Nobody and I mean NOBODY hates ALL CAPS more than I do unless it’s for EMPHASIS!
Four “majors” in four weeks isn’t for the faint of heart.
Plenty of clues linked below!
|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: 44
|Top 10s: 14||MC: 7||$10,297,049|
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
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
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!
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!