For the rest of us who have already burned Simpson, keep reading…
|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|
|RBC Canadian Open||Charley Hoffman||T29||37,743|
|WGC-Bridgestone Invite||Rickie Fowler||T17||104,250|
|PGA Championship||Brooks Koepka||WIN||1,980,000|
|Total Events: 39
|Top 10s: 13||MC: 7||$9,217,049|
Etta James wrote a song about it. I just listened to it again.
Not even the curse of my good buddy Chadders could stop the Koepka Express and neither could Tiger Woods or Adam Scott.
For all the dry weeks interspersed at least I can say I had a pretty solid grip on the majors (third, T10, T2 and WIN). I’m still not sure I can believe Koepka won half of them this year but I’m not complaining!
My Choice: Brooks Koepka — WIN
Picks for Leaders: Dustin Johnson – T27, Rory McIlroy – T50, Justin Rose – T19
Picks for Chasers: Justin Thomas – T6, Tommy Fleetwood – T35, Tony Finau – T42
Picks for Dreamers: Jordan Spieth – T12, Kyle Stanley – MC, Patrick Cantlay – T27
Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia – MC, Hideki Matsuyama – T35, Henrik Stenson – MC
Six Beers In: Branden Grace – T27, Keegan Bradley – T42, Gary Woodland – T6
As I wrote in The Confidence Factor, good luck grabbing the winner this week. A festival of par-breakers on a short track should open up the door to PLENTY of contenders.
- The last three winners have been 51, 21 and 41 so that doesn’t help much.
- The course-record holder is 21 and the tournament-record holder is 41.
- A rookie lost by a shot last year.
- A Monday qualifier took home the title in 2010.
- Of the last seven winners, five have won THE PLAYERS.
- Nobody has won more than once so obviously nobody has defended their title.
Sedgefield has been run over the last two years and I don’t see that slowing down this year. Heck, last year 10-under shared T26 so I’m looking for guys who aren’t afraid to go low. The cut has been three-under the last three years as well.
My Choice: Brandt Snedeker
Picks for Leaders: Webb Simpson, Webb Simpson, Webb Simpson
Picks for Chasers: Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, Rafael-Cabrera Bello
Picks for Dreamers: Joaquin Niemann, Shane Lowry, Ryan Moore
Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas
Six Beers In: Jason Kokrak, Julian Suri, Harold Varner III
A massive cash grab vaulted me into the top 10 of Spotter’s game and I still have some bullets in the gun for the Playoffs. With Justin Thomas and Jason Day, I have two anchors that I’ll have to get right. Sprinkle in Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, and Gary Woodland and perhaps some Poults and I’ve got just enough to be dangerous.
This week I thought about Joaquin Niemann PLENTY because he’s done for the year if he doesn’t win. That’s it. Clear as day. No guesswork. He’s still 19 so he’s just precocious enough to give it an OR-BUST game plan.
I’m playing conservatively because he’s a known quantity on this track and he’s humming along. He needs all the points he can get as he tries to climb back inside the OWGR Top 50.
It’s hard to believe those of you saving Spieth for East Lake will need a big performance to even qualify as he currently sits No. 40.
Four to go:
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: Past winners include Thomas, McIlroy (2x), Stenson, Fowler, Simpson and Hoffman. Gil Hanse began renovations in 2006 so no point going beyond.
BMW Championship (Donald Ross course): Aronimink is the host and Rose (2010) and Nick Watney (2011) are the only two winners on TOUR here.
The TOUR Championship (Donald Ross course): 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!