OAD: THE NORTHERN TRUST

Nobody and I mean NOBODY hates ALL CAPS more than I do unless it’s for EMPHASIS!

RANT OVER.

Four “majors” in four weeks isn’t for the faint of heart.

Plenty of clues linked below!

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
Wyndham Brandt Snedeker WIN 1,080,000
Total Events: 44

 

Top 10s: 14 MC: 7 $10,297,049

Last week:

Back-to-back.

Exacta.

Even the chasers got in on the action as well as a pick for the dreamers.

I’ll shut up now.

My Choice: Brandt Snedeker — WIN

Picks for Leaders: Webb Simpson – T2, Webb Simpson, Webb Simpson

Picks for Chasers: Hideki Matsuyama – T11, Henrik Stenson – T20, Rafael-Cabrera Bello – T11

Picks for Dreamers: Joaquin Niemann – T33, Shane Lowry – MC, Ryan Moore – T6

Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia – T24, Steve Stricker – MC, Bill Haas – T45

Six Beers In: Jason Kokrak – T57, Julian Suri – T41, Harold Varner III – T53

 

This week:

Make sure to read The Confidence Factor for all of the ins-and-outs at Ridgewood plus all of the course history.

There isn’t much mystery as to wins these events and that’s the reason we save big boys all season long for such an occasion.

Deep fields on unfamiliar courses rarely produce underdog winners and I’m leaning on that history again this week. While course form is never ruled out, I’m more interested in guys who have done the business on this level before.

My Choice: Jason Day

Picks for Leaders: It’s going to depend on who is left. Check the podcast with Rob Bolton for angles on how to play this week and throughout the rest of FedExCup Playoffs.

Picks for Chasers: Time to lay the lumber from the big boys. I have included long shots and course horses in The Confidence Factor.

Picks for Dreamers (outside top 30): Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Adam Scott

Picks for Noses (inside top 30): Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson

Six Beers In (outside top 100): Harold Varner III, Danny Lee, Vaughn Taylor

 

 

My Life

I’m lurking for a spot in the top five so it’s all hands to the pump to keep in the fight. I have plenty (maybe) of horses left so it’s imperative I get it right. Pending injury, Justin Thomas will be my selection for The TOUR Championship. I’ll make due in the next two events with larger fields and will hope to sneak in another top 10.

Three to go:

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, another Hanse restoration, 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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