OAD: Sony Open 2020

Matt Kuchar defends against the first full-field event of the season.

2019-2020 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
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
Sentry TOC Rickie Fowler T5 285,000
Total Events: 12 Top 10: 5 MC: 4 3,508,370

Welcome aboard!

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.

That’s it.

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 WEEKSentry TOC

THE PICK

(Bold = Top 10 finishes)

Rickie Fowler – T5

Glad that’s done. I was worried after the pineapple outfit debuted in the practice round but I made it through! As is normal with Fowler, there was a dud weekend round (74 Saturday) but he produced one of the five rounds in the 60s on Sunday for a very solid paycheck. And I don’t have to worry about him cashing again this year. I’d just like to congratulate Rickie on his grand slam in advance!

 

Safety Dance:

Jon Rahm: 10th. Nothing bothers him. Not even marriage.

Justin Thomas: WIN. He’s now won three times in his last seven events.

Xander Schauffele: P2. Almost joined the club of defenders. Almost.

 

Spicy:

Dustin Johnson: T7. I don’t want to say I have this event figured it out but it sure looks that way.

Patrick Reed: P2. Lost in the playoff after firing his second 66 (co-low of the week) in four rounds.

Gary Woodland: T7. No signs of slowing down!

I wrote this last week: Yes, I haven’t strayed far from the chalk. Good observation!

 

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Ryan Palmer – T17, Keith Mitchell – T32, Matthew Wolff – T11

 

This Week – Sony Open

Full-field event of 144 ups the ante and degree of difficulty. My theory this week doesn’t stray too far from the angle last week of finding veteran studs who can handle the breeze.

This used to be IMPOSSIBLE to handicap so most gamers just plugged in Charles Howell III and took their chances. It was a pretty good suggestion.

The weather this week will cut the fat. Can’t fake it four rounds in the wind so find guys who have shown over time they’re in the fight and embrace these conditions.

Get Horsed for Coursed HERE.

The column above goes into greater detail on what I believe it’s going to take to win this week and obviously that influences what I write below:

THE PICK

Marc Leishman (Gino’s game)

I went wind player last week and hit the top five and am hoping to follow suit again this week. Jeff Sherman (@GolfOdds) has set the winning total at 274.5 on a Par-70 track. Leishman has multiple top fives at The Open and hasn’t missed in 10 tries here. He doesn’t blow.

 

Safety Dance:

Charles Howell III (A340 Spotter’s Game): He’s probably in this column every week until Colonial. Sometimes it’s not worth over-thinking.

Justin Thomas: Proven he can go back-to-back in Hawaii already. Some gamers will worry that he’ll never win again this season and will jump on now. They might not be wrong. Name a week JT will NOT be considered!

Matt Kuchar: Another who will show up frequently on coastal, short tracks, and rightfully so. Check out his last five years here.

 

Spicy:

Hideki Matsuyama: The definition of spicy is above and he qualifies this week because his course form is awful. His game should hold up in these conditions.

Brian Stuard: He’s the tortoise and he loves it here. Last year was also T8 at Valero where it always blows as well.

Webb Simpson: I’m not playing him this week because he did not name one of his daughters Sony. He had a little son but did NOT name him Sonny.

 

3AM at the Blackjack Table:

Hudson Swafford, Rory Sabbatini, Corey Conners, Daniel Berger

 

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

History Channeled:

2018-19

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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