Rory McIlroy is the landlord here.
Uncle Phil lives just up the block.
If you don’t have either of those as choices, don’t worry, I have a few more to look at this week.
Oh, and there’s always this guy…
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|
|Zurich Classic||Bud Cauley||MC||0|
|Total Events: 25||Top 10s: 8||MC: 5||$5,067,989|
A week late and LOTSA dollars short.
Man, that stings.
The only saving grace was I drafted that team in my weekly game. So I have that going for me. Which is nice.
#RTR was rolled over and MC by a shot. After seeing only two birdies in best ball on Thursday, part of me was surprised they had a “chance” on Friday. I don’t regret the pick or the pairing but part of me probably ignored the partner’s angle in regards to Horschel/Piercy. I went with the two more comfortable of the two choices.
My Choice: Bud Cauley — MC
Picks for Leaders: Billy Horschel — WIN, Wesley Bryan — MC, Sean O’Hair — T25
Picks for Chasers: Ryan Palmer — MC, Ryan Ruffels — T34, Chesson Hadley — T4
Picks for Dreamers: Sam Burns, Keith Mitchell, Byeong-Hun An — ALL MISSED THE CUT.
Picks for Noses: Scott Brown — T15, Pat Perez — 2nd, Rafael Cabrera-Bello — MC
Six Beers In: Aaron Wise — MC, Cameron Percy — T10, Chris Kirk — MC
Drop-Dead Pick: Bud Cauley. DEAD AF.
Learn from it and move on.
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My Choice: Bryson DeChambeau
Picks for Leaders: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson
Picks for Chasers: Rory McIlroy, Chesson Hadley, Kevin Streelman
Picks for Dreamers: Ryan Moore, Francesco Molinari, Lucas Glover
Picks for Noses: Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland, Bill Haas
Six Beers In: Robert Streb, Harold Varner, III
Drop-Dead Pick: Rory McIlroy
Fade or follow, I’m not worried either way!
Leaders are not FORCED to burn McIlroy this week, but by all means, go ahead. When you’re in the front, you make the OTHERS make such difficult decisions while you sup champagne and nibble on caviar.
There are eight BIG-BOY events left and one is next week. If you are chasing by a considerable margin, it’s time to think about releasing some of the major hounds to get back into this. There’s no point having 12 premium players for the WGC-BI, PGA Championship and four FedExCup Playoff events.
“Don’t take your time outs to heaven” as we say here in Indiana.
There are no prizes for having premium players sitting around at the end of the year.
It’s time to start thinning the herd.
Does course history matter this week?
James Hahn was the exception to many rules when he won here in 2016 and this was one of them. Derek Ernst upset a few trends with his win as well. The angle to the course history that matters is there are premium players who annually play well here. Choose one of them!
I’m trying to catch lightning in a bottle here. I’ve already burned Mickelson and had to talk myself off the ledge with McIlroy. Justin Thomas wasn’t easy to leave off either. I’ve dropped out of the running in my league and need to make a play so that’s what I’ve done here.
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!