There isn’t much time for catching up so keep that in mind if you’re not in the final few groups.
It’s Hockey* Night** in Canada!
|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|
|A Military Tribute||Bubba Watson||T13||121,632|
|John Deere Classic||Zach Johnson||T16||81,366|
|British Open||Rory McIlroy||T2||694,250|
|Total Events: 38||Top 10s: 12||MC: 7||$7,151,306|
There’s NOTHING BETTER than finishing T2 in a major and then splitting it with 3080328 other guys.
Even when I’m good, I’m bad.
I’ve hit the top 10 in each major this season. Doing that and a dollar gets you a dollar.
No winners. No dice. No nothing.
The most shocking revelation last week is how many players got healthy at Carnoustie.
The least shocking part was watching Molinari continue to whip up on everyone in golf. His form was the hottest in the world and not even playing with the great Tiger Woods in the final round could keep him from the Claret Jug.
My Choice: Rory McIlroy – T2
Picks for Leaders: Dustin Johnson – MC, Justin Rose – T2, Sergio Garcia – MC, Tiger Woods – T6
Picks for Chasers: Justin Thomas – MC, Jon Rahm – MC, Patrick Reed -T28, Rickie Fowler -T28
Picks for Dreamers: Tommy Fleetwood – T12, , Ian Poulter – MC, Paul Casey – T51, Francesco Molinari – WIN, Alex Noren -T17
Picks for Noses: Phil Mickelson – T24, Henrik Stenson – T35, Jason Day – T17
Six Beers In: Branden Grace – MC, Lee Westwood – T61, Russell Knox – MC, Danny Willett – T24,
Drop-Dead Pick: Dustin Johnson — MC
Brand-new Keene Trace takes up the reigns outside Lexington, Kentucky, for the opposite-field event. As with all new courses not many will have an advantage so I’m looking for heat. Bentgrass on the greens and a wet start to the week should make for plenty of birdies again this week.
My Choice: Joel Dahmen – T15
Picks for Leaders: Billy Horschel – T2, Chris Kirk – T40, Tyler Duncan – T49,
Picks for Chasers: Sebastian Munoz – T34, John Peterson – T21, Sam Ryder – T7
Picks for Dreamers: Scott Brown – T21, James Hahn – MC, Andres Romero – T21
Six Bourbons In: Parker McLachlin – 56th, Tom Lovelady – T2, John Oda – T34
The trend in Canada points to a proven masher that isn’t afraid to take it low. There haven’t been too many young kids that have factored over the last three events at Glen Abbey Golf Club so be aware.
The only year this track caused anybody a headache was the firm and fast edition of 2016. With soft, scoring conditions, the field widens but the class should rise to the top. I don’t think Jhonattan Vegas will three-peat but I’m not counting him out either.
The big boys are coming back from Scotland. The rank-and-file TOUR pros are coming from a Monday finish in Kentucky. The tour group from Scotland will be happy to make buckets of birdies again while the TOUR group from Kentucky will have to continue to go low. Remember 23-under won last week in soaked Lexington and Michael Kim won the JDC on 27-under.
My Choice: Charley Hoffman
Picks for Leaders: Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar
Picks for Chasers: Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson
Picks for Dreamers: Joaquin Niemann, Brandt Snedeker
Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner
Six Molsons In: Tom Lovelady, Billy Horschel, Harold Varner III
I’m hovering around the top 25 and need to make a move. While Charley Hoffman doesn’t scream “move”, he’s a pro who plays this event annually with plenty of success. My angle is to use him and save a start for a higher-paying event. After this week, there are six tournaments from eight (Barracuda and Wyndham not included) that will have MAXIMUM cash prizes.
I go into plenty of detail in The Confidence Factor, so please read that!
Here’s my tentative plan:
Barracuda Championship: Martin Laird, TBD – old pro/vet
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: 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: Rickie Fowler
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!