Hello and welcome to Weekend Golf. After the carnage that has taken place during the first two rounds, it seems as if it’s time to turn our attention to the weekend. Adam Scott had the highest average ownership for Thursday contests and is not expected to make the cut. Louis Oosthuizen was the most popular golfer under $8,000 and looks safe for this weekend. Matt Kuchar ($7,900), Francesco Molinari ($7,700) and Kevin Kiser ($8,200) also had an average ownership of over 20 percent and will be finishing their rounds after this article is published.
The goal of this article is to provide some targets for Weekend Golf and continue to update as we approach the end of Round 2. With over half the field still in play, the cut line could move to two over par. Currently, it sits at one over par and we will only have the top 60 and ties moving into the weekend.
Jason Day ($9,500) and Rory McIlroy ($9,800) are not going to make the cut and should not be in your lineups for this weekend. Dustin Johnson ($10,000), Jordan Spieth ($9,700) and John Rahm ($9,300) have a late tee time and we won’t know if they’ll make the cut until much later tonight. I’ll have an area below for some of the guys you’ll want to consider this weekend that are currently on the bubble. Adam Scott ($8,900) and Henrik Stenson ($8,800) are sitting at three over par and are also not expected to make the cut.
Rickie Fowler ($9,200), Justin Thomas ($8,600), Brooks Koepka ($8,500)
Rickie Fowler’s flat stick has really been on this week and we can expect that to continue this weekend. If you’re playing cash games, it’ll be tough to pass on Fowler. He’ll likely be popular, and for good reason. Fowler ranks seventh on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained (SG): Putting and is in the top 20 in SG: Approach and SG: Around the Green. He might not be elite in SG: Tee to Green this season, but he’s in the top 20 at the U.S. Open this week.
Justin Thomas is 39th on the PGA Tour in SG: Tee to Green and 29th in SG: Putting this season. He only shot two under par for the first two rounds and could go overlooked this weekend. He had an average ownership of about 20 percent for Thursday’s contests and his salary only went up $300 for the weekend. Thomas is an aggressive player and currently ranks inside the top 20 in SG: Tee to Green this week. He only had one really poor hole in the first two rounds and will rack up the fantasy points this weekend.
Brooks Koepka has played well and could be another popular golfer this weekend. Koepka ranks 24th on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting and 49th in SG: Tee to Green. He’s currently in the top 10 in putting this week and in the top 50 in SG: Tee to Green. His stats this week are lining up with his season stats, making him a solid option for cash games and tournaments this weekend.
Paul Casey ($8,100), Marc Leishman ($7,700), Russell Henley ($7,700), Brian Harman ($7,500), Adam Hadwin ($7,500)
Paul Casey is really playing well and ranks second in SG: Tee to Green at the U.S. Open. He ranks 85th on the PGA Tour in SG: T2G and 125th in SG: Putting. Considering he is playing well, he is a solid option for cash games but I would consider a tournament fade since his putting could regress.
Marc Leishman is inside the top 10 in SG: Putting at the U.S. Open and is having a really solid season overall. Leishman ranks 24th in SG: T2G and 32nd in SG: Putting on the PGA tour and has the skill set to be a strong option in all formats. He struggled a little bit on Friday but ended up at even par. He only had one bogey on Thursday and should be able to stay out of trouble this weekend.
With most of the expensive golfers expected to miss the cut, a balanced approach could make sense. The salaries are reduced as well for Weekend Golf, meaning you won’t have scrape the bottom of this barrel too much.
Xander Schauffele ($7,200), William McGirt ($7,300)
Xander Schauffele should also be considered an elite cash game play since he’s a solid player in SG:Tee to Green. He ranks 71st in SG: Putting on the PGA Tour and is 50th this week. He shot a bogey-free round on Thursday and only had two bad holes on Friday. Even though he’s not the best putter available, he’s still a strong option in all formats since he’s playing so well.
William McGirt is on fire with his putter this week and ranks inside the top 10 in SG: Putting. He’s not really known as a strong putter, so he should only be considered a tournament option. His game could regress and he could really have some blow-up holes on a hard course. He might also have to deal with some weather issues on Saturday, making him a risky cash game option.
Matt Kuchar ($7,9000), Kevin Kisner ($8,200), Jordan Spieth ($9,700),
Dustin Johnson ($10,000)