I’ve brought him in and he’s trounced me the first two weeks! This edition also includes his world-famous SUPER SUBS for each group since it’s a major!
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Let’s see how we match up this week!
Points: RBC Canadian Open: 162
Points: SEASON: 4,319
Rank: SEASON: 3,154
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Dustin Johnson (5): He’s the hottest golfer in the world right now with championships at the U.S. Open, WGC-BI and T-2 last week at the RBC Canadian Open. Now that he’s broken his maiden in the majors you figure more will follow.
Phil Mickelson (6): I wasn’t surprised that he played well at The Open but I was surprised at the level in which he played for four rounds. He would have won plenty of previous Opens playing like that but unfortunately he ran into to a player who was just as hot in Henrik Stenson. He’s the defending champion here (2005) and is very hard to sit this week.
Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Adam Scott
Henrik Stenson (4): Out-dueled Mickelson at Royal Troon with one of the best performances in Open history. It’s natural that he won’t play at that level again this week but he and Mickelson should still do well this week.
Rory McIlroy (2): He enters the week off T-4 at Memorial, 3rd at the French Open and T-5 last time at Royal Troon. He’s had one round each tournament that’s thrown him off but it wouldn’t surprise me if he played four good ones this week.
Brandt Snedeker (3): This will be my third week in a row on him. He played well at WGC-BI and led after 54 holes last week before finishing T-5.
Lee Westwood (8): I think this is a real tough call between Westwood and Patrick Reed. Reed is playing slightly better then Westwood right now, but Westwood gets the nod based on his experience in Majors.
Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, J.B. Holmes, Jim Furyk
Matt Kuchar (1): He’s been on a total tear in here with six top 10’s in his last eight starts. The combination of his recent play and that he will go down to Rio for the Olympics makes me willing to use my last start on him this week.
Andy Sullivan (9): Since Kuchar is a solid choice, I feel I can go back to my British Open starter Sullivan. He came into the Open on a solid roll and he rewarded gamers with a very nice T-12 finish.
Charl Schwartzel, Brandon Grace, Steve Stricker
Points: RBC Canadian: 148
Points: SUMMER Segment: 631
Rank: SUMMER Segment: 2,832
Points: SEASON: 4,447
Rank: SEASON: 631
My least favorite part about this game is the guessing that is involved. Probably because I guessed incorrectly on Dustin Johnson/Jason Day in three of the four rounds last week. My LOFT (Google it…) is to blame for holstering a pair of Canucks who Ca-sucked in BOTH MC. I guess sticking Snedeker in for Hoffman last minute would have been “intelligent” as he was a former champ. What a stupid I am. Kuchar ran riot in Group C on the harder Thursday and Friday but couldn’t keep up on the weekend.
With thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday, the draw, sadly, will come into play again this week. I don’t suggest “loading up” on any side because Mother Nature is undefeated. With a field this deep and a course that very few have played, I’d balance the books with big boys off the tee and a few who can roll the rock both early and late. It’s fitting that the luck of the draw will affect this game as luck is a major component for success in this format.
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Dustin Johnson (3)
Phil Mickelson (5)
I’m already dreading chucking Mickelson in here but at least he’ll make the first two days highly interesting. NOBODY is hotter than DJ so that’s the easier of the two choices. This is by far the most difficult group to select from this week but it will be RIPE with choices of premium players all the way to East Lake.
Rory McIlroy (2)
Zach Johnson (8)
Justin Rose (5)
Patrick Reed (4)
Next Four: Stenson, Snedeker, Dufner and Furyk;
Matt Kuchar (1)
Branden Grace (7)
I’ve gone with a bit of yin and yang (no, NOT Y.E.) here as I’m loading up a bomber with a short-gamer. There are plenty of big boys in this group off the tee but finding another short-game artist might be difficult (Na, Stricker, Molder). Lingmerth is a wonderful dark horse based on his current form.
Shoot any questions you might have to me or Ned and we’ll help out the best we can!
You’ll need it!