With almost all of the big boys spent earlier in the season, I have an executive decision to make.
Don’t forget though a Canadian hasn’t won this tournament since 1954 when Pat Fletcher lifted the trophy.
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: $3,912,679; 37 events
- Seconds: 1
- Top 10s: 10
- Top 25s: 17
- 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|
|John Deere Classic||Daniel Berger||T-5||$189,840|
|The Open||Adam Scott||T-22||$88,000|
At this time of year making cuts is great but not having guys contend or hit the podium is deflating.
My streak is up to seven events in a row but the best check I cashed during that streak was for $400k and change at the U.S. Open.
For gamers, the rubber meets the road over the next eight weeks as the final WGC, major and four FEC Playoff events occupy six of those slots.
Adam Scott couldn’t take advantage of the tough conditions on Friday or the benign conditions on Saturday as he finished T-22. Sure, I’m happy with the 67 on Sunday but if it doesn’t backdoor the top 10, then who really cares!
My selections for you were thin this week but don’t worry, I’ll keep charging you the same price weekly as I have all year!
My Choice: Adam Scott — T-22
Close Second: Tommy Fleetwood — T-27
Outliers: Andy Sullivan — T-70, Kevin Chappell — MC, Marc Leishman — T-6
Gut Shot(s): Webb Simpson — T-37
Rank Outsiders: Padraig Harrington — MC, Ben An — MC, Brendan Steele — MC, Soren Kjeldsen — T-37
Keys this Week:
Glen Abbey Golf Club hosts for the third year in a row and fourth time since 2013. The Bentgrass greens should roll true and four par fives playing less than 7,300 yards should encourage a week of low scores.
With only six players from the OWGR top 50 in action this week, I’d suggest leaning on a calculated flier. The prize pool is only $6 million so a podium is nice but it’s not what you’ll be paid in a WGC, major or FEC event.
The other side of the coin is the two of the last three winners have been big-time players and the field is soft. Would you rather save Dustin Johnson for 1.8 million against a big-time field next week or hope he hits the top two for the third time in a row this week? It’s an interesting question that can be answered this way: If you’re desperate, you better not look up in two months and notice you have 15 premium guys for eight events.
My Weekly Finalists:
My Favorites: You can see the entire list at mikeglasscott.com
My Choice: Bubba Watson
Close Second: Patrick Cantlay
Outliers: Danny Lee, Ian Poulter, Scott Stallings
Gut Shot(s): Seamus Power
Rank Outsiders: Jim Furyk, Chad Campbell, Harold Varner, III
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. Check the table above!
No Kuchar, DJ or Finau????
Right. All burned. Read the preview. Read the above.
The winner this week will be…
If the weather goes according to Hoyle, 16-under-par or so and will have no less than 23 birdies on the card. Find someone who can pump up their rounds on par fives and doesn’t make many bogeys.
Should I burn…
There are only eight events left. If you have 12 premium players you better have a road map with a few interchangeable parts as guys will fluctuate over the last two months.
Leaders will be looking for a cut maker this week while the desperate will try and identify this year’s John Vegas or a Tim Clark from 2014. The more birdies, the merrier and when this course plays normal, it’s not very difficult.
Unlike picking OAD players…