OAD: ZOZO Championship 2019

New course, limited field, you know the rules!

One and Done

If “Fosters” is Australian for beer, what’s Australian for “crap OAD picks”?

Marc Leishman and his T43 in an 78-man event is worse than MC. I’d give back the 30 grand if Spotter let me. DON’T ANSWER THAT, SPOTTER.

Every time I think I have him figured out he goes and throws a clunker in the mix.

I hope he wins this week so I can quit writing this column and quit OAD forever.

Event Golfer Place $$
The Greenbrier Scottie Scheffler T7 235,625
CIMB Classic Sungjae Im P2 719,400
Safeway Open Byeong-Hun An MC 0
Shriners Hospitals for Children Scott Piercy MC 0
Houston Open Henrik Stenson MC 0
CJ CUP AT NINE BRIDGES Marc Leishman T43 31,785
Total Events: 5 Top 10: 2 MC: 3 986,810


Justin Thomas went HAM and won easily as he defeated Danny Lee by two shots.


Marc Leishman – T43

Is it true that the toilets rotate counter-clockwise in Australia or am I misremembering a Simpson’s episode? I went for a log ride last week…

Safety Dance Garbage:

Brooks Koepka – WD. It wasn’t a major so hopefully not many were burned here.

Tommy Fleetwood – T20. Never in it but his 67 on Sunday suggests his game finally cleared customs.

Rafa Cabrera Bello – T26. Another player I should never endorse anywhere.


Cameron Smith – T3. Make it three straight years in the top 10 but I liked Leishman more. Of course I did.

Tyrrell Hatton – T6. Used the momentum he found late here last year (T14) to barge his way into the top 10.

Sungjae Im – T39. Opened with 68 and then it all went to hell. Still beat Leishman!

Viktor Hovland – T31. The streak came to an end with 74 in Round 3. If you’re not sure what streak I’m referring to I bet you’re not doing to well at this. Also beat Leishman.

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Pat Perez – T31.

Collin Morikawa – T36.

Jordan Spieth – T8 (second in birdies).



THIS WEEK – ZOZO Championship

The TOUR shifts from Korea to Japan for another 78-man field and another $1.755 million on the line for the winner.

The first PGATOUR event in Japan will break in a “new” track as not many, if any, have played here in competition prior to this week.

The “newer” course (it was built in 1965) will give the elite players even more of an advantage this week as they have the shortest learning curves.

Par-70 tracks that don’t stretch 7,100 yards should be eviscerated by the top players and I would expect those results this week.

With no cut, everyone will make money as long as they finish but I’m almost positive we won’t see a “surprise” winner.


Hideki Matsuyama

Yep, taking the Hollywood angle and running with it. His last victory was at a tree-lined, Par-70 Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio. This track is 300 yards shorter. Closing with 65 at Nine Bridges suggests he’s ready to pop.

Safety Dance:

Gary Woodland, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas


Tony Finau, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Ben An, Emiliano Grillo, Adam Hadwin

This is a cornucopia of all shapes and sizes! If you’re wondering why I didn’t stick McIlroy in here, good question. I’m saving him for later. You and I could both make the argument that he should be in this list every time he tees it up. This week, with all of his commercial engagements, I’m not sure how locked in he is.

Good luck!


History Channeled:


My majors contributions and PLAYERS selection were worse than bad so to still break the $10 million mark with those awful results was encouraging.

Another valuable lesson learned is that the Playoffs are for the big boys. Now, WHICH big boys makes this more and more difficult and that’s why it’s enjoyable and maddening all at the same time. Only McIlroy and Woods have won the FedExCup twice so start there.

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
Wyndham Championship Webb Simpson 2nd 669,600
THE NORTHERN TRUST Tommy Fleetwood T43 27,565
BMW Championship Brandt Snedeker T5 351,500
Total Events: 45 Top 10s: 14 MC: 10 $10,024,685


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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