OAD: 60th Desert Classic

It will be a mad dash to the finish line on Sunday with all shapes and sizes burning the lead off their pencils.

Pars and bogeys have the week off again as the Coachella Valley will produce another winner with the score of 20-something or better!

Good Luck!

One and Done

Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.

This Year:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Brendan Steele T53 14,610
CIMB Classic Ryan Moore T66 12,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Gary Woodland 2nd 1,026,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Ian Poulter 21st 93,500
Sanderson Farms Cameron Davis MC 0
Shriners Aaron Wise T15 101,675
Mayakoba Golf Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
The RSM Classic J.J. Spaun MC 0
Sentry TOC Jon Rahm T8 191,000
Sony Open Marc Leishman T3 307,200
CareerBuilder Challenge      
Farmers Insurance      
-AT&T Pebble Beach      
Genesis Open      
Honda Classic      
Valspar Championship      
Arnold Palmer      
WGC-Match Play      
Corales Puntacana      
Houston Open      
RBC Heritage      
Valero Texas Open      
Zurich Classic      
Wells Fargo Championship      
Ft. Worth Invitational      
AT&T Byron Nelson      
US Open      
Quicken Loans National      
A Military Tribute      
John Deere Classic      
British Open      
RBC Canadian Open      
WGC-Bridgestone Invite      
PGA Championship      
Dell Technologies      
BMW Championship      
TOUR Championship      
Total Events: 10


Top 10s: 3 MC: 3 $1,746,725



  • 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 to his season after that.


Last Time: Sony Open

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! OK Kuch, I see you! Gamers have just had another handful of events open up to use the 40-year old down the road. His track record at Augusta, Harbour Town and Memorial should garner eyeballs as we get deeper into the season.

My Choice: Marc Leishman – T3

Hard to argue with a pair of 64s including the final round.

Safety Dance: Gary Woodland – MDF, Bryson DeChambeau – T10, Charles Howell III – T8

Woodland was the complete shocker for the week given his results prior, course form and almost winning the week before. Fantasy golf is hard.

Spicy: Kevin Kisner – T69 nice, Anybody Named Cameron – MC (Davis) MDF (Champ) T22 (Smith), Russell Knox – T43

Well then. That was awful.

Picks for Dreamers: Jimmy Walker – T51, Brandt Snedeker – T16, Emiliano Grillo – T22,

Plenty of decent on the back end but nothing to write another sentence about!

Picks for Noses: Patrick Reed – T13, Hideki Matsuyama – T51

Reed tried to back-door the top 10 with a closing 65. Most of you could have used that LAST Sunday.

 Six Beers In: Abraham Ancer – T29, Brian Harman – MC

Those two should be in your sights again this week.


This Week

Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.

I have no problems with taking a flier this week as the winners in this new rotation have been 23, 29 and 39-years of age (inverse order).

With the easiest courses on TOUR in use and none of them stretching over 7,200 yards at Par-72, may the man with the most par-breakers lift the trophy. There are a few ol’ desert foxes that could sneak in and win as well.

If you need a tie breaker, you might want to see who gets a crack at La Quinta earlier than later. It’s not automatic that the guys who play there last will shoot 64 to make the weekend; that’s a different pressure. The guys who open up quickly and run out usually hang around the first page of the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon.

My Choice: Andrew Putnam

I don’t have to worry about him closing since he did that at Montreux in August. He also had to get absurdly low there to win. His putter was white hot last week and I’m hoping that carries over. I like playing the hot hand when there is no natural landing place for him down the road.

Safety Dance: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Charles Howell III

Spicy: Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman, Ryan Palmer

Picks for Dreamers: Abraham Ancer, Bud Cauley, Luke List

Picks for Noses: Justin Rose – can I see ONE tournament with the new 10-club set up first?

 Six Beers In: Bill Haas, Peter Uihlein


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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