One and Done
|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
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.
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:
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.
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
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:
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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|
|-AT&T Pebble Beach||Phil Mickelson||T2||488,400|
|Genesis Open||Dustin Johnson||T16||111,600|
|Honda Classic||Graeme McDowell||MC||0|
|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|
|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|
|US Open||Justin Rose||T10||270,151|
|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|
|WGC-Bridgestone Invite||Rickie Fowler||T17||104,250|
|PGA Championship||Brooks Koepka||WIN||1,980,000|
|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!