The Wells Fargo Championship has been relocated to Eagle Point in Wilmington, N.C., as its old home, Quail Hollow Club, prepares to host this summer’s PGA Championship.
The early week reviews have been strong on this Tom Fazio design as golf returns to Wilmington for the first time in 60 years.
Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely, so I’m satisfied with having a chance to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game, but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you.
Gamers who are new to OAD must remember that the most lucrative purses, the majors, WGC events, THE PLAYERS and FedExCup Playoffs, are down the road and you’ll need to save some big boys for these events, all 12 of them.
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: $2,278,585; 25 events
- Seconds: 1
- Top 10s: 5
- Top 25s: 7
- MCs (8): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich).
|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|
|OHL Mayakoba||Emiliano Grillo||T-10||$175,000|
|RSM Classic||Russell Henley||T-10||$150,000|
|SBS TOC||Brandt Snedeker||T-14||$122,000|
|Sony Open||Charles Howell, III||T-8||$180,000|
|CB Challenge||Jamie Lovemark||MC||$0|
|Farmers Insurance||Jimmy Walker||MC||$0|
|AT&T Pebble Beach||Phil Mickelson||65th||$15,120|
|Genesis Open||Charl Schwartzel||MC||$0|
|Honda Classic||Russell Knox||MC||$0|
|Arnold Palmer||Henrik Stenson||MC||$0|
|Puerto Rico Open||Luke List||T-37||$12,900|
|WGC-Match Play||Rory McIlroy||T-30||$74,000|
|Shell Houston Open||Jon Rahm||T-10||$182,000|
|RBC Heritage||Matt Kuchar||T-11||$114,045|
|Valero Texas Open||Charley Hoffman||T-40||$21,727|
|Zurich Classic||Thomas Pieters||MC||$0|
Not even a brand-new format, the team game, could jump-start my nothing-short-of-terrible season.
My Choice: Thomas Pieters/Daniel Berger (MC)
Close Second: Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen (T-24)
Outlier: Russell Henley/Blayne Barber (MC)
Gut Shot: Si Woo Kim/Sung Kang (MC)
Rank Outsiders: William McGirt/Robert Garrigus (MC), Andrew Loupe/John Peterson (MDF), Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly (T-14)
Yep, shoulda burned the OLD GUYS that I would have never even thought of having to use again.
Keys this Week:
The cream usually rises to the top in events on new tracks but there’s not a bunch of that to choose from this week.
With the weather being squirrelly to start and the venue an unknown, I’m going to load up on guys who are regional and have been playing well.
I also don’t think having guys who can overpower the place and hole a few putts will hurt either.
We’ll know more on Monday of next week…
My Weekly Finalists:
I explain in more details in my preview what I’m looking for on the course.
Jon Rahm: I’m more intrigued in thinner fields as his class should stick out like Paella at a pizza joint. Not many have the game to keep up.
Kevin Kisner: Just missed out with his buddy Scott Brown in a playoff last week and led the RBC Heritage with 12 holes to play his last time on his own ball.
Webb Simpson: I know he named his daughter Wyndham for a reason, I get it. He’s a member and there is NO WAY he’s joining a course where putting has to be No. 1 on the list of requirements, right? RIGHT?!?!
William McGirt: There aren’t many places where I don’t like him. His only win is on Bentgrass at Memorial which mimics Augusta National in spots. He was in the fight more than Kisner and Simpson at Harbour Town.
Paul Casey: He checks all of my boxes this week and the thin field makes him look even tastier.
Bill Haas: Everybody needs a safety valve and he’s about as safe as they come.
My Choice: Kevin Kisner
Close Second: Paul Casey
Outlier: Kevin Tway
Gut Shot: Webb Simpson
Rank Outsiders: J.T. Poston, Brian Harman, Patrick Rodgers
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
Dustin Johnson AND Phil Mickelson both omitted?
Yup. I know DJ has won three in a row but he was in the flow. I’ll wait for a few rounds under his belt before I jump back on each week!
As for Mickelson, I get nervy when I read about three inches of rough. He’s great in the conditions, I agree, but he doesn’t hit many fairways. I’d save him for Memphis or Royal Birkdale where he’ll make more sense.
Should I burn…
Throw a dart.
Drop a pen.
Have your dog pick.
48 weeks. 48 guys. Plenty to choose from!
Too bad Bud Cauley WD this week or he would have been included.
Ryan Palmer is also on a serious heater and will be one of the favorites at Colonial, his home track.
Luke List keeps recycling through my thoughts as well.