OAD — Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Teams of two on the bayou.

Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt defend their title against 79 other teams.

Many hazards to deal with this week but hopefully not in the OAD department!

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.

2018 Thermometer:

Event Golfer Place $$
       
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
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
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
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
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
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
       
Total Events: 25 Top 10s: 8 MC: 4 $5,067,989
       

Last week:

Horschel’s T11 pushed me over the $5 million mark as we turn and head for home. I should have gained a few bucks on the field but it wasn’t the podium cash that would have been real nice.

It was great to see Jimmy Walker put four rounds together including an impressive 67-67 weekend that saw him cash the fourth-place check. That’s a massive result for those who went with the local favorite.

My Choice: Billy Horschel — T11

Picks for Leaders: Charley Hoffman — T64, Brendan Steele — T30

Picks for Chasers: Luke List MC, Ryan Palmer MC, Pat Perez MC

Picks for Dreamers: Beau Hossler — T51, Kevin Chappell — T30, Kevin Streelman — T8

Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia MC (THE PLAYERS), Satoshi Kodaira DNS, Jimmy Walker — 4th

Six Beers In: Brian Gay MC or Trey Mullinax — T2

Drop-Dead Pick: Charley Hoffman — T64

 

This week:

If you need info on the course or deeper dives, head arrow down:

Check The Confidence Factor for all other details.

My Choice: Bud Cauley

Picks for Leaders: Billy Horschel, Wesley Bryan, Sean O’Hair

Picks for Chasers: Ryan Palmer, Ryan Ruffels, Chesson Hadley,

Picks for Dreamers: Sam Burns, Keith Mitchell, Byeong-Hun An

Picks for Noses: Scott Brown, Pat Perez, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Six Beers In: Aaron Wise, Cameron Percy, Chris Kirk

Drop-Dead Pick: Bud Cauley

 

Key Questions this Week:

Fade or follow, I’m not worried either way!

Explain Yourself!?!?

It’s not a hard concept to follow this week, I hope. Pick the other half of the dynamic duo so you don’t waste a start! Since it’s a partner’s game, every team will get the same amount of points/cash for the week so save a start!

This format is impossible to pick to a degree. Read The Confidence Factor to see how many SUPER TEAMS didn’t even make the cut of seven-under-par last year.

This year should favor the premium teams making the cut but after that, you’re on your own.

I’m leaning on pairings that have worked in the past and guys on form.

Does course history matter this week?

Of course it does, pun intended. Pete Dye always has a few tricks up his sleeve and guys who know where to miss it should have an advantage. It’s not massive factor like Augusta obviously and the winning scores indicate it’s a quick study. Camaraderie, ball-striking and making birdies are more important. Too bad the former is immeasurable!

History Channeled:

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).

 

Thanks for reading!

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