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
|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|
|3M Open||Will Gordon||MC||0|
|Total Events: 29||Top 10: 12||MC: 10||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 — 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.
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..
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
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
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.
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?
Gotta get this week and next right, plus hit the first two Playoff events.
Easy. Fecking. Peasy.
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.
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:
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!