With just a handful of events remaining and fields dwindling, make sure you’re getting bang for you last few bucks!
Remember, if you can’t laugh at yourself…
Banged a top 10 for the third consecutive major last week. Not much to crow about this year and it’s a shame there’s not ONE MOAR as I’m TRENDING in the proper direction. Let’s hope it carries over into the FedExCup Playoffs as I will have some weaponry at my disposal.
Masters: Bubba Watson, T-37
U.S. Open: Jason Day, T-8
Open Championship: Sergio Garcia, T-5
PGA Championship: Branden Grace, T-4
Top Players Remaining:
3.) Jordan Spieth — East Lake, DBC or anywhere
11.) Justin Rose — East Lake, Barclays
20.) Zach Johnson — John Deere Classic next week
22.) Jim Furyk — Ultimate utility player who might power into some fields (see Wyndham) that he might not have played regularly.
23.) Charl Schwartzel–Barclays, BMW
25.) Scott Piercy– BMW
26.) Russell Knox — Travelers, Barclays
30.) Ben-An– not a member so don’t save him for the Playoffs!
32.) Bill Haas– Wyndham, Barclays
34.) Kevin Na– Another decent sub for most tracks
37.) Emiliano Grillo– Barclays
40.) Justin Thomas– Currently 15th in the FEC standings so I can wait for him to start heating up.
The good news is I have these players remaining.
The bad news is I have these players remaining.
|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|
|The Open||Sergio Garcia||T-5||$310,797|
|RBC Canadian Open||David Hearn||MC||$0|
|PGA Championship||Branden Grace||T-4||$405,000|
Season total: $5,621,358; 39 events
- Wins: 2
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 9
- Top 25s: 16
- MC: 6 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian)
Last week: Branden Grace (T-4); $405,000
Nice to have a sniff last week even with a triple-par-bogey open on Friday. And TNT thought Mickelson had the great comeback to make the cut on Friday? Grace opened four over and finished with six birdies for 68. Wooosh!
With T-8, T-5 and T-4 in the last three majors, I can smile. I was on the right angle (first-time winners) for the final but went with the “wrong” ones.
I’ve MC in the week before three of the four majors. The “other” major didn’t have an event. I have no idea what this means but it’s nothing short of bizarre.
Thoughts on TPC River Highlands
With 15-under being the average winning score it’s not hard to connect the dots to what’s necessary to win this week. Taking a look at the last five winners there’s a little bit of everything and that opens up a decent field even wider. Kevin Streelman was FROZEN entering this event and fired 64-64 on the weekend, including SEVEN BIRDIES IN A ROW ON SUNDAY to post and win. Ken Duke at 43 won in a playoff. Marc Leishman shot 62 on Sunday to win. Bubba Watson has won twice in the last six years.
If this tournament was in its usual spot following the U.S. Open I would suggest Watson or a total wild card. With it happening with only two regular season and four FEC events left, I’m leaning premium player regardless of their course form/history. It’s not a hard course so they shouldn’t need much adjusting.
Keys this Week:
- Birdie busters
- Short track + first-timers paradise = wide open field
My Five Finalists:
1.) Bubba Watson*
2.) Brooks Koepka*
3.) Paul Casey*
4.) Ryan Moore
5.) Russell Knox
My Choice: Ryan Moore
Close Second: Tyrell Hatton/Russell Knox
Long Shot Special: Chris Stroud
Stratagem: Pro OADers will have left Watson for this spot from day 1 of the new season but this isn’t the only track he plays well as evidenced by use at Augusta.
If front-running, fire heavy ammo and make the chase pack pan for gold. The lead has been built, and as my man Rob Bolton says, it’s now time to sit back and watch them squirm.
Casey hit 35 of 36 GIR last weekend and finished 10th plus lost here in a playoff last year. #NotStretching.
Moore is THE course horse even though he hasn’t won.
Knox, who has already won this season, should feast tee-to-green and eat up the slow-ish greens.
Hatton is a lovely “throw away” as this will be his last start on TOUR this season. He also enters the week on a streak of three top 10’s on two different continents. #GameTravels.
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
- Why wouldn’t you use Zach Johnson this week?
- Who’s Tyrell Hatton?
- Where’s Jon Rahm?
ANSWER(S) OF THE WEEK:
- Because he’s the mayor at the John Deere Classic.
- You’re last, aren’t you? He doesn’t have status on Tour unless he were to win this week. If you picked him, you wouldn’t hardly care!
- I’m not going to be the one to talk you out of him, sorry. He’s class but I’ve burned him on his worst start as a pro!