DEAN & DELUCA Invitational OAD

05-24-17

Byron Nelson last week.

Ben Hogan this week.

Jordan Spieth defending champ.

Proud Texas.

One-and-done

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: $2,361,880; 28 events

  • Wins:
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds:
  • Top 10s: 5
  • Top 25s: 7
  • MCs (9): 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); Kevin Kisner (WFC).

 

Event Golfer Place Money
       
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
Shriners Chris Kirk T-61 $14,190
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
WMPO Brendan Steele T-16 $90,952
AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson 65th $15,120
Genesis Open Charl Schwartzel MC $0
Honda Classic Russell Knox MC $0
WGC-MC Justin Rose T-38 $64,000
Valspar Bill Haas T-41 $21,451
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
Masters Jordan Spieth T-11 $223,200
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar T-11 $114,045
Valero Texas Open Charley Hoffman T-40 $21,727
Zurich Classic Thomas Pieters MC $0
Wells Fargo Kevin Kisner MC $0
THE PLAYERS Sergio Garcia T-30 $65,205
AT&T Byron Nelson Brooks Koepka T-50 18,090

 

Thermometer:

For the second week in a row I was in a decent position heading into Sunday.

For the second week in a row my selection took a massive score and killed any chances for glory.

You would believe that I’m used to it by now.

I am.

Since nobody likes a quitter, I’ll soldier on.

At least my ancillary picks are helping somebody out there!

 

Last week:

My Choice: Brooks Koepka — T-50

Close Second: Bud Cauley — T-5

Outlier: Kevin Tway — T-20

Gut Shot: Smylie Kaufman — T-27

Rank Outsiders: Morgan Hoffmann — T-27, S.Y. Noh — MC, Tim Wilkinson — MC and Ollie Schniederjans — T-55.

 

Keys this Week:

Experience.

This grand track doesn’t throw out first-time winners or youngsters.

Wind players will also gain attention because it’s gonna blow hot and heavy all weekend.

 

My Weekly Finalists:

I explain in more details in my preview what I’m looking for on the course.

 

My Favorites:

Jordan Spieth: His record here is immense and it’s easier to beat 121 Tour guys than fields in a major. It’s a legitimate question this week.

Ryan Palmer: It’s his home course and his caddy is the club champion. Don’t over-think this sometimes.

Bud Cauley: He’s hit the top 10 in his last three events and he’s had past success here.

Jason Dufner: He should probably be in front of Cauley if you’re ranking them but top five is top five.

Marc Leishman: He’s never MC here and is a noted wind player.

 

My Choice: Bud Cauley

Close Second: Jason Dufner

Outlier: Chris Kirk

Gut Shot: Zach Johnson,

Rank Outsiders: Nick Taylor, Kevin Tway, Ben Martin, Kyle Reifers

 

 

QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:

 

Er, Spieth son?!

He’s No. 1 on the list above so READ. I’ve already burned him at Augusta.

I’m leading, what should do?

Pat yourself on the back, stick in Jason Dufner or Zach Johnson and enjoy the ride. Heck, even Adam Hadwin and his 13 made cuts in a row works this week as well.

 

Should I burn…

Throw a dart.

Drop a pen.

Have your dog pick.

48 weeks. 48 guys. Plenty to choose from!

Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson, Kyle Stanley or Chris Kirk should get a few second looks or TOAD plays.

 

Good Luck!

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