No special guest this week as we hit the last regular season event before the FEC Playoffs.
Chadders told you right here in this space last week why you shouldn’t take Zach Johnson.
I also laughed when I saw what some of his OADers did the following week.
I received a massive dose of Schadenfreude on Sunday…
Well, lesson learned.
Don’t laugh at those suffering around you.
The Golf Gods took their wrath out on me for mocking Chadders last week by shoving Ryan Moore, my OAD the week prior, into the winner’s circle on Saturday.
What a helpless feeling.
Not a big finish for Moore but THE finish.
I’m not sure Chadders can even beat that.
And the Golf Gods also ignored my kindly gesture of allowing a reader to post to the masses on here and stuck Zach Johnson with T-34.
As I always say: You can’t make it up. Nobody would believe you.
Back to the grind!
Top Players Remaining:
3.) Jordan Spieth — East Lake, DBC or anywhere
11.) Justin Rose — East Lake, Barclays
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– DBC/BMW
26.) Russell Knox — Anywhere but East Lake
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|
|John Deere Classic||Zach Johnson||T-34||$24,240|
Season total: $5,729,088; 41 events
- Wins: 2
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 9
- Top 25s: 17
- MC: 6 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian)
Last week: Zach Johnson (T-34); $24,240
More proof there are ZERO absolute truths in fantasy golf.
Here’s what ZJ “overcame” last week:
- finished outside the top five for the first time in six years
- posted a round in the 70’s for the first time since 2008
- first finish outside of the top 25 since 2008
Keys this Week:
- Bermuda players
- Region rats
- Third week in a row to bust birdies and leave bogeys at home
My Five Finalists:
1.) Webb Simpson*
2.) Bill Haas
3.) Scott Brown
4.) Ryan Moore*
5.) William McGirt
My Choice: William McGirt
Close Second: Bill Haas
Long Shot Special: Scott Brown
Stratagem: For those of you in the lead, you have an embarrassment of riches to choose from as the regular season wraps up. There are almost 10 LEE GIT fellas you could stick in there and I wouldn’t find you on them.
I’ve left Webb Simpson off because he crashed and burned spectacularly at his home club, Quail Hollow and this bothers me. Never winning anymore is another reason I’ll leave him alone this week.
Bill Haas is the Matt Kuchar-est/Safest pick of the week because he keeps his golf ball in play and keeps his card relatively clean. His track record here is also excellent and enjoys the role of NEVER being the favorite.
Patrick Reed’s return from Rio is discussed below for those of you contemplating the 2013 champion.
Scott Brown is a fire player when he gets it going but his lack of pedigree compared to the solids above him is the downside. If you’re trailing and need a big jump, no arguments against firing Brown.
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
- Where’s Jon Rahm?
- Where’s Jim Furyk?
- Are you concerned about the Olympians?
ANSWER(S) OF THE WEEK:
- I have no problem using Rahm this week but I’m leaning on those with “home” games.
- Furyk makes sense because he needs another big finish to get to Atlanta. Furyk doesn’t make sense because backing up 58 is a fruitless pursuit and can be saved for ANY Playoff event.
- Fire away, as I’ve already burned him. He’s a previous champ here and he closed with 64 last week in Rio. I love that he rarely mails it in and no chance of that happening on the course of his first win.
Good luck chops!
As always, the picks are subject to change based on tee times or weather forecasts. Reach out on Twitter for any updates.
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