New season, new dreams to be ruined, new goals to fall miserably short of attaining!
Ah, fantasy golf, how I’ve missed you!
2021-2022 One and Done
Gamers, we all get a break this year and will only have 48, instead of 50, events to wield our swords! I know some leagues, like mine, won’t start until the turn of the year but that won’t stop me from putting out my weekly column.
The purpose of this column is to free my mind and have some fun all while trying to find some winners. From a transparency standpoint, most of my recent years are below so you can take it or leave.
The price is the same as last year but my Venmo is @Mike-Glasscott if you would like to donate.
Sometimes we gotta look back before we look forward. I wasn’t a huge fan of the 50 event season last year, especially in the WGC and PLAYERS as I left a ton on the table. Oh, and having Jon Rahm in the WRONG OPEN didn’t help matters either.
The name of this game is picking winners and it’s hard. So is losing in two playoffs to Patrick Cantlay!
I was proud of my top 10 rate and MC avoidance but would trade either for MOAR WINNERS.
Let’s have a great 2021-2022!
Any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org and @MikeGlasscott on Twitter.
|2020-2021 Events||Golfer||Place||Total $$|
|Safeway Open||Brendan Steele||T29||41,391|
|120th United States Open||Jon Rahm||T23||101,797|
|Corales Punta Cana||Pat Perez||T21||39,000|
|Sanderson Farms||Doc Redman||T28||46,200|
|Shriners Hospitals for Children||Patrick Cantlay||T8||190,750|
|CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK||Matthew Wolff||73rd||16,575|
|ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP||Tyrrell Hatton||T28||50,137|
|Bermuda Championship||Will Zalatoris||T16||61,000|
|Vivint Houston Open||Tony Finau||T24||58,450|
|84th Masters Tournament||Justin Thomas||4th||552,000|
|The RSM Classic||Russell Henley||T30||39,552|
|Mayakoba Golf Classic||Abraham Ancer||T12||147,600|
|Sentry TOC||Cameron Smith||T24||63,200|
|Sony Open in Hawaii||Daniel Berger||T7||200,475|
|The American Express||Scottie Scheffler||MC||0|
|Farmers Insurance Open||Marc Leishman||T18||80,761|
|Waste Management WMPO||Hideki Matsuyama||T42||23,852|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||Jason Day||T7||228,930|
|The Genesis Invitational||Adam Scott||T38||40,455|
|WGC- Championship (Concession)||Xander Schauffele||T39||55,000|
|Puerto Rico Open||Emiliano Grillo||T11||72,750|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Rory McIlroy||T10||195,300|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||Tommy Fleetwood||MC||0|
|The Honda Classic||Joaquin Niemann||T25||54,950|
|WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play||Jason Kokrak||T42||47,571|
|Corales Puntacana||Thomas Pieters||T13||55,350|
|Valero Texas Open||Charley Hoffman||2nd||839,300|
|85th Masters Tournament||Jordan Spieth||T3||667,000|
|RBC Heritage||Kevin Kisner||MC||0|
|Valspar Championship||Patrick Reed||MC||0|
|Wells Fargo Championship||Corey Conners||T43||25,069|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||Ryan Palmer||T47||20,958|
|PGA Championship||Viktor Hovland||T30||59,750|
|Charles Schwab Challenge||Brian Harman||T8||198,875|
|Memorial Tournament||Collin Morikawa||P2||1,013,700|
|Palmetto Championship||Matt Fitzpatrick||T10||177,025|
|121st United States Open||Brooks Koepka||T4||498,176|
|Travelers Championship||Paul Casey||T36||30,743|
|Rocket Mortgage Classic||Sungjae Im||T8||211,875|
|John Deere Classic||Zach Johnson||T34||30,955|
|The Open Championship||Louis Oosthuizen||T3||682,500|
|Barbasol Championship||Charl Schwartzel||T26||26,075|
|3M Open||Robert MacIntyre||MC||0|
|Barracuda Championship||Ryan Armour||MC||0|
|WGC – FESJI||Dustin Johnson||T10||220,000|
|Wyndham Championship||Webb Simpson||T7||201,666|
|THE NORTHERN TRUST||Harris English||T31||48,925|
|BMW Championship||Bryson DeChambeau||P2||1,026,000|
|Total Events: 50||Top 10: 16||MC: 6||$8,441,638|
This Week – Fortinet Championship
First pick of the season!
As I always point out, please read Horses for Courses for details on those who thrive in the Napa Valley conditions. Time to balance a bit of wine and cheese with 72 holes of TOUR golf and that’s not always as easy as it sounds.
The last two winners, Cink and Champ came in with zero form, just bags of class. Kevin Tway was making cuts for fun before that while Brendan Steele was sore that his T17 in 2015 wasn’t the first of THREE IN A ROW. Emiliano Grillo won the KFT Finals. We all forget Sangmoon Bae was sizzling back in the early 2010s.
Speaking of NOT EASY, the seven previous winners here have checked about every box on the bingo card. Major champ>Rookie>Journeyman>Young Stud, you name it.
Also, this is the seventh time in eight seasons that Silverado kicks off the TOUR season. So that means around 50 KFT guys are thrown into the pot, some for the first time on TOUR.
With a prize pool of $7 million ($1.26 to the winner) pegging a top 10 would be an ideal start.
I’ll throw out some famous and not-so-famous names below for contemplation.
THE CHOICE: Kevin Na
Sure, I could save him for Vegas or Colonial but he’s to the point now where I don’t have to. He’s comfortable in his skin, life and career and is free as a bird. I saw all the evidence I needed at East Lake two weeks ago. He never had finished inside the top 20 before yet tied Jon Rahm for gross low on the week. Form is fire and he’s played well here.
Jon Rahm: Because he’s the best player on the planet at the moment and can just show up and win. I’m saving him for prize pools double this where his juices get flowing. He only won ONE time last year so it’s hardly a given, odds be damned.
Webb Simpson: Probably will want to prove that he shouldn’t have been snubbed for the Ryder Cup. No chance I’m playing him on a non-Bermuda greens event. And he didn’t name his daughter Fortinet.
Hideki Matsuyama: Tough greens to putt will help bring the field back to him. His ball-striking makes all of the difference. Legend at TPC Scottsdale and will be one of a few top players to head to Japan for the ZOZO in October. I’m holding out.
Will Zalatoris: No longer chasing anything he can focus on ONE THING: WINNING. Grew up in the area so I’m moving him up the list.
Cameron Champ: Of his three wins two have come early doors in the season. Great memories of winning here for his dying grandfather and is from Sacramento. Did not defend last year either so I’d think he “owes” them one.
Emiliano Grillo: Wish his form was a bit more consistent but T29 or better in 4 of 6 here including a win seems a safe bet.
Spicy: This might be a week for sending out an “unknown” and saving a start. You just might get lucky. Or MC.
Brendan Steele: This one kinda writes itself. Happy hunting ground.
Harold Varner III: Those who love the trend will love him this week but none have gone for a top 10. First win is always the hardest and only two of seven winners here are first timers.
Maverick McNealy: Stanford and Bay Area and consistent as hell to close last season. His best results have been on tiny greens at Pebble and Harbour Town. Fifth time here.
Chez Reavie: Pounds it tee to green and that works this week. Hasn’t missed in seven tries here either.
Brandt Snedeker: Plenty of wins on Poa and in California and should have won here in 2018. Fits the “Cink” winner category.
3 AM at the Blackjack Table: Caution is thrown to the wind. Maybe not the best for this format but what the hell, right?
Doc Redman, Stephan Jaeger, Patrick Rodgers, Sahith Theegala, Brandon Hagy, John Huh, Justin Suh, Scott Piercy
|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|
|WGC-FESJ Invitational||Brooks Koepka||T2||695,000|
|PGA Championship||Jon Rahm||T13||192,207|
|Wyndham Championship||Webb Simpson||T3||312,400|
|THE NORTHERN TRUST||Jason Day||MC||0|
|BMW Championship||Collin Morikawa||T20||106780|
|Total Events: 36||Top 10: 14||MC: 11||0|
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||$0|
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)
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