Form and Function
These players just missed out but should not be dismissed.
Jordan Spieth: The kid is 19 and has five top 10s on the season. The reason he has done so is that he hits tons of fairways and plenty of greens, good for 28th in the ball-striking category on TOUR. It might be too much to expect for him to post back-to-back top 10s but he’s already done it once this year (Puerto Rico T2 and Tampa Bay T7). His back nine last week on Sunday kept him off the “big” list this week, but it wasn’t by much. It’s a question of “when”, not “if”, for young Spieth.
Morgan Hoffmann: All right, kid, let’s see what you have. He’s finished T9 at the Travelers two weeks ago and T8 last week at Congressional so he’s shown his chops and two different kinds of courses. That tells me he’s dialed in. He played his three final rounds last week six-under par so that proves he’s dialed in.
Russell Henley: He kills par-fours and can really putt it so his game works just about everywhere. He’s also 11th in the all-around ranking.
Jeff Overton: He led the tournament with 25 birdies here in 2010 and made 19 more last year so to say he likes this course would be accurate. He MC last week at AT&T National but a closer look reveals that he fired 68 on Friday with six birdies with a triple so he’s ready to break out.
Brendon de Jonge: In three tries around The Old White TPC, de Jonge racked up 23 birdies in 2010, 19 in 2011 and 17 last year so you know he can get low. He’s second on TOUR in birdies made in 2013 even though his total putting is 116th. He was third in 2010, T4 in 2011 and T52 last year.
David Hearn: He was T12 last year and T18 in 2011 so he’s played the “redesign” just fine. His current form is also on point as he’s played the weekend in four consecutive events. He kills par-fours and is fourth on TOUR in total putting. Let’s hope he and DeLaet didn’t have too many Molsons on Canada Day!
Chez Reavie: I like players that are playing well and Reavie fits this profile as he’s made the cut in his last five events. He only has one finish outside the top 27 in that stretch (T43) so that tells me he’s moving in the right direction. He wrapped up last Sunday at Congressional with 5 birdies and 68. He plays par-fours and threes extremely well and was T18 here in 2011, his only appearance.
Patrick Reed: Another youngster that’s found a vein of form recently, Reed has fired a round of 64 in two of his last three outings. He’s also banged out six weekends on the trot and that’s his best run of form as a pro.
Brian Davis: The good news is that he’s 11 for his last 12. The bad news is that he has exactly one round under par from eight in three tournaments at The Old White TPC. His current form trumps his career output, barely.
Ken Duke: He was in the conversation last week for another top 10 until a final round 76 blew him up. He was in the conversation here last year, 11-under, before 70 Sunday stalled him out. He’s in fine spirits and feats on par-fours so I wouldn’t hesitate filling your roster out with him this week.
Andres Romero: He was one of the four, co-54-hole leaders last weekend at Congressional before limping home with 75. That was his worst round in his last four tournaments. Romero was T4 here in 2011 but last year kind of sums up the chance you take if you go with Romero: He opened with 65 and backed it with 75. I’ll take the form over his last two weeks and hope it all comes together THIS weekend.
Richard Lee: This Lee didn’t garner as much attention last week as D.H. but Richard has been steady-as-she-goes for most of 2013. He hits most fairways (26th), plenty of greens (49th) and he’s ninth in total putting. He put four rounds at par or better in his first trip here last season. If you need a steady pick, here you go.
Take It Deep
Off the radar but are worth a flier
Martin Flores: He opened with 64 and closed with 67 here last year on his way to solo sixth. He’s made the cut in four of his last five including T21 last week.
Brendan Steele: Don’t look at his stats just know that he’s finished T13 at the Travelers and T16 last week at AT&T National. Straight form play.
Shawn Stefani: This course might play too easy for Stefani. He’s had his successes this year on the tougher tracks but he has made five of six cuts. He putts well enough to hang around. Ted Potter, Jr. part II?
Gary Woodland: He WD with back problems at the Travelers and that always makes me nervous. He rallied last week for his third top 18 finish in his last four starts as he posted T16 at Congressional after playing the weekend one-over. He was T4 here in 2011.
Brad Fritsch: He’s made five cuts in a row but his best finish in that stretch is T51. He’ made 14 of 18 on the season but only has one top 25 to show for it. Charlie Beljan part II?
Tom Gillis: He’s played the weekend in five of his last six and if the grizzled veteran could get out of his way on Sundays, he could be inside the top 125. His 76 at HPBNC dropped him to T12 and his 77 last week dropped him to T34 after beginning the round one shot out of the lead. He’s been knocking…
Just because they have well-recognized names doesn’t always mean you have to panic to fill your roster out with them…Also, it seems at least one of these guys will hit the top 10 EVERY week. I’m not scared.
Aaron Baddeley: I’m not picking on him but it’s now eight in a row.
Charlie Beljan: He had a nice ride here last year but in his last eight, he’s missed six cuts, has WD once and his only finish is T43. I HAVE FOUND YOUR WINNER.
Nick Watney: His T61 last week was a step in the right direction. He was goofing around like this last year before he went and won at the Barclays.
Daniel Summerhays: His T5 here last year looks great until you see he has one top 25 this season in 18 events.
Louis Oosthuizen: He’s returning from injury. No, thanks.
Rookie of the Week Last Week
I keep an eye on the youngin’s each week to see who is making the most noise.
Sony: Russell Henley WIN
Humana: David Lingmerth P2
Farmers: Brad Fritsch T9
WMPO: James Hahn T16
AT&T: James Hahn T3
NTO: Luke Guthrie T21
WGC-Match Play: Russell Henley 2nd round
Honda: Luke Guthrie 3rd
WGC-Cadillac: Russell Henley T28
Puerto Rico: Jordan Spieth 2nd
Tampa Bay: Jordan Spieth T7; Shawn Stefani T7; Ben Kohles T7
Arnold Palmer: Ben Kohles T14
Shell Houston Open: Robert Streb T22
Valero Texas Open: Ben Kohles T37
Masters: Russell Henley MC
RBC Heritage: Russell Henley T6
Zurich Classic: D. H. Lee T8
Wells Fargo Championship: Derek Ernst WIN
THE PLAYERS: David Lingmerth. Great back-to-back weeks for the rookies on TOUR!
HPBNC: Morgan Hoffmann T5
Colonial: Jordan Spieth, yep, him again, T7
Memorial: Russell Henley T6
FESJC: Patrick Reed Fifth
U.S. Open: David Lingmerth T17; special mentions for Hideki Matsuyama T10 and Michael Kim T17.
Travelers: Morgan Hoffmann T9
AT&T National: D.H. Lee T3; Jordan Spieth 6th; Morgan Hoffmann T8