Happy Birthday America!
Before you consume copious amounts of adjunct American light lager beer, make sure you read who you should avoid taking in OAD.
I’ve also added a new, special category this week!
The only independence I’ve achieved recently is ostracizing myself for contention in Spotter’s league because of my poor selections.
Only one rule for today: Tomorrow everyone shows up with 10 fingers and 10 toes!
|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|
|Quicken Loans National||Kyle Stanley||T32||36,841|
|Total Events: 35||Top 10s: 11||MC: 7||$6,200,808|
I waffled between Stanley and Fowler too many times to count but ended up going with the reigning champion. His T32 finish > Fowler’s 12th finish as I’m hoping to get more than $163k from Fowler so I’m accepting this loss.
Leishman didn’t fire on Sunday but racked up over $130k while Howell’s closing 67 pushed him to almost $100k. Leishman (E) and Stanley (+3) bled cash all day Sunday so that wasn’t any fun.
Beau Hossler also burned some cash late with a double but continues to impress. Big Kira ran out of gas and J.B. Holmes came back to earth. Molinari continued his fantastic play and did something no Italian has done since the late 1940’s. Congrats to all of you who loaded up on him this week and any of you who pulled the trigger on Woods.
My Choice: Kyle Stanley – T32
Picks for Leaders: Kyle Stanley – T32, Marc Leishman – T13, Charles Howell III – T17
Picks for Chasers: J.B. Holmes – MC, Beau Hossler – T6, Kiradech Aphibarnrat – T48
Picks for Dreamers: David Lingmerth – T48, Ben An – T41, Francesco Molinari – WIN
Picks for Noses: Tiger Woods – T4
Six Beers In: Kevin Streelman (again) T32 with a Round 2 62 hahaha; Seamus Power opened with 66 and then faded to T58.
Drop-Dead Pick: Kyle Stanley – T32
It’s Year 2 of The Old White TPC 2.0 after the post-flood redo. Please read The Confidence Factor for all the course and additional player detail. All I know this week is that I don’t know anything this week. There has never been a player defend or win twice. There has never been a winner who has led other than Sunday. There have been plenty of first-time TOUR winners and first-time event winners.
The door is WIDE OPEN for all shapes, kinds and sizes.
That’s NOT what gamers look forward to dealing with in this format.
We want clear choices and obvious answers!
Here are a few:
My Choice: Bubba Watson
Picks for Leaders: Russell Henley, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson
Picks for Chasers: Jamie Lovemark, Danny Lee, Joaquin Niemann
Picks for Dreamers: Robert Streb, Anirban Lahiri, C.T. Pan, Ryan Blaum, Ryan Armour
Picks for Noses: Kevin Kisner
Six Beers In: David Hearn, Jimmy Walker
#NappyFactor: Austin Cook, Wesley Bryan
Drop-Dead Pick: Russell Henley
I’m having a tough time recently of lining up the stars but I’ll soldier on. With 10 or so events left I’m becoming less-choosey. I haven’t had a big finish in a while so it’s time to fire at ’em.
As my dawg Chadders says, “I WANT WINNERS” so I’m taking his advice this week. I’m loading up with the guy who has won the most on TOUR this season. He can’t get out of his way right now so I’m not letting him pass me by again. He has a home here so he’s comfortable and familiar with everything going on this week.
He’s also on shit-hot fire, which doesn’t hurt either.
Here’s my tentative plan:
John Deere Classic: Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Berger (if playing) or 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, Koepka 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 FedExCup titles so whoever is left! A rookie won for the first time last year (Schauffele) so it’s not impossible!
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!