OAD: 2020 FESJ Invitational

This man defends his title this week.

There will be 77 other trying to grab a World Golf Championship and big ol’ prize purse.

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
3M Open Will Gordon MC 0
       
Total Events: 29 Top 10: 12 MC: 10 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 — 3M Open

I made inquiries to all the OAD games I’m in to try and get Finau into the lineup but to no avail. The irony is he shared third with 2084983 other dudes and collected $250K. That was less than he collected for T6 at FIO where I used him earlier this year.

What a world we live in.

The tightening of the screws in year No. 2 didn’t have a much effect as plenty still went low in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

At least there was drama on the back nine on Sunday so I give it 4 pints out of a best 5 on my scale.

 

THE PICK – Will Gordon – MC

I thought it would be someone from off-the-beaten path that would arrive on Sunday. Will Gordon it was not. If Michael Thompson and Adam Long weren’t in your plans this week, I doubt anyone made up ground. The backlog from T3 to T18 was immense and two shots were separated by 175k.

Thankfully I didn’t have to worry as I was at the bar* Friday night with the trunk firmly slammed.

*back deck

 

Safety Dance:

Dustin Johnson: WD was the official. MC was going to be the result unless he shot 60 on Friday. Nothing safe about him moving forward? Keep reading.

Tommy Fleetwood: So much of playing the classics as preparation. I saw him miss a handful of putts from inside five feet to MC. Maybe the slick Bermuda will help this week!

Paul Casey: I keep forgetting that guys like him, Rose, Kuchar, etc., are 40 or getting close. Time to start adjusting expectations if you haven’t already.  He’s rolling T32-MC-MC at the moment..

Spicy:

Troy Merritt: MC

Lucas Glover: MC

Sam Burns: T32 feels like a winner with this bunch of scallywags.

Richy Werenski: Only guy to post 70 in the top 30 but still finished T3. Slept on the 54-hole lead for the first time. That’s how you get experience.

 

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Tom Hoge – T46, Denny McCarthy – T32 after beginning Sunday in the top six, Keith Mitchell – MC, Seamus Power – MC

 

Remaining Events:

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.

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 – WGC FESJ Invitational

Get Horsed for Coursed HERE.

Well, that was fun but it’s back to big boy golf with tight fairways and small greens.

TPC Southwind hosts the WGC Invitational for the second year running after 29 years as a TOUR stop. Since 2007 FESJC was the tune-up for the U.S. Open so that should answer most of your questions on how hard/easy this track can play.

Last year the course was SOAKED but that’s not the case this time around.

Yet.

Rain is in the forecast all week so that will make EVERYONE ANGRY including the 78 guys teeing it up. Nobody likes prepping for a major in the rain when they could be doing that at home. Now, they’ll have to dodge Mother Nature Thursday and Friday (no cut) while surviving into the calmer weekend.

The winners at these events are loaded and rarely feature coming-out parties for the lesser known.

A massive $1.82 million winner’s check, the biggest of the season to date, awaits the low man this week so choose correctly!

THE PICK – Brooks Koepka

I essentially have to win out in all of my picks to cash in any of my games so whatever.

The list of who is left in my stable shouldn’t be that deep in this condensed season so it’s left me few decent choices. I’m going with the unhurt version who didn’t WD last week to turn it around in his title defense.

Are there BETTER selections? Based on my record above, OF COURSE THERE ARE.

Should you choose differently?

PERHAPS.

Gotta get this week and next right, plus hit the first two Playoff events.

Easy. Fecking. Peasy.

 

Safety Dance:

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Had a week to reflect on his magnificent 68 to close on the podium at MVGC. Won’t hurt that he was the 36-hole leader here last year before cashing T4.

Rory McIlroy: He’s been playing like shit but the big money is on the table and that should have his attention. Also would like another bite of TPC Southwind after he couldn’t close the door last year with the 54-hole lead. If not this week, definitely next at TPC Harding Park. CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG OR IS IT???

Daniel Berger: The two-time champ won in his first two visits but hasn’t played since 2018 (MC). His recent form combined with Bermuda and the softest of landings makes him a real threat again this week.

 

Spicy:

Dustin Johnson: If he’s not hurt, minus the pride part, and you’re trailing, you might want to hit and hope. The other angle is saving him for Olympia Fields, another US Open track.

Billy Horschel: Five top 10s in his last six visits but has never barged his way into the winner’s circle.

Tyrrell Hatton: Wouldn’t think many of you have him left but there’s nothing I’ve seen from him that suggests a letdown.

Rafa Cabrera Bello: His two trips have been T12 and T4. Great contrarian pick this week and saves a “bigger” name for down the road.

Tommy Fleetwood: Rust busted and only a few chances left to use him. If you value guys who destroy it Tee to Green, he fits. T4 last year.

 

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Chez Reavie, Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer, Matt Jones, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

 

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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