Where is the wind so I can throw caution to it?
With only 12 events remaining and massive fields queuing, this is some high-stakes dice rollin!
Those of you who built your deserved leads have an embarrassment of riches at your disposal.
Use them wisely!
2019-2020 One and Done
|The Greenbrier||Scottie Scheffler||T7||235,625|
|Sanderson Farms||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|
|Sony Open||Charles Howell III||T12||116,500|
|The American Express||Phil Mickelson||MC||0|
|Farmers Insurance Open||Tony Finau||T6||253,125|
|Waste Management Phoenix||Bubba Watson||T3||386,900|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||Brandt Snedeker||MC||0|
|Genesis Invitational||Justin Thomas||MC||0|
|Puerto Rico Open||Viktor Hovland||WIN||540,000|
|WGC-Mexico Championship||Dustin Johnson||T48||45,500|
|The Honda Classic||Daniel Berger||T4||280,000|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Tommy Fleetwood||MC||0|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||Abandoned||No Result||0|
|Charles Schwab Challenge||Jordan Spieth||T10||181,875|
|Total Events: 23||Top 10: 10||MC: 8||5,312,270|
Last Time — Charles Schwab Challenge
Jordan Spieth – T10
He had a chance to win it and a chance to fall out of the top 20. Kinda sums up his year. Other than the Masters, this is his comfort zone of comfort zones. He had a great week doing everything except putting 18 holes together all four days. I had already used Berger (see above) so that wasn’t even possible. Now, about Morikawa, Rose and DeChambeau…
Jon Rahm: Glad I didn’t pull the trigger. MC for the second consecutive year at Colonial.
Ryan Palmer: Hit the first tee shot of the week and that was the only highlight for this Colonial member. MC.
Kevin Na: Missed a putt at the last to make the weekend but his back was flaring up anyhow. Pre-tourney WD this week on Hilton Head. Sigh.
Sergio Garcia: Hit it great for two days but missed by one because of a cold putter. I’m glad I was Spieth-washed last week!
Harris English: Crashed, burned, MC.
Rory Sabbatini: T14 and closed expertly with 65.
Andrew Putnam: Not even a trip to the friendly confines (T3, T20) could break him out of his funk, which now extends to four straight MC.
Scottie Scheffler: T55 underwhelmed and he also was a pre-tourney WD at Harbour Town. Careful.
3 AM at the Blackjack Table:
Joel Dahmen – T19, fourth straight top 20;
Emiliano Grillo – hit on 17, bust;
Kevin Tway – streak of three straight top 20s at CCC is dead;
Tom Hoge lost four strokes putting- MC.
This Week – RBC Heritage
Of the OWGR top 10, only Patrick Cantlay and Adam Scott are absent this week. We also add Hideki, Tyrrell and Sneds.
The chill vibes of HHI will still be there off the course but on it, woof, this ain’t no hit-and-giggle this week. Last week the leaderboard was loaded after a 91-day layoff so I can only imagine what it will be with a rust-buster played.
The beauty over the last few years at this even was trying to corral the rank underdog that would come-from-behind and pull the upset. Heck, CT Pan didn’t have a top 10 to his season last year before he picked up his first win on TOUR.
With the big field I can still see a first-time TOUR winner but the pedigree might be a bit more robust than the last three victors.
THE PICK – Patrick Reed
He’s piping hot so I’m going to saddle him up as he tries to break into the OWGR top five. I’m not concerned that he hasn’t broke 70 on this track in three events as that was a lifetime ago. His past attempts at Colonial were irrelevant (T7) last week.
Bryson DeChambeau: I’m still going to have a nibble on him in the markets but I’m going to unleash him where he can unleash his full power down the road. Made his professional debut here T4 in 2016.
Matt Kuchar: No-brainer for those in the lead just looking to cash a decent check. Used to be my automatic choice here after the Masters!
Branden Grace: Was in the fight at CCC before a quiet Sunday. First non-major top 10 on TOUR was here the year before he won it.
Ian Poulter: Last three trips tell the story and if that’s not enough, he’s 9-9 lifetime.
Jason Kokrak: Gave it a sniff last week and has had plenty of almost on HHI.
JT Poston: Broke out of his funk at Colonial with T10. T6 on debut last year.
Kevin Kisner: His preferred surface and length of track.
3 AM at the Blackjack Table:
Joel Dahmen, Jim Furyk, Si Woo Kim, Bud Cauley
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!