OAD: WGC Workday Championship at The Concession

Win and in last week for Max Homa! He was in the column last week.

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
The Genesis InvitationalAdam ScottT3840,455
Total Events: 20Top 10: 4MC: 1$1,982,125

Last Week – The Genesis Invitational

Always nice to include the winner in the space below!

Too bad he wasn’t my choice

Was on the wrong side of a few big names but there’s a satisfaction of nailing both guys in the playoff.

The wind on Saturday was a killer so don’t beat yourself up too much.

Plus not many would have had Homa.

THE CHOICE: Adam Scott – T38

Watching him hole EVERYTHING on Thursday and only posting 69 didn’t bode well. The Aussie didn’t fire Friday and then his 76 on Saturday made his closing round of 66 irrelevant. I’m going to start leaving 40-somethings out of the rotation. It’s not smart business when there are too many quality 30-somethings and younger who are dominating the game.

Lesson learned.

Pre-emptive middle finger to Scott for his upcoming win on a hard, Florida track.


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 – T8: Probably the worst T8 he’ll post. Sitting two back from non-winner Sam Burns and tied with Max Homa and Matt Fitzpatrick for second entering the final round was the perfect scenario. He was the only player in the top 10 NOT to break par on Sunday. Ouch.

Justin Thomas – MC: The black cloud following him continues. And now his buddy Tiger. 2021 feels like a decade for him and we’re not out of February. Be patient.

Patrick Cantlay – T15: Opened with 67 and never found the 60s again. Sitting T5 after 54 holes, his 72 on Sunday moved him the wrong direction as well.

Rory McIlroy – MC: Smooth 73-76. Maybe Scott wasn’t the worst play haha.


Bubba Watson – MC: Another 40-something who didn’t fire on one of his favorite tracks. No show in Scottsdale as well.

Xander Schauffele – T18: The streak of T25 or better reaches 16. Only one top 10 from five starts at Riviera.

Tony Finau – P2: Terrible beat. I’m sorry for those of you who had him.

Max Homa – WIN: I’m excited for those of you who jumped on his form and cashed in a field of this magnitude. Bravo.

Jordan Spieth – T15: That’s three straight T15 or better. Signs of major life.

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Cameron Tringale – T26, Carlos Ortiz – MC, Jason Kokrak – T32, Corey Conners – MC, Luke List – MC

This Week – World Golf Championships – Workday Championship at The Concession

The first WGC event of the season is event No. 21 and that’s not a typo. Of the top 50 players in the world, 48 are on site this week (Casey, Woods) to slug it out for a $10.5 million purse and 550 FedExCup points.

That’s the most important part, the money. The first of three WGC events this year, the prize pool requires a big-name star. Go look at the list of winners over the years. Not too many slip through the cracks.

Plus, minus a WD, you’re gonna get paid.

The Concession is running HOT and carries all the Jack Nicklaus traits tee-to-hole. There’s room to move it off the tee but eight water hazards will be in play. It’s a second shot course that will reward sizzling iron play but getting the ball on the green is just the first part. Undulating Bermuda isn’t for everyone and the Stimpmeter has flames coming out the back end I’m told from my friend who was on site Tuesday.

Marginal rough will help to take the spin off approach shots so being handy around the greens won’t hurt. Being handy on the greens will be even better.

Bryson DeChambeau won the 2015 NCAA stroke play title here for a point of reference.

THE CHOICE: Xander Schauffele

Has absolutely zero issues on Bermuda, especially quick Bermuda. Just check his record at East Lake. Schauffele was T45 here in 2015 so he’ll also have a point of reference even though the setup won’t be quite as similar for the field of 73. Speaking of small fields, he’s excelled against the best of the best in these before and has no problems in the majors.

Puerto Rico Open THE CHOICE: Emiliano Grillo

Please read Expert Picks for more choice at the opposite field event.

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.

Bryson DeChambeau: As noted above, he’s the only one that has a victory here. I doubt he was swinging it 200 mph back then but his winning score of 8-under might provide a clue to what it takes this week.

Brooks Koepka: Noted big-game hunter doesn’t mind a bit of Bermuda in his life. Picked up 2019 WGC in Memphis on a tight, Bermuda track.

Patrick Reed: Like Dustin Johnson, he’s won this event wherever they’ve played it. Doral was the host before Mexico City so winning on a tough Florida track has been done.

Jon Rahm: Since I’ve already burned him and JT in majors, don’t be surprised if I omit them from time to time in here.

Viktor Hovland: Just pounds it tee to green and his recent results suggest he’s not going anywhere. Nobody will have an advantage on the greens this week.


Tony Finau: I can’t put him in the safe space. I can’t ignore how well he’s playing minus the trophy.

Rory McIlroy: I would love to see some signs of life before jumping on but his record after a MC is something to look at.

Daniel Berger: First event back after winning at Pebble Beach. Florida born and bred.

Cameron Smith: He’s checked off the Masters-Riviera combo for top fives. Maybe it’s the mullet.

Tyrrell Hatton: Smoking hot irons. Matches his fuse. Defends next week at Bay Hill.

3 AM at the Blackjack Table:

Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Harris English, Matthew Fitzpatrick

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: 110


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$0

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: 47Top 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)

Thanks for reading!


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