Yeah, probably this guy.
One and Done
Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.
|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|
|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|
|60th Desert Classic||Andrew Putnam||T34||29,975|
|-AT&T Pebble Beach|
|Valero Texas Open|
|Wells Fargo Championship|
|Ft. Worth Invitational|
|AT&T Byron Nelson|
|Quicken Loans National|
|A Military Tribute|
|John Deere Classic|
|RBC Canadian Open|
|THE NORTHERN TRUST|
|Total Events: 11
|Top 10s: 3||MC: 3||$1,776,700|
Last Time: 60th Desert Classic
Ok, I give. I will play Adam Hadwin here from this point forward.
I GET IT.
I tried to get cute and paid $482,000 and change for it. I don’t feel as bad as the folks who DID take him though. The lost out even more as he couldn’t close out Adam Long of all people.
Wrong Adam, wrong pick, wrong everything! Not even six beers will take this pain away!
My Choice: Andrew Putnam – T34
He was T3 in birdies. That’s the killer part of his T34 finish. Can’t make doubles or worse here and this is the evidence as to why.
Safety Dance: Jon Rahm – 6th, Patrick Cantlay – T9, Charles Howell III – T34
Spicy: Adam Hadwin – T2, Brian Harman – MC, Ryan Palmer – MC
Picks for Dreamers: Abraham Ancer – T18, Bud Cauley – MC, Luke List – MC
Picks for Noses: Justin Rose – can I see ONE tournament with the new 10-club set up first? T34
Six Beers In: Bill Haas – MC, Peter Uihlein – MC
Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.
Don’t get caught up in Ben Crane or Scott Stallings winning here. There are always exceptions to the rules. The other winners are no-brainers and those with multiple victories suggest it wasn’t fluky.
I can’t load up on the “NEW” Tiger Woods in his first effort of the season because this is uncharted territory. Thankfully, there will be another 15 or so events to try my hand including Bay Hill, Augusta, Pebble Beach and Memorial where he’s played well over the years.
The site of the 2008 and 2022 U.S. Opens should answer any questions about who needs to be on your short list this week
The South Course plays almost 7,700 yards basically at sea level so every ounce of power will help during the three rounds.
My Choice: Patrick Cantlay
I’ve pointed out that he doesn’t naturally slot in anywhere so I’ll rely on his SoCal roots for comfort this week. And he’s on fire.
Safety Dance: Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Charles Howell III
Spicy: Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley
Picks for Dreamers: Kyle Stanley and Gary Woodland both have serious scar tissue to overcome. Jimmy Walker was mint before Lyme disease.
Picks for Noses: Rickie Fowler (new ball in play), Jordan Spieth (Augusta), Justin Rose (week two with new sticks)
Six Beers In: Luke List, Jason Kokrak, J.J. Spaun
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!