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In-form Jorge Campillo's long game has always been a little askew in the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.

After six years of quiet consistency the Spaniard has really turned it up a notch this season. In those half dozen campaigns he has never once been outside the top 100 in the Race to Dubai but nor was he close to his current ranking of 11th. He's earned that with five top five finishes in his last seven starts. The first win remains elusive nonetheless and what hope of it coming on a big stage? He missed the cut on his first two visits to the West Course and has three times failed to do better than T40 since then. But he opened with a 68 for T3 before drifting in 2015 and was T5 at halfway in 2016 before recording T15. Hasn't topped 60% of green in regulation on the course since his debut. Would surely need to alter that to contend.
May 23 - 7:06 AM

Eddie Pepperell will be looking to turn his BMW PGA Championship form around on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England this week.

Wentworth is where European Tour fans were first alerted to the potential of the Englishman (and also to his loyal fans the Pepper Army). It was 2013 when he shot 71-69-71-69 to finish T8 and shore up his card for the year. The following season he was T7 after 54 holes but finished the week T21. In a trend he'll want to buck he regressed to T72 in 2015 and missed the cut last year. He's well capable of getting into contention again, especially after winning the Qatar Masters and then jumping from a mini-slump (MC-MC) with T14 in the Sicilian Open. Note: withdrew from the Pro-am but no reports of why.
May 23 - 7:06 AM

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño returns to the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England after a five year absence.

The Spaniard has a poor overall record on the West Course but maybe don't rule out an early charge. He's just 3-for-7 since debut in 2006 and two of his weekends resulted nothing better than T60 and T62 (on last outing in 2013), but he did manage T11 in 2009. That year he opened with a 67 to hold a share of the early lead and in 2013 a Thursday 68 left him T3. But in 20 laps he's 13 times needed 73 strokes or more. His 2018 form is bizarre. He's just 5-for-12 on the ET and Web.com Tours but when he makes a weekend he thrives: He's got four finishes of T24 or better on the latter and ticked T4 in the Qatar Masters on the former. Closed last week's BMW Charity Pro-am with a 62.
May 23 - 7:04 AM

Andres Romero returns to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England after a break of nine years.

One of the great enigmas of world golf, who broke back into the headlines with victory in last year's BMW International Open and might not be the massive outsider the bookmakers make him. Back in 2007 he made his tournament debut, finishing T12, a year later he was T6 and in between he got more course action when a quarter-finalist in the HSBC World Match Play Championship. In 2009 he was T54, but made the cut with plenty to spare. His biggest problem appears to be Saturdays on the West Course. He averages 70.33 in R1, R2 and R4, but 74.67 in R3. His bad golf is poor but his A game excellent. Since T9 in last August's European Masters he has ten times failed to make the top 50 and only twice done so, both at home in Argentina, but the most recent was T5 at the end of last month. Plays tree-lined tracks well.
May 23 - 7:03 AM

Erik Van Rooyen will make his debut in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England this week.

A solid rookie campaign so far for the South African with the highlights being T2 in the Joburg Open, T10 in the Tshwane Open and T7 in the Trophee Hassan II (he was also T2 at the halfway stage of the Qatar Masters). A constant in all those top tens is Kikuyu grass, but also tree-lined fairways. He'll find the latter if not the former this week at the Wentworth Club. It is only his second start in England on the top two layers of European golf (the other was a missed cut in the Challenge Tour's Bridgestone Open).
May 23 - 7:02 AM

Conrad Shindler readies for a home game as makes his tournament debut at this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

The Dallas resident missed the cut near home last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Now, he'll head across town to peg it at Colonial Country Club. This Web.com Tour grad is still searching for his first big finish on the PGA TOUR. For his career, he is just 4-for-13 with nothing better than T47 (2018 Sony Open). If the time of year is a big factor in your research, Shindler won the 2017 Rex Hospital Open last year which was played during the last week of May. That may be a long shot way to be optimistic but given that in combination with his local knowledge, there may be a sliver of hope that Shindler snaps out of his slump this week. Realistically, he should be avoided by gamers until he flashes some form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 12:06 PM

Emiliano Grillo continues his search for a second-career win as he takes his talents to Texas for this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

The Argentine is swinging a hot set of clubs right now. Over his last five starts he's gaining an average of 6.1 strokes from tee-to-green. That is more than double his long-term baseline of 2.6 strokes gained tee-to-green. If he continues this steady striking, it's just a matter of time before he finds the winner's circle again. As for Colonial Country Club, he finished T55 during his 2016 debut. Last year he returned to find himself T8 thru 54 holes before fading to T24 on Sunday. Still, a solid improvement over his debut. Gamers should give Grillo a long look in all formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 11:56 AM

Patrick Cantlay makes his first return visit to Colonial Country Club since a mid-tournament WD in 2013, hoping for much better results at this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

Cantlay was 8-over thru 25 holes before he backed out of the 2013 Fort Worth Invite due to a back injury. He's since pushed those back concerns to the side, since returning to action at the start of 2017. More recently, he arrives with a T7 at the RBC Heritage, a T7 at the Zurich Classic (team event), and a T23 at THE PLAYERS. He's been T21 or better after 11 of his last 12 rounds played, hanging out near the top of leaderboards on a consistent basis. Ranked inside the top 40 in strokes gained off-the-tee, approach, and around-the-green, Cantlay should continue to contend on a weekly basis. Other than the lack of success at Colonial, everything points to another strong week for the UCLA product.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 11:45 AM

Kevin Kisner connected on his second PGA TOUR victory during last year's Fort Worth Invitational and he returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

The Georgia Bulldog was positioned at T7-T1-T4 during last year's event before firing a closing 4-under 66 to earn top honors, beating out three others that finished at 9-under 271. Kisner gained a remarkable 4.13 strokes around-the-green over the course of the week including 3.43 strokes in the third round alone, buoyed by a pair of hole outs. It seemed to be a different area of the game carrying him each day as he gained 4.19 strokes putting in R1 and 2.84 strokes on approach in R2. He's a natural fit for this classic design and he left breadcrumbs before his win (T5 in 2015 and T10 in 2016). The only downside is that Kisner arrives in poor form. Before his win last year, Kisner averaged 3 strokes gained tee-to-green in his five lead-up starts. This year he is averaging -1.2 strokes gained tee-to-green, over his last five starts. This looks like a classic case of course history versus form. The poor form makes him a risky option but the course history makes him a high-upside play.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 11:39 AM

Charley Hoffman arrives at the Fort Worth Invitational looking to bounce back after a disappointing showing last time out.

Hoffman missed the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship last time out, halting a streak of five consecutive cuts made. He hadn't just been making the weekend and then posting mediocre results, either. Hoffman has four finishes in the Top 25 across his past eight events. He has been rather erratic off the tee, ranking a dismal 181st on TOUR in Driving Accuracy Percentage (55.14 percent). And it's always an adventure when he goes in the sand, while he is below-average in scrambling and putting. Yet somehow he still ranks a respectable 53rd in Scoring Average (70.771) while checking in 40th in Eagles. Hoffman is a risky play given the skinny fairways at Colonial and his ugly inaccuracy off the tee.
May 22 - 11:33 AM

Brandon Harkins is searching for lost form as he turns attention to Colonial Country Club at this week's Fort Worth Invitational.

The PGA TOUR rookie caught fire during the fall and that streak continued during the West Coast Swing. Since the start of the Florida Swing, though, Harkins is 5-for-7 with just one finish better than T60. Now he'll head to Colonial Country Club for his tournament debut, providing another uphill task as this classical layout is not one that's known to be kind to first-timers. In his favor, Harkins ranks 51st on TOUR in strokes gained approaching-the-green which is generally important when attacking the small greens at Colonial. Given his recent form, Harkins should be considered a high-risk option in weekly fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 11:29 AM

Patton Kizzire is looking to turn this season around at the Fort Worth Invitational this week after some ugly recent results.

Kizzire has failed to make the cut in a career-worst five straight events, shooting 73 or worse in six of his past 10 rounds overall. It has been a shocking departure from the consistency Kizzire possessed earlier in the season when he rattled off wins at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Sony Open in Hawaii while posting six top-15 results in his first 11 tournaments of the 2017-18 campaign. When he is on his game he has top-tier DFS ability, and he could be the ultimate contrarian play if he re-discovers his game and gets off to a good start at Colonial.
May 22 - 11:26 AM

Patrick Rodgers heads down to the Fort Worth Invitational looking for a little more consistency after some up and down results lately.

Rodgers has made the cut just twice in the past five outings to follow up a recent solid stretch. He made six straight cuts from early February to mid-March, including a pair of top-10 results. It seems the lack of regular starts might have thrown him off his game. He has played regularly over the past three weeks and made two cuts, so perhaps he is starting to emerge from his midseason slump. Rodgers has been a decent scrambler at times, and he has been surprisingly efficient with the putter in the later rounds when it matters. Rodgers just needs to put it all together at the same time and he has top-10 ability. He could be a DFS steal with a mid-tier price.
May 22 - 11:14 AM

Cameron Smith heads to the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial this week looking to get back on track.

Smith has missed the cut over the past two events, and three times in the past five outings. There have been glimpses of brilliance during the stretch, including a surprising fifth-place showing at the Masters. The Aussie has the tools to not only make cuts but tick off wins. He ranks 30th on the TOUR in Scoring Average (70.352) and he is 24th in Birdie Average (4.07). Smith is also an outstanding scramble and above average on the greens, ranking eighth on TOUR in Putts Per Round (28.16). He is a nice contrarian pick this weekend since many will shy away from him due to the recent rough skid.
May 22 - 11:08 AM

Thomas Pieters has improving form in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England.

Pieters was happy to make the head-to-head stages of last week's Belgian Knockout, but he departed soon after and admitted that the weight of responsibility, never mind organisation, surprised him (he hosted the week). He added that he was looking forward to playing again without any distractions, almost with a touch of longing. Is Wentworth the place to shine? He shot 75-81 on debut, improved (just) to 72-80 second time round, made the cut with 71-70-74-72 on his third visit, and continued the progression last year, opening 68-69 to tie the halfway lead before a weekend 78-69 left him T14. Either the upward curve sees him contend after three rounds this year or that habit of throwing in one big score will continue to hamper him. Not been in the top ten since Abu Dhabi.
May 22 - 6:51 AM



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