OAD: 148th Open Championship

The final major of the year takes the world’s best to Royal Portrush for the time since 1951.

Check PGATOUR.COM for Barbasol OAD information.

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
Rocket Mortgage Classic Sungjae Im T21 68,528
3M Open Bryson DeChambeau T2 563,200
John Deere Classic Collin Morikawa T4 264,000
       
Total Events: 38 Top 10s: 11 MC: 9 $8,680,083

Last Week – John Deere Classic

Another cornucopia of challengers last week but it was the WRONG first-time winner for my money, sadly. Dylan Frittelli took home the big check and his first TOUR title as he held off previous winners Russell Henley and Andrew Landry.

My Choice: Collin Morikawa – T4

As is usually the case at TPC Deere Run, rounds in the 70s are death and his opening round 70 set out a mountain to climb the rest of the week.

He damn near did it.

He hit all 18 GIR on Sunday and currently leads the TOUR in SG: Approach the Green (if he was eligible, that is).

Morikawa backed up his tough-luck T2 last week with another top finish this week. The point that should be illustrated for gamers is I’ve finished T2 and T4 the last two week and haven’t collected a million bucks. Hitting the top five is great but doing it in the big-boy events is paramount for season-long games. Remember that when you fire big bullets at the secondary events.

Frequent Flyers

Matt Wolff – T37

It’s a little different than going back-to-back in the college ranks and it also reinforces that -10 was no good this week. Haha.

Brian Harman – T26

Well, he posted three rounds of 67 and a 71. Can’t do that. His total of 12-under didn’t hit the top 25. Haha X 2.

Joaquin Niemann – T10

For the second year in a row he closed with 65 so he’s figured out how to close on Sunday from off the pace. He finished six off the pace but continues his excellent summer.

Spicy:

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

Sungjae Im – T26

Can’t post 70 on Sunday here!

Wyndham Clark – MDF

Ran out of gas with MDF after making the cut on the number. Very bright future.

Mackenzie Hughes – MC

70-70, two rounds under par, doesn’t cut it here and breaks a streak of five straight paydays.

Picks for Dreamers:

Zach Johnson – T37

Broke his streak of a million rounds in a row at par or better with 72 on Thursday. Rallied to play the final 54 holes in 11-under.

Daniel Berger – T33

Opened 66-66 and looked like he picked up where he left off in 2017 but 72-69 on the weekend wiped him out.

Picks for Noses:

Michael Kim – MC

Just on an awful run right now and not even the good vibes of his first win could spring him back to life.

Ryan Moore – T18

If I’m bemoaning T4 above, surely T18 is nothing to be excited about. These three events in the Midwest are win or bust, sadly.

 

This Week – 148th Open Championship

Sand dunes, fescue, gorse, wind, rain, sunshine and that’s all before 6 am ET tomorrow!

With a massive prize pool, including almost $2 million to the winner, I don’t need to tell you what to do this week.

As I wrote in my preview the last player outside of the top 50 OWGR to win a major was Keegan Bradley in 2011. This simply reinforces the class and quality required to close a victory of this magnitude.

Avoiding bogeys, scrambling and grinding for pars and making birdies when given the opportunities are the physical battle. The mental battle involves body clocks, cold hands/feet, windburn, sunburn and a brand-new course that not many have attacked in tournament conditions.

When the toughest conditions are presented the biggest names rise to the top.

It’s your job to get it right.

It’s not easy, it shouldn’t be, and neither is major championship golf.

Good luck.

My Choice: Rafa Cabrera Bello

I’m trailing and essentially have to have a small miracle to make any noise over the last few events so I’ll need to get some luck this week.

The good news is the Spaniard is on fire.

At this time in the season gamers will also have to keep in mind there is a WGC event next week and the FEC Playoffs around the corner.

I’m trying to leverage what I have left.

See if you can guess where I’ll be using the rest of my squad:

Dustin Johnson

Justin Rose

Francesco Molinari

Tommy Fleetwood

Webb Simpson

Henrik Stenson

Brandt Snedeker

The good news is I have options (and more not listed here but whatever) and the bad news is I have options.

Frequent Flyers

Rory McIlroy: The Obvious Child.

Jon Rahm: Hot as it gets.

Brooks Koepka: Can’t argue with his recent record. Only two players have beaten him in the majors this year.

Spicy:

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

Adam Scott: The ghosts of 2012 can be put to rest if his excellent putting continues to keep pace with his excellent ball-striking. Nobody is more comfortable in their own skin and doing it their own way.

Matt Kuchar: He’s done everything but win one of these. Closing the first one isn’t always easy but Stenson, Mickelson and Els have shown it’s not always young guys winning here.

Justin Rose: He should have been disappointed after Pebble Beach that he didn’t put more pressure on Gary Woodland but one tournament doesn’t make a season. Having already won a major the burden won’t be as great come Sunday.

Picks for Dreamers:

Hideki Matsuyama: Seems like he’s in here every week in some fashion. Playing well.

Xander Schauffele: Probably should be up the list and there’s no disputing how well he plays difficult courses.

Eddie Pepperell: What a story this would be. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the final pairing or MC. His recent results suggest any and all of that is possible!

Shane Lowry: Playing awfully well over the last two months and is familiar with this part of the world.

Picks for Noses:

Tiger Woods: He plays too well at East Lake to let this cross your mind.

Francesco Molinari: I don’t see it at the moment and he can’t just show up and overpower the place like Koepka can.

Six Guinness In: 

Mike Lorenzo Vera, Thorbjorn Olesen, Andy Sullivan, George Best

 

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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