Fantasy Golf: PGA Championship Recap

08-01-16

 

Jimmy Walker was excellent in winning his first major of the year. Sadly for gamers, not many of the top players could say they were on a tough, wet weekend in New Jersey.
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Closing Thoughts on the PGA

I said above that Walker was excellent and I’m sticking to that sentiment. I’ll also add that playing the final 36 holes with Robert Streb  made life easier than playing with Day for the final 18. Everyone needs a bit of luck and Walker got his from the decision not to re-pair after 54 plus a nice break on No. 15 as his ball went through the tree.

Jason Day is really good. His four, second-place finishes in major championships reinforce his talent and ability on the toughest tracks in the world. His majors record, listed below in my recap, is also phenomenal. Whether he’s hurt, healthy or tired it doesn’t seem to bother him as he can will himself around the course.

Daniel Summerhays played in his sixth major this week. His first was in 2010 and didn’t play another until 2014 PGA Championship. He’s now made the cut in his last five and has T-8 at Oakmont and third at Balsturol to show for his efforts. #Noted.

There were 18 players who made the cut in the first three majors of the season including these four who all crashed out this week at Baltusrol:

Dustin Johnson: MC

Sergio Garcia: MC

Matt Kuchar: MC

Charley Hoffman: MC

 

There were 14 players who ended up making the cut in all four majors:

Jason Day: He doesn’t miss in these; no surprise.

Jordan Spieth: Not bad for a guy who just turned 23.

Martin Kaymer: Before this week, his worst finishes of the year were in majors and in tournaments on U.S. soil.

Danny Willett: now 11 of 13 weekends in majors in his career including six in a row; top 10’s at St. Andrews and Augusta reinforces his talent.

Bill Haas: Secured his first top 10 in a major at Royal Troon but has made 21 of 29 cuts in his career.

Emiliano Grillo: He’s a rookie that Spieth called one of the best ball-strikers he’s played with growing up.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello: He’s made 10 of 14 career and his T-17 at this year’s Masters is his best finish.

Kevin Na: With three top 25’s in his last three majors, Na reinforces his solid if not sexy attraction to gamers. Sure he’s a bit jump and plays slowly but solo seventh at Oakmont backed up with T-22 at Royal Troon and Baltusrol is excellent. He’s made nine of his last 11 cuts in majors.

Adam Scott: Good news is he’s made the cut in all four, as expected from a player of his class. The disappointing side was nothing inside the top 10.

Bubba Watson: He’s made eight of the last 12 cuts in majors and his only finish inside the top 20 was his win at Augusta in 2014.

Justin Thomas: Now five of six career including the last five in a row. #LeeGit.

Harris English: Made 10 of 13 cuts including six in a row but nothing better than T-37; cuts made are huge in fantasy land.

Kevin Kisner: PGA was just his eight major and already has a pair of top 20’s to show.

First-Timers

For the first time since 2011 four new major champions were crowned. Danny Willett went on to make the cut in all four majors. Dustin Johnson was the hottest player on the planet before MC this week. Henrik Stenson almost won back-to-back majors before running out of gas down the stretch. It was interesting to note that the winners covered all four “age groups” on Tour.

Danny Willett, 28: Up-and-comers

Dustin Johnson, 31: Elite Tour winner

Jimmy Walker, 37: Prime time veteran

Henrik Stenson, 40: Experienced veteran who finally kicked down the door

Jason Day’s runaway victory at Whistling Straits last summer makes it five consecutive first-timers.

There were NOYNE, first-time winners in a row from Graeme McDowell’s U.S. Open triumph in 2010 through Webb Simpson’s 2012 U.S.Open title. #CloseNotClose

Reality bites

Gamers who put their faith in recent flamethrowers Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar were burnt.

Gamers who put their faith in recent stumblers Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Robert Streb were highly rewarded.

Welcome to fantasy golf!

 

Limping in to the Travelers

 

  • Two-time and defending champ Bubba Watson has one top 25 in since the first week in March.
  • Jim Furyk’s T-2 at Oakmont seems like 10 years ago as he’s struggling to put four quality rounds together.
  • Shane Lowry has rattled of T-36 and MC x 3 in his four events worldwide after T-2 at Oakmont.

 

Gathering momentum

 

  • Tyrell Hatton is on fire. YOU look it up.
  • Jon Rahm has accepted STM (Special Temporary Membership) and will receive unlimited sponsor’s exemptions for the rest of the 2015-16 season.
  • Paul Casey will test the course-form-meets-current-form theory that puzzles gamers each week after his T-10 at Baltusrol and his P-2 to Watson last year.
  • Webb Simpson has four T-13’s or better in his last six.
  • Keegan Bradley, Daniel Summerhays and Kyle Reifers all shot 66 on Sunday at Baltusrol.

 

Stay tuned for my preview for the Travelers in this space tomorrow afternoon!

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