With only four events left including this week, it’s time to chase it down and burn those starts!
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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!
Ned Brown (@Esoxgolf)
Points: Wyndham: 118
Points: SEASON: 4,865
Rank: SEASON: 4,597
Jason Day (4): He skipped the Olympics which was a shame because he was coming off a second place at the PGA Championship. He did play Bethpage in ’12 when the Barclays was held there and finished T-24.
Dustin Johnson (4): He came into the PGA on quite a roll with back-to-back championships at the WGC-Bridgestone and the US Open and a T-2 at the Canadian Open. Unfortunately he missed the cut at the PGA but he is still a good bet this week on a course where he was T-3 in ’12.
Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott
Henrik Stenson ( 3)– The Swede came into the Olympics on a roll off a championship at The Open and T-7 at the PGA and he didn’t disappoint with a solid second place in Rio. He finished well back in the pack at Bethpage in ’12 but he playing at a much higher level now.
Hideki Matsuyama (5): His tough early part of the summer was due to a wrist injury but that seems to be behind him now after T-4 at the PGA and T-3 at the Wyndham.
Brandt Snedeker (2)– Snedeker has regained his form with T-5 at the Canadian and T-3 last week at the Wyndham. He has missed the cut in his last three Barclays, but he finished in second place in ’12 when the event was last played here.
Rory McIlroy (3)– A tough call between Jim Furyk and McIlroy. I’m going with the fresher player and McIlroy is well rested after skipping the Olympics.
Jim Furyk, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose
Kevin Na (8): When I try to use him, I usually get burned. He has been on a roll recently with T-8 at the John Deere and T-10 last week at the Wyndham so I’m going to use him once more.
Emilio Grillo (8): It’s really hard to figure out a horse for the course so again I’m going with the hot player. Grillo has top 14’s in five of his last six worldwide stops including T-8 at the Olympics.
Branden Grace, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel
Points: Wyndham: 122
Points: SUMMER Segment: 1,197
Rank: SUMMER Segment: 6,773
Points: SEASON: 5,013
Rank: SEASON: 1,078
Just three weeks ago I sat right around 500 on the rankings and was having a grand ol’ time of things. After collecting only 112, 148 and 122 in the last three I’ve plummeted in both the segment (duh) and the season.
Pick better golfers.
And ones that shoot 58. Or 60. Or 61.
If you have four starts remaining on premium players, I say fire away. As noted above, there are outliers every week so nothing wrong with sticking one or two in this week and catching lightning. The Black Course is hard and there is a cut so don’t go overboard. Pace and balance is advised but the three winners here are easily classified as power players.
If you don’t see a big-name player listed below it’s because I am limited on starts and saving for later.
Check my preview for any questions you might have but the answer is going to be YES, FIRE AWAAAAAAAY!
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Dustin Johnson (3)
Jason Day (4)
I don’t think there are any surprise picks here for the leaders. For those who are trailing, you’ll need a big week from Fowler or Mickelson and hope the chalky Spieth, Scott and Watson don’t fire either. Leading > trailing and this is the perfect example of why.
Henrik Stenson (3)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Hideki Matsuyama (4)
Justin Rose (4)
Last-minute change to drop Koepka which I’ll probably pay for dearly but I can’t justify keeping him out of the lineup. I KNOW he’s in the field this week. He should have won last year at DBC. He’s won this whole thing before. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!? Russell Knox and Jim Furyk could easily argue for spots as well.
Branden Grace (5)
Daniel Berger (8)
Berger’s made a ton of cuts in a row and that’s why he goes. Haas/Casey as a replacement brings steady as well if you need to maintain a lead. I’ve been out of starts on Kuchar for a month but if he’s still alive he can go as well. Remember, these greens will be quick but not fast.
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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