totaled 21 birdies against 11 bogeys, T2 in the former but T34 in the latter. In the finale, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.598 strokes off-the-tee and 1.037 around, but losing 0.533 on approach and 0.848 on-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 13, but penciled just three birdies after realizing six, four and eight the first three rounds.
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Playing out of the penultimate twosome, World No. 77 Cameron Champ mustered an even-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship, falling eight spots to T10 on 8-under 272, five adrift of champion and playing competitor Collin Morikawa, who fired a day- and week-tying-low 64.
After opening with 71-64-67, the Sacramento native began T2, one back of leader Dustin Johnson. He hit six (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 0.667 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.197 approaching and 0.745 around-the-green. The 25-year-old, vying for his second win of the season and second in California (Safeway in Napa), circled four birdies at holes 4, 6 (from 56'6"), 10 and 17, taking some shine off with bogey-5s at 12 and 15 (3-putt from 28'4"), and double bogey-6 at nine while tied for the lead. He recorded 1.867 putts per GIR and -0.471 SG: Putting, but a 12-footer for birdie-2 at 17 got him back into the top 10. This was the Texas A&M's second PGA (T54/2019) and overall, his third major and first top 25, brushing aside a previous-best T32 at the 2017 U.S. Open while still an amateur. For the week, he totaled 19 birdies versus nine bogeys and one double, and ranked 3rd in SG: OTT (6.299).
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Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, World No. 7 Bryson DeChambeau muscled his way to a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship in San Francisco, up three places into a five-way T4 on 10-under 270, three adrift of fellow California native and champion Collin Morikawa, who shot 64.
This was the 26-year-old's fourth PGA and first top 25 (T33, 2017), and overall, his first top 10 in 15 major appearances, bettering a previous-best T21at the 2016 Masters while still an amateur. He improves to 10-for-14 on the season with nine top 10s, and is the season-leader in top-5 finishes with seven. For the week, he carded rounds of 68-70-66-66 and tallied 23 birdies, No. 1 in that stat, against 13 bogeys, T49 in that stat. On Sunday, the SMU product began T7, three back of leader Dustin Johnson, and found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation. He gained 2.955 strokes off-the-tee and 1.230 on approach, but lost 0.512 around and 0.419 on-the-green. The Dallas resident outpaced two bogeys at holes 8 and 9 (3-putt from 53'5"), with six circles at 1, 2, 4, 7 (from 15'3"), 14 and 16, posting 1.733 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. He ranked No. 1 for the week in SG: OTT (7.311) but 63rd in SG: Around (-1.313) and T51 in Scrambling.
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Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, two-time defending champ and World No. 6 Brooks Koepka labored to a 4-over-par 39-35=74 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship, cratering 25 places to T29 on 3-under 277, a distant 10 in arrears of champion Collin Morikawa, who fired a day- and week-tying-low 64.
The four-time major winner, vying for his third straight PGA title, failed miserably as Morikawa raced to the finish one group behind. On seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he posted -1.484 SG: Off-the-Tee, -0.595 SG: Approach, -0.294 SG: Around, and -2.374 SG: Tee-to-Green. The 30-year-old, who began the day two swings back of leader Dustin Johnson, outbalanced two birdies with six bogeys, including four on an outward, birdie-less nine, that ended his chances. For the week, he recorded progressively worse rounds of 66-68-69-74 and totaled 16 birdies against 13 bogeys while ranking 7th in SG: Approach (5.993) but 56th in SG: OTT (-0.720) and 57th in SG: Around (-0.723). The FSU product's streak of five straight top-5 finishes in majors came to a screeching halt, but was certainly in position for another before a forgettable Sunday at TPC Harding Park.
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Playing out of the eighth-to-last twosome and making his major debut, World No. 53 Matthew Wolff twirled a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship to conclude on 10-under 270, up nine places to T4, three short of champion Collin Morikawa, who carded a day- and week-tying-low 64.
After kicking off with 69-68-68, the California native began T13 on 5-under , one shy of the overnight top 10 and four back of leader Dustin Johnson. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 0.786 strokes around but gaining 2.082 off-the-tee and 2.968 on approach. The 21-year-old squared two bogey-5s at holes 5 and 14, smothered by five birdies at holes 7-9, 16 and 18, and an eagle-3 at 10 from 12'11". He registered 1.538 putts per GIR and -0.028 SG: Putting, converting each of his birdie tries from inside of 11 feet and missing five putts from inside of eight feet, lowlighted by a missed par-saver at 14 from 41 inches. For the week, the Oklahoma State product totaled one eagle and 14 birdies versus six bogeys and ranked No. 1 in SG: TTG (14.106) though 66th in SG: Putting (-0.501). He improves to 14-for-19 on the season with two top 10s (2nd, Rocket Mortage as the 54-hole leader by three), and bumps 11 places to 33rd in the FedExCup standings.
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Playing out of the final twosome, overnight leader and World No. 5 Dustin Johnson birdied two of his final three holes to salvage a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, dipping one spot into a two-way T2 on 11-under 269, two back of champion Collin Morikawa, who fired a day- and week-tying-low 64 out of the penultimate twosome, and drops to 0-for-4 as the 54-hole leader/co-leader in a major.
After opening with 69-67-65, the 36-year-old led by one over two players, two clear of Morikawa. On seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he gained 1.332 strokes approaching but lost 0.359 off-the-tee and eked out a 0.112 on-the-green. The Coastal Carolina product scribbled down four birdies at holes 1, 4, 16 and 18, taking some luster off with two bogeys at 3 (3-putt from 56'9") and 14. He posted 1.909 putts per GIR with 26 total putts, the latter aided by a pitch-in birdie-3 at 15 from 50 yards away, and birdie-4 from the fringe at 4 (12'5"). Johnson played holes 5-15 in birdie-less 1-over, before some late heroics brought him back to the podium, including a walk-off from 16'9". This was his 11th PGA, sixth top 10 and second straight runner-up, and overall, his 18th top 10 in 43 majors and third runner-up in his last five tries. The South Florida resident, who was vying for his second major title and second win of the season, jumps 10 spots to 15th in the FedExCup standings with the Playoffs starting in two weeks.
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Playing out of the third-to-last twosome with two-time defender Brooks Koepka (74), World No. 28 Paul Casey tossed up a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship to reach 11-under 269, up two spots into a two-way T2, two adrift of champion Collin Morikawa, who fired a day- and week-tying low 64 one group behind.
The 43-year-old, chasing his first major win in 64 tries, settles for his 10th top 10 and eclipses a previous-best T3 at the 2010 Open (St. Andrews). This was his 18th PGA and second top 10 (T10, 2016), and records his 10th runner-up finish in 274 events, first since solo 2nd at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach as the 54-hole leader by three. The Englishman improves to 10-for-12 on the season with five top 25s, first since a prior-season-best T11 at the WGC-Mexico, and is projected to jump 67 places (from 121 to 54) in the FedExCup standings with the Playoffs on the horizon. For the week, he posted rounds of 68-67-68-66 and totaled 16 birdies versus three bogeys and one double. On Sunday, the Scottsdale resident landed seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.800 strokes approaching and 2.321 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 13, offset by five circles at 4, 5, 10, 14 and 16, all from inside of nine feet. Casey registered 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.932 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
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Playing out of the penultimate twosome and making his PGA Championship debut, World No. 12 Collin Morikawa painted a bogey-free, day- and week-tying-low, 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship in San Francisco to wrap on 13-under 267, up three places on the day and good for a two-shot victory over runners-up Paul Casey, who shot 66 out of the third-to-last twosome, and overnight leader Dustin Johnson (68).
The 23-year-old, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, bags his first major title in just his second major, bettering a T35 at the 2019 U.S. Open at nearby Pebble Beach. He claims his third PGA TOUR title in 29 events (27 pro), all in come-from-behind fashion, and second of the season, second in his last three starts, joining a playoff win at the inaugural Workday Charity Open three starts ago, where he came from three back (solo 3rd) with 6-under 66 before defeating 54-hole leader Justin Thomas in extra time. Overall, the UC-Berkeley alum improves to 17-for-18 on the season with 11 top 25s and six top 10s, and is projected to bump four spots to 2nd in the FedExCup standings. For the week, he carded rounds of 69-69-65-64 and tallied one eagle and 18 birdies against seven bogeys, ranking No. 1 in SG: Putting at 8.076 (2.437 in R4). In the finale, the Los Angeles native striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.511 strokes approaching but gaining 2.383 off-the-tee and 0.945 around. He rang up four birdies at holes 3, 4, 10 and 14 (pitch-in from 54'2" away), adding a dramatic eagle-2 from 7'4" at the par-4 16th after driving the green.
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