With only four events after this week, no need to manage starts in this field. Plenty of birdies will be found on this Donald Ross classic and even more if the rain arrives as scheduled.
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Ned and I both took a bath last weekend as 62 and 58 destroyed average, under-par rounds which usually accumulate points. See the picture above for answers…
Let’s see how we match up this week!
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Points: JDC: 172
Points: SEASON: 4,747
Rank: SEASON: 4,046
Ryan Moore (7): Won last week at the John Deere in dominant style plus returns to a course where he won in ’09.
Rickie Fowler (7): I was quite surprised when Rickie entered. He played last week in Rio and took in a lot of Olympic events. He also doesn’t play in this event, so he must have wanted to improve his position going into the FedExCup Playoffs.
Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley
Jim Furyk (8): I was blown away when I came back from church and saw Furyk had fired a final round of 58 at the Travelers.This also is an event that he rarely plays. The last time Mr. 58 was here was in ’09 (T-9).
Webb Simpson (8): He looked good at the PGA Championship finishing T-13. He is a true horse for the course with top six finishes in the last two years and a championship in ’09.
Jimmy Walker (6): He dominated at the PGA Championship and when he gets on a roll like that it’s fun to watch. His only success here had came in ’12 (T-4) but he has missed the cut here three times as well. Beware Walker isn’t a slam dunk.
Patrick Reed (4): I think this is a tough call between Brandt Snedeker and Reed. I’m down to only two starts on Snedeker so Reed gets the nod on a course where he’s a previous champion (’13).
Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Graham DeLaet, Jason Dufner
Jon Rahm (10): This is his first time at Wyndham but he has been on a roll recently. He finished T-2 at the Canadian Open, T-25 at the Travelers and a T-14 last week at the John Deere.
Bill Haas (7): He has showed signs of rounding into form with a T-3 at the Quicken Loans and a T-9 at the British Open. He plays well here recently with top seven finishes in three of his last four starts.
Kevin Na, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Freddie Jacobson
Points: JDC: 148
Points: SUMMER Segment: 1,075
Rank: SUMMER Segment: 5,052
Points: SEASON: 4,891
Rank: SEASON: 853
I tip my hat to the gamer that balanced tee times over the first two rounds and/or enjoyed the luck of the draw against the weather. It’s hard to take this game seriously when they give you a two minute window to set lineups during weather-affected tournaments. I only had two of four spots filled on Saturday during optimum scoring conditions because I wasn’t around for the window. I’ve dropped 400 places in the last two weeks because of a 58 and weather delay. You can’t make it up!
Angry? WHO ME???
I’m a glutton.
And a glutton for punishment.
Birdies and more birdies and any eagles.
Low 60’s will be the rule, not the exception…
Yahoo! is a scoring game and my lineup will try and reflect that! Don’t forget, guys have to make it to the weekend as well!
Wrote the above last week. Don’t see any reason to change it on the easiest par 70 on Tour the last two years!
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Russell Henley (8)
Ryan Moore (7)
Because Yahoo! is a scoring game and Henley has been scoring recently. I’m not sure if Bradley can handle the slick Bermuda this week but I know Thomas can if Henley doesn’t do it for you. Thomas shot 65 here when he was 16 in 2009.
Webb Simpson (5)
Patrick Reed (3)
William McGirt (8)
Jim Furyk (6)
Snedeker’s 61 last year was impressive but gamers gave it all back with his 75 on Sunday so remember that when cursing me for not sticking him on the roster this time. Walker’s hot form and Kisner’s love for Bermuda make them the sensible alternates but I’m not sure who’s coming off the group above!
Bill Haas (7)
Kevin Na (5)
Hard to jump off Rahm after having him the last two weeks but I don’t think I’ll need him AND Haas. Na gets the nod because he shot 61 his last time here in 2010 and closed 67-64 last week at JDC. Scott Brown makes for a lovely sleeper.
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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