OAD: THE PLAYERS Championship 2019

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?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, OAD

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.

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
60th Desert Classic Andrew Putnam T34 29,975
Farmers Insurance Patrick Cantlay MC 0
WMPO Hideki Matsuyama T15 113,600
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.

Whatever.

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!

 

This Week

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?

Nothing?

Good.

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

 

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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