Fantasy Golf: OAD Travelers

08-03-16

With just a handful of events remaining and fields dwindling, make sure you’re getting bang for you last few bucks!

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“Look at his season total!”

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.

2016 Majors

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.

 

Event Golfer Place Money
       
Frys.com 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
Barbasol Kyle Reifers T-35 $15,808
The Open Sergio Garcia T-5 $310,797
RBC Canadian Open David Hearn MC $0
PGA Championship Branden Grace T-4 $405,000

 2015-16 season

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

 

Thermometer:

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:

  • #BubbaGolf
  • 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

*burned

 

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!

 

Good luck!

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