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.
|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|
|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|
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
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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!
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!
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!