OAD: WGC-HSBC Champions 2019

Package deal:

One and Done

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
ZOZO Championship Hideki Matsuyama 2nd 1,053,000
Total Events: 7 Top 10: 3 MC: 3 2,039,810

LAST WEEK – ZOZO Championship

Well then.

Raise your hand if you saw THAT coming?!?!

Now, keep it up if you’re lying.

Matsuyama felt like a win this week because I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have used this week to burn #MrCo82.

I’ll just pretend that Matsuyama won the 2009 Sony Open because that sounds better than making a million bucks for second.

I had too many seconds to count last year and I’m already up to TWO in just seven events.

Everyone wants winners, I get it.


Hideki Matsuyama – 2nd

Gave Woods plenty to think about but, as usual, just didn’t hole enough putts to really make The Greatest sweat. Fantastic result on home soil and if you told me before the week started that he would have been beaten by Woods, I would have loaded up on Tiger at 40-1 haha.

Safety Dance:

Gary Woodland – 5th; playing with Woods in the final two rounds as well.

Adam Scott – T33; he couldn’t string three rounds together.

Justin Thomas – T17; could have been much worse without 65 in the final round. Hard to go back-to-back especially with a big field on a new track. Those of you who didn’t panic will have many, many choices for him down the road. Raises hand.


Tony Finau – Sorry about your mom, Rickie. I guess she can’t have any spicy foods for a while. Dire.

Jordan Spieth – It was one good rood at Jeju Island (65) and only one more in the 60s this week.

Kevin Kisner – Opened with 75 and I stopped paying attention.

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Ben An – T8; back-to-back top 10s with 66-66 close. Glad I took him at Safeway (MC) !!!

Emiliano Grillo – T30; four rounds of 70 or better.

Adam Hadwin – T41; fell in love with the non-power players in this event. Bad idea. Learn from it and move on.

This Week – WGC-HSBC Champions

Big cash, small field but plenty of top players. WGC events are won by class players, period. I don’t think there’s any reason to guess why this event would deviate from that norm.

There’s a reason Russell Knox sticks out when we point out the winners since 2015. Nothing against Knox, at all, but all of the other winners have played in final groups on Sunday, if not have won, major championships.

The Euro contingent has this event and two more before the DP World Tour Championship so their attention should be heightened.  TOUR pros not playing at Mayakoba or Sea Island know this is it for 2019 and want to end with a bang.

Read more here:


Good luck.


Xander Schauffele

I annually struggle on where to use him so I’m going to run him out for his title defense. Of course I’d love to save him for East Lake (Win, T7 and second last year) but there’s no guarantee he makes it and I’m not sure if my league even counts that event. So yeah. All I’m asking for is a spirited defense in a limited field.

Safety Dance:

Rory McIlroy – hard to get off of him this week and I have a feeling I might regret this. I’m sure he’ll be in contention more than once this season.

Justin Rose – Course horse with podium finishes the last two years.

Hideki Matsuyama – He was second at the CIMB the week before he won here in 2016. Buyer’s remorse from last week should kick in as well.


Tony Finau – Yeah, again. He should have won last year as he led by three after 36 and 54. T11 in his maiden two years ago.

Patrick Reed – Too many low ones here to ignore and his short game translates.

Ian Poulter – Another grinder who shines in the bigger events.

Tyrrell Hatton – Too many superlatives on Jeju Island to count.

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Matthew Wallace, Cameron Smith, Kurt Kitayama


Bermuda Championship

A 6,800 yard track playing at Par-72 will welcome all shapes and sizes this week. I’m wondering what kind of putting surfaces and rough they will have this week! Probably bentgrass!

Anyhow, I’d check out Mayakoba, Puerto Rico, any stops in the Bahamas on the Web.com if you need ideas.

These are mine:

The Pick: Denny McCarthy

Back-to-back T9 paydays continues his trend of steady play in the new season.


Maverick McNealy: Another super putter who’s trending in the proper direction and won a million times at Stanford.

Brian Stuard: Keeps it between the lines and he won’t be sweating the length.

Beau Hossler: T29 followed by T13 suggests he’s righted the ship.


Check out my previous results below if you need a history lesson:

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 make 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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