Here’s your brain:
Here’s your brain on OAD:
Francesco Molinari’s other four starts are MC and he’s coming off a win.
Guess how many players have won the week before and gone on to win THE PLAYERS?
Another fine mess you’ve gotten us into!
Last week was another disaster in the Florida Swing so I’m going hyper-conservative this week with big bucks on the line.
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|
|Farmers Insurance||Patrick Cantlay||MC||0|
|AT&T Pebble Beach||Jason Day||T4||334,400|
|Genesis Open||Justin Thomas||2nd||799,200|
|WGC-Mexico Champ||Xander Schauffele||T14||128,000|
|Puerto Rico Open||Graeme McDowell||T42||10,500|
|The Honda Classic||Adam Scott||MC||0|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Rickie Fowler||T40||35490|
|Total Events: 19||Top 10s: 5||MC: 5||$3,197,890|
Last Time: API
So I guess I got the wrong week for this elite star. I’m glad I won’t have to consider him the rest of the year as his wonderfully inconsistent play has struck again. Looking at his finishes of 2019 it’s obvious he’s going to win or finish second this week. Good luck with that, folks.
My Choice: Rickie Fowler – T41
Safety Dance: Rory McIlroy – T6, Justin Rose – T63, Bryson DeChambeau – T46
Painful from this troika as Rose never got started, BDC stalled out and McIlroy couldn’t close the deal.
Spicy: Ian Poulter – T23, Kevin Kisner – T23, Kiradech Aphibarnrat – T23
Kisner’s 75 in the final round washed out starting the day three back.
Picks for Dreamers: Lucas Glover – T10, Michael Thompson – MC, Jason Kokrak – T9
Glover and Kokrak are top-10 machines although Thompson ran out gas.
Picks for Noses: Henrik Stenson – T17, Francesco Molinari – WIN, Phil Mickelson – MC
Stenson’s injuries and caddies (yes, two) didn’t seem to bother him and neither did Molinari’s first tournament with his brand-new sticks. His bogey-free 64 under that pressure was stout and should have everyone upside-down this week as well.
Six Beers In: Matt Every – MC, Patrick Rodgers – T46, Ben An – T10
Oh Ben An, you mystery man you!
Back to March and I’ve highlighted plenty of the differences/changes in The Confidence Factor.
No Englishman has ever won this event but this year might change all of that as they have plenty in form.
The only player to win the week before THE PLAYERS was Woods, also at the API, back in 2001.
With a prize pool of $12 million and $2.25 to the winner, a MC this week is death. Picking the winner of this event is next to impossible and Woods is the only player in the field this week with multiple wins. Your math is correct as that means nobody has ever defended their title.
I’m looking for proper grinders to handle the new conditions and less-than-perfect weather conditions. If weather and temperature is an issue, the ball will not go as far off the tee or bounce as firmly so finding ball-strikers should be first on your list.
The course isn’t different; but it’s not the same either. The routing, green complexes and physical traits are essentially the same but the wind coming from different angles on the compass will make every shot a challenge.
At 7,189 with four Par-5 holes it will give opportunities to wipe bogeys off the card. Target golf requires hitting the target and those who don’t will need to get up-and-down as par won’t hurt this week.
My Choice: Sergio Garcia
What’s that sound?
Wait, listen closely?
Exactly what I’m looking for this week. Head down. Get to work. Dig it out of the dirt.
This will be start No. 20 at TPC Sawgrass and the Spaniard enters in-form with a pair of top-10 paydays in his last two. The 2008 champ won via playoff and almost picked up another title, losing in a playoff to Fowler in 2015. Some will even argue that he could have had a third if not for two water balls on No. 17 in 2013.
Please remember, these options are for ONE AND DONE ONLY.
If you’re under the influence that Dustin Johnson HAS TO BE PLAYED this week and I disagree, that’s ok. Start yer own column!
Safety Dance: Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
Spicy: Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, Xander Schauffele
Picks for Dreamers: Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari
Picks for Noses: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Charles Howell
Six Beers In: Ian Poulter, Lucas Glover, Martin Kaymer, Kevin Kisner
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!