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Round 4 Recap — Sunday
Justin Thomas roars back to win THE PLAYERS Championship
After a great weekend, Thomas ($9,900; 129.5 DKFP) claimed his first win of the PGA TOUR season with a four-under final round at TPC Sawgrass. Thomas hit a clutch eagle on No. 11 to go with four birdies and two bogeys on the day. After opening the week with a pair of one-under rounds, he made his charge on moving day with an eight-under Saturday. He played in the second-to-last group on Sunday and claimed his 14th PGA Tour victory. He won by one stroke over third-round leader Lee Westwood ($7,200; 103.5 DKFP) and can now add THE PLAYERS Championship to his trophy case next to his two WGC Titles and his PGA Championship from 2017. The win is Thomas’s fifth top-10 finish of the season but his first since early January. — Zach Thompson
Lee Westwood, Bryson DeChambeau come up short at THE PLAYERS
A second straight duel between Westwood ($7,200; 103.5 DKFP) and DeChambeau ($9,700; 107.5 DKFP) seemed lined up for Sunday, but both players struggled and finished behind Justin Thomas ($9,900; 129.5 DKFP). Westwood posted his second straight runner-up finish, continuing a strong run of play for the 47-year-old during this late-career resurgence. DeChambeau wasn’t able to pull off back-to-back wins, but he has posted top-25 finishes in four of his five events in 2021. Brian Harman ($6,900; 107.0 DKFP) finished tied with DeChambeau for third while Paul Casey ($8,400; 105.0 DKFP) and Talor Gooch ($7,000; 94.5 DKFP) rounded out the top five. Corey Conners ($7,400; 90.0 DKFP) matched the best round of the day to finish in seventh. — Zach Thompson
Round 3 Recap — Saturday
Lee Westwood holds two-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau heading into final round at THE PLAYERS
Westwood’s ($7,200; 101.5 DKFP) incredible form continued Saturday, posting a four-under 68 at TPC Sawgrass. He now has the best odds (+250) on DraftKings Sportsbook to secure the top prize tomorrow at THE PLAYERS. Following a five-under 67 for the third round, DeChambeau ($9,700; 87 DKFP) moved himself up the leaderboard and will be going for his second PGA victory in two weeks Sunday afternoon. Next is Justin Thomas ($9,900; 90 DKFP) and Doug Ghim ($6,200; 82 DKFP), who are tied for third place at -10. From a DFS perspective, it is worth noting that Westwood was only owned 3.27% and Ghim was at 2.96% in DraftKings’ Millionaire Contest this week. — Alex Hunter
Justin Thomas vaults into tie for third at THE PLAYERS
Thomas ($9,900; 90 DKFP) had the low round at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, using an eight-under 64 to move up 19 spots into a tie for third. He began his third round with four consecutive birdies before giving a shot back on five and closing his day with three birdies an an eagle on 16. He trails Lee Westwood ($7,200; 101.5 DKFP) by three shots heading into Sunday and is even with Doug Ghim ($6,200; 82 DKFP) at -10. Cam Smith ($7,900; 67 DKFP) had the next-best round at seven under and sits in a tie for seventh at -7. He poured in a whopping seven birdies to go along with an eagle, but carded a double-bogey on 10. — Kenny Ducey
Round 2 Recap — Friday
Lee Westwood leads by one stroke at THE PLAYERS Championship
After his runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Westwood’s ($7,200) strong form has continued at TPC Sawgrass. While many of the best players have struggled at the famous track this week, the 47-year-old has flourished with an opening round three-under 69, and then a six-under 66 on Friday. He currently sits at -9, one stroke ahead of Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,200) in second place, who is followed by Sergio Garcia ($7,500) and Chris Kirk ($7,000) who are tied for third. Despite the near victory at Bay Hill last weekend, Westwood only garnered a 3.27% ownership in DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker contest this week. He, Fitzpatrick and Bryson DeChambeau ($9,700) are tied at +500 for the best odds to win THE PLAYERS, per DraftKings Sportsbook. — Alex Hunter
Webb Simpson headlines list of notable missed cuts at THE PLAYERS Championship
It was not a good week for the chalk golfers. The second round technically still has some holes left on Saturday — play was suspended due to darkness — but three of the top five golfers in terms of ownership at THE PLAYERS Championship will miss the cut. That includes Simpson ($9,500), who was the highest-owned golfer in the entire field at approximately 26.3%. Patrick Cantlay ($9,200) will also miss the cut as the second-highest owned golfer, while Tony Finau ($9,100) will miss the cut as the fifth-highest owned golfer. Joaquin Niemann ($7,700) and Collin Morikawa ($9,400) carried top-six ownerships and are exactly on the projected cut line, so they’ll have a lot of work to do this weekend to get in contention. — Matt LaMarca
Round 1 Recap — Thursday
Sergio Garcia takes early lead at THE PLAYERS Championship; Brian Harman two strokes behind
Players Stadium Course was not kind to some of the big names of golf on Thursday, but it was no problem for Garcia ($7,500: 66 DKFP), who shot a seven-under 65 in the opening round to take the early lead. After bogeying hole one, Garcia bounced right back with a birdie the next hole. He then proceeded to play flawless golf, eagling twice to go with birdies on holes seven, eight and hole 15. Dk Sportsbook has Garcia as the favorite to win the tournament at +500. Harman ($6,900: 49 DKFP) shot a five-under 67 to finish two strokes behind Garcia. Harman bogeyed three holes on the front nine, but also tallied three birdies. Harman was then flawless on the back nine, posting two birdie streaks. DK Sportsbook has him at +1600 to win THE PLAYERS. — Stan Son
Tony Finau off to rough start at THE PLAYERS
Well, it looks like Tony Finau ($9,100; 6.5 DKFP) owners won’t have to worry about whether or not he’ll fall apart on Sunday like they do every other time he plays. Checking in at a whopping 24.1% owned in the $2.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest, Finau carded a six-over 78 on Thursday, getting off to a horrific start and never turning things around. Finau made a double-bogey on the first, then proceeded to bogey four of the next six holes. He then began with two bogeys on the back nine before getting something right, posting a pair of birdies to finish in a tie for 134th. On the other hand, Webb Simpson ($9,500; 16 DKFP), who was another chalky play at 22.2% owned, managed to shoot one under and sits six shots off the lead. — Kenny Ducey
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