OAD — Wyndham Championship

Uh, yeah.

This guy.

For the rest of us who have already burned Simpson, keep reading…

2018 Thermometer:

Event Golfer Place $$
       
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
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
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
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
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
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
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
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
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
Barracuda Martin Laird T15 51,000
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

Last week:

At last.

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

 

This week:

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

 

My Life

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.

Snedeker won’t.

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!

Good luck!

History Channeled:

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!

 

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