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Collin Morikawa among 5 Saturday picks

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Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen are currently T1 with a one shot lead at 5 under par after the second round of the US Open. Now we look forward to Saturday’s third round, which features plenty of prop angles to attack the PrizePicks.

Below I list my five PrizePicks flex plays for the third round of the 2022 US Open. For those unfamiliar with flex plays in golf, different combinations of overs and unders generate different payouts.

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Using the five games below, getting five of five coupons registers a 12.5x payout, four of five coupons registers a 2x payout, and three of five coupons registers a 0.4x payout.

PrizePicks Play

Collin Morikawa: 3rd round in less than 70.5 strokes

As I mentioned above, Morikawa is T1 at 5 under after shooting a 66 on Friday. After successfully hitting this prop in this round, I return to the pit.

Morikawa deservedly tops the leaderboard as he ranks first among the remaining field in total strokes won – his game has been dominant across the board. He currently ranks in the top 27 in all vital metrics so far, including SG: Putting, SG: Around-the-Green, SG: Approach-the-Green, SG: Off-the-Tee, and SG: Tee-to-Green. .

This feat is hugely impressive as he made up and corrected some of his mistakes from the first round. Between rounds one and two, Morikawa saw a 128% increase in SG: Putting, a 1,567% increase in SG: Approach-the-Green, and a 31% increase in SG: Tee-to-Green.

I don’t expect to see a regression from Morikawa in the third round as he has proven to improve as the tournament progresses.

I would play that total up to 70.

Jon Rahm: Round 3 in less than 70.5 moves

This prop is another successful round two hit that I’m picking up. Currently, Rahm is T3 at 4 under after shooting a 67 on Friday.

Like Morikawa, Rahm’s game has been dominant across the board. Outside of SG: Approach-the-Green, Rahm ranks in the top 20 in all vital metrics so far, including SG: Putting, SG: Around-the-Green, SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Tee-to-Green.

Much like Morikawa, Rahm goes into the weekend with momentum as his game was much better in the second round. Between rounds one and two, Rahm saw an 858% increase in SG: Putting, a 59% increase in SG: Around-the-Green, and a 32% increase in total strokes won.

I would play that number up to 70.

Scottie Scheffler: Round 3 in less than 70.5 moves

The last guy I’m supporting in this third round is Scottie Scheffler. The world number one ranked golfer is T8 at 3 under par after shooting a 67 on Friday.

Scheffler caught fire on the back nine in the second round as he shot a 31 after a four-hole streak that saw two birdies and an eagle. It’s absolutely amazing that Scheffler didn’t finish lower as he was burning edges with his putts all afternoon, a trend that isn’t sustainable.

These putts will start to fall and when they do, the rest of the court will have to watch out. Outside of his putting, Scheffler topped the pack in other key metrics as he ranks first in SG: Approach-the-Green, fourth in SG: Off-the-Tee, and fourth in SG: Tee-to-Green. .

Assuming we see this positive regression in his putting, I expect to see Scheffler walk into the clubhouse with the head on Saturday.

I would play that total up to 70.

Justin Thomas: Round 3 on 70.5 moves

I also lose a few golfers on Saturday, starting with Justin Thomas. Currently, Thomas is T31 at 1 over par after shooting a 72 on Friday.

Thomas has been saved by his approach play so far in the tournament. However, the rest of its metrics suggest a regression is looming. While Thomas ranks 10th among the remaining field in SG: Approach-the-Green, he only ranks 47th in SG: Putting, 57th in SG: Around-the-Green, 39th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 28th in SG: Tee-to-Green.

With no momentum going into the weekend after a poor second lap, we could see another troubled outing for Thomas. Between rounds one and two, Thomas saw a 186% decrease in SG: Putting, a 14% decrease in SG: Around-the-Green, a 61% decrease in SG: Approach-the-Green, and a decrease 37% in SG: Tee-to-Green.

I would play this number until 71.

Patrick Reed: Round 3 on 72.5 moves

The other golfer I lose on Saturday is Patrick Reed. Currently, Reed is T31 at 1-over par after shooting a 71 on Friday.

Reed’s putter has been his saving grace so far, as the rest of his game has been worthy to fade. Among the remaining field, Reed only ranks 29th in SG: Around-the-Green, 49th in SG: Approach-the-Green, 40th in SG: Off-the-Tee, and 46th in SG: Tee-to-Green.

Like Thomas, Reed enters the weekend with no momentum as his stats have plummeted across the board. Between rounds one and two, Reed saw a 122% decrease in SG: Around the Green, a 67% decrease in SG: Approach Green, a 72% decrease in SG: Off-the-Tee and a 98% decrease SG decrease: Tee-to-Green.

I wouldn’t play that total over 72.5.

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