Fantasy Golf: OAD The Open/Barbasol


Double dose of dumpster fire this week part II!!

Time to make a move on it!

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  and four Playoff events left it’s time to start firing on all cylinders.

Guys who aren’t playing well now (Haas & 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! I have written this weekly and the point still stands.

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 and followed with T-46 at Firestone, a place he usually falls within in the top 10.

Jim Furyk: T-2 at U.S. Open caught my attention; T-21 at Congressional in back-to-back weeks suggests he’s more than fine. A stumble at Firestone, where he usually rakes as well, has me cooled off.

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

Event Golfer Place Money 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
Quicken Loans Patrick Reed T-39 $28,290
Barracuda Jon Rahm MDF $6,420
WGC-BI Shane Lowry T-36 $73,500

2015-16 season

Season total: $4,889,753; 35 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)



The hole I have dug, like many of you, is deep, dark and scary. Time turn this around and finish strong!


Keys this Week:

  • Experience
  • Experience on the links
  • Prior major performances


My Five Finalists:

1.) Sergio Garcia

2.) Branden Grace

3.) Zach Johnson

4.) Lee Westwood

5.) Marc Leishman


My Choice: Sergio Garcia

Close Second: Branden Grace

Long Shot Special: Chris Wood

Stratagem: BIG week with a big prize pool so I’m laying out a guy who’s been around the block plenty of times in links golf. It was a tough decision between first and second but an easy one to leave Spieth alone as he has other places to fire. Leaders, I suggest heavy lumber ball-strikers, and you know who they are, to maintain your advantage and make the under-privileged chase the days away. Chasers, no point in getting cute as you don’t want to look back at East Lake and wonder why you have three premium guys for one spot. Time to spill it and get after it so you MATTER once East Lake rolls around.


QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Where’s everybody???


ANSWER OF THE WEEK: We’ve all burned/saved plenty of guys up to this point. If you’re question involves three players listed in the top 15 in the OWGR, you’re going to be splitting hairs. Check my preview column for deeper answers!


My Five Finalists – Barbasol Championship:

1.) Boo Weekley

2.) Roberto Castro

3.) Kyle Reifers

4.) Aaron Baddeley

5.) Blayne Barber

*already burned


My Choice: Kyle Reifers

Close Second: Boo Weekley

Long Shot Special: Peter Malnati

Verdict: Reifers makes too many birdies and three top 10’s in his last six points him in my direction. Another prize pool that doesn’t do much unless you have the winner so playing safe is just that. I’m in a bad spot and am trying to climb out so caution to the wind it is!

Good luck!

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