With only three events remaining, the time for splitting hairs is NOW!
Will Jim Furyk or Justin Rose make the final at East Lake?
Where’s Danny Willett?
Do you? YOU? Feel like I do?
I hope not.
Fantasy Golf is hard.
I’m here to help. If not, play that record and wonder “how does he play the guitar with his MOUTH??!?!?!”
Only this week and two more to go!
Time to dump the big names and hope they do werk.
- The only player to win the FEC twice is Tiger Woods so history says a new, fresh face should hold the trophy again this season.
- The only players that have defended their FEC titles at East Lake are Woods and Snedeker. Spieth will join that very small club in a few weeks as he sits No. 5 entering the Playoffs.
- Nobody has successfully defended their FEC championship since the invention in 2007.
- Jim Furyk checks in at No. 84.
- Justin Roes checks in at No. 45.
- Danny Willett was No. 86 but he’s elected to stay in Europe and defend his Crans-sur-Sierre title in Switzerland. He’s eliminated.
Since the advent of the FEC Playoffs in 2007, there have been a few fellas win multiple events.
- Tiger Woods, 3
- Vijay Singh, 2*
- Camilo Villegas, 2*
- Steve Stricker, 2
- Dustin Johnson, 2
- Rory McIlroy, 2*
- Henrik Stenson, 2*
- Billy Horschel, 2*
- Jason Day, 2*
Only Woods, Stricker and Johnson have won titles over multiple years.
Only DJ was won titles in CONSECUTIVE years. Fowler came close last week!
There has been a multiple winner in the last FOUR YEARS IN A ROW. Patrick Reed has this market cornered after one event.
Only two of the four went on to win the $10 million (Stenson, Horschel).
Reed looks to join Vijay Singh as the only winners of the first two events of the Playoffs.
The list of winners contains very few surprises outside of Slocum, Hoffman and maybe a young Villegas. Everyone else who’s won one of these events has been a multiple winner on Tour.
Don’t forget, the last two events of the Playoffs are NO-CUT EVENTS.
Season total: $5,774,308; 43 events
- Wins: 2
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 9
- Top 25s: 17
- MC: 7 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham)
Last week: Justin Rose, T-31; $45,220
Anybody know the words to Taps?
Gone, but not forgotten:
|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|
|The Barclays||Justin Rose||T-31||$45,220|
Keys this Week:
- Experience in these parts
- Fairways and greens
- Splitting the right hairs
listed by OWGR position; FedExCup Points in parentheses
3.) Jordan Spieth (5)
25.) Emiliano Grillo (6)
20.) Russell Knox (7)
22.) Jim Furyk (84)
26.) Charl Schwartzel (32)
29.) Scott Piercy (31)
31.) Justin Thomas (8)
32.) Kevin Kisner (12)
33.) Kevin Na (14)
35.) Bill Haas (36)
My Choice: Justin Thomas
Close Second: Jim Furyk
Just Missed: Russell Knox
Stratagem: There’s aren’t very many phonies that win in the FEC Playoffs and Patrick Reed surely isn’t one of those! Day, Scott, Fowler and even Spieth all cracked the top 10 last week. I think those of you in the lead are here for a reason and need to trust your set-up coming down the stretch. For gamers left holding Fowler he’s the most interesting option this week. Day, Scott and Stenson are all no-brainers this week that should keep the chasers just far enough behind.
For the desperate, Grillo reeks of exactly what you need but I have my worries. Jim Furyk has always been a very consistent option and having his back up against the wall poses an interesting option this week. He needs a very solid finish to jump into the top 70 and this track makes more sense than Bethpage. There will be 30 players at East Lake regardless of your OAD selection. If you are trailing by a significant margin at the moment, I wouldn’t even care about next week or East Lake. Now > then.
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
- What are you doing???
- Where’s Grillo???
- Will Knox be angry and want REVENGE?!?!?
ANSWER(S) OF THE WEEK:
- With the choices I have left, I’m running out a guy who has hit the top 10 twice in his last three starts. One of those included at 62 in this part of the world at Travelers, another TPC layout.
- Furyk has no choice but to fire this week if he wants another shot at Crooked Stick or BMW and especially the Ryder Cup.
- I’ve left Grillo out, rightly or wrongly, as I feel he’ll be a better option at Crooked Stick (only one previous Tour event this century so no inherent advantage for anyone) or even a difficult East Lake.
- He should be but not really. He’s won twice this year. He’s heading to East Lake. It’s not like he played himself OUT of the Euro squad for the Ryder Cup! I like Knox this week because he’s played really well the last two years here but just hasn’t put four rounds together.
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.