OAD: Rocket Mortgage Classic 2019

#Merch is cool!

Collector’s item from the first edition!

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
Zurich Classic Ryan Palmer WIN 1,051,200
Wells Fargo Championship Phil Mickelson MC 0
AT&T Byron Nelson Keith Mitchell T59 17,301
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Charles Schwab Challenge Jordan Spieth T8 197,100
Memorial Tony Finau MC 0
RBC Canadian Open Jim Furyk T27 55,100
U.S. Open Tiger Woods T21 117,598
Travelers Championship Bubba Watson T54 16,560
Total Events: 35 Top 10s: 10 MC: 9 $7,784,355

Last Week – Travelers Championship

My Choice: Bubba Watson – T54

Five-under and stalking the lead after a birdie spree took him to six-under for the day on Friday, Watson bogeyed his last two holes and I felt that was that.

Air out of the balloon.

And that’s what you get when you invest in him. It’s part and parcel of his makeup. Once the interest wanes, check out time.

Frequent Flyers

Paul Casey – T5 with a sweet AF 65 on Sunday to wedge in the backdoor. Folks, they play 72 holes for a reason so no need to get upset! He’ll replace Bubba on my MUST PLAY AT TRAVELERS next year as his record is unbelievable.

Patrick Cantlay – T15

Any course, any time anywhere.

Jordan Spieth – MC

Another player who is becoming harder and harder to read, I was glad I squeezed at top 10 out of him at Colonial. I’m happy to report he won’t be on my radar again this season in this format.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk due to recent form, etc.

Charley Hoffman – MC

Woof. Recent form saw him back his MC at Memorial with another one at Travelers.

Daniel Berger – MC

Proving again he’s too volatile for this format when in this form. Save him for DFS long shot plays.

Ryan Moore – T15

68-64 to open had gamers dreaming before a dud (72) on Saturday wiped him out from contending.

Kevin Streelman – Lots of T15 this week! The former champ did his job with four rounds in the 60s.

Picks for Dreamers:

Breakout performance from this group will get gamers back into contention

Brian Harman – T8

Nailed on. Lefty was excellent after stumbling to open with 72. A trio of 66s blasted him to his first top 10 since THE PLAYERS.

Viktor Hovland/Matt Wolff – T54/MDF

Maybe the “new” track this week will level the playing field for these two. Super talents, though.

Russell Henley – MC

Five over. Disaster.

Picks for Noses:

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

I’d say so Gary Woodland!

I’m not interested in the Euros this week as they stop over on their way back to the continent.

Fleetwood – T13 and Molinari – T57

I have both of them yet to fire. We’ll start at Royal Portrush and it won’t be a mystery of who it will be. The Italian has lost his way since the back nine on Sunday at Augusta. Being the defending champion and answering questions all week about his current form doesn’t sound like a recipe for success.

Justin Thomas – T36

He says he’s fine. I have to believe him. His results suggest otherwise.

Six Beers In: 

Sungjae Im – T21, Stephen Jaeger – T30, Adam Hadwin – MC (E)


This Week – Rocket Mortgage Classic

New course that is going to be set up easy = total free-for-all.

Donald Ross courses are protected by the green complexes so finding the right tier and holing birdies will be the order of the day.

This two week stretch of new venues on TOUR is a great opportunity to steal a few bucks and make up some ground. It is also a perfect time for leaders to play conservative and extend their leads.

Please read The Confidence Factor for more details.

My Choice: Sungjae Im

I was THIS CLOSE to taking DJ down but my brain, what’s left of it, says MEMPHIS YOU MORON. Im plays every week, makes tons of birdies and hasn’t shown he’s bothered by much of anything. I’m not where I need to be because I’m terrible in majors (T21, WIN, T21)

Frequent Flyers

Dustin Johnson: See above.

Rickie Fowler: Makes perfect sense especially in this kind of field. He should stick out like a Blackhawks jersey.

Brandt Snedeker: Destroyed Ross’s Sedgefield last year and loves Poa. He won’t have to contend with Johnson and Fowler when he defends there later this year, probably.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk due to recent form, etc.

Ryan Moore: Another Sedgefield usual suspect on another Ross course. His last win was in 2015 though.

Brian Harman: He has the quality to keep it rolling again this week.

Joaquin Niemann: Only 20 his tee-to-green game has turned heads for a year. Time to take the next step.

Troy Merritt: Both of his wins are on new courses being played for the first time on TOUR.

Picks for Dreamers:

Viktor Hovland: He’s shown plenty of class and isn’t adverse to winning golf tournaments.

Chez Reavie: Projects fantastically this week based on his recent form but I don’t know how he reacts after achieving the goal. If he keeps up this incredible run, his investors will profit.

Gary Woodland: I think he’s a class player and he showed it two weekends ago on the biggest stage. I don’t think this is the week for this format but if you’re desperate, he has plenty of game to reward the risk.

Picks for Noses:

Bubba Watson, Charles Howell III

Six Beers In: 

Joey Garber, Brian Stuard, Kid Rock, Alan Trammell, Barry Sanders


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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