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Memorial Points: 98
Spring Segment Points: 1,331
Spring Ranking: 8,551
Season Points: 3,259
Season Ranking: 4,434
Phil Mickelson: He will get a massive amount of attention this week after he was tied to an alleged insider trading on Clorox calls in July of 2011. I'm using him because of his T2 finish here last year and that he is showing some signs that his game coming together.
Lee Westwood: He had a disappointing T35 at the BMW PGA Championship, but before that he had a very nice T6 at THE PLAYERS. His history at TPC Southwind is very good with a championship at first asking in '10. He followed that up in '11 with a T11 result.
Russell Henley, Patrick Reed
Dustin Johnson: DJ had played well in Texas, but he disappointed last week at The Memorial with a T46 finish after a lackluster weekend. His record here is almost the same at Lee Westwood's with a championship in his first appearance in '12 and T10 finish last year.
Freddie Jacobson: He played well on the Florida Swing, where he started a streak of five consecutive top 20s. He had a couple of off-tournaments and then rounded back into form with a T3 finish at Colonial. He has three top 10s in 11 career starts and has failed to make the cut here only twice.
Billy Horschel: His spring was lackluster, but a T26 at the Masters was followed up last week with a T15 at The Memorial. He used to have problems with this course, but he overcame that last year when he finished T10.
David Hearn: Even though Zach Johnson isn't in form right now, he would be a decent start here. Sadly, I’m low on starts on him so I'm going with David Hearn instead. Hearn has shown decent form in here and has made the cut in all four starts at the St. Jude with the best result being a T18 last year.
Zach Johnson, Martin Flores, Ian Poulter
Ryan Palmer: He looked great at Colonial, where he finished tied for fifth place at Colonial and his recent history at TPC at Southwind is very good with a T3 in '12 and a solo fourth place last year.
John Senden: I was really toying with the idea of starting Robert Allenby due his record on this course, but I've opted for the safer play of John Senden. Senden is having a very good year with a championship at the Valspar and he looked good in the Texas tournaments with a T11 at the Byron Nelson and a T5 at Colonial. His record here is solid with two top 10s in nine career starts.
Robert Allenby, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, David Toms
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
“The Golf Aficionado”
Memorial Points: 106
Spring Segment Points: 1,410
Spring Ranking: 972
Season Points: 3,444
Season Ranking: 158
Memorial Points: 102
Spring Segment Points: 1,253
Spring Ranking: 23,910
Season Points: 3,258
Season Ranking: 4,485
Memorial Points: 118
Spring Segment Points: 1,329
Spring Ranking: 8,959
Full Season Points: 3,309
Full Season Ranking: 2,304
Burning one of my final two starts on Kuchar got me zero points on Thursday. Should I even continue? Replacing David Hearn with Jordan Spieth on Wednesday night looked like a stroke of brilliance on Sunday morning. On Sunday night it was a waste of time. Charl Schwartzel saddled up all four days, but like Spieth, couldn’t crack into the top three after beginning Sunday T5. I had two guys who were knocking but they went backwards. I still had the best score of the four with 118. God, that’s trrbl...
Phil Mickelson: That’s right, BACK INTO THE LINEUP as he tunes up for Pinehurst No.2. I have seven starts on Lefty so nothing is holding me back this week.
Lee Westwood: He’s turned it around this spring with top 10s at the Masters and THE PLAYERS plus a win in Malaysia. The 2010 champ loves when par is a good score and when the fairways and greens are tough to hit.
The others who got a brief look this week included Charles Howell III (single), Kevin Stadler (double) and John Merrick (grand slam). I’m not interested in Rickie Fowler and his new swing at the moment and I’m not going to guess which Patrick Reed shows up in his first outing after a new baby.
Dustin Johnson: The 2012 champ can overpower with his length and he hits GIR from anywhere on the planet. Hitting small greens have never been a problem for him either.
Freddie Jacobson: The Junkman loves a grind and will be playing here for the 12th straight year. #coverforDJ
Martin Flores: He hits it a mile and it is solid form with seven made cuts on the bounce. He’ll think he’ll be able to steal it this week.
Billy Horschel: I’ll take my chance with a ball-striker this week that has been grinding out pars recently. His T15 last week at Memorial was encouraging.
The others who went in one ear and out the other included Ian Poulter (single), Robert Garrigus (double) and Morgan Hoffmann (home run). There are plenty of names in that group who have played well on this track but have had rotten 2014s.
Ryan Palmer: Might as well face it, I’m addicted to love…Whoops, that’s Robert Palmer, and he’s dead. This pick is still simply irresistible because of his current and course form. WRITE DOWN THE MC NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!
John Senden: Most people, rightly or wrongly, will plug in the defending champion but I have low starts on him and he’s been nothing short of blah since March. I’ll take the slow and steady route for my Plan B in Group C.
Who ISN’T left in Group C? Why does this happen every week where A and B are thin and C has 109,294,222 guys who we all would readily play. I could form THREE more TEAMS out of Group C this week. There’s no point naming the others in this group as I would run out of column space. It would be easier to pick who NOT to take! I’m leaving out Alex Aragon. Sorry, Alex.