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World No. 1 amateur Doug Ghim will remove that (a) tag from his name as he preps for his professional debut at this week's Travelers Championship.

The Texas product joined fellow Longhorn Jordan Spieth for a practice round today. Not a bad practice partner, learning from the defending champ here at TPC River Highlands. Ghim earned medalist honors three times during his senior season. That was strong enough to move him into the No. 1 spot on the World Amateur Golf Rankings and also earn him the 2018 Ben Hogan Award, an honor that has recently been won by Maverick McNealy, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, and Rickie Fowler, to name a few. With that kind of pedigree, the sky is the limit for this 22-year-old. Ghim made his PGA TOUR debut earlier this year with a T50 at the Masters and then missed the cut last week at the U.S. Open (playing both as an amateur). Gamers can take the wait-and-see approach but they should be ready to invest in long-term (and weekly) leagues at the first sign of success.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 10:06 PM

Hunter Mahan has made a boatload of dough at the Travelers Championship and he returns this week for another crack at TPC River Highlands.

Mahan sits at second place on the career money list at the Travelers Championship, behind only Bubba Watson (two-time winner). Mahan, himself, secured a win in 2007 and also owns a pair of runner-up finishes here. Most recently, he popped for a T17 last year. On the form front, he doesn't look so hot. Mahan has lost strokes tee-to-green in seven of his last eight ShotLink events. It's certainly possible that he finds his game on a comfortable track this week but there are too many question marks in his two-year form window to truly trust him on any fantasy rosters.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 9:50 PM

After a scintillating Sunday at Shinnecock Hills Tommy Fleetwood tees it up in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany this week.

The Englishman arrives fresh from equalling the lowest final round in US Open history and, moreover, he did it when he knew it was looking like a title-tilting effort. That leads us to wonder how he will react? Will he fly high or feel something of an emotional slump? To throw further mud in the water he has his father on the bag rather than best friend Ian Finnis. That said, he was T6 here 12 months ago having been fourth at Erin Hills so it wouldn't need much more. And Niclas Fasth and Ernie Els have both won this event a week after contending the second major of the season. A poor course record (MC-T33-MC) but he had that ahead of wins in Abu Dhabi and Paris last year. Might be worth noting his first ET win was at Gleneagles, on a Jack Nicklaus design, as this week's track is.
Jun 19 - 9:37 AM

Lee Slattery's season has turned around; can he continue the upward curve in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany?

The Englishman's stats are almost comically bad. He ranks 187th for Score Average (71.65) then in Strokes Gained 168th for Off the Tee (-0.086), 156th for Approach the Green (-0.032), 188th for Around the Green (-0.139) and 165th for Putting (-0.056). That should not be too much of a surprise, however, for a man who went 11 starts without a top 30 finish. He turned that around with third in the Italian Open and T19 in the Shotclock Masters. On those two efforts he should be judged more than what went before, at least for a while. A fourth visit to the course, with a pair of missed cuts the filler inside a sandwich of T26 in 2005 and T13 in 2016.
Jun 19 - 9:36 AM

Sam Horsfield will make his tournament debut in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany this week.

The English rookie is 57th on the Race to Dubai which has to count as a success and yet there's a sense that he could have achieved more. That might be a little unfair, but he also has high aspirations so will want more. He picked up two early season top fives in minor events so his T14 at the BMW PGA Championship is probably the genuine highlight of his year and he certainly impressed for maturity in his chats with the media there. A missed cut in Italy followed and now he will make a debut in Germany. He ranks 32nd for SG: Off the Tee (0.606), 216th for Approach the Green (-0.494), 95th for Around the Green (0.170) and 74th for Putting (0.445).
Jun 19 - 9:35 AM

Scott Hend make a second start at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in this week's BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.

The Aussie is making a fifth appearance in Germany and will A) hope to make the weekend (something he's only done once before), but B) if he does, then maintain his (small sample) record of thriving at the weekend (he was T4 at Bad Griesbach in the 2015 European Open). His only previous visit to this week's venue was two years ago (71-76). T14 in the Italian Open, it was his first Euro Tour top 20 since last September and he followed it up with T6 in the Asian Tour's Thailand Open. Strokes Gained stats tell an ugly story from the season: 40th for Off the Tee (0.541), but 187th Approach the Green (-0.283), 245th Around the Green (-0.451) and 149th Putting (0.040).
Jun 19 - 9:34 AM

Callum Shinkwin will make a third tournament appearance in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany this week.

The Englishman's inconsistency this year is proved by his ranking of 98th for Score Average (70.83), but Strokes Gained highlight his strengths and weaknesses: 21st for Off the Tee (0.785), 255th (-1.145) for Approach the Green and 44th for Putting (0.609). He's 6-for-10 in the campaign, but only four times made the top 50. Highlights are T19 in the Qatar Masters, T13 in the Trophee Hassan II and T8 last time out in the Italian Open, which included a fine 64 to close. Has experience of the course having pegged rounds of 75-68-71-74 to finish T50 two years ago but withdrew after a 72 last year at Eichenried.
Jun 19 - 9:33 AM

Brooks Koepka has been given a pass on the Wednesday pro-am but he remains committed to the field for this week's Travelers Championship.

Golfers are obligated to show up for their pro-am duties but the PGA TOUR has given Koepka a pass to allow him to celebrate his U.S. Open victory, reported by George Savaricas of Golf Channel. Koepka won't get much pre-tournament prep this week but he does have a T51 and T9 already on his Travelers resume. Come off a grueling week where he battled Shinnecock Hills, taking on TPC River Highlands will likely be like taking the donut off a baseball bat. Gamers can still play the mental fatigue narrative if they'd like, but we should fully expect to see him give it a go this week in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Jun 19 - 9:19 AM

Jordan Spieth went wire-to-wire in his 2017 Traveler Championship debut and he'll return this week in hopes of finding that same success at TPC River Highlands.

The Texas Longhorn finished T35 at the 2017 U.S. Open before arriving here and twirling a 7-under 63 in his first competitive round at TPC River Highlands. He kept his foot on the gas and eventually beat Daniel Berger in a playoff to hoist the hardware in his tournament debut. It helped kick-start his summer as he went wire-to-wire in his next event also, The Open Championship. This time around, Spieth arrives on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts. His two previous times playing after back-to-back MCs he posted top 15s. He has never missed three cuts in a row on the PGA TOUR. Gamers should expect a strong bounce-back effort from the Texan this week as he heads back to a course that he and his caddie claims to be "tailormade" for him.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 8:47 AM

Nick Hardy will peg it as a pro for the first time in his PGA TOUR career as he preps for this week's Travelers Championship.

The University of Illinois product ranks sixth in the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and 13th in the Sagarin/Golfweek rankings. Hardy was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2018. He was the top finisher for Illinois in 8 of his 13 events played. That's impressive when you consider the strength of the squad that included Dylan Meyer who just flashed at the U.S. Open last week. Back to Hardy, he is 2-for-3 in his PGA TOUR career (as an amateur), finishing T52 at the 2015 U.S. Open and T55 at the 2017 John Deere Classic. Hardy made his professional debut two weeks ago at the Rust-Oleum Championship (Web.com Tour) and finished T33 by week's end. Gamers should watch Hardy very closely because he oozing with potential.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 8:40 AM

The BMW International Open in Germany alternates between Gut Larchenhof and Golfclub Munchen Eichenried and Marcus Fraser will be happy the former takes hosting duties this week.

The Aussie finished second in 2012 after opening with a 64 and also added T21 when he returned there for the 2016 edition. That contrasts with three missed cuts out of seven at the Munich venue and nothing better than T46. Fraser cashed in six straight starts from February to April but suffered a sticky patch recently with MC-34-MC-MC. He hit back with T19 at the Shot Clock Masters in Austria two weeks ago so added to his good course form he could be a worthwhile cheap option here.
Jun 18 - 5:46 PM

David Horsey was T7 on his last European Tour start and also T7 when he last contested the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Germany; he'll try his luck there again this week.

The Englishman had been struggling for form, missing four cuts in five starts since T13 at the Qatar Masters, but playing in the new Shot Clock Masters in Austria he responded well to the quicker tempo and shot 70-71-68-71 to crack the top ten. Gut Larchenhof stages this week's event in alternate years and Horsey didn't make the weekend in 2012 or 2014. He changed the script with tied seventh two years ago, jumping up the leaderboard with a Saturday 66, while he also posted T11 in this event when it was hosted by Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in 2015. He looks a good-value option this week.
Jun 18 - 5:35 PM

Max Kieffer will look to make a big impression in front of his local German fans when he contests this week's BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof.

Kieffer has been on social media helping promote the event so has plenty of incentive to put on a good display. The correlation between having extra reason to shine and actually doing so can be overplayed and it's worth noting that he has course form of MC-51 and no top 25s in nines strokeplay starts in his home country. As for current form, he's made five of seven cuts with a best of T12 in the Open de Espana. Gamers who play the local angle are probably taking a bit of a leap of faith.
Jun 18 - 5:25 PM

Andrea Pavan slots in at 50th on the Race to Dubai heading into this week's BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Germany.

From 15 starts, the Italian has picked up eight top 25 finishes. That includes T3 at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco and T9 at the Sicilian Open. His latest solid effort came via T23 in the Shot Clock Masters two weeks ago. Pavan ranks sixth in Strokes Gained: Approach and 24th in SG: Putting so looks a good fit for this week's test on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Gut Larchenhof. Although he missed the cut on his one start at this venue in 2014, he's a much better player now and has good memories of Germany after winning a Challenge Tour event there in 2013.
Jun 18 - 5:02 PM

Lorenzo Gagli has connected five top 25s since late April and he'll bid to have another good week at the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Germany.

The Italian kick-stared his impressive stretch with a runner-up finish on the Challenge Tour in Turkey and that came just three starts on from victory at the Kenya Open, another second-tier event. At European Tour level, he bagged back-to-back T20s in the Sicilian Open and Belgian Knockout, finished T14 in his home Italian Open and then added T23 in the Shot Clock Masters in Austria. In his last three starts he's finished in the top three for Driving Accuracy. What he lacks this week is course form but a single MC at Gut Larchehof six years ago isn't reason enough to shy away from this impressive ball striker.
Jun 18 - 4:53 PM



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