A streak of three-in-a-row in OAD is usually reserved for a moment of celebration…
Not when the streak of three-in-a-row rhymes with Piss Butt.
Three weeks in a row: Miss Cut
It stops now.
Of the current OWGR top 30 or so, I have the following players remaining:
1.) Jason Day
2.) Jordan Spieth
10.) Justin Rose
11.) Patrick Reed
12.) Branden Grace
13.) Sergio Garcia
18.) Brandt Snedeker
21.) Zach Johnson
22.) Charl Schwartzel
23.) Chris Wood
24.) Russell Knox
25.) Kevin Kisner
27.) Ben An
28.) Rafael Cabrera Bello
29.) Jim Furyk
30.) Justin Thomas
31.) Kevin Na
37.) Bill Haas
The internationals who don’t play on Tour probably will drop by the way unless Wood gets a go at Royal Troon. Based on what I have in front of him and that prize pool, there’s no reason for him to be the choice.
The good news is I have these players to choose from.
The bad news is I have these players to choose from.
With three majors, one WGC and four Playoff events left, there’s no need to keep the safety on.
Guys who aren’t playing well now (Snedeker, Haas, Furyk , Kisner & Rose (injured)) hopefully find form later in the summer. Guys like Day, Spieth, Reed will come down to which event you’ll believe them to be most comfortable. Remember, Day and Spieth both rake at East Lake. So does Furyk. And Rose. And Haas. And Snedeker. You’ll need just one of them at the end!
As of today, here’s the plan:
Jason Day: Oakmont
Sergio Garcia or Branden Grace: Royal Troon
Jordan Spieth: Baltusrol
Justin Rose: Waiting to see his return after a back injury that kept him out of the BMW PGA at Wentworth and Memorial last week.
Let’s see who has already made the ultimate fantasy sacrifice already:
|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|
|CB Challenge||Ryan Palmer||T-17||$75,897|
|Waste Management||Hideki Matsuyama||WIN||$1,170,000|
|AT&T Pebble Beach||Jimmy Walker||T-11||$143,500|
|WGC-Cadillac Champ||Henrik Stenson||T-28||$79,428|
|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|
|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|
|Wells Fargo||J.B. Holmes||T-53||$16,589|
|THE PLAYERS||Rory McIlroy||T-12||212,625|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||Jason Dufner||T-24||54,020|
Season total: $4,533,917; 31 events
- Wins: 2
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 6
- Top 25s: 15
- MC: 5 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC)
Last week: Gary Woodland, (MC; $0)
Man, Phil Mickelson is making TPC Southwind his playground. The weak field helps but the money in OAD still spends unlike the DOUGHNUT from Woodland
Absolute zero, minus 2
Keys this Week:
- tee-to-green performance as nobody will be able to putt these greens
- experience in big boy events
- handling the pressure of the event and course
My Five Finalists:
1.) Rory McIlroy*
2.) Jason Day
3.) Dustin Johnson*
4.) Jordan Spieth
5.) Patrick Reed/Adam Scott*
My Choice: Jason Day
Close Second: Jordan Spieth
Long Shot Special: Jim Furyk
Verdict: Time to lay the trump card. Day gets the nod for two reasons: nobody repeats here and I’m looking for the winner because I’m so bad.
Stratagem: For those of you who are leading, you’ve done the work to get to this point so keeping on keeping on. For those of you desperate like me, FIRE, READY, AIM and hope that the best players in the world do the best player in the world things.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why no love for Bubba Watson as he was T-5 here in 2007?
ANSWER OF THE WEEK: Because he’s mentioned multiple times since that career-best finish that he doesn’t care for any of it. The setup. The courses. The everything. His best finish is T-32 in the last five years with three MC. That’s why.