Balls in the air before 7 pm ET!
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.
I have been given a fantastic opportunity at PGATOUR.COM to join their experts game so I better make the most of it.
Check PGATOUR.COM/Fantasy later this afternoon for details.
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.
Swing and a miss, part II.
Off to a flier, folks!
The only upside is I’ve burned two picks that I won’t even consider using again the rest of the season. I have 45 more events to right the ship and I’m fine with that!
My Choice: Ryan Moore – T66
Safety Dance: Billy Horschel – T33, Keegan Bradley – T19, Xander Schauffele – 25th
Spicy: Anirban Lahiri (#CurryPower) – T63, Cameron Smith – T22
Picks for Dreamers: Stewart Cink – T13, Jason Kokrak – T43, Keith Mitchell – T22, Kiradech Aphibarnrat – T33
Picks for Noses: Justin Thomas – T5 (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 – T63.
Six Beers In: Andrew Putnam – T50, C.T. Pan – T30, Kevin Tway – T27
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. I wrote that last week and it holds true again this week.
OAD aren’t won this time of year but the money/points ALL COUNT.
This is the second of two YUGE WEEKS on the Asian Swing as the prize pool is massive here ($9.5 million) and obviously at the WGC-HSBC Champions next week ($10 million).
If your league is all about that base no treble then it’s time to unleash somebody with pedigree that can handle this.
Remember, there are just a handful of events that throw around big cash annually and rarely do off-the-pace guys sneak up and win these events. The biggest of the big boys have an advantage again this week of dealing with a short field and not having a cut to worry about. The more holes the underdog has to play, the more chances of him falling by the wayside.
Chalk week this week and next!
My Choice: Gary Woodland
Similar to Leishman last week he’s a pro’s pro who has won enough that an event like this shouldn’t bother him. He saw the course last year and has had success in this part of the world before. His last four starts are trending in the proper direction as well. I’m hedging a bit here but I have spots down the road for Koepka, Day, Thomas, etc. that make more sense.
Safety Dance: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Marc Leishman, Charles Howell III.
Spicy: Emiliano Grillo, Byeong-Hun An, Sungjae Im.
Picks for Dreamers: Joaquin Niemann, Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott.
Picks for Noses: Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton, Hideki Matsuyama: I believe this trio will have more value down the road on courses where they’ve had better success.
Six Beers In: Ian Poulter, Jamie Lovemark
2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL
|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!