OAD: Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2019

Man, I SWORE I posted it.

I’m swearing more now…

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 35,490
THE PLAYERS Championship Sergio Garcia T22 125,000
Valspar Championship Patrick Reed MC 0
Corales Punta Cana Trey Mullinax T61 6,450
WGC-Match Play Paul Casey T9 167,000
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel MC 0
Masters Rory McIlroy T21 107,956
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar 2nd 745,200
Total Events: 26 Top 10s: 7 MC: 7 $4,349,496

Last Time: RBC Heritage

Back in the top 10 for the second time in four weeks but I still can’t crack the code. No wins = no fun but solo seconds (three of them) allow me to keep dreaming.

My Choice: Matt Kuchar – 2nd

He did everything but win, finishing one shot out of a playoff. Never had the best of it and fought hard, as usual, here.

Safety Dancing: In Order

Kevin Kisner: T41 and didn’t break par on the weekend. Disappointing for those who thought the home game would be win No. 2 this season.

Bryson DeChambeau: MC as the scientist reminded gamers he’s not a robot.

Webb Simpson: T16 after 65 on Saturday, his second massive Saturday in a row, put him in position. His 71 to close stalled him out.

Ian Poulter: T10 with his third consecutive final round over par here. He’s also T11 or better in those three starts.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk

Patrick Cantlay: T3 as his scintillating form continues at Harbour Town and on TOUR.

Jim Furyk: MC as his week off during the Masters didn’t help. Terrible result for course historians.

Luke Donald: T33 which included three rounds of red figures but it’s the second consecutive year he hasn’t factored at the event he used to run.

Picks for Dreamers:

Breakout performance from this group will get gamers back into contention

Jason Kokrak: T16 because he tripled the last. Massive kick in the nuts but his exceptional play, in general, carries on.

Cameron Smith: His 77 on Sunday at Augusta sadly followed him up the road as he MC.

Si Woo Kim: The momentum he created at Augusta went up in smoke as he wasn’t close to making the weekend.

Lucas Glover: 13 events, 10 cuts made, 10 top-25 paychecks. This was one of them. MC.

Picks for Noses:

Save them for another time. Each week I usually have a couple of these hit the top 10 so BUYER BEWARE!

Francesco Molinari: MC

Satoshi Kodaira: Looked like he ran out of gas defending for the first time as he posted 77-82 on the weekend for DFL.

Charles Howell III: MC as his streak of not hitting the top 20 here this decade continues.

 Six Beers In: 

Patton Kizzire – T45, Aaron Baddeley – MC and Brian Harman – MC

I should have had seven beers…


This Week

If you like to read about trends and past winners, I have you covered in The Confidence Factor Preview.

If you like to read about course horses and who excels in the bayou I have the main players at The Confidence Factor Horses for Courses.

My Choice: Ryan Palmer

Free Jon Rahm? Sure enough! I’ve burned both Patricks so I have no option there but these two bombers will make a ton of birdies and should contend.

Safety Dancing: In Order

Patricks: Cantlay is white hot and Reed’s short game will help here.

Kyle Stanley: Paired with Finau, they will have a birdie putt on almost every hole as well as they attack with irons.

Defending Champs: I’m not sure anyone has ran Piercy out there yet but five top 10s suggest we should have!

J.B. Holmes: They’ve tried this before with success (T5) and Bubba has won the event before it was a partner’s game.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk

Scott Brown: Neither him or his partner, Kevin Kisner, took advantage of a home game last week (MC, T41). They were defeated in 2017 in a playoff and led after 54 holes last year (T16). Unfinished business.

South Africa I: Friends forever Louis and Charl team up again. They didn’t make a bogey in their final 45 holes last year but Schwartzel’s form isn’t good.

Picks for Dreamers:

Breakout performance from this group will get gamers back into contention

Knox/Stuard: Two very steady performers and one former champ.

Kokrak/Stroud: Not many wins here to rely upon but Kokrak is crawfish boil hot.

Hoffman/Watney: California love cashin’ checks here.


Picks for Noses:

Save them for another time. Each week I usually have a couple of these hit the top 10 so BUYER BEWARE!

Adam Scott/Jason Day: Too good to be true, right?

Six Beers In: 

Julian Etulain/Andres Romero, Austin Cook/Andrew Landry and David Hearn/Seamus Power


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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