18 Thoughts: FIO 2020 Round 1



1.) Bassy Cappelen has joined Bassy Munoz on #TeamBassy.Β  Backing up his T6 last week at AMEX with a stunning 66 on the South Course to lead.

2.) Yeah, I said LEAD, because the North is playing, as usual, easier than the South so kudos to the low ones on the host course. Keegan Bradley doesn’t care what I think as his 66 on the North paced that half of the field.

3.) Tiger. Tiger. Tiger. 69. Nice.

4.) Starting off the season HAWT for Rory McIlroy is nothing new. His 67 included seven birdies as he sits one back.

5.) Bubba’s back! First time since 2014 for the 2011 champ and he opened with 67 on the South Course. Lovely hole out eagle as well!

6.) Cameron Percy tossed up T11 at Sanderson Farms and T7 at Safeway entered on MC x 3. His 68 on the South Course was noticed.

7.) Gamers will be happy to see Pat Perez back in action with 69 on the North after he was a pre-tournament WD last week.

8.) Collin Morikawa hasn’t MC on TOUR. He opened with 70 in the circus group of Rahm and Woods. What bothers this kid?

9.) Jordan Spieth went out in 33 with four birdies before limping home in 37 for 70 on the South Course. Hot start, cold finish? Color me not surprised. Don’t forget he’s posted 63 on the old North and 65 last year. Big day for him today and his investors.

10.) Of the last 10 winners, only Justin Rose (2019) and Ben Crane (2010) began on the North.

11.) Jason Day missed the Presidents Cup with back issues. He opened three-over thru six on the South before rallying for 73. He’ll need a low one, like the 64 he posted in 2018 en route to victory, on the North today to contend. He posted 73 in Round 1 in both his wins here.

12.) 70.7 North. 73.7 South. So yeah.

13.) There were zero, bogey-free rounds on the South. The North racked up five.

14.) Brandt Snedeker has also won here twice. His 69 on the North was good enough for T21.


16.) Gary Woodland was 1-under with five holes to play. He signed for 75 (+3).


18.) Number of majors for Jack Nicklaus, who turned 80 earlier this week. Happy belated Golden Bear!

The American Express: 2020 Recap

Andrew Landry showed guts down the stretch to create, throw-away and convert a six-shot lead to win for the second time on TOUR.

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Sony Open 2020: After 54

Dinner, drinks and a late night Friday night.

Full day yesterday with Indiana Basketball at Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall.

Golf Draft banquet this afternoon!

Sorry not sorry for the lack of updates!

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Emergency 9: Final Round Genesis Open 2019

What’s slower?

Holmes or my recap??


Price is still the same, folks, WEATHER DELAYS NOT INCLUDED!

Emergency 9

Here are nine tidbits from the final round of the Genesis Open that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road.

Kentucky’s Finest

We get it. J.B. Holmes is slow. He’s also a five-time champion and five-time top-10 finisher at Riviera plus he’s only missed one cut in 13 trips. The veteran had no problem with the length or course conditions as he opened with 63. He then stormed back from four shots behind Justin Thomas to win by a shot. Bet you didn’t see that coming!

Missed the Mark

Louisville is famous for its horses, bourbon and Justin Thomas. Gamers like me who had him in OAD were already spending their money with his four-shot lead. Oops. He was a passenger in the final threesome at WMPO as Rickie Fowler won but I didn’t imagine him trashing out a four-shot lead, especially with the putter. I needed a Makers after that.


I added Si Woo Kim to my preview this week after his T-4 at Pebble Beach and he responded with 68-66 on Sunday to hit the podium. My bit of analysis for adding him was “I give up” so yeah. I didn’t have him figured for a wind player but his 66 on Sunday afternoon was the lowest of the day in gnarly conditions. Noted.

Oh the Wind and the Rain

None of these names should surprise with the windiest conditions of the week on Sunday: Marc Leishman 68 and Dustin Johnson 69. The Aussie joined Charles Howell, III with four rounds in the 60s for the week. Howell hit the top 10 for the first time since his win in 2007 and he plays here annually. Johnson looked dead and gone in Round 1 but rallied over the final three rounds to take his usual place in the top 10. He remains the only player in recent memory to win this tournament in his 20’s. #Veterans.

Holywood Figures out Hollywood

Matching Holmes with the round of the week, Rory McIlroy broke his string of T20-T20 and cashed T4. It never hurts to lead the field in Strokes-Gained: Off-the-Tee. Three starts in 2019 and nothing worse than T5.


Thanks to all those who read and I harp on #PlayAll72 almost weekly. The three-time champ was sitting comfortably on the final green in regulation in solo eighth. Four putts later he was T15. Ouch. He’s never cashed worse than T17 but this one stings OAD players.


Remember when Xander Schauffele was four-over and had six bogeys on his card in Round 1? He birdied his final hole of the round and went on to only make four bogeys over the final three rounds. Scratching and clawing, somehow he found a way to T15, his fourth top 25 in four starts this season. He’s a quick study as he was T9 in his debut last year. … Hideki Matsuyama improved daily from tee-to-green and his final round 67 moved him to T9. This is his second 67 on the West Coast Swing on Sunday that pushed him into big cash (T3 Farmers).

Worry? About What???

Jordan Spieth had the lead most of Round 1 before Holmes made an ace and took over with 63. He posted 81 on Sunday. Sean Martin has more details:

Adam Scott played in the final group and entered the last 18 holes in the top five in Strokes-Gained: Putting. He missed everything in the final 18 holes, needing 32 holes to finally put 76 of them on the card. He turned a podium into T7. The good news is he gained over five shots during the first three rounds. Something is brewing.

Study Hall

Thomas led the week with 23 birdies while Tiger Woods (T15) racked up three eagles, including two in Round 3. … Howell had the cleanest card with five bogeys and no others. … Oh look! Michael Thompson in the top 10 (T7) three weeks running. … Jon Rahm (T9) has hit the top 10 in all five 2019 events. That shouldn’t be terribly surprising but this was his first visit. … Brendan Steele streak of seven straight is done here. … Mother Nature vs. The Grounds Crew was an excellent battle. Getting done on Sunday was fantastic! Bravo!