Big questions to ask this week as there are a few big names that float, rightfully so, to the top.
Plenty of information in here!
I have been given a fantastic opportunity at PGATOUR.COM to join their experts game so I better make the most of it.
I crashed and burned in my first attempt last week so yeah. Luckily for you the link below has MANY EXPERTS to choose from!
Here’s the link for the CIMB Classic.
Steele wasn’t a factor after opening with 67, sadly. Ryan Moore was the best of the easy choices while Luke List was the only off-the-radar player that performed. I would have been better off from the SIX BEERS IN list. Maybe that’s a sign.
My Choice: Brendan Steele — T-Didn’tRepeat
Safety Dance: Patrick Cantlay – T17 (tough lay-down), Emiliano Grillo – T41, Ryan Moore – P2.
Bold Flavor: Denny McCarthy – MC, Joaquin Niemann – T83 (MDF).
Picks for Dreamers: Martin Laird – T46, J.J. Spaun – T41, Peter Uihlein – MC, Luke List – T4.
Picks for Noses: Phil Mickelson – T24. I can’t right now. I need a month or three.
Six Beers In: Harold Varner, III – T14, Adam Schenk – T14, Bronson Burgoon – T53, Mark Mulder – MC (75-74).
Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.
Quick turnaround this week but I wanted to get something on paper for next week and next year.
My Choice: Ryan Moore – now finish the job!
Safety Dance: Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele
Spicy: Anirban Lahiri (#CurryPower), Cameron Smith
Picks for Dreamers: Stewart Cink, Jason Kokrak, Keith Mitchell, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Picks for Noses: Justin Thomas (depending on format will be more valuable down the road). Pat Perez hasn’t had much success recently even though he’s the defending champ.
Six Beers In: Andrew Putnam, C.T. Pan, Kevin Tway
Did you enjoy the off-season? I had just enough time to acquaint myself with the 49 newbies (barely) from the Web.com plus evaluate all the 150 on the FedExCup points list.
As usual, I’ll have my rankings* out between Thanksgiving and New Year so you can see what I think entering the meat of the 2019 season.
*I don’t do rankings. I evaluate every player and you can put them in a certain order. I’ll point out strengths and weaknesses plus hints on when to jump on board.
2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL
I hit the winner’s circle three times and the two late victories pushed me into the top 10 of Spotter’s game.
All four majors selections hit the top 10.
Seven MC were dire but the most punishing one was Francesco Molinari at THE PLAYERS. We know what happened after that.
|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|
|Ft. Worth Invitational||Adam Scott||T52||16,472|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||Jimmy Walker||T6||257,950|
|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|
|THE NORTHERN TRUST||Jason Day||T20||101,160|
|Dell Technologies||Marc Leishman||T21||100,800|
|BMW Championship||Gary Woodland||T12||189,000|
|TOUR Championship||Justin Thomas||T7||279,900|
|Total Events: 47
|Top 10s: 15||MC: 7||$10,967,909|
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!