The Golden Bear hosts for the 41st time on a course that he built just outside his native Columbus, Ohio.
When Jack asks, PGA TOUR pros answer as seven of the top 10 in the OWGR signed up. It doesn’t hurt the prize pool jumped to $8.5 million with the winner’s share now over $1.53 million!
One of the most interesting angles this week is the number of guys who flat out don’t play well on this track relative to gamer’s needs.
Day, Fowler, Mickelson, Watson, DJ are the big names that have done plenty of big-time nothing here that will test the patience of their staunchest supporters.
Another facet of this tournament that bothers besides the big-name players who just don’t fire here is everyone has one eye on the U.S. Open this time of year. I don’t think this week will be much different.
Muirfield Village is an Augusta knock-off but with rough instead of chipping areas around the greens. Four par fives and big, wide fairways should keep plenty in contention until they start missing GIR.
As always, thanks for reading. For those of you who take the time, this is like the Director’s Cut edition. Everything and anything goes and sometimes I throw my loyalists, you, an extra bone or two for taking the time.
2015-16 Winners (at time of victory)
In 2014-15 there were 14 players in their 20s who won tournaments. They accounted for a whopping 24 victories in 47 events.
Under 30 Winners (9 different from 12 events)
- Emiliano Grillo, 23; Frys.com
- Smylie Kaufman, 23; Shriners
- Justin Thomas, 22; CIMB
- Peter Malnati, 28; SFC
- Jordan Spieth, 22; HTOC, DEAN & DELUCA at Colonial
- Hideki Matsuyama, 23; WMPO
- Jason Day, 28; API & WGC-Dell Match Play, THE PLAYERS
- Danny Willett, 28; Masters
- Branden Grace, 27; RBC Heritage
The guys between 30-39 years of age produced 16 multiple champions in 17 events last season.
Winners 30-39 (15 players in 16 events)
- Russell Knox, 30; HSBC Champions
- Graeme McDowell, 36; OHL Mayakoba
- Kevin Kisner, 31; RSM Classic
- Fabian Gomez, 37; Sony Open
- Jason Dufner, 38; CB Challenge
- Brandt Snedeker, 35; Farmers Insurance Open
- Vaughn Taylor, 39; AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Bubba Watson, 37; Northern Trust Open
- Adam Scott, 35; Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship
- Charl Schwartzel, 31; Valspar
- Jim Herman, 38; Shell Houston Open
- Charley Hoffman, 39; Valero Texas Open
- Brian Stuard, 33; Zurich Classic
- James Hahn, 34; Wells Fargo Championship
- Sergio Garcia, 36; AT&T Byron Nelson
There were only four winners last season from 47 events (Furyk, Cejka, Love III and Harrington). Sentimentality has no place in fantasy golf, folks.
Chad Campbell’s 63 on Sunday was a tasty backdoor top 10 for the 41-year old (T-10).
Last year the only rookie to pick up a first-place check was Canadian Nick Taylor. This season it took ONE EVENT to match that total.
- Emiliano Grillo; Frys.com
- Smylie Kaufman; Shriners
Rookies and first-time players at TPC Sawgrass usually don’t perform well. Si Woo Kim (T-23) was the best of the first-timers and Harold Varner III (T-57) was the best rookie.
Rookies, journeyman, up-and-comers, I’ll keep track of them all. It’s a life-changer.
Three out of the last four winners on Tour have come from this column.
First-Time Winners on Tour
- 2013: 12
- 2014: 10
- 2015: 11
- 2016: (11 and counting)
- Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com)
- Smylie Kaufman (Shriners)
- Justin Thomas (CIMB)
- Peter Malnati (SFC)
- Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions)
- Kevin Kisner (RSM)
- Tony Finau (PRO)
- Jim Herman (SHO)
- Danny Willett (Masters)
- Branden Grace (RBC Heritage)
- Brian Stuard (Zurich Classic)
Last Week’s Recap Column can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Always try and leave a bone or two for those of you who take the time to read what I do here.
Jamie Lovemark is quite interesting this week as he hits it a mile and has been known to hole a few putts.
Maidens at Jack’s Place haven’t fared too well over the last few years but there are some of recent note that I’ll point out:
2015: Francesco Molinari (T-3), Tony Finau (T-8), Patrick Reed (T-26), Patrick Rodgers (T-40).
2014: Hideki Matsuyama (WIN), Thorbjorn Olesen (T-8), Brendon Todd (T-8), Robert Streb (T-28), Scott Langley (T-28), Justin Thomas (t-37), Kevin Kisner (T-46)
2013: Russell Henley (T-6), William McGirt (T-37), David Lingmerth (T-57), Jordan Spieth (T-63)
Don’t forget the GAMING COLUMN arrives tomorrow with specific formats for this week.
What’s the GAMING COLUMN you ask? Good question.
With the JDC blown out with the Olympics, time to use the FREE SPIETH START in most games that have limited starts!