You think I’m gonna quit NOW???
I have three more chances to pick up my first winner of the year!
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: $4,727,422; 42 events
- Seconds: 1
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 11
- Top 25s: 18
- 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|
|RBC Canadian||Bubba Watson||T-42||$42,200|
|PGA Championship||Tommy Fleetwood||T-61||$21,300|
|THE NORTHERN TRUST||Justin Thomas||T-6||$283,281|
Piggy-backing PGA champ Justin Thomas was nice but I never had a chance at the big bucks.
As you’ve read all year, top 10’s aren’t bad.
It’s too bad that Thomas has 10 of them (four wins) and I have 11 (no wins).
I tied my gut shot and my pick so hard to complain. The only upgrade would have been T-3 with John Vegas as I had burned everyone ahead of JT.
My Choice: Justin Thomas — T-6
Close Second: Marc Leishman — MC, Jason Dufner — T-20, Francesco Molinari — MC
Outliers: Ollie Schniederjans — MC, Ian Poulter — MC, Graham DeLaet –MC
Gut Shot(s): Jason Day — T-6
Rank Outsiders: Robert Garrigus — MC, Martin Flores — T-34
Woof minus the premium players. Hardly a surprise and a big $$ event at this time of year!
Keys this Week:
With $10 million potentially on the line or rather a chance to have a chance to catch it, I would expect the big-name players to surface again this week. This is a recording. It will read exactly like this again next week. Check the history of the winners in these events.
Course form comes into play this week as TPC Boston has been in the rotation from Day 1 of the FEC Playoffs and four years before that. Sure it’s been renovated but that has happened over time and those who have eased their way into the changes should have a better understanding.
Remember when Chris Kirk outdueled Rory McIlroy over 36 holes here?
How about when Billy Horschel threw the sod over it on Sunday?
Stenson goes in the drink as Fowler sneaks in the back door?
Happy Labor Day weekend!
Last of the Mohicans
With only five events (including this week) left, it’s time to release the hounds. With four of those events with monster prize pools, it makes it even easier. Here’s who I have left (Top 30 FEC ranking) and thoughts on each:
#2 Justin Thomas: Ready, fire, aim as he’s just added a major as his fourth victory on the season.
#10 Brian Harman: Both of his career wins are on Bent (JDC, Eagle Point) and East Lake is only non-Bent course of the four being used in the Playoffs.
#12 Pat Perez: West Coast player that should embrace the Poa this week but nothing better than T-19 since finishing T-2 at Eagle Point.
#13 Adam Hadwin: Finished T-5 at Firestone but came back with two less-than-ideal rounds to MC at Quail Hollow. Gulp.
#14 Marc Leishman: Woof. Classic fail here. Why is he still alive on this list? #Mismanagement.
#17 Kyle Stanley: His ball-striking is an asset wherever he goes but putting for dough seems to be the hang-up. Since his win at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm he has nothing better than T-41 in five tries with three MCs.
#20 Jason Dufner: Probably the least risky player on this list outside of Thomas, Dufner won at Memorial in June and rattled off four rounds of 68 or better last week at Sedgefield.
#26 Gary Woodland: He’ll get a big look this week because of his power and penchant for GIR. He was 19-under in a close call at RBC Canadian a month ago.
#27 Wesley Bryan: The rookie has done enough already in a fantastic first season for me to wring one more start out of him.
#29 Jhonattan Vegas: One big late season result can move you into the top 30.
My Weekly Finalists:
My Favorites: You can see the entire list at mikeglasscott.com.
My Choice: Louis Oosthuizen
Close Second: Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Kevin Chappell
Outliers: Chez Reavie, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Kokrak
Gut Shot(s): Gary Woodland
Rank Outsiders: Keegan Bradley, Robert Streb
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.
Who do I save???
If you’re leading, you have a plan and surely won’t need my help!
If you’re trailing, there’s no point in taking great players with you to the final weeks if you can’t win.
Having the winner at East Lake doesn’t mean much if you finish outside the money.
For you baseball fans, it’s Game 6 and you’re trailing 3-2 in the series. Pitch everyone tonight because you’re trying to force Game 7. Worry about that later…
The winner this week will be…
A stud, big-game player. This is why you have to save some big boys for the final four events. OWGR No. 1 and No. 3 battled in a playoff last week. Need more proof?!?!
I’ve read by experts that putting is a big deal this week. Stenson and McIlroy won because they made putts. Rarely does a tournament winner two-putt his way to victory! Hit the most GIR and you’ll have a chance to make the most putts. #TeamBallStriking.