I’d suggest reading this missive carefully as there is a catch.
Due to the deadly floods in Greenbrier County last year, the 2016 edition was cancelled and Danny Lee could not defend.
One year later, the course has been rebuilt and put back together for the PGA Tour.
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: $3,405,864; 33 events
- Seconds: 1
- Top 10s: 8
- Top 25s: 14
- MCs (10): 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|
|DEAN & DELUCA||Bud Cauley||T-41||$24,050|
|FedEx St. Jude Classic||Billy Horschel||T-4||$252,000|
|U.S. Open||Rickie Fowler||T-4||$420,334|
|Quicken Loans||Patrick Reed||T-17||$99,400|
Congrats to all who had Kyle Stanley but I’m not sure if any seasoned gamers would have had a start to burn on Charles Howell, III, (P-2) as he usually rakes early in the season or Rickie Fowler (T-3) who has been on fire all year long.
My Choice: Patrick Reed — T-17, two shots out of the top five.
Close Second: Bill Haas — T-13, one shot of the top five.
Outliers: Graham DeLaet — MC, Danny Lee — T-22
Gut Shot(s): Kevin Chappell — MC
Rank Outsiders: Keegan Bradley — T-5, Kevin Streelman — T-17
Keys this Week:
I’ve done barely any research as I didn’t even preview the event.
Here’s what I know just from PAYING ATTENTION:
1.) All the greens have been redone and softened to add extra hole locations. Translation: Toss the green maps and find guys who hit the most greens.
2.) It’s a resort course so don’t be surprised if low scores return in volume this week. #BirdiesEagles.
3.) Birdies and Eagles open the door to the masses so not a bad week to stretch a bit if you’re trailing.
My Weekly Finalists:
I didn’t preview the event so please take these selections with that in mind.
I’m playing the games this week as not to have to explain for the rest of the year why I didn’t.
Danny Lee: He’s been rock-solid for two months and he defends this week.
Bill Haas: Backed up his career-best finish in a major (T-5, Erin Hills) with T-13 last week at QLN.
David Lingmerth: Swedish Danny Lee played from the final group last week and has finished outside of T-26 once since MC at RBC Heritage.
Keegan Bradley: Back-to-back top 10’s on courses where putting didn’t matter. He’ll need to make a few more this week but he’s hitting it great.
Webb Simpson: Less influence on the greens equals more guys who can pound GIR. He qualifies easily.
Tony Finau: He’ll overpower the joint and is top five in GIR. No point over-thinking this.
My Choice: Tony Finau
Close Second: Keegan Bradley
Outliers: Jimmy Walker, Curtis Luck, Kevin Streelman
Gut Shot(s): Danny Lee
Rank Outsiders: Keegan Bradley, Kevin Streelman
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK:
Remember, if you don’t see a guy in my choices, it’s more than likely that I have already selected them.
Where’s your preview?
I’m celebrating my independence of being under-employed this week by not doing one.
I looked in the mirror and the boss was cool with it...
Should I burn…
Throw a dart.
Drop a pen.
Have your dog pick.
Those who lead will have another week on a “new-ish” track where they can throw out a veteran, collect a top 20 and maintain their lead while the rest of us chase our tales.
This week and next will see scoring return and the fields get even deeper.