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.
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:
|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|
|U.S. Open||Jason Day||T-8||$247,806|
|Quicken Loans||Patrick Reed||T-39||$28,290|
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 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
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!