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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: The FedEx St. Jude

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

 

 

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FedEx St. Jude Classic

 

 

Glass ($14,097,613; Rank: 689)


@MikeGlasscott

 

Nothing like a MC as the result of a penalty shot for Justin Rose last week at Memorial. If that wasn't bad enough Dustin Johnson pulled his weight by making DOUBLE on the two final holes to drop four shots and a bunch of cash. The two old guys didn’t break into the top 25. #dumpsterfire

 

It happens.

 

It happened to ALL FOUR of us!

 

Take your medicine and move on.

 

This week I’m either dumb or stupid depending on which side of the aisle fits your view. I’m going right back with Johnson as his length and ball-striking should put him near the top in this thin field. Also, he hits greens from everywhere and has had success here before. Same goes for Ryan Palmer but he’s a better putter. I’m expecting Group 1 and 2 to carry the load this week as I’ve snuck in two, 40-something course horses again. David Toms is coming off T5 at Colonial and Robert Allenby hasn’t been playing poorly as of late. Allenby’s record at TPC Southwind is amazing considering what he hasn’t done on TOUR the last three years. Good luck to me!

 

Group 1: Dustin Johnson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: David Toms

Group 4: Robert Allenby

 

 

ANALYSIS:  After a solid week last week I’m going to try and push up the ladder with Rose and Dustin Johnson. I’ve gone with course-horse veterans in Groups 3 and 4 as I try to chase down and pass Ned. Sadly, Ned and I have the same team. See what happens when you are leading? You force others to make a move or match. I went chalk heavy and won't make up any ground this week. 

 

 

Rob Bolton ($11,052,185; Rank: 6,999)


@RobBoltonGolf

 

Group 1: Dustin Johnson

Group 2: Webb Simpson

Group 3: David Toms

Group 4: Robert Allenby

 

ANALYSIS: The only one of the four to shun Ryan Palmer this week! HOW DARE YOU?!

 

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($13,695,688; Rank: 1,004)


@RyanGolfBlogger

 

Group 1: Dustin Johnson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: David Toms

Group 4: Robert Allenby

 

ANALYSIS: Well, that’s 15 of 16 picks that match this week as O, Ned and Glass all match. That’s bizarre at best. #allornothing

 

 

Ned Brown ($14,993,198; Rank: 290)


@Esoxgolf

 

Group 1: Dustin Johnson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: David Toms

Group 4: Robert Allenby

 

ANALYSIS: For the second time in three weeks, Ned and I share all four selections. Since we’re both in the top 700, I’m okay with this.

 

 

 

 

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“Pure Spin”

 

Memorial Points: 98

Spring Segment Points: 1,331

Spring Ranking: 8,551

Season Points: 3,259

Season Ranking: 4,434

 

 

 

Group A

 

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.

 


SUPER SUBS

 

Russell Henley, Patrick Reed

 

 

Group B

 

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.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Zach Johnson, Martin Flores, Ian Poulter

 

 

Group C

 

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.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

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

 

 

Group A

 

Lee Westwood

Phil Mickelson

 

 

Group B

 

Dustin Johnson

David Hearn

Freddie Jacobson

Billy Horschel

 

 

Group C

 

Ryan Palmer

Paul Casey

 

 

 

Rob Bolton

 

“@RobBoltonGolf”

 

Memorial Points: 102

Spring Segment Points: 1,253

Spring Ranking: 23,910

Season Points: 3,258

Season Ranking: 4,485

 

 

Group A

 

Phil Mickelson

Lee Westwood

 

 

Group B

 

Dustin Johnson

Webb Simpson

Billy Horschel

David Hearn

 

 

Group C

 

Ryan Palmer

John Senden

 

 

 

Glass

 

“@MikeGlasscott”

 

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...

 

 

Group A

 

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.

 

 

 

Group B

 

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.

 

 

 

Group C

 

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.

 

 

One-and-Done

 

Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!

 

SHFC Open: Hideki Matsuyama. Time to break through, son. Matsuyama WD with injury so he was replaced with Nick Watney. He finished T48 for $15,264

 

CIMB Classic: Let’s try this again: Hideki Matsuyama. There’s no cut. This pleases me. His T25 after 74 on Sunday does not please me. Oh well. Here’s $53,433 into the piggy bank.

 

WGC-HSBC: Martin Kaymer. There’s no other place I would consider using him and he’s the defending champ on this track. #hangsonfordearlife. Kaymer’s third round 62 dared me to dream but his T8 and $161,667 is a nice deposit.

 

The McGladrey Classic: David Toms. He’s finished T3 in 2010 and second last year. His recent form suggests he’s playing well and I don’t see another chance to burn him down the road. It was him or CH III. Well, BOTH of my selections finished T27. I should have listened to O…T27 was good for $39,050.

 

OHL Mayakoba: Brian Gay. When form meets course history…  Well, that was a nice theory but it resulted in T45 and $18,060. I’m glad 2013 is now over.

 

HTOC: Martin Laird. Since I’m off to a woeful start I see no reason to burn a premium player. Chris Kirk was my second choice but nobody wins in back-to-back starts plus he’s just had another child. Laird is the horse-for-course. The Scot finished T20 in a 30-man field for $87,000.

 

Sony: Charles Howell III. He plays great in the early part of the season and his record at Waialae has everything BUT a win. If you notice, I saved most of my heavy hitters for the latter part of 2013 last year and that strategy worked out. Hey, a top 10 and $119,000! Feels like a winner!

 

Humana: Webb Simpson has been on fire to get 2013-14 started and going low has never been a problem. It’s time to start firing at ‘em. Sigh. Another week brings another disappointing selection as I add a whopping $57,000 to my morbid total.

 

FIO: Same as last year, Rickie Fowler. He’s working with Butch Harmon to get to the next level and he’s played SoCal courses plenty in his young life. He finished up last week at Humana 67-66 and he’s finished T5, T20, T13 and T6 last year in four career starts. I’ll save Woods and Mickelson for down the road for bigger winner’s checks. Snedeker and Walker were also considered and are solid options for this week. Fowler was just as bad as the other four I had listed, save for Woods’ MDF cash. Tough week in OAD for most I’m guessing. MC $0.

 

WMPO: Ryan Palmer. He’s on fire, can really putt and was fifth here last year. His excellent 64 saw him make the cut but his 70-72 weekend resulted in T48 at $15,772. I finished strong last year because I had a stable full of studs from The Open Championship through the FedExCup Playoffs. I’m not panicking. Yet.

 

AT&T PEBBLE: Jimmy Walker is the pick this week. He’s a beast on the West Coast and he’s had time to recover from his illness after MC at Torrey Pines. BANG TRISCUITS. Winner, winner, chicken dinner and $1,188,000.

 

NTO: Dustin Johnson goes to bat this week for Team Glass. His form is excellent and the fact that he’s banged top 10s in half of his trips here doesn’t hurt either. Tacos for everyone! Johnson’s solo second adds $723,600 to the bank! #heatwave

 

WGC-Match Play: Ian Poulter will be my hedge this week. His recent starts hardly inspire but there’s no doubting his inner fortitude in Match Play. He is the 2010 champ and was fourth last year. I don’t see myself using him anywhere else this season. Hunter Mahan would be choice No. 2 but I don’t like his draw with the sizzling Zach Johnson. Don’t forget Mahan played in the last group in the U.S. Open and The Open in 2013. Ah, Poults…$48,000.

 

Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell is the choice this week. There has been no rust after his time off this winter and I’m encouraged after his result at Pebble and WGC-Match Play. I’m using Mickelson at Pinehurst so this is an easy play. He was three-under heading into the weekend. He was even when the weekend was over. Add $15,600 to the bank. That couldn’t cover Bolton’s Lear jet for the weekend…

 

WGC-CC: With a massive prize pool, I have no problem pulling the trigger on, as for reasons mentioned above, on an ultra-premium player. GO MCILROY GO! After making a birdie on No. 1 on Sunday, He was just four back. That was his last birdie of the day, sigh, T25, $76,000.

 

Puerto Rico: My heart says Brooks Koepka but my wallet says Chris Stroud. I’m glad I went with my wallet as Stroud hit the top 10 (T9) with $94,500.

 

Valspar: It was down to Furyk or Donald, but Donald had only ONE bad round last week! Go Luke Go! Donald finished T4, good for $235,600. Another cash and another top five works for me.

 

API: It came down to Bubba Watson and Kevin Na last week and T14 from Na never sounded so good! I added $102,300 to the kitty and another top 25 to the ledger.

 

VTO: It came down to Charley Hoffman and Freddie Jacobson last week and the American with the impeccable track record at Valero won the starting spot. He didn’t disappoint as he ground-out a T11 to rack up $136,400. #verynice

 

Shell Houston Open: The big Swede I should have went with was Freddie Jacobson but instead it was Henrik Stenson. I have now been severely toasted on two premium players in 2014 as McIlroy (T25, WGC-CC) and Stenson (T54) have given me absolutely nothing. Yes, $14,456 is nothing in this game.

 

Masters: The Westwood for a two-and-done was more solid advice than going with (again) injured Jason Day. He rallied nicely for T20 but that’s not what I need in big events. I’ll add $101,600 to the kitty.

 

Here are my results in the big payday events:

Ian Poulter WGC-Match Play: T33

Rory McIlroy WGC-CC: T25

Jason Day Masters: T20

Sergio Garcia THE PLAYERS: Third

U.S. Open

The Open

WGC-BI

PGA

 

Do you see a trend developing then?

 

RBC Heritage: Donald would obviously be the selection this week but I’ve burned him at Tampa. I’m going with Jim Furyk this week as he returns to a track where he’s had plenty of successes and his game has been in fine form the past month.  I also considered Spieth and Kuchar for this spot but after a trying weekend at the Masters, I’ll save them both for down the road.  As I mentioned above, I #fantasyfailed in so many ways on Kuchar this week I’ve lost count. Jim Furyk did exactly what gamers would expect, a top 10 (T7) and $187,050.

 

Zurich Classic: The safe pick this week would be Justin Rose but as I’ve demonstrated above, I DON’T PLAY SAFE. Or smart, sadly, for that matter. Whatever.  That was the FIRST SENTENCE I wrote last week. Top 10s are GREAT people! Sadly, T29s are not and that’s what Graham DeLaet racked up for me last week. Sure it’s $44,200 but that’s not what I was looking for from a guy who made only FOUR bogeys on the week!!!

 

Wells Fargo: Since I’ve burned McIlroy, Furyk, Fowler and Walker, that leaves me Westwood, Moore, Rose and Holmes from my top eight. As I’ve mentioned, I’m leaving Rose for larger fish fryings and I would suggest that Holmes makes a nice choice for TADs this week. That leaves last week’s champion in Malaysia, Lee Westwood and Ryan Moore. Moore’s current form is the biggest concern and that’s the least of my worries with the Englishman. Westwood will fly the flag this week for the S.S. Tirefire. SO CLOSE YET SO FAR as Holmes was the suggestion in the TWO and Done so hopefully Don from the PNW read the column!! As we all know, Westwood MC.

 

THE PLAYERS: For those of you who didn’t blow Westwood out last week, he’ll make a tasty TAD pick this week to go along with Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk or Sergio Garcia. Since I’ve burned three of the four mentioned above, I’m going with the Spaniard to claim his second title here. Vamos Sergio! Wow. All FOUR of those picks hit the T6 or better last week! I know what that means this week: carnage. Fine. I’m not scared.

 

HPBNC: I’m going with #SpiethBoner in his backyard. Keegan Bradley would make a fine selection as well and I should hedge but WHAT FUN WOULD THAT BE? I wouldn’t talk you out of Woodland either as I’m really high on him this week as well but I’ve burned him already. For the TOADs (TwOAndDones) in the crowd, Marc Leishman is the no-brainer here. Add Jordan Spieth to the Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day pile of premium players that I have burned with awful results. At least my TOAD pick with Leishman was quality. Spieth finished T37 for $30,403.

 

CPIC: There are two reasons I like Zach Johnson this week. One, I’ve already burned Jim Furyk. Two, the win pool is almost $300k more than the JDC where I will burn Stricker. LET’S GET GREEDY. There are three chalk players this week and I’ve mentioned two of them. Matt Kuchar is the third.  Oh, and Paul Casey was mentioned for the TOAD. O-fer EVERYTHING last week. #awesome. Zach Johnson finished 73rd, or third-to-last, for a whopping $12,416.

 

Memorial: I’m going with Charl Schwartzel here even though only seven of 38 winners over the years are non-American. He’s a steady-eddy and his last three starts here have all improved and have all been inside the top 25. Well, that worked out nicely as the South African finished T8 for $167,400. This is part of the column where I would mention he was T5 beginning Sunday if I was bitter but I’m not.

 

Promise.

 

FESJC: A thin field leaves me with few premium choices as I am burning Mickelson next week at Pinehurst and DJ has already bagged me a solo second at Riviera. John Senden and Paul Casey are the only two in my Call to Order that I have not played this season. I’m going to keep it simple stupid and roll with Aussie who has been firing all season long. Now I can tweet #cmonAussie all day Sunday like the rest of Australia does on Monday morning. Right?

 

For the rest of you with excellent foresight or stubbornness, Johnson or Westwood are the plays this week. If you need to zag, Ryan Palmer is first on that list.

 

Good luck you chops.

 

 

 

Results

 

SEASON TOTAL: $4,413,971; 29 events

 

Wins: 1; Jimmy Walker (AT&T Pebble)

 

Seconds: 1; Dustin Johnson (NTO)

Thirds: 1; Sergio Garcia (PLAYERS)

 

Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 8

Top 25s: 15

MC: 2

Thermometer: Out of Texas and back into the top 10!

 

 

Coming Wednesday

 

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Mike Glasscott
Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.