For those of you who would like to dig a little deeper.
Year No. 10 will determine a 10th different champion or the first multiple winner?
The only consolation after last week’s disaster was that nobody in the world had Rod Pampling in OAD unless his wife and kids are in your league. It was nice to get a proper kick in the nuts in Las Vegas as Chris Kirk imploded (75-74) after sitting at 11-under after 36 holes.
Ahhhhhhhhh, the ol’ FALSE HOPE. I argued on Twitter with a few of you if you’d rather have T-40 something or just take your beating and go home Friday night. Most of you suggested any money is better than no money, which is impossible to argue with, but for my sanity, I’d prefer the stress-free weekend.
Get back up.
Dust off some picks.
Of the last five winners, four have been course maidens.
Of the nine winners, seven have been 30 or older.
The average winning score is 18.5-under.
Paspalum runs nice and smooth but not over 11′ on the Stimp so plenty of putts should get to and fall in for birdie.
The rough has been grown up this year but shouldn’t bother these dudes one bit at two inches.
Better make birdies and plenty of them. Check the winning scores in my preview here.
Last Season: Il Disastro
Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events
- Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 9
- Top 25s: 18
- MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)
2016-17 season: Brand New Day
Season total: $832,190, 5 events
- Seconds: 1
- Top 10s:
- Top 25s:
- MCs (2): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC).
|Safeway Open||Grayson Murray||MC||$0|
|CIMB Classic||Hideki Matsuyama||T-2||$756,000|
|WGC-HSBC Champions||Martin Kaymer||T-40||$62,000|
|Sanderson Farms||Patton Kizzire||MC||$0|
Everyone serves a purpose in life even if it is a bad example. I listed my choices last week and decided to leave my top two choices out. Both were Las Vegas residents. Both hit the top 25. Chris Kirk was 11-under through 36 holes and crumbled on the weekend to T-61 with 75-74.
Keys this Week — OHL Classic at Mayakoba:
Nine years, nine different winners suggest this field is wide open. With only two winners in their 20’s and one in their 50’s, it obvious that nothing is obvious. Or is it obvious that veteran players, six of nine winners are 30 or older, are the way forward?
If 18.5-under par is the winning average score since the move in 2013 to the fall, we’re going to need some fellas that have no problem making birdies. G-Mac needed 27 of them last year to get into a playoff. And we’ll need some fellas that will keep it on the property and avoid big numbers.
My Weekly Finalists:
OWGR listed in ( )
Russell Knox (19) — Should have won last year and his current form is banging.
Jon Rahm (120) — Just a matter of timing this correctly as he’s under par every round every week!
Harris English (70) — Dreaded course form meets current form weekly headache.
Emiliano Grillo (26) — Sound and is trending proper.
Keegan Bradley (97) — Flying start to the new season and another week on easy greens should continue the streak.
My Choice: Emiliano Grillo
Close Second: Russell Knox
Outlier: Tony Finau
Stratagem: Don’t forget Knox rakes at the Honda or that he’s closed the last two tournaments with 74’s in the final round. Everyone on this list will have another “guaranteed” place down the road besides Rahm and Grillo. Yes, even Keegan Bradley. Grillo gets the nod this week because he’s proven that a bit of travel doesn’t bother him and he’s already tasted blood on Tour. I don’t think there’s a bad choice of the group above so it is time to split some hairs!
At worst, you have FIVE GUYS to FADE this week!
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
Where’s the defending champion?
Where’s the course form?
ANSWER(S) OF THE WEEK:
- Graeme McDowell has been wonderfully inconsistent and I wouldn’t doubt if he has one eye on the World Cup at Kingston Heath next week in Melbourne.
- Four of the last five winners have won on their maiden voyage at Mayakoba so this resort course doesn’t have much of a learning curve to conquer.