I’ll never tire of these pictures.
Nothing better than watching prime-time golf with snow on the ground!
2019-2020 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|
|WGC-HSBC Champions||Xander Schauffele||2nd||1,095,000|
|Bermuda Championship||Denny McCarthy||T15||51,750|
|OHL Mayakoba Classic||Russell Knox||T33||36,810|
|The RSM Classic||Harris English||MC||0|
|Total Events: 11||Top 10: 4||MC: 4||3,223,370|
Oh come all ye faithful or something like that.
Big shout out to my man Rob Bolton for pointing the new folks in my direction.
I have only two rules here:
Have fun and accept reality.
As you new folks can see, I have ZERO WINNERS on the year and as many MC as Top-10 paydays.
Fantasy golf is hard.
I’ll do my best to give you angles I think are pertinent each week but I don’t have a crystal ball.
So please save the question for “who do you like in the Masters, etc.” for that week. If DJ falls down the stairs again and hurts his back, how would any of us known that ahead of time? Remember when McIlroy broke his ankle playing soccer and missed a couple of majors? Yeah, shit happens so we all need to be flexible.
Rob has a weekly column for MAJOR QUALIFIERS that I suggest you bookmark for future reference.
Now, for my other “issue”!
As you can see above, my OAD season with A340 Spotter began with the TOUR season in September.
Luckily for all, I’ve joined a 2020 season with my man Gino Pilato so I’ll need to be current in that season as well.
If you’re looking for a weekly game other than OAD find Joe Book on Twitter as he has something brewing as well.
Essentially I’ll be writing two columns a week: One for Spotter’s league and one for you 2020 players.
Thankfully there won’t be too much crossover and both should read similarly as the heat from the first part of the season, for my money, has subsided.
And into 2020 we go!
LAST WEEK – RSM Classic
Harris English – MC
After churning out four top-10 paydays in his last five, his 140 MC wiped out plenty of gamers riding the heat wave. I’ve remarked more than once that the RSM is impossible to handicap and Tyler Duncan proved that point again this year. I wasn’t saving English for down the road so it’s a drop in the bucket moving forward. I guess Brendon Todd (T4) after back-to-back wins was just too obvious for my liking!
Usually in this section I’ll point out the obvious and the why and why-not. This is usually for those leading or keeping within touching distance of the money.
There’s a reason this game is hard. Those who tend to win can’t ride chalk each week and frankly chalk won’t win 40-something events. This section will contain those just outside the realm of obvious but aren’t for the timid. I’d refer to this section for those who need to make up ground in the standings.
3AM at the Blackjack Table:
The picks will reflect all good ideas that come from the above setting. Use them liberally, not at all or as deep long shots in other formats. I have had a few beauties in here over time, I’m not gonna lie, but they are few and far between, just like all super-long shots.
This Week – Sentry Tournament of Champions
The name says it all, folks! Winners only from calendar 2019 on TOUR tee it up for the first shot at a few buck and FedExCup points in the new calendar year.
With only 34 scheduled to tee it up, our job is a difficult one this week from a couple of angles:
The limited field has been bossed by premium players since 1999 with very few exceptions so I’ll start there.
Everyone who completes 72 holes this week gets a paycheck so not even I can MC this week.
The conundrum is a simple one. If you’re going with a premium player, you better pick the right one!
If you’re going off the beaten path, you can save a big-name player for down the road and still have a chance at a decent payday.
Quick math suggests hitting a top 10 in WGC events (bigger prize pool) > this week but the field is deeper.
Nobody said this would be easy!
For those who have followed me over the years, I thank you. I’ve had nothing but trouble with The Rick over the years so the sooner I can bong him off, the better. The good news is he plays well at multiple events and this is one of them. His pedigree fits and his previous results suggest the wind and elevation don’t bother him much either.
Jon Rahm: I’m not using him this week but I’m not stopping YOU from doing so. I don’t think his new nuptials will bother his golf game but when I’m not sure, I’m out. Do I think he can win EVERY time he tees it up? Yes.
Justin Thomas: He’s won twice in his last six worldwide and has won and finished third here in four tries. Last time there was big wind (2018) he was T22.
Xander Schauffele: Only two players have defended here (Appleby and Ogilvy) since the move here in 1999. Schauffele has a habit of being VERY GAME in title defenses (see East Lake, WGC-HSBC) and has no problems in limited-field events.
Dustin Johnson: The Course Horse is coming off knee surgery and walking the elevation for four days might bother him. I’m not sure ANYTHING bothers DJ to be fair and would be shocked to see him out of the top 10 on a course where he rakes. I won’t blame you for saving him down the road because when he gets hot, he gets boiling hot!
Patrick Reed: Speaking of a guy who isn’t bothered by anything, Reed should enjoy comfortable surroundings this week on a track where he’s won and finished second. Not being a serial winner moves him down here and T26 with no rounds in the 60s last year is also noted.
Gary Woodland: Plenty will ride the unfinished business angle and rightfully so. Woodland also doesn’t have that “save me for down the road” spot so he fits for me.
Yes, I haven’t strayed far from the chalk. Good observation!
3AM at the Blackjack Table:
Ryan Palmer, Keith Mitchell, Matthew Wolff
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!