OAD: 3M Open 2020

Not many opportunities left gamers!

TPC Twin Cities returns for year two as host.

2019-2020 One and Done

Event Golfer Place $$
       
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
Rocket Mortgage Classic Tyrrell Hatton T4 300,000
Workday Charity Open Justin Rose MC 0
Memorial Patrick Cantlay T32 51,925
       
Total Events: 28 Top 10: 12 MC: 9 5,897,665

Welcome aboard!

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 — Memorial

Firm, fast and fantastic! Just like the dirt packed on top of my OAD grave this week. A two-week run at MVGC saw me pick up barely 50k but I did buy a WHITE SURRENDER FLAG at the pro shop on the way out.

Saving Jon Rahm for a major still sounds like a fantastic decision so I’m hoping he can reload for Harding Park in three weeks.

THE PICK – Patrick Cantlay

He was hanging around the lead, 7-under at the turn on Saturday, before limping in with 40 and then backing that up with 79 on Sunday.

Life comes at you pretty fast, eh?

 

Safety Dance:

Bryson DeChambeau: MC with an X. Glad I had already burned him for a measly top 10 at Travelers.

Justin Thomas: T18 is his worst finish when making the weekend in 2020. Ouch.

Tiger Woods: Made the cut on the number but stalled out, like most, on Sunday for 40.

 

Spicy:

Gary Woodland: T25 as he crumbled on the weekend (76-77).

Hideki Matsuyama: 75-79 MC. Woof.

Billy Horschel: Made it on the number, chased it all the way to T13. Fantastic.

Tyrrell Hatton: I have no idea why I thought he was playing. I’m an idiot, sorry.

Collin Morikawa: Can’t fake it tee-to-green like he does. I’m going hold off until the FedExCup Playoffs or hopefully 3M. Second smartest thing I wrote last week. T48.

 

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Abraham Ancer – T58, Kevin Streelman – T54, Talor Gooch – MC, Matt Wallace – T4

 

Remaining Events:

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 – 3M Open

Get Horsed for Coursed HERE.

Birdie time again!

Ring that bell! Sharpen those REALLY tall tees. Let it fly!

Time for circles and double circles this week! TPC Twin Cities will allow the big bats to swing for the fences. Big greens will even allow the inaccurates a chance to heat up their putter. Sure there are lakes and bunkers but the top 12 here last year were 16-under or better.

It’s not hard. Ranking 36th of 49 courses last year, another birdie-fest shoot out will open the doors to all and will break some nasty streaks from a few.

When the field knows 20-odd under is going to win, the mindset of being smart, patient and conservative goes right out the window. There’s not a big surprise that two college kids (Wolff and Morikawa) plus DeChambeau were fighting it out at the end last year. They all hit it a mile and are absolutely fearless of going low.

Grinding for pars is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO last weekend so it’s time to recalibrate and be a kid again.

Bombs away!

I agree there’s no point at all playing chalk this week as too many low ones always spoil the bunch.

Time for a play off the board as my season is sunk already!

Read my preview later if you need more details on the “others”.

 

THE PICK – Will Gordon

Figured out quickly that he belongs out here so I don’t have to worry about that.

Figured out quickly that throwing away shots with bad decisions in a shoot-out (Travelers) doesn’t fly at this level. His 62-71-64 at Travelers for T3 proved he was a quick learner.

Figured out quickly that 71-71 (-2, MC) doesn’t fly at Detroit, or most weeks when there is no weather.

After two weeks off, I’m betting he’s ready to go. Check my results above. I’ve been wrong before, I’m hitching to the young guy who has his STM and a free-wheel.

 

Safety Dance:

Dustin Johnson: No recall of last week. Eyes forward. Nice tune up before he heads to Memphis next week where he’s absolutely raked over the last few years. Save him.

Tommy Fleetwood: His warm-up rounds came on some, ahem, tougher courses. I’m not sure where or when you will use him down the road so this sticks out.

Paul Casey: The rust is off. Bombs away and hope his putter gets going. Should overpower tee-to-green.

Spicy:

Troy Merritt: Home game, T7 last year.

Lucas Glover: Tick, tick, ticking along. MAKE A PUTT ALREADY.

Sam Burns: Always to catch a guy before rather than after.

Richy Werenski: Making cuts suggests a break-out/through is coming.

 

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Tom Hoge, Denny McCarthy, Keith Mitchell, Seamus Power

 

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

History Channeled:

2018-19

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.

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

 

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).

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)

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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