There’s only one way to rock!
Birdies. End of.
Make bushels or get left behind!
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|
|RBC Heritage||Patrick Reed||MC||0|
|Travelers Championship||Bryson DeChambeau||T6||233,470|
|Total Events: 25||Top 10: 11||MC: 8||5,545,740|
If you need more explanations, please go back and read last week or the week of Sentry. I’m trying to streamline this for the degenerates who want the pick NOW NOW NOW.
Last Time — Travelers Championship
THE PICK – Bryson DeChambeau – T6
Not good enough as somebody is surely going to win with him this week, 3M or Memorial, probably, but T6 from that beast is the story of my season: Plenty of top 10s but no grand salami.
Bubba Watson: MC – didn’t play poorly but making the cut was the least of the expectations last week
Joaquin Niemann: 63rd – Fantastic blow-up 75 on Sunday when 65 was needed. Kids, eh?
Abraham Ancer: T11 with all four rounds in the 60s. Again. Time is coming.
Paul Casey: 10-under this week got you share of 32nd. First event back moved him to this list.
Brian Harman: MC – Congrats on your win this week.
Patrick Cantlay: T11 – for those of you had faith in him not needing a rust buster he did ok. I’ll point out he’s quite good at Memorial, if not better, than Travelers.
Keegan Bradley: MC after opening with 67 stings especially when the cut was 3-under.
3 AM at the Blackjack Table:
Charley Hoffman – T41; Russell Henley – T32. Imagine if he didn’t close with 64!; Patrick Rodgers – MC; Kevin Streelman – Solo second
Rocket Mortgage Classic (Detroit Golf Club) — Ahhhhhhhhh, Par-72 (7,350) but a seemingly natural break in the schedule after three straight weeks on “normal” tracks. Nate Lashley posted 25-under here to win by six last year.
Columbus, Ohio, I — Yeah, the big dogs will return for the Memorial the following week.
Memorial (Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH) — Jack’s place always gets a very solid field and that should increase this year as prep for the PGA Championship at Harding Park in three weeks. Patrick Cantlay will defend.
3M Championship (TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, MN) — The top 52 players were 10-under or lower in the inaugural event last summer. Along with Detroit and Columbus I, these will be the lightest fields of the summer for my money. Matthew Wolff fired 21-under to hold off Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa by a shot.
World Golf Championship – FedEx St Jude Invitational (TPC Southwind, Memphis) — Super tune-up for a major with a major money grab included. TPC Southwind will require all 14 clubs in the bag and will prime every part of the game for a major the following week in San Francisco. Brooks Koepka defends in a limited field event.
Barracuda Championship (Tahoe Mountain Club – Old Greenwood, Truckee, CA) — Double whammy for gamers here as the field will be slight the week before a major (and opposite a WGC event) and it’s brand-new track for the event. No more Montreux. Sad!
PGA Championship (TPC Harding Park, San Francisco) — Koepka will look to make it three straight after claiming the title in 2018 at Bellerive in St. Louis and the 2019 edition at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Hopefully by the first weekend in August the entire international contingent will be able to make this field the deepest, as usual, in history.
Wyndham Championship (Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, NC) — The Webb Simpson Open welcomes back defending champion JT Poston who won last year’s event without squaring a bogey on his card. First time that’s happened for the winner since a long time ago (1974). Simpson was second.
FedEx Cup I – THE NORTHERN TRUST (TPC Boston) — Not even a pandemic can turn off the CAPS LOCK button, sadly. Back to TPC Boston after they were removed from the FedExCup Playoffs schedule last year when the number of events was reduced from four to three. Past winners include Bryson DeChambeau (2018), Justin Thomas (2017), Rory McIlroy (2016, 2012), Rickie Fowler (2015), Webb Simpson (2011) and Phil and Tiger in the “old” days.
FedEx Cup II – BMW Championship (Olympia Fields – North Course, Chicago) — Jim Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open here. There was speculation running wild this week that this even could be moved because of the restrictions in Chicago and the state of Illinois. Stay tuned.
FedEx Cup III – The TOUR Championship (East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta) — Rory McIlroy will defend his playoff crown. Make sure you know how your league is handling the FedExCup Playoffs!
This Week – Travelers Championship
Take two in Detroit at a course that was eviscerated last year by a less-than-stellar field.
Perfect weather greets the field of 156 as they look to surpass the low numbers posted last year.
Throw out Nate Lashley’s 25-under winning total and you still had 35 players make 20 or more birdies. Find someone hot and ready, like Little Caesar’s Pizza.
Anyhow, the weeks are dwindling and the only the strong should be sent to the plate unless you’re completely desperate for a miracle. I’ve got to start looking down the road for somebody to save for the playoffs! That’s what happens when you have to chase early.
THE PICK – Tyrrell Hatton
Riding the heat and I do quite like his disposition. Bit of a card, eh? Gets frustrated when things aren’t going well but that has hardly been the case as he enters T3-WIN-T6 in his last three TOUR events. I’m not holding him for anything else and I’ve already burned plenty of the big names in the field already. And if he bombs out, he’ll at least be entertaining!
Bryson DeChambeau: Duh.
Viktor Hovland: I was bummed to remember I had him in Puerto Rico for his win. I’m bummed because it was worth half of the win pool this week.
Patrick Reed: Houston resident won’t care how hot it is and that should crank up his birdie return.
Brandt Snedeker: Bit of a Ross fan, eh? Sedgefield, East Lake, and has no problem on these greens. Not exactly sizzling form entering though.
Kevin Na: No problem making birdies and no problem on Bent/Poa; 5th last week
Brian Stuard: Caught my eye with 64 on Sunday at Colonial and a top 25 last week. Michigan native T5 last year with 26 birds.
Doc Redman: He’s 22 so that’s why. But the convergence of last year and last week is hard to ignore. Just go make birdies and let the old folks worry about the results.
3 AM at the Blackjack Table:
Lucas Glover, Aaron Wise, Cameron Tringale, Matthew Wolff
Check out my previous results below if you need a history lesson:
My contributions for the major championships 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!