Fantasy Golf OAD: Wells Fargo Championship

05-04-16

You look hungry.

Come in, sit down, dig in!

Multiple major players could be involved this week as the field swells in Charlotte.

With less than 20 events on the season remaining, it’s not time to pound square pegs into round holes.

Event Golfer Place Money
       
Frys.com Brooks Koepka T-41 $21,000
Shriners Scott Piercy T-25 $44,832
CIMB Anirban Lahiri T-21 $78,400
WGC-HSBC Champions Adam Scott T-70 $42,000
Sanderson Farms Patrick Rodgers T-20 $41,356
OHL Mayakoba Patton Kizzire T-58 $13,764
RSM Brendon de Jonge T-33 $27,049
HTOC Brandt Snedeker T-3 $381,000
Sony Kevin Kisner T-5 $220,400
CB Challenge Ryan Palmer T-17 $75,897
Farmers Phil Mickelson MC $0
Waste Management Hideki Matsuyama WIN $1,170,000
AT&T Pebble Beach Jimmy Walker T-11 $143,500
NTO Dustin Johnson 4th $326,400
Honda Luke Donald T-61 $13,115
WGC-Cadillac Champ Henrik Stenson T-28 $79,428
Valspar Danny Willett T-22 $52,959
Arnold Palmer Scott Brown T-27 $41,934
WGC-Dell Match Play Rickie Fowler T-53 $63,000
Puerto Rico Open Graham DeLaet T-11 $66,000
Shell Houston Open Louis Oosthuizen MC $0
Masters Bubba Watson T-37 $50,250
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar T-9 $147,500
Valero Texas Open Charley Hoffman WIN $1,116,000
Zurich Classic Daniel Berger T-20 $64,909

 

2015-16 season

Season total: $4,250,683; 25 events

  • Wins: 2
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 6
  • Top 25s: 13
  • MC: 2 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO)

 

 

Last week: Daniel Berger (T-20; $64,909)

Did well to hit the top 25 through the multiple rain delays and having two rounds in the 70s. Beat three of the four other finalists from the column last week as only Jason Day, T-5, was better. Survive and advance.

 

Thermometer:

Backed up my second winner of the year with T-20 in an event that stopped and started more times than my heart at a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet.

 

Keys this Week:

  • Take it deep
  • Par 5 dominance
  • Strokes-gained: tee-to-green

 

My Five Finalists:

1.) Rory McIlroy (DC)

2.) Patrick Reed

3.) Phil Mickelson

4.) J.B. Holmes

5.) Rickie Fowler

 

The Choice: J.B. Holmes

Close Second: Patrick Reed

Long Shot Special: Webb Simpson

Verdict: McIlroy’s the defending champ but hasn’t clicked in yet in ’16. Use him anywhere except the WGC-BI, which he isn’t playing. Mickelson, who I’ve burned, makes the most sense but the doubt creeps in as he didn’t fire at Augusta either. Fowler goes just about anywhere so it comes down to preference of Holmes and Reed. Reed, similar to Fowler, can go anywhere but Holmes is playing well and has won here so he just nicks it. I’ve switched back and forth 100 times.

Who’s left if you are me:

OWGR Top 25 Ranking
 
1.       Jason Day — majors, FEC and literally anywhere
2.       Jordan Spieth — see above but leaning Oakmont due to the difficult greens
3.       Rory McIlroy — next week with the biggest prize in golf at THE PLAYERS
4.       Bubba Watson 
5.       Rickie Fowler
6.       Henrik Stenson
7.       Adam Scott
8.       Dustin Johnson
9.       Danny Willett
10.   Justin Rose — another at Oakmont or if I’m impatient, Memorial; East Lake expert
11.   Branden Grace — would have been a PERFECT fit this week; Baltusrol possible
12.   Patrick Reed — WGC-BI or Wyndham
13.   Louis Oosthuizen
14.   Hideki Matsuyama
15.   Sergio Garcia — PLAYERS, Troon, Barclays, East Lake
16.   Brandt Snedeker
17.   Zach Johnson — JDC, Colonial, East Lake
18.   Brooks Koepka
19.   J.B. Holmes — last, best chance for this year
20.   Phil Mickelson
21.   Charl Schwartzel — Memorial
22.   Kevin Kisner
23.   Paul Casey — Greenbrier, Troon
24.   Ben An — er, that was last week, sadly
25.   Jim Furyk — when he gets tuned up, he goes just about anywhere; top 10 machine
26.   Kevin Na — THE PLAYERS, Colonial
27.   Bill Haas — Congressional (QLN); Wyndham
28.   Jimmy Walker
29.   Matt Kuchar
30.   Rafael Cabrera-Bello — Troon, if at all

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