They say dreams do come true!
Marc Leishman’s performance at the BMW has given me my first win of the season in the penultimate event.
Better late than never!
He’ll have his hands full this week!
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: $6,356,759; 44 events
- Wins: 1
- Seconds: 1
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 13
- Top 25s: 19
- 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|
The long national nightmare is over.
Do you remember where you were for last year’s Valero Texas Open?
It was my last winner in OAD, too many months ago to count.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Part of me was upset I didn’t use him at TPC Boston.
That was the DUMB part of me.
My Choice: Marc Leishman — WIN
Close Second: Brian Harman — T-40, Kevin Chappell — T-12
Outliers: Pat Perez — T-12, Adam Hadwin — T-40
Gut Shot(s): Patrick Cantlay — T-9
Rank Outsider(s): Xander Schauffele — T-20, Luke List — T-20
The last 10 Playoff winners have been in the top 15 in the OWGR at the time of their victory. This is a recording.
Time to change my greeting! Now, 10 of the last 11 Playoff winners have been in the top 15 as Marc Leishman, No. 22 last week, broke this trend.
Keys this Week:
If you’ve saved a premium player for this week, I hope it’s one of the top five, Justin Rose, Paul Casey or Jason Day.
If you have fired all of your bullets, I have evaluated all 30 players in my preview linked above.
Last of the Mohicans
My Weekly Finalists:
My Choice: Jason Day
Close Second: Kevin Chappell, Patrick Cantlay
Outliers: Pat Perez, Gary Woodland
Gut Shot(s): Patrick Cantlay
Rank Outsider(s): Xander Schauffele
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.
The winner this week will be…
With the most cash and the entire enchilada on the table, I’d be surprised if it was NOT one of the biggest names in the business, no offense to Marc Leishman.
With excellent weather and the course in premium shape, there will be no funny business determining the winner. Tee-to-green players that have found some success with the putter seem to stick out here but Brandt Snedeker and Jordan Spieth might argue short-gamers have just as good of a chance. It shouldn’t be easy to forecast with this many great players and this much on the line!