The week after the Masters means a week on Hilton Head Island at Harbour Town Golf Links. Of the last 36 winners in this event, 28 have played the previous week at Augusta National. That didn’t seem to bother South Carolina native Wesley Bryan last 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.
|Safeway Open||Tony Finau||2nd||669,600|
|CIMB Classic||Paul Casey||T7||218,166|
|CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES||Keegan Bradley||T47||23,759|
|WGC-HSBC Champions||Hideki Matsuyama||T50||51,875|
|Sanderson Farms||Chesson Hadley||T2||464,400|
|OHL Classic||Kevin Chappell||MC||0|
|The RSM Classic||Charles Howell III||MC||0|
|Sentry TOC||Kevin Kisner||T17||99,333|
|Sony Open||Brian Harman||T4||256,266|
|CareerBuilder Challenge||Jason Dufner||T36||27,189|
|Farmers Insurance||Jon Rahm||T29||43,872|
|AT&T Pebble Beach||Phil Mickelson||T2||488,400|
|Genesis Open||Dustin Johnson||T16||111,600|
|Honda Classic||Graeme McDowell||MC||0|
|Valspar Championship||Ryan Moore||MC||0|
|Arnold Palmer||Tyrell Hatton||T69||18,067|
|WGC-Match Play||Patrick Reed||T9||163,000|
|Corales Puntacana||Patrick Rodgers||T22||27,850|
|Houston Open||Luke List||T24||54,162|
|Total Events: 23||Top 10s: 8||MC: 4||$4,896,079|
The process was rewarded. Spieth rakes at the Masters, period.
I can’t listen to the “well, he shot the best round ever on Sunday to bail everyone out” angle.
He sure did.
And it was magnificent.
The only disappointing part of the week was Fowler’s birdie on the final hole to break the T2 into second and third and chops some cash and points. Some might argue the first two holes on Friday. I’m not. Play them all and see what happens.
Without Reed (burned at Match Play) or Rickie on my radar, I’ll consider this a win. Looking at Reed and Rickie’s past history here, I’m even more surprised it wasn’t.
I was splitting hairs with Rose last week and went with the master of the Masters. I will have Rose for East Lake, Carnoustie or anywhere else he plays. It feels good to get one right.
My Choice: Jordan Spieth – 3rd
Picks for Leaders: Justin Rose – T12, Rory McIlroy – T5
Picks for Chasers: Tiger Woods – T32, Jason Day – T20, Hideki Matsuyama – 19th
Picks for Dreamers: Paul Casey – T15, Ian Poulter – T44, Alex Noren – MC
Picks for Noses: Adam Scott – T32, Sergio Garcia – MC, Charl Schwartzel – MC
Six Beers In: Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, LET’S BREAK THE INTERNET GO TIGER!!!
Drop-Dead Pick: Tiger Woods – T32
I’m changing this column around since we’re almost halfway through the season.
If you don’t like it, I don’t care.
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My Choice: Cameron Smith
Picks for Leaders: Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar
Picks for Chasers: Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Cantlay
Picks for Dreamers: Webb Simpson, William McGirt
Picks for Noses: Jim Furyk, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker
Six Beers In: Bud Cauley (duh!) or Russell Knox
Drop-Dead Pick: Matt Kuchar
Key Questions this Week:
Fade or follow, I’m not worried either way!
My pick WD on Wednesday as I was ready to ride Adam Hadwin to the winner’s circle. His WD was a personal matter, says the Twitter, and his impending schedule won’t be affected. THAT DOESN’T HELP ME THIS WEEK, BRAH.
As I noted in The Confidence Factor, there have been no trends for the winner over the last three years. With new-ish greens, new-ish sightlines and more sun and wind, I’m not sure I’m going in blindly with course form this week. Dye courses are difficult so find a skill set that matches.
YES, Dustin Johnson can win this week or any week he plays.
He doesn’t care. He tees it up and goes. Don’t over-think it for him. I’m looking to cash a bigger check with him, that’s all.
Region folks matter?
Nah but plenty of them have been close here. I’ll lean on guys who prefer a bit of Bermuda and can handle the six inches between the ears who embrace the challenge. The more wind, the merrier I say!
2015-16 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 total: $6,533,509 45 events
- Wins: 1
- Seconds: 1
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 12
- Top 25s: 20
- 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).
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