Fantasy Golf: OAD QLN

06-22-16

I’ve been considering changing the name of this column to DOA instead but Jason Day provided a glimmer of hope last week at Oakmont.

 

The key to OAD is to be good and lucky. Some people jumped on Day when he won back-to-back. Some people, like me, were saving him for Oakmont. Whereas the rest are now wondering where to play him.

The answer is simply: Yes. He’s ace just about every week he’s healthy and entered, minus Memorial.

The lucky part is having “him” the week(s) he does fire.

Or Spieth. Or McIlroy.

Next year I’m going to try and win it by the U.S. Open and hang on for dear life down the stretch.

Yeah, that’s the ticket…

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 good news is I have these players to choose from.

The bad news is I have these players to choose from.

With two 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, Kisner & Rose) 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 (T-8; $247,806)

Sergio Garcia or Branden Grace: Royal Troon

Jordan Spieth or Branden Grace: Baltusrol

Justin Rose: Returned with MC at U.S. Open.

Jim Furyk: T-2 at U.S. Open caught my attention.

Let’s see who has already made the ultimate fantasy sacrifice already:

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
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
Colonial Kevin Chappell MC $0
Memorial Paul Casey MC $0
FESJC Gary Woodland MC $0
U.S. Open Jason Day T-8 $247,806

2015-16 season

Season total: $4,781,723; 32 events

  • Wins: 2
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 7
  • Top 25s: 15
  • MC: 5 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC)

 

Last week: Jason Day, (T-8; $247,806)

Took the No. 1 player in the world to break up my horrific run and he almost didn’t see the weekend. His second round 69 saw him slip into the weekend and his third-round 66 saw him vault into contention. The eagle-birdie combo on Nos. 12 and 13 on Sunday gave me false hope that something special was on the cards. His double bogey, bogey finish reminded me his luck was used making the cut. Looks better if you just pick up the paper and see T-8, right? RIGHT?!?!?!

Feels like a win after the last month.

 

Thermometer:

Even the thermometer is laughing…

 

Keys this Week:

  • Bogey acceptance
  • Distance won’t hurt
  • Up-and-down will lead to more up than down

 

My Five Finalists:

1.) Patrick Reed

2.) Jim Furyk

3.) Charley Hoffman*

4.) Roberto Castro

5.) Brendan Steele*

*already burned

 

My Choice: Patrick Reed

Close Second: Roberto Castro

Long Shot Special: Jon Rahm

Stratagem: Light field means burn a big boy and pray they do their job. Castro  makes a fine second banana plus doesn’t stand out anywhere else and gets it done here. Furyk is now back in play for RBC Canadian and any other tournament he’s playing. Steele and Hoffman make for very steady and heady plays for those who’re leading.

Good luck chops!

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