Not many opportunities left gamers!
TPC Twin Cities returns for year two as host.
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|
|Rocket Mortgage Classic||Tyrrell Hatton||T4||300,000|
|Workday Charity Open||Justin Rose||MC||0|
|Total Events: 28||Top 10: 12||MC: 9||5,897,665|
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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|
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!