Balls in the air before 7 pm ET!

This Year:

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.

My Life

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.

Coming Soon

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.

Last Week:

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


This Week

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


History Channeled:

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

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
Ft. Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
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
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!



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