TPC River Highlands will play host as its done since 1991.
Tough one to handicap coming off a major championship but plenty of clues to use.
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|
|Wells Fargo Championship||Bryson DeChambeau||4th||369,600
|THE PLAYERS||Francesco Molinari||MC||0|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||Jimmy Walker||T6||257,950|
|Fort Worth Invitational||Adam Scott||T52||16,472|
|US Open||Justin Rose||T10||270,151|
|Total Events: 33
|Top 10s: 11||MC: 6||$6,163,967|
Close, but no cigar, as my ice-cold spring thankfully ends in tatters after Justin Rose couldn’t fire on Sunday. Rose began the final round one shot off the lead and with a U.S. Open title under his belt, I was hoping he was the one that was going to shoot 63.
Those of you who saved Dustin Johnson for this grand occasion were probably feeling similar but you took home 3x the cash/points for your very smart decision. The last five weeks I’ve played Walker, Woods, Scott, Stenson and Rose and have exactly two top-10 finishes to show for it.
Chasers and Dreamers had some nice choices to pick from and the nose pickers were nice too. Maybe I’m going to have “12 Beers In” as a new category this week…
My Choice: Justin Rose — T10
Picks for Leaders: Dustin Johnson — 3rd, Rickie Fowler — T20, Rory McIlroy — MC, Jason Day — MC
Picks for Chasers: Phil Mickelson — T48, Hideki Matsuyama — T16, Brooks Koepka — WIN, Henrik Stenson — T6
Picks for Dreamers: Patrick Reed — 4th, Francesco Molinari — T25, Tommy Fleetwood — 2nd, Jason Dufner — T25
Picks for Noses: Jordan Spieth — MC, Tiger Woods — MC, Sergio Garcia — MC
Six Beers In: Jimmy Walker — T56, Kyle Stanley — MC
Drop-Dead Pick: Justin Rose — T10
It’s the third week in a row of Par-70 golf but this track is the shortest of the bunch by some distance. It’s the third week in four on Bent/Poa and those smallish greens will need to be painted to have plenty of chances to make birdie.
Since the 2016 renovation, the scores have been lower than usual. That’s hardly surprising considering tee boxes were added and greens were expanded. This is the third year since the renovation so I would expect scores to start inflating again, especially if the weather holds.
My Choice: Xander Schauffele
Picks for Leaders: Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Webb Simpson
Picks for Chasers: Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed
Picks for Dreamers: Brendan Steele, Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman, Patrick Rodgers
Picks for Noses: Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka
Six Beers In: Kevin Streelman, C.T. Pan
Drop-Dead Pick: Patrick Reed
Hitting a top 10 in the U.S. Open usually is pretty good. Playing from the third-to-last group with a premium player and finishing T10 isn’t. The ONLY positive thing that happened last week was DJ NOT winning. That would have buried me. Instead I lost only 600k to most rather than $1.9 million.
I’m not riding Berger this week again as I hope to avoid the glut of “general public” who’ll be all over him. Schauffele is just wonderfully inconsistent enough that I’m going rue this decision but that’s why we play the game. I’m currently 15th in my league and $2 million out of first.
Patrick Reed scares me to death this week but I’ve already burned him and I’m hoping plenty others have as well.
Here’s my tentative plan:
QLN: This is year two so I’ll lean heavily on form and the defending champ, Stanley.
The Greenbrier Classic: TBD
John Deere Classic: Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker or Berger (if playing), Kevin Tway.
Barbasol Championship: TBD (brand-new venue)
The Open Championship: Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler
RBC Canadian Open: Matt Kuchar, John Vegas, Brandt Snedeker
Barracuda Championship: Martin Laird, TBD
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: McIlroy, Schwartzel, Koepka
PGA Championship: First-time venue Bellerive Country Club will suggest a top 10 OWGR player. Jason Day and Thomas are obvious choices.
Wyndham Championship: Kevin Na, Ollie Schniederjans
NORTHERN TRUST OPEN: Matt Kuchar will be the only winner in the field at Ridgewood Country Club (2010). He was also T5 in 2014.
Dell Technologies TPC Boston: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Chris Kirk
BMW Championship: Aronomink is the host and Rose (2010) and Nick Watney (2011) are the only two winners on TOUR here (Donald Ross course).
The TOUR Championship: There has never been a repeat champion or anyone who has won multiple FedExCups so whoever is left!
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!