OAD: 2019 Wyndham Championship

Brandt Snedeker is back to defend and holds the course record of 59.

He’s not my favorite this week.

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
The Open Championship Rafa Cabrera Bello MC 0
Barbasol Championship Denny McCarthy T11 77,000
WGC-FESJI Dustin Johnson T20 113,500
Barracuda Championship Martin Laird T7 105,437
       
Total Events: 42 Top 10s: 12 MC: 10 $8,976,020
       

Last Week – World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational

My Choice: Dustin Johnson – T20

Not even a friendly ballpark could knock DJ out of his funk and I paid the price. Career-best paydays at Augusta and TPC Sawgrass plus another runner up to Koepka (I had Koepka) made it look like he was a great pick any week.

Nope.

This was his fifth consecutive event not finishing inside the top 15.

I hope you weren’t in the same sinking boat.

Tommy Fleetwood bounced back incredibly with T4; Justin Rose was 11th. Cameron Smith T12.

Frequent Flyers

There’s not many options, three to be exact, so hammer top OWGR players so get to it.

Justin Thomas – T12

One of only three players in the top 19 who posted an over-par round on Sunday. So yeah that didn’t help anyone.

Henrik Stenson – T27

72 on Sunday stalled him out.

Rafa Cabrera Bello – T12

Sitting one-over after 36 holes I wrote him off. 67-66 weekend pushed him into decent money. Much better money than MC for me last week. Sigh.

Spicy:

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

Billy Horschel – T9

First-ever top-10 paycheck in a WGC event. Not a surprise on this track.

Patrick Reed – T12

73 on Thursday didn’t inspire but he flushed the jet lag and closed 66-67-68.

Chez Reavie – T27

Beat a few bigger names…

Picks for Noses:

Tommy Fleetwood – T4

Swung. Missed. Cost me $200k. Sadly that’s not going to matter for me as I needed a winner. Pick better golfers.

Phil Mickelson – 57th of 63

Sometimes I hate being right but his value in this game is almost nil at this point.

Six Double Jack and Cokes In: 

Cameron Smith – T12, Matthew Wolff – T24 (first ever WGC), Danny Willett – T48, Anfernee Hardaway – DUDE WAS THERE ERRYDAY.

 

This Week – Wyndham Championship

My Choice: Webb Simpson

This has been the plan since 2011 he won the event and then named his daughter after it. I’ve written plenty on him this week and so has everyone else. Don’t confuse this with Wells Fargo. This is his college homecoming, not his home event. Totally different and the results have followed.

Frequent Flyers

Brandt Snedeker: He’s won the event twice on two different courses but Simpson’s form last week was the tie-breaker. If you have already burned Simpson, this is your lucky ducky week as he’s legit 1A. Both players are 36-under over their last eight rounds and this guy is the defending champ.

Cameron Smith: The Aussie was after it early last week but fizzled late. He’s geeked up and playing well with the Presidents Cup on the horizon and loves this track.

Patrick Reed: Very similar to Smith, Reed has turned the heat into top 20s and top 10s this summer. The 2013 champ loves a bit of humidity and Bermuda.

Spicy:

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

Collin Morikawa/Matthew Wolff: I’m not betting against them but history is not kind to first-timers here other than Spieth, who lost in a playoff to Reed. Those two might be in THAT category.

Rory Sabbatini: Playing great but hasn’t won in forever.

Lucas Glover: Playing great, plays great here but wins are hard to come by as well.

Joaquin Niemann: Banging on the door all summer long and closed 66-66 here last year.

Picks for Noses:

Returns next week as only three of the OWGR top 25 are playing.

Six Dale’s Pales In:

Martin Kaymer, Bud Cauley, Vaughn Taylor, Talor Gooch, Mike Jordan

 

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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