Tyler Duncan paid off very well and even got he e/w on him for FRL. Palmer also played exceptionally well and got quite a few birdies. Conners was more or less a dud after that first round stinker.
Ruby #1: Benny AN ($6700)– Jack Nicklaus designed course has proven to be very beneficial for Benny in the past. He putts the least bad on bentgrass. He gained 3.5 on approach and 6.2 tee to green at the CJ Cup, which proves his ball-striking is right where you would expect it to be for him. Yes, he’s a god awful putter. We know that. So was Kokrak before last week. It just takes that one week. I know that gets old to some, but Kokrak proved it to be right once again. After three straight missed cuts, an event with no cut was good for Benny’s confidence. I think that carries over into this week, and at that price, I like it a lot.
Ruby #2: Joel Dahmen ($6500)– Dahmen ranks 16th in the field over the last 24 rounds in birdies. The previous tournament played in California was the PGA Championship, where Joel Dahmen placed 10th. Dahmen had a decent showing at the CJ Cup, finishing 38th. He placed 5th at the Genesis back in February, which is 5 miles from this course. He gained 1.3 strokes on approach at the CJ Cup. Historically he has been a poor putter on bentgrass but putts exceptionally well at the PGA Championship.
Ruby #3: Kevin Na ($6900)– Kevin Na does not fit my typical ruby mold of being a lousy putter. At Times he can be an elite putter. He has proven that in the past. He has lost strokes, putting each of the last three weeks. The last time that happened to Kevin was in 2017. I expect a bounce-back putting performance this week. He did gain slightly on approach at the CJ Cup. He had performed well at Genesis in the past, with a 2nd place finish in 2018. He can attack the course and go after some birdies this week.
Good Luck this week