OAD: The Genesis Invitational 2021

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2020-2021 OAD

50 events, the most since the mid-70s, will give us plenty of time for strategy, strength and disaster.

Welcome aboard!

If you’re new or curious or both, my entire archive is on the website. Go back and figure out what you want or need or ignore it completely.

Each week I’ll post the folks I believe will make some noise in different categories.

Remember, if you don’t like it, you get DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK!

2020-2021 EventsGolfersPlaceTotal $$
Safeway OpenBrendan SteeleT2941,391
120th United States OpenJon RahmT23101,797
Corales Punta CanaPat PerezT2139,000
Sanderson Farms ChampionshipDoc RedmanT2846,200
Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenPatrick CantlayT8190,750
CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEKMatthew Wolff73rd16,575
ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIPTyrrell HattonT2850,137
Bermuda ChampionshipWill ZalatorisT1661,000
Vivint Houston OpenTony FinauT2458,450
84th Masters TournamentJustin Thomas4th552,000
The RSM ClassicRussell HenleyT3039,552
Mayakoba Golf ClassicAbraham AncerT12147,600
Sentry TOCCameron SmithT2463,200
Sony Open in HawaiiDaniel BergerT7200,475
The American ExpressScottie SchefflerMC0
Farmers Insurance OpenMarc LeishmanT1880,761
Waste Management WMPOHideki MatsuyamaT4223,852
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmJason DayT7228,930
Total Events: 19Top 10: 4MC: 1$1,941,670

Last Week – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Daniel Berger took the field down with a final round 65 (-7) to win for the second time this season and pick up his third T15 or better in three starts at Pebble Beach. He also became the third consecutive winner on TOUR to MC the week before.

Of my 14 selections below, seven hit the top 10 while 11 hit the top 30.


THE CHOICE:  Jason Day – T7

I wrote last week: Never missed in 11 tries. Pounds the top 10. Fantastic short game and has absolutely no problem on Poa. Only thing missing from his CV here is a win. Never missed in now 12 tries. Pounds the top 10, aye. Only thing that is missing is a win. Need him to go all BERGER on Sunday but for a guy who MC-MC on the way to Monterey, I’ll chalk this up as a win. Glad I didn’t have to suffer through Spieth, although that would have been a fitting and apt marker for my season. Haha.

Safety Dance:

Players in here will appear obvious until I explain why they might not be. Remember “one” means ONCE, not again down the road.

Patrick Cantlay – T3: Prefer him in the desert or at Memorial but he’s trending into IT DOESN’T MATTER territory. Proper player who has already won in California (Sherwood) recently. Wish they all could be California…

Paul Casey – T5: Proper wind player and if things toughen up, he can navigate through the conditions. Hot streak continues here and everywhere.

Jordan Spieth – T3: Turned a major corner last week at TPC Scottsdale and has plenty of success on the Monterey Peninsula. For the faint of heart, hang on until Colonial or AUGUSTA. Yeah, I said it. Nothing wrong with T3 after T5 for a guy who hasn’t won since 2017. Congrats to those who jumped on but Augusta is looking better by the round.

Kevin Streelman – 13th: Cashed three straight in the top 10 here but won’t have amateur partner Larry Fitzgerald to keep him company. Maybe he’ll be on the bag this week! Rakes at Pebble. Sat inside the top 10 until a double at 16 on Sunday knocked him back. Very solid.


Phil Mickelson – MC: If he’s gonna pop, it’s here or Augusta. If you don’t know he’s hit the podium in four of his last five visits and won five times overall, I can’t help you. We’re down to Augusta…

Will Zalatoris – T55: Doesn’t seem much bothers him, not even playing courses for the first time or big fields. The latter doesn’t qualify this week so he should be licking his chops. Chalk it up as a learning experience.

Max Homa – T7: Last two at Pebble he’s closed 67 each time. California kid playing well. Make it 67-67-68. Delightful nick at the moment.

Matt Jones – T34: Loves it here and won’t be bothered at all if they turn the blowers on. Open with 67 but never kicked on.

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Cameron Tringale – T7, Cameron Davis – T14, Henrik Norlander -T26, Scott Stallings – T30, Maverick McNealy -2nd

This Week – The Genesis Invitational

Get Horsed for Coursed HERE.

The first mini-major of the year kicks off Thursday at The Riviera Country Club. The 95th edition of the LA Open will be an invitational field again and from now on and that’s massive in this game. The prize pool jumped over $2 million for last year’s edition and is the same for this season. And the field has been reduced to 120, down from 144.

Only the majors and WGC events dole out more cash at the top so picking PREMIUM this week isn’t a suggestion.

THE CHOICE:  Adam Scott

2020 winner and defending champion has trimmed the fat and is only showing up on the tracks and events he loves and this well qualifies. The 2005 champ won a rain-shortened 36-holer (unofficial) on his debut and has rarely looked back. He was in the fight after 54 holes in 2019 until a 75 on Sunday knocked him back. There’s no rust to bust after T10 at Torrey so I’m hoping on and enjoying the ride.

Safety Dance:

Players in here will appear obvious until I explain why they might not be. Remember “one” means ONCE, not again down the road.

Dustin Johnson: Big call this week. He is THE course horse from a top 10 standpoint. But he’s a threat at every major. Tough decisions.

Justin Thomas: He’ll figure he’s owed one here after his wilting in 2019. No better way to honor his late grandfather than slaying this beauty of a course and field.

Patrick Cantlay: Copy and paste, especially in his backyard of Los Angeles.

Rory McIlroy: Every year he posts three rounds of 71 or better. Once he figures out that fourth one…


Bubba Watson: If he makes the cut, you’ll have a chance as T17 is his worst of the worst. With three wins (2014, 2016, 2018), if he’s gonna, he’s gonna here.

Xander Schauffele: Ok, ok, it get it’s a limited field with a BIG PRIZE but next week is BIGGER. Oh, and so are the majors. And he hasn’t won for a bit. And nobody said this would be easy.

Tony Finau: Poa. Poa. Poa and away we go, go go.

Max Homa: I can’t see any reason to abandon ship now.

Jordan Spieth: Three weeks in a row wouldn’t bother me.

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Cameron Tringale, Carlos Ortiz, Jason Kokrak, Corey Conners, Luke List

Good Luck!

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

History Channeled:


The GreenbrierScottie SchefflerT7235,625
Sanderson FarmsSungjae ImP2719,400
Safeway OpenByeong-Hun AnMC0
Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenScott PiercyMC0
Houston OpenHenrik StensonMC0
CJ CUP AT NINE BRIDGESMarc LeishmanT4331,785
ZOZO ChampionshipHideki Matsuyama2nd1,053,000
WGC-HSBC ChampionsXander Schauffele2nd1,095,000
Bermuda ChampionshipDenny McCarthyT1551,750
OHL Mayakoba ClassicRussell KnoxT3336,810
The RSM ClassicHarris EnglishMC0
Sentry TOCRickie FowlerT5285,000
Sony OpenCharles Howell IIIT12116,500
The American ExpressPhil MickelsonMC0
Farmers Insurance OpenTony FinauT6253,125
Waste Management PhoenixBubba WatsonT3386,900
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmBrandt SnedekerMC0
Genesis InvitationalJustin ThomasMC0
Puerto Rico OpenViktor HovlandWIN540,000
WGC-Mexico ChampionshipDustin JohnsonT4845,500
The Honda ClassicDaniel BergerT4280,000
Arnold Palmer InvitationalTommy FleetwoodMC0
THE PLAYERS ChampionshipAbandonedNo Result0
Charles Schwab ChallengeJordan SpiethT10181,875
RBC HeritagePatrick ReedMC0
Travelers ChampionshipBryson DeChambeauT6233,470
Rocket Mortgage ClassicTyrrell HattonT4300,000
Workday Charity OpenJustin RoseMC0
MemorialPatrick CantlayT3251,925
3M OpenWill GordonMC0
WGC-FESJ InvitationalBrooks KoepkaT2695,000
BarracudaBrendan SteeleT538,277
PGA ChampionshipJon RahmT13192,207
Wyndham ChampionshipWebb SimpsonT3312,400
BMW ChampionshipCollin MorikawaT20106780
Total Events: 36Top 10: 14MC: 117,212,329


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 OpenBrendan SteeleT5314,610
CIMB ClassicRyan MooreT6612,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGESGary Woodland2nd1,026,000
WGC-HSBC ChampionsIan Poulter21st93,500
Sanderson FarmsCameron DavisMC0
ShrinersAaron WiseT15101,675
Mayakoba Golf ClassicCharles Howell IIIMC0
The RSM ClassicJ.J. SpaunMC0
Sentry TOCJon RahmT8191,000
Sony OpenMarc LeishmanT3307,200
60th Desert ClassicAndrew PutnamT3429,975
Farmers InsurancePatrick CantlayMC0
WMPOHideki MatsuyamaT15113,600
AT&T Pebble BeachJason DayT4334,400
Genesis OpenJustin Thomas2nd799,200
WGC-Mexico ChampXander SchauffeleT14128,000
Puerto Rico OpenGraeme McDowellT4210,500
The Honda ClassicAdam ScottMC0
Arnold Palmer InvitationalRickie FowlerT4035,490
THE PLAYERS ChampionshipSergio GarciaT22125,000
Valspar ChampionshipPatrick ReedMC0
Corales Punta CanaTrey MullinaxT616,450
WGC-Match PlayPaul CaseyT9167,000
Valero Texas OpenBilly HorschelMC0
MastersRory McIlroyT21107,956
RBC HeritageMatt Kuchar2nd745,200
Zurich ClassicRyan PalmerWIN1,051,200
Wells Fargo ChampionshipPhil MickelsonMC0
AT&T Byron NelsonKeith MitchellT5917,301
PGA ChampionshipBrooks KoepkaWIN1,980,000
Charles Schwab ChallengeJordan SpiethT8197,100
MemorialTony FinauMC0
RBC Canadian OpenJim FurykT2755,100
U.S. OpenTiger WoodsT21117,598
Travelers ChampionshipBubba WatsonT5416,560
Rocket Mortgage ClassicSungjae ImT2168,528
3M OpenBryson DeChambeauT2563,200
John Deere ClassicCollin MorikawaT4264,000
The Open ChampionshipRafa Cabrera BelloMC0
Barbasol ChampionshipDenny McCarthyT1177,000
WGC-FESJIDustin JohnsonT20113,500
Barracuda ChampionshipMartin LairdT7105,437
Wyndham ChampionshipWebb Simpson2nd669,600
THE NORTHERN TRUSTTommy FleetwoodT4327,565
BMW ChampionshipBrandt SnedekerT5351,500
Total Events: 45Top 10s: 14MC: 10$10,024,685

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

Safeway OpenTony Finau2nd669,600
CIMB ClassicPaul CaseyT7218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGESKeegan BradleyT4723,759
WGC-HSBC ChampionsHideki MatsuyamaT5051,875
Sanderson FarmsChesson HadleyT2464,400
ShrinersPatrick CantlayWIN1,224,000
OHL ClassicKevin ChappellMC0
The RSM ClassicCharles Howell IIIMC0
Sentry TOCKevin KisnerT1799,333
Sony OpenBrian HarmanT4256,266
CareerBuilder ChallengeJason DufnerT3627,189
Farmers InsuranceJon RahmT2943,872
WMPOAlex NorenT2180,040
-AT&T Pebble BeachPhil MickelsonT2488,400
Genesis OpenDustin JohnsonT16111,600
Honda ClassicGraeme McDowellMC0
WGC-MexicoTommy FleetwoodT14126,500
Valspar ChampionshipRyan MooreMC0
Arnold PalmerTyrell HattonT6918,067
WGC-Match PlayPatrick ReedT9163,000
Corales PuntacanaPatrick RodgersT2227,850
Houston OpenLuke ListT2454,162
MastersJordan Spieth3rd748,000
RBC HeritageCameron SmithT3235,510
Valero Texas OpenBilly HorschelT11136,400
Zurich ClassicBud CauleyMC0
Wells Fargo ChampionshipBryson DeChambeau4th369,600  
THE PLAYERSFrancesco MolinariMC0
Ft. Worth InvitationalAdam ScottT5216,472
AT&T Byron NelsonJimmy WalkerT6257,950
MemorialTiger WoodsT2376,985
FESJCHenrik StensonT2650,820
US OpenJustin RoseT10270,151
FESJCXander SchauffeleMC0
Quicken Loans NationalKyle StanleyT3236,841
A Military TributeBubba WatsonT13121,632
John Deere ClassicZach JohnsonT1681,366
British OpenRory McIlroyT2694,250
RBC Canadian OpenCharley HoffmanT2937,743
BarracudaMartin LairdT1551,000
WGC-Bridgestone InviteRickie FowlerT17104,250
PGA ChampionshipBrooks KoepkaWIN1,980,000
WyndhamBrandt SnedekerWIN1,080,000
Dell TechnologiesMarc LeishmanT21100,800
BMW ChampionshipGary WoodlandT12189,000
TOUR ChampionshipJustin ThomasT7279,900
Total Events: 47  Top 10s: 15MC: 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)

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