Byron Nelson last week.
Ben Hogan this week.
Jordan Spieth defending champ.
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
- Seconds: 1
- 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).
|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|
|Wells Fargo||Kevin Kisner||MC||$0|
|THE PLAYERS||Sergio Garcia||T-30||$65,205|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||Brooks Koepka||T-50||18,090|
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.
Since nobody likes a quitter, I’ll soldier on.
At least my ancillary picks are helping somebody out there!
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:
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.
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.