The final round of the Scottsdale AZ Open begins on Thursday, with lineups locking on DraftKings at 10:00 a.m. ET. For the final round, regular showdown rules will apply (no placing points).
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STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 2Here’s how the top-5 sits after round two. Scores for the Scottsdale Open are updated intermittently during the round and won’t be fully updated or finalized on DraftKings until after the round is complete. Here’s how we sit going into the final round on Thursday.
1. Carson Roberts -13
2. Joel Dahmen -12
3. Zach Smith -10
T4. Colt Knost -9
Carson Roberts, a winner on the Outlaw Tour a month or so ago, shot a nine-under par 61 in round two to take a one-shot lead over PGA regular and pre-event favorite Joel Dahmen. Those two are a couple shots clear of third place Zach Smith, the surprise player of the event thus far, who hung tough in round two and remains just three shots back.
Chasing them is a pack at 9-under that includes former PGA member Colt Knost. Behind them lurks mini-Tour dynamo Mark Anguiano at eight-under par and PGA pro Kevin Streelman at seven-under. The final round starts just after 7:00 A.M. local time with lineups on DraftKings locking at 10:00 AM ET.
SCOTSDALE AZ OPEN: FINAL ROUND TARGETSMark Anguiano ($9,200): I wrote up Anguiano yesterday because of his hot recent form and early tee time on Wednesday and he came through with flying colors, recording a seven under 63. The American has been red hot on the mini-Tours for months now and enters this final round five shots back of a solo leader. While recording back-to-back low rounds is always tough, Anguiano is used to the under-the-gun nature of these three round events and will have the luxury of a slightly earlier tee time than the leaders. With his price staying stagnant on DraftKings, even after a stellar round two, I like targeting him again as he seems close to closing one out soon and will need a repeat of his round from Wednesday if that’s going to happen.
KK Limbhasut ($8,900): Limbhasut had been tearing it up on the Outlaw and Golden State Tours prior to this week, recording four top-5 finishes—including a win at the GCU Championships—in his last six starts. The 24-year-old Thai had been in solid form even before the major Tours stopped, recording a T12 in Mexico at the last Korn Ferry Tour stop. He opened this week with a 67 and shot a strong round of 66 in the PM wave on Wednesday on the back of six birdies. Considering his top-5 strike rate over the last month and competitive form, seeing him finish strong here would not be overly shocking and at under 9k, you have to like the affordable price you’re getting for him in the final round showdown here.
Jimmy Gunn ($8,100): I mentioned Gunn as a solid target at the beginning of the week, and while he started slowly, a second round 65, on the back of six birdies, showcased the kind of form he was carrying into this week. The Scotsman had been one of the top birdie-getters in his last mini-Tour start and he’ll have an earlier tee time to work with on Thursday, going off more than an hour before the leaders. Gunn’s experience and the fact he was coming in here off a top-5 finish means he’s another player you should be looking to for a strong finish, especially with the added prize purse up for grabs this week.
Colt Knost ($7,900): This one seems fairly simple. Here you have a former PGA player, albeit a mostly retired one, who had a stronger career than most of the men in the field this week. Knost was a talented player in his prime and he’s clearly not lost his magic touch yet as evidenced by the fact he’s now racked up rounds of 65-66 to start this week. You have to think he’d love nothing better than to steal this one from some of the current pros in the field and, at under 8k his DraftKings price remains far to cheap and places him beneath players who have yet to even sniff a PGA start in their careers. He’s a pure price play at this level and sure to be one of the more popular DK plays in round three.
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VALUETOWNJeremy Paul ($7,700): Paul had been on fire entering this week, as the German came into this event off the back of a 3rd place finish from the week prior and a T5 the week before that. Paul looked a little fatigued to begin this event, opening with a 70 that saw him record just three birdies, however, he bounced back nicely with a 65 in round two and looks quite underpriced now at just 7.7k, which is actually $200 cheaper than his twin brother Yannik ($7,900), who he’s been outperforming lately. He’s solid value in the upper 7k range.
Ryan Dillion ($7,000): Dillion is playing this event for the fourth straight year and has finished inside the top-20 on each appearance at Talking Stick. He enters this year’s final round at just one-under, making the cut on the number. Since placement points don’t matter here, I like taking advantage of his early tee time on Thursday, which will see him go off at 7:18 AM, more than two hours before the leaders. Early tee time aside, he also went bogey-free in round two and may just be a hot putter away from recording a low round.
Steve Alker ($6,600): Alker looks like the best value on the board to me, as the New Zealander, who is a full-time member on the Korn Ferry Tour, and also spent more than one season as a PGA member, is priced well below numerous players who have never made a start on either of the major Tours. While he hasn’t been flashing superb form of late, he did finish T22 in a start on the GST two weeks ago and shot a bogey-free six under in round two. He’s way underpriced here and a perfect value-compliment for final round lineups.
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