OAD: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

It’s early so I’m trying to balance my attack with 40-some events still to go.

Here are some angles and guys I’m looking at this week.

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: WGC-HSBC Champions

 My Choice: Ian Poulter -21st ($93,500)

This isn’t the greatest pick I’ve ever made but since it is a no-cut event and a course that can get prickly, the Postman is the man for the job. His T10 last week playing from the final group should piss him off just enough to turn it up to 11 this week.

Bad weekend for Poults as a pair of 74’s wiped him out of the top 10 and alone in 21st. I don’t think I’ll lose much ground as Schauffele shouldn’t have been a heavy selection this week. After two BIG BOY prize pools (CJ CUP, WGC-HSBC) and pocketing over $1.1 million, I can’t be upset. Also, there’s not an event that screams USE POULTER outside of the Ryder Cup. There was no chance I was using Rose and I whiffed on Finau so I’m not terribly upset.

Safety Dance: Francesco Molinari – T43, Tommy Fleetwood – T7, Tyrrell Hatton – T22

Spicy: Rafa Cabrera-Bello – T14, Eddie Pepperell – WD, Matthew Fitzpatrick -T54 (with two rounds in the 80’s)

Picks for Dreamers: Lucas Bjerregaard – T69, Haotong Li – T11, Andrea Pavan – T22

Picks for Noses: Rory McIlroy – T54, Jon Rahm – T22

Six Beers In: Cameron Smith – T54, Adam Scott -T18, Pat Perez – T37


Sanderson Farms Championship

My Choice: Cameron Davis – MC

Why Not? Adam Schenk (T14 or better in his last four including three Web.com playoff events). T7

Perhaps: Denny McCarthy (Web.com champ) – T7, Peter Malnati (form and previous winner) – MC, Curtis Luck (three top 10’s in his last six) – T50.

Dawgs: Lucas Glover -T14, Aaron Baddeley – MC, Ryan Armour – T54, Vaughn Taylor – T26.



This Week

Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.

Youngsters who aren’t afraid, veterans who get hot with the putter and just about everyone else will be in the mix this week!

The worst winning score outside of last year is 16-under so we’ll be hunting for guys who embrace going low.

My Choice: Aaron Wise

Safety Dance: Gary Woodland, Ryan Moore, Tony Finau

Spicy: Scott Piercy, Austin Cook, Kevin Na, Chesson Hadley

Picks for Dreamers: Alex Cejka, Adam Schenk, Anders Albertson,

Picks for Noses: Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler — I’m using them other places where the elements match up better.

Six Beers In: Russell Henley, Denny McCarthy



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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