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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: BMW Championship

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

 

Welcome to Playing the Tips!

 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. We’ll have all of our selections from the GolfChannel.com, Yahoo! Fantasy Golf, my weekly selection for One-and-Done players plus DFS love from Josh Culp and European Tour insight from Dave Tindall.

 

 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf

 

 

BMW Championship

 

 

Glass


@MikeGlasscott

 

 

2015 Earnings: $23,302,247

2015 Rank: 6,997

 

When we last left you, Jordan Spieth was a MC for the second consecutive event but I still cashed a cool million because of Henrik Stenson (solo second), Daniel Summerhays in Group 4 for with T9 and Robert Streb, making the cut. My brilliant strategy of going opposite of Day was brilliant minus the part of Spieth not firing. I tried and lost. Better than not trying. Same theory applies this week: I'm losing and must take chances to try and salvage the final two weeks. My preview listed all 70 golfers so if you have questions I've provided answers in Range Rover.

 

 

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Henrik Stenson

Group 3: Kevin Kisner

Group 4: Daniel Summerhays

 

 

ANALYSIS: I liked what I saw from the putter to end the DBC from McIlroy and everyone knows he's the best ball-striker of the Nos. 1s. Furyk should be the pick in Group 2 as he fired 59 here in 2013 and led after 54-holes but I'll take the hot Stenson. Kisner and Summerhays are the all-arounders who are on form and there's no way I'm dropping Summerhays after last week.

 

 

 

Rob Bolton


@RobBoltonGolf

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $26,970,794

2015 Rank: 1,308

 

 

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Henrik Stenson

Group 3: Keegan Bradley

Group 4: Justin Thomas

 

 

ANALYSIS:  Well, I got my wish as all three, again, have gone with Day. I'll have a fighting chance in Groups 3 and 4 as well to gain ground before the finale at East Lake. I'll get to Thomas in a bit...

 

 

 

Ryan O’Sullivan


@RyanGolfBlogger

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $28,787,584

2015 Rank: 375

 

 

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Jim Furyk

Group 3: Kevin Kisner

Group 4: Russell Knox

 

 

ANALYSIS: Told you I'd have to zag against the leaders zigs. Great minds in Group 3 obviously.

 

 

 

Ned Brown


@Esoxgolf

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $25,644,120

2015 Rank: 1,644

 

 

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Henrik Stenson

Group 3: Hunter Mahan

Group 4: Daniel Summerhays

 

 

ANALYSIS: I have a chance to gain ground on Ned this week in Groups 1 and 3. So you're saying I've got a chance?!?!?

 

 

 

 

Event No. 2 -- Italian Open



 

Glass

 

Group 1: Francesco Molinari

Group 2: Eddie Pepperell

Group 3: Eduardo de la Riva

Group 4: Renato Paratore

 

 

 

Rob

 

Group 1: Soren Kjeldsen

Group 2: Matt Fitzpatrick

Group 3: Rikard Karlberg

Group 4: Jason Scrivener

 

 

O

 

Group 1: Soren Kjeldsen

Group 2: Eddie Pepperell

Group 3: Eduardo de la Riva

Group 4: Tom Lewis

 

 

Ned

 

Group 1: Martin Kaymer

Group 2: Matt Fitzpatrick

Group 3: Rikard Karlberg

Group 4: Jason Scrivener

 

 

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

 

 

Ned Brown is a long-time contributor for Rotoworld Golf.  He’s had documented success in Yahoo!’s game for years.  Even if you’re confident in your selections for that game, give his insight a read. He’ll lead us off each week in the Yahoo! game.

 

 

“Pure Spin”

 

Points – DBC: 140

Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,625

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 8,492

 

Points – SEASON: 5,701

Rank – SEASON: 1,395

 

 

 

Group A

 

 

Jim Furyk (2): Furyk saved his best golf of the year for the end of the summer where he has three top 4s in his last five starts, including a T4 last time out at the Deutsche Bank. He lit this course up two years ago with a Friday round of 59 on his way to a T4 finish.

 

 

Henrik Stenson (7): I'm putting some risk on this week by passing on Rory McIlroy in this group. Stenson just has been too hot with second place finishes in the first two tournaments of the Playoffs. It's possible he has a letdown but I'm counting on the week off to recharge his batteries.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia

 

 

 

Group B

 

 

Zach Johnson (3): Normally I would plug Jason Day into this spot, but I have run out of starts for him. Instead I'll use the defending champion at this course who won the British Open and tied for fourth place at The Barclays.

 

Justin Rose (2): I would prefer Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth in this spot but I have used up my starts on them. Rose has struggled a bit in the Playoffs but was red hot at the end of the regular season with four consecutive top 6 finishes.

 

Rickie Fowler (5): Fowler rebounded from a missed cut at The Barclays with a winning performance at the DBC, his third worldwide win of the season. He was T39 at Conway Farms in '13, so he really is about trying to play the hot hand.

 

Matt Kuchar (3): I think this pick is a real tossup between Hunter Mahan and Kuchar. I'm going with Kuchar as he is hotter with two top 9s in his last three starts plus he blistered this course a couple of years ago with a third round of 61.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama

 

 

 

Group C

 

 

Patrick Reed (1): Only a single start left with Reed so the big question is if to use him this week or next week at East Lake? I going with him this week after he looked good last time out at the Deutsche Bank where he tied for fourth place.

 

Louis Oosthuizen (6): I'm looking a conservative play in this spot and Oosthuizen fits the bill. He had a couple of so-so events after he tied for second place in the US and British Opens but he looked good a couple of weeks ago with a T12 result at the Deutsche Bank.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Daniel Summerhays, Robert Streb, Keegan Bradley

 

 

 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

 

 

The Golf Aficionado”

 

 

Points – DBC: 134

Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,674

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 3,249

 

Points – SEASON: 5,953

Rank – SEASON: 19th

 

 

 

Group A:

 

 

Jim Furyk (5)

Henrik Stenson (6)

 

 

Group B:

 

Jason Day (1)

Jordan Spieth (1)

Zach Johnson (2)

Rickie Fowler (4)

 

 

Group C:

 

Russell Knox (10)

Patrick Reed (3)

 

 

 

Rob Bolton

 

 

“@RobBoltonGolf”

 

 

Points – DBC: 152

Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,582

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 14,812

 

Points – SEASON: 5,633

Rank – SEASON: 2,644

 

 

 

Group A:

 

 

Rory McIlroy (3)

Henrik Stenson (5)

 

 

Group B:

 

 

Zach Johnson (5)

Jason Day (1)

Hideki Matsuyama (2)

Matt Kuchar (4)           

 

 

Group C:

 

 

Keegan Bradley (4)

Patrick Reed (2)

 

 

 

Glass

 

 

“@MikeGlasscott”

 

 

Points – DBC: 138

Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,614

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 10,116

 

Points – SEASON: 5,491

Rank – SEASON: 6,935

 

 

 

Group A

 

 

Rory McIlroy (5)

Henrik Stenson (9)

 

       

Furyk is the steadiest option and I'm not sure how you leave out a guy who fired 59 his last time out in a scoring game such as this. Garcia and Koepka are also worth a look for those who need to make an off-the-wall move.

 

 

 

Group B:

 

 

Jason Day (2)

Rickie Fowler (5)

Justin Rose (3)

Zach Johnson (6)

 

 

One start on Spieth goes to East Lake so he's out.

 

Day is the hottest player on the planet and with two starts remaining, that's a no-brainer. Zach Johnson showed the way to beat CFGC last year and has raked in the cash in Illinois. Rose's ball-striking and form makes the 2011 Cog Hill winner an easy inclusion. Fowler's the best all-arounder of this group and that's needed, plus he won last week, so he beats out Matsuyama, Kuchar and Kisner for the final spot. Hunter Mahan and Paul Casey catch my eye for those needing a miracle.

 

I'm out of starts on Dustin Johnson but he has me more confused than convinced this week.

 

 

 

Group C:

 

 

Justin Thomas (6)

Daniel Summerhays (10)

 

I'll mix the consistent Summerhays with the massive birdie machine that Thomas could be. With no cut this week, I'm looking for two big rounds from each and timing them PERFECTLY! Hahahahahaha! Oosthuizen is a steadier option for those of you holding the lead as are veterans Sabbatini and Perez. The "field" in Group C has the upside this week if a birdie-fest breaks out as it will bring in most of the 70 players. Long shots live here.

 

 

 

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

 

 

 

Josh Culp from Future of Fantasy lays out his weekly strategy for DFS players.

 

 

Josh has built a lineup below for the $700K Drive the Green event on DraftKings. It costs a measly three bucks and the winner gets $100,000 stuffed in their pockets.

 

 

 

DraftKings Picks

 

 

Rory McIlroy ($12,100) ... Sometimes you need to go against the grain. It's even better when picking the World's No. 1 golfer classifies as contrarian. He finished T59 here last time, but seemed to figure out the course as the week went on. After opening 78-77 he closed out with a pair of 3-under 68s.

 

Jim Furyk ($10,000) ... This grinder settled for a measly 12-under 59 in the second round of the 2013 BMW, held at Conway Farms. We shouldn't expect a repeat of that round, but another podium finish could certainly be in the cards.

 

Jerry Kelly ($7,000) ...  When it doubt, go with the local connection. The native of Madison, Wisconsin, should feel right at home on this Midwest venue. It helps that Conway Farms is very manageable at less than 7,200 yards.

 

Brendon Todd ($7,000) ...  He's in the wrong price-tier this week, based on his performance over the past few seasons. He's a steady soldier, but four top 10s on the season shows his underrated ability to climb up the leader board.

 

Shawn Stefani ($6,900) ... He may lose some of his luster since there is no cut this week and that's been his bread and butter this season. Currently ranked 19th in birdie-or-better percentage, his DraftKings-point floor is higher than most in this bargain bin range.

 

Daniel Berger ($6,800) ... Found his groove again at TPC Boston with a T12 finish. With 343 par breakers on the season, this rookie can take it low! There is no cut to worry about this week and that means the FSU product is the type of player we can take a risk on.

 

 

Other Picks to Consider

 

 

Alternate for McIlroy: Jason Day ($12,600) ... McIlroy is still shaking off the rust after returning from injury. A safer route is to go with the Aussie. He finished T4 here last time around but his current form is really what we're after.

 

Alternate for Furyk:  Zach Johnson ($9,500) ... The defending Conway Farms champion is hard to pass up at sub-$10K this week. He cleared Nick Watney by two strokes and was five shots in front of the T4 crowd which all finished at 11-under for the week. His Midwest connection makes him an easy plug-and-play option this week.

 

Alternate for Todd: Jason Bohn ($7,200) ... One of the DFS darlings of the 2014-15 season. He's 27th in the all-around ranking and ranks highly in nearly all scoring statistics. It makes sense since given he's currently 11th in total birdies.

 

 

 

2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai

 

 

 

Dave Tindall is our newest contributor, but he’s been a fixture in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.

 

 

Format

 

 

Pick 10 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Star player’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes and unlimited star player changes are available each week.

 

 

Last week

 

 

It seemed just about every pick was in contention at halfway but gradually they all fell away on the weekend. Still, no real damage and steady contributions overall meant a fall of just 23 spots.Current position: 1,318.

 

 

Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)

 

 

Martin Kaymer

Danny Willett

Bernd Wiesberger

Matt Fitzpatrick

Eddie Pepperell

Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Soren Kjeldsen

Gregory Bourdy

Alejandro Canizares

       

 

Star Player: Francesco Molinari

 

 

The Rest

 

 

•       Martin Kaymer: Double major winner has finished T5 and T14 in only two starts in this event.

•       Danny Willett: 2nd in Race To Dubai and 26th in world rankings. Huge progress this season.

•       Bernd Wiesberger: French Open winner in June. Four top 10s and four further top 20s in Italy.

•       Matt Fitzpatrick: Shot a 60 at KLM last week. Tree-lined course should suit fast-improving rookie.

•       Eddie Pepperell: T5 at KLM last week and strong recent GIR stats bode well for Milan layout.

•       Rafa Cabrera-Bello:T7 at KLM on Sunday was fourth top 10 in nine starts. T9 in 2012 Open d’Italia.

•       Soren Kjeldsen: Resurgent 2015 form continued with T12 at KLM. Good record in Italy.

•       Gregory Bourdy: Coming back to form. 18th in Driving Accuracy and 8-for-9 in this event.

•       Alejandro Canizares: Genetically programmed to shine here as Dad won at this venue in 1981! T12 KLM.

 

One-and-Done

 

 

Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely so I’m satisfied with having a CHANCE to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you!

 

 

Frys.com: Brooks Koepka. Let’s get this started off on the right foot. Koepka, playing without any status last year, led on Sunday by three shots at the turn. He finished T3 and learned a valuable lesson. His recent form has been scintillating as he has four top 15s in his last four worldwide starts, including the PGA at Valhalla (T15). He was T9 last week at the Dunhill. Koepka, T8, did what was expected and racked up a top 10 for $168,000.

 

Shriners Open: It came down to Moore, Watney and Piercy for the OAD place this week. Laird was also in the conversation but I’m going with the best putter of the group mentioned above and there’s not a place that Moore HAS TO BE USED later. Sure, he beat Gary Woodland in a playoff last year at CIMB but I don’t use defending champions. #WeakSauce. He shares the tournament record has three top 10s in his last four. More Moore please! ANY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THREE OTHER THAN MOORE would have been just fine. Moore has wiped me twice in eight events. The good news is I don’t even have to CONSIDER his presence again until October of 2015.

 

McGladrey Classic: This is the CLASSIC HEDGE MOVE for gamers. I’m going with Kuchar above but Simpson down here to cover my ASSet. Look, save Simpson for Greenbrier, Sedgefield or TPC Boston, but I’m going with a guy who is hot NOW and will find someone else later. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG, RYAN MOORE??? Nothing like a T41 to back up a MC; $19,600.

 

CIMB Classic: I’m loading up on Charl Schwartzel since I can’t play him on the Sunshine TOUR at the Dunhill or Joburg. His course form is overwhelming and in a limited field with limited views of this track, his experience and successes here are huge. He’ll probably WD. He couldn’t catch up after his opening round 74; T19, $94,500.

 

WGC-HSBC Champions: I’ll go with the guy who holds the course record, the 2011 title plus two other top eight finishes in four starts, Martin Kaymer. Did I mention he made 29 birdies here last year? Ok, good. If I was a casual golf fan and just picked up the newspaper on Monday morning to see that Kaymer finished T6 I would have been thrilled…$216,337

 

Sanderson Farms: It came down to Tony Finau or Hudson Swafford and I went with the Georgia ‘Dawg. Both are hot so I’ll go with the local-er of the two and the better ball-striker. I should be required to take the “Silly Season” off. BOTH missed the cut. I’m ready for 2015…

 

OHL Classic: Can I just pass? Since I couldn’t pull the trigger on Jason Bohn in the Golf Channel game, I’ll hedge him here with Stroud and Sabbatini right behind him. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I need a vacation. I was gun-shy but the hedge paid off with T7 and $196,275

 

HTOC: This is a good news/bad news event. The good news is that there are only 34 players and this is a track that requires previous experience. The bad news is if the guy you pick doesn’t finish in the top five it’s a complete waste of time. For the conservative/saver this is THE ONLY WEEK TO PICK Ogilvy since he’s won here twice. For the throw-caution-to-the-wind player, Kuchar, Day or Watson should lead the line. I’ll find myself right in the middle with Chris Kirk. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Kirk needed to tie the course record on Monday to hit six figures. Yeah, that’s all I needed to pocket $110,000, 11 birdies and 62. Day pulled the same trick but he finished T3.

 

Sony Open: I’m going with the man who has eight top 10s in 13 career starts, Charles Howell III. He’s hit the top five in five of the last six years and I’m not going to find that anywhere else on TOUR. #EasyChoice. Make it top five in five of the last SEVEN years. T26 paid $42,280.

 

Humana Challenge: Ryan Palmer gets the nod this week as he’s shown form on these tracks and has no problem getting low, yo! He’s a member at Colonial, FYI. The pain. The suffering. The life of a fantasy gamer. If reading from top to bottom it’s easy to see why my pain is prevalent. Shut up. T10 isn’t great but isn’t terrible, $136,000.

 

WMPO: This week, Hunter Mahan takes the wheel. With his wife due shortly, he knows his time, for the moment, is limited and it’s time to make hay. It doesn’t hurt that his game sets up for most layouts and it doesn’t hurt he won here in 2010 and was T4 last year. I’m not confident pulling the trigger on Watson, Spieth, Fowler or Mickelson just yet. THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than playing defense but these gentlemen are more valuable in majors/WGC than here in the desert. Brendan Steele was the backup plan. Mahan = T30 $36,729 but cashed more $$$ than Phil or Rickie! NOBODY CARES!!!

 

FIO: I’ve ridden Fowler here the last two years and he responded with T6 and MC so let’s hold off on the ticker tape parade. I’m throwing caution to the wind this week and sending the No. 1 player in the FedExCup to do work. With T2 and WIN in his last two Jimmy Walker is the play this week. I can’t use him next week at Pebble Beach where he is the defending champion (and I had him in OAD!) and his record at Riviera isn’t as strong as it is here. DO WORK, SON! One shot out of the lead entering Sunday resulted in a, for him (and me) a disappointing T7 and $189,787. Yep, that’s how high the bar is now set with him on the California coast.

 

Pebble Beach: Day is tempting but if he keeps playing like this he’ll have chances in bigger paydays so he’s out. I’m saving Johnson for his redemption song next week at Riviera so he’s out. Walker was played last week plus he’s the defending champ so that leaves Patrick Reed. Hit it a mile. Find it. Make everything. Win. Kevin Na, Aaron Baddeley or would be a nice fill for a TOAD. Imagine if Reed didn’t close with 67 to finish T29 and pocket $44,200? Wait, it could have been WORSE? Blimey…

 

NTO: I’m a romantic so Dustin Johnson gets the call this week. His six months on the sideline were spent playing and practicing in his adopted home town and his form at Riviera is better than most. He lost in a playoff to James Hahn. That sums up my career in OAD. P2 $589,600. I liked when he was solo second last year when I had him…#MOARMONEY

 

Honda: I’m going to keep the big hitter motif going this week as I sent Keegan Bradley to bat. I’m looking to grab a guy who’s hot and has course form and he checks both boxes. Dead-beat MC. Wow. #NaeDollars

 

WGC-CC: There’s no point for me to start “saving” anybody for anything as this season is slowly slipping away. Plus, this is a WGC and the prize pool is only bigger in a couple events (PLAYERS/Open Championship). Bubba Watson is being sent out to stop the bleeding. Go on son! Bring the General Lee if necessary! HELP ME BUBBA! Other considerations would include Day (any event) or McIlroy (any event) and for TOADYS, I’m not sure how I’d talk anyone out of Jamie Donaldson. Watson finished solo third for $540,000. WHO TOLD HIM ON THE BACK NINE THAT I HAD HIM IN OAD?

 

PRO: I’ll give Overton a chance to keep up the heat on a track where he’s had success in the recent past. T27; $18,736.

 

Valspar: Time to strike while the iron is hot with Luke Donald. His four trips around here have been quite tight.  He’ll be happy to be inland this week and he’ll also be happy to see a yardage book with familiar marks on it. I’m not sure he has a better course history anywhere else and that’s been his calling card the last two years: course form. Well that streak of course form is over; T53, $13,468.

 

API: Orlando residents Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell or Henrik Stenson work this week. Kevin Na is also a tasty angle if he’s still available. Since Match Play is all jacked up different this year, this will be the spot I burn Poults. Hopefully he bought another Ferrari this week and feels he needs to pay for it immediately…Poulter opened with 67 and got worse from there with 70-71-72 to close and watch the field lap him on the weekend. T21 for $59,141. The only way I’ll accept this is Stenson winning when I finally pull the trigger on him.

 

Valero: Laird gets the call this week as I’ll gladly save the heavy hitters for down the road. The list of winners here is odd so it’s not the week to burn a big name.The winner last week wasn’t odd but he wasn’t available for me anyhow. Laird has finally burned out as his T50 for $14,838 feels just like a MC.

 

SHO: I’m not one of those weirdos who selects the defending champ once a year so I’m playing J.B. Holmes this week instead of saving him for Quail Hollow. I don’t love that he’s coming off a MC his last time out but his numbers at GCH are very nice. I hope the course is soaking wet and long as it can play. BINGO. BANGO. BONGO. First oversized check of the year!

 

Masters: Mickelson was a tempting choice this week as was the blazing hot Spieth but I’m going to load up on Jason Day for the second consecutive year. Except this year he’s not hurt. I’ve played Watson, DJ, Walker already on courses where they have excelled in the past and have had decent success. Day fits that bill this week.Please read the first sentence over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’m wondering how I left Rose out! Day opened with 67 and faded away to T28 and $68,000 while the first two names on the team sheet made $880,000 and $1.8 million respectively. All I can do is laugh. Again.

 

RBC Heritage: Since I can’t see the forest from the trees, Charley Hoffman gets the ball this week. His current form is excellent and he has plenty of scar tissue at this even that can help him down the stretch. If Spieth wins… HEY AT LEAST SPIETH DIDN’T WIN LAST WEEK!!! And neither did Goldilocks; and neither did I. T-whocares and $12,054

 

Zurich: With six of the last nine at TPC Louisiana going to a first-timer, I’m going with youthful exuberance in Morgan Hoffmann. Other considerations were Berger and Thomas.  Hoffmann began the final round T9 and finished T36 for $31,099. If you’re scoring at home, this is the THIRD tournament in a row that my “other” selections have done just a bit better. See above for details as Berger was T6 and Thomas was T12.

 

WGC-Match Play: Reading this has angered me so I’m sending Paul Casey to the bat this week. I don’t care if it’s a cricket bat. It's a big tournament so it deserves a big player. Stupid food poisoning. Stupid putter. Stupid McIlroy.T5 $285,000.

 

THE PLAYERS: I’m going with Ponte Vedra’s adopted son, Jim Furyk. His form has been excellent and his course knowledge is second-to-none.  Stenson, Garcia and Westwood would be my next three.T56; $22,200. Not worth adding up.

 

Wells Fargo: If you can’t use defending champions then McIlroy is DONE for The Open, WGC-BI and PGA so please remember that. The safety net of the U.S. Open for Mickelson goes out the window as well as Chambers Bay will be new to everyone besides Greller and Spieth. Stenson was T3 at St. Andrews in 2010 so that’s an option moving forward. I’ll take Mickelson on the track where he’s had his best results without a victory (besides the U.S. Open). Congrats to Rory on his win! Well, I nailed this on both ends so I’m just half-angry. T4, $293,466 so I only left $990k on the table!

 

Colonial: With two wins in his last four years and six top 10s in the last seven, I’ll trust ZJ to do the business this week. His putter hasn’t been up to the task but his current form suggests his ball-striking is carrying the load. Folks might argue to save him for the JDC but that will take 30 birdies to win and a cold putter won’t help with that. Dufner also got a look but Palmer (already burned) should be your choice if ZJ is not going out. Peterson is the play this week if catching up is the order of the day. Johnson finished T19 for $ 78,780 even though he led the field in GIR and fairways. Please don’t ask about his putting stats. Good luck to all of you who are saving him for JDC where he’ll need 30 birdies to win.

 

Byron Nelson: It’s Marc Leishman without a doubt this week as I’ve burned Day, DJ, Palmer, Keegs and Hoffman. I have no words except MISSED and CUT. $0.

 

Memorial: With a track that usually favors veteran studs, I’m going with course-horse Matt Kuchar, to hell with his recent form. Haas and Rose were very close second and third choices so I have no problem endorsing them either. T30-something. Who cares. $45,880.

 

FESJC: I'm throwing Horschel to the wolves this week as my sacrificial lamb. In a field with light options for me and in general, I need to score a big one to start making a difference. I can argue that leaders should use a big name to keep/maintain their lead. I can also argue that in a bizarre field such as this it's time for a "throwaway" pick so that there is lumber in the lineup down the road. Jesus, based on my OAD record, I'm surprised anyone reads what I think on this subject. To both of you taking this in, thank you. It means a lot. No, it does, thank you. T8, $168,000 feels like HEAVEN.

 

U.S. Open: A very difficult decision this week as a brand-new track offers more questions than answers. As I've argued throughout this week a "new" venue will give the heaviest of hitters the advantage as the playing field is level. Cream rises and all of that. With St. Andrews, WGC-BI, Whistling Straits and the four FEDEX Cup Playoff events left I have a pool of 11 players I have "saved" either by plan or ineptitude. FEC Points in (  )

 

Rory McIlroy (3)

Jordan Spieth (1)

Justin Rose (11)

Henrik Stenson (40)

Sergio Garcia (32)

Rickie Fowler (19)

Adam Scott (116)

Hideki Matsuyama (9)

Brandt Snedeker (8)

Robert Streb

Kevin Kisner

Bill Haas (20)

 

I'm sticking with my No. 1 in The Chalk, Justin Rose, as he'll have plenty of power, ball-striking and experience to navigate this track. Obviously I won't talk anyone out of Spieth or McIlroy either this week but I like the Englishman. Forget the King, God save ME! I didn't bring enough ammo with Rose as he finished T27 for $64,126.

 

Travelers: It doesn't matter who I select as my other two choices will be the ones that cash. Last week it was Rose over Spieth and McIlroy. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT THEN? I'm burning Garcia this week as the Spaniard blasted this course last year and is in very solid form. I'd also back Snedeker, Horschel or Molinari in this spot as well as I assume Watson has been burned. T25, $41,234.

 

Greenbrier: Tony Finau. Bang it son. Shakin' it up. T13 from the rookie was good for $107,944. Feels like a winner when I hit six digits because I SUCK.

 

JDC: I'm saving Spieth for a bigger pay day and a track where he won't need 25 or more birdies to win. Justin Thomas picks up the youth movement where Finau left off last week. Well, good for me! I have Spieth left on the bench and lost over 600k! I stand by my theory. Thomas T5 is a very solid $171,550.

 

Barbasol: Will Wilcox was in the mix last week at JDC after back-to-back MC. The Alabama native will be right at home and will continue my youth movement in the States in the OAD. Swish! Solo second! $378,000.

 

The Open: Henrik Stenson is my choice from multiple heavy hitters that I have remaining. I'll regret not firing Spieth this week but if the weather turns, as reported it might, I'm comfortable with the big-knocking Swede. T40, $43,480. What's the Swedish word for "rubbish picking"?

 

RBC Canadian: Well, my plan to fire the 2013 champ here went up in smoke when Brandt Snedeker WD on Monday. I've burned almost everyone else in my chalk section so I'm going off the beaten path again this week. Kuchar is the obvious pick this week if he's still on board. Day can be used for WS unless that's where DJ is being reserved. I'm rolling with Scott Piercy as nobody else enters this week off a victory and his form has been excellent. A top 10 would be plenty. MDF, $10,382. Gamble lost. Not M-Life.

 

Quicken Loans: Time to pull the trigger on Tiger? Not me. There's no rule that says you must play him. I'm going with the clear second choice this week because I've already burned Rose. Rickie Fowler gets the call and in a field this short, nothing less than top 10 will be considered a disaster. BANG TRISCUITS, back on the podium for solo second with Fowler and a tasty $723,600.

 

Barracuda: I'm going with west coastie Brendan Steele as I've burned Wilcox already. Cook, Romero or Schniederjans makes an excellent TOAD or replacement if Wilcox or Steele doesn't do it for you. Another year at Reno-Tahoe, another top 10, T6, good for $96,616

 

WGC-BI: As shown with my list of heavy hitters remaining, I do have some firepower to get me to the finish line. This week Adam and Steve get the call as their partnership has paid multiple dividends on the South Course at Firestone. I'm excited to have Spieth, Matsuyama, Snedeker, Haas, Kisner and Na still hanging around. Glad I didn't fire anyone else on this list as they were all disappointing this week. Scott finished T45 for $55k. Wow. That hurts.

 

PGA Championship: I'll save Snedeker/Haas for next week at Wyndham. I'll use the other at The Barclays. Spieth is on target for Atlanta and the slickest greens on TOUR at East Lake. McIlroy goes anywhere after this week. That leaves Hideki Matsuyama for the ball-strikers paradise that is Whistling Straits. He's coming off his second-worst finish of the year so I'm hoping for a solid bounce-back another top 15 in a major. Hope and $.69 will get you a large coffee at a truck stop. Matsuyama and Scott were abhorrent the last two weeks, especially for players of their ilk. Rubbish. T37, $39,200. Not even a $100k from these two!!

 

Wyndham: I'm going with Bill Haas over Snedeker so make proper arrangements. That leaves me Snedeker/Streb for The Barclays, McIlroy for DBC, Snedeker/Streb for BMW and Spieth for the grand finale. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG HERE FOLKS??? Got it right because it wasn't a major. Sneds sank like a stone on Sunday while Haas pockets $174,825 with T6.

 

FedExCup Playoffs No. 1: Snedeker shot 61 last week and last time he played here. His record on Poa annua is immense. His record on Ross tracks is just as good. #Allin. McIlroy goes next week, Streb/Lee/Lingmerth at Conway Farms and Spieth for East Lake. I'm at peace with this. Yeah, PEACE, piece of sh!t pick! MC, $0.

 

FedExCup Playoffs No. 2: It's McIlroy time, period. I'll just congratulate him on his week NEXT week since I'm trotting him out now! T29 for $54,862 hahahahahahahahahahahaha. I'm not even adding it up anymore.

 

FedExCup Playoffs No. 3: Choices came down to Streb, Kisner or Oosthuizen. Just typing Oosthuizen shows you how poorly I mismanaged not using him at St. Andrews. I have no excuse for that I was on a non-hot Stenson at the time. Like you, I'm always learning and trying to improve as well. Oosthuizen was the safest play at St. Andrews and I would sure like to have that to do over. Since I can't, I'll fire Kisner this week as his steady all-around game makes sense here. I doesn't hurt he's bounced back to form since the Playoffs started with T20-T12 in the first two events.

 

 

Results

 

 

SEASON TOTAL: $5,036,395; 45 events

       

Wins: Holmes, SHO

Seconds: Johnson, D., P2, NTO; Wilcox, solo second Barbasol; Fowler solo second, QLN.

Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC

 

Top 10s: 16

Top 25s: 22

T53: 1, Donald on a course where he’s never finished worse than 6th.

MC: 4, Moore (Shriners), Swafford (SFC), Bradley (Honda), Leishman (ATTBNC) and Snedeker (Barclays)

Thermometer: Please let the light at the end of the tunnel be a train...

 

 

 

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