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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: John Deere Classic

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

 

 

John Deere Classic

 

 

Glass


@MikeGlasscott

 

 

2015 Earnings: $ 15,006,302

2015 Rank: 11,154

 

I've raised the white flag in the GC game as I trail my boys by too much to count. I'm going to sit in the corner and take my punishment. Rough week for all of us; rough season for me.

 

 

Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Justin Thomas

Group 3: Scott Brown

Group 4: Chez Reavie

 

 

ANALYSIS: I'll take the best golfer, non-injured division or otherwise, on the planet and take my chances. I'll back him with his roomie and close friend who was right on the cusp again last week. Taking Zach and Stricker in Groups 1 and 2 would be the proper play as their course history combined is nothing short of ridiculously good. Brown and Reavie have both gone low here and hit the top 10. Check Range Rover for more details.

 

 

 

Rob Bolton


@RobBoltonGolf

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $19,762,177

2015 Rank: 989

 

 

Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Tony Finau

Group 3: Scott Brown

Group 4: Chez Reavie

 

 

ANALYSIS: Great minds think alike so this means Finau wins THIS WEEK instead of last when he was my OAD. Got it.

 

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan


@RyanGolfBlogger

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $21,950,286

2015 Rank: 150

 

 

Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Tony Finau

Group 3: Chris Stroud

Group 4: Chad Collins

 

 

ANALYSIS: Not much argument for Finau as gamers hope he can keep up his fantastic recent play. He's one of a few in Group 2 that can be easily argued. Stroud and Collins don't blow me away but Collins has been a cut-making machine and that's what's needed from Group 4.

 

 

 

Ned Brown


@Esoxgolf

 

 

 

2015 Earnings: $18,461,003

2015 Rank: 2,440

 

 

Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Steve Stricker

Group 3: Scott Brown

Group 4: Chad Collins

 

 

ANALYSIS: All four of us were on Webb last week and you saw where that got us (MC).   

 

 

 

Game No. 2

 

U.S. Women's Open

 

 

Glass

 

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Lexi Thompson

Group 3: Catriona Matthew

Group 4: Danielle Kang

 

 

Rob

 

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Na Yeon Choi

Group 3: Chella Choi

Group 4: Pernilla Lindberg

 

 

Ryan

 

Group 1: Anna Nordqvist

Group 2: Minjee Lee

Group 3: Charley Hull

Group 4: Pernilla Lindberg

 

 

Ned

 

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Lexi Thompson

Group 3: Alison Lee

Group 4: Pernilla Lindberg

 

 

 

 

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 – Greenbrier: 152

Points – SUMMER Segment: 152

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 10,626

 

Points – SEASON: 4,228

Rank – SEASON: 1,277

 

 

 

Group A

 

 

Steve Stricker (9): There are only four players in Group A this week and it really is three because Stadler is coming off a injury. Stricker in the past has owed this tournament with three consecutive championships ('09 to '11) followed up with three consecutive top 11s.

 

Harris English (9): He played some great golf at the start of the year and then his form faded. Recently he has shown signs that his form is coming back with a T18 at the Memorial and a T25 at the Travelers. His best finish in two starts was a T15 in '13.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

None

 

 

 

Group B

 

 

Zach Johnson (5): Of course Spieth is the top play this week but I have used my starts up on him so I'll move on to ZJ. Johnson use to have the toughest luck at the JDC but his last three have changed the tune, WIN-P2-2nd.

 

Kevin Kisner (8): With five top 8s in his last eight starts including a P2 last week, Kisner is on fire. He did finish T20 at the JDC last year but his other two finishes are MC. His current form is as hot as they come without winning.

 

Brian Harman (10): He was in a mini-slump coming into the Travelers but he rebounded there with a solo third place. He is the defending champion here, so you know he likes the course.

 

Chesson Hadley (10): There are about a dozen Group C guys that I like better this week than the guys in the fourth spot in Group B. Most guys that I would go with aren't in any form. Instead, I'm going with a first-timer here in Chesson Hadley, who hasn't done much in his last two starts, but prior to that was playing well with four consecutive top 24s.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

George McNeill, Patrick Rodgers, Kevin Chappell

 

 

 

Group C

 

 

Ryan Moore (9): As you imagine with this week's field that there quite a few players in Group C. It wouldn't surprise me if this week is like last week where the winner of the tournament comes from the biggest group by far. Moore has a nice recent record here with a T8 in '12 and a T5 last year. His form in here is has been just ok, so he is about playing the horse for the course.

 

Robert Streb (10): I was tempted to reach for another horse for the course in Scott Brown, but I decided to go with a hot hand in Streb. He broke his  putter in the final round last week and played the back nine by putting with his wedge. He played very well with it and made his way into a four-way playoff  which he lost. It was still very impressive stuff. His record at the JDC is fair with T22 in '13 and T37 last year.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Scott Brown, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Jerry Kelly

 

 

 

 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

 

 

The Golf Aficionado”

 

 

Points – Greenbrier: 142

Points – SUMMER Segment: 142

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 17,263

 

Points – SEASON: 4,421

Rank – SEASON: 33

 

 

 

Group A:

 

 

Steve Stricker (9)

Harris English (8)

 

 

Group B:

 

Jordan Spieth (2)

Zach Johnson (3)

Kevin Kisner (9)

Chris Stroud (10)

 

 

Group C:

 

Justin Thomas (6)

Ryan Moore (7)

 

 

 

 

Rob Bolton

 

 

“@RobBoltonGolf”

 

 

Points – Greenbrier: 118

Points – SUMMER Segment: 118

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 35,490

 

Points – SEASON: 4,169

Rank – SEASON: 2,551

 

 

 

Group A:

 

 

Steve Stricker (8)

Harris English (8)

 

 

 

Group B:

 

 

Brian Harman (10)

Kevin Kisner (9)

Zach Johnson (7)

Jordan Spieth (2)

 

 

 

Group C:

 

 

Tony Finau (9)

Justin Thomas (8)

 

 

 

 

Glass

 

 

“@MikeGlasscott”

 

 

Points – Greenbrier: 142

Points – SUMMER Segment: 142

Rank – SUMMER Segment: 17,601

 

Points – SEASON: 4,019

Rank – SEASON: 8,023

 

Funny, O and I both scored 142 points last week but he's 17,263rd. I'm 17,601st. That makes sense!

 

 

Group A

 

 

Steve Stricker (9)

Seung-Yul Noh (10)

 

 

Stadler is no-go for me as he's coming off an injury and English has been too inconsistent. Noh was right in the mix two of the last three events he's played so his recent form seals it for me.

 

 

 

Group B:

 

 

Brian Harman (9)

Kevin Kisner (9)

Zach Johnson (8)

Jordan Spieth (2)

 

Not sure I'll need anything else besides four rounds each from #SpiethBoner and ZJ but I'll take two guys who have been ON FIYAH (Kisner) and ON FIYAH PLUS COURSE FORM (Harman) to back up my two stud horses. How can this plan possibly fail?

 

 

 

Group C:

 

 

Justin Thomas (9)

Robert Streb (10)

 

 

Two dudes who can lock and load and make tons of birdies. Perez, Moore, Stefani and Finau would make excellent choices as well. Can't play them all this week so I'm going with the guy who has the most rounds in the 60s on TOUR and a dude who made four birdies with a sand wedge last week.

 

 

 

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

 

 

 

Josh has pieced together a roster below for this week's $3 Drive the Green contest on DraftKings. The winner takes home a cool chunk of change, $100K to be exact. Mix and match the golfers below for your shot at taking home that top prize.

 

 

 

DraftKings Picks

 

 

Zach Johnson ($11,400) ... This is the John Deere Classic. ZJ is an obligatory pick as he finishes in the top five nearly every year. If you need an extra push, consider he arrives with seven top 20s over his last nine stroke-play events.

 

Steve Stricker ($9,300) ... Much like ZJ above, you just lock and load when it comes to Stricker at TPC Deere Run. He's still trying to get back in form, but this is the perfect venue to get back in the top 25, or even top 10.

 

Scott Brown ($8,600) ... With top 40s in nine of his last 11, he immediately appears on our radar this week. Throw in a pair of top 10s at TPC Deere Run, and we have ourselves a top target this week!

 

Brendon de Jonge ($7,500) ... If you give the big guy enough birdie chances, he usually strings together quite a few. That will be the case this week as these fairways and greens are some of the easiest to hit on TOUR.

 

Will Wilcox ($6,400) ... He's been a mainstay in our DFS lineups all year, and is now reaching all-time lows in terms of salary, thanks to pair of missed cuts in his last two starts. He's one of the most consistent drivers on TOUR this year, it's just a matter of capitalizing on that great positioning off the tee.

 

Hudson Swafford ($6,200) ...  He continues to flash his upside throughout the year, but he's still failed to put four straight rounds together. Against a weak field like this one the pressure relief could help him finally get over that hump.

 

 

Other Picks to Consider

 

 

Alternate for Wilcox: Vaughn Taylor ($6,200) ... If back-to-back missed cuts scare you off Wilcox, have a look at Taylor who is revitalized this year after a near-drowning accident gave him a new lease on life. He is 5-for-6 on the season with four of those landing inside the top 25.

 

Alternate for Stricker:  Robert Streb ($9,000) ... If you saw him putting with a wedge last Sunday coming down the stretch, don't be alarmed. He will be using his regular putter this week and he's entering in top form.

 

Alternate for Johnson: Ryan Moore ($9,900) ... If you want to pivot off the chalk, this is your guy. He owns four career PGA TOUR victories and this is the perfect venue to add a fifth. He already sports two top 10s on his John Deere resume.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Hopefully we’re turning this thing around now. Thanks to Wiesberger and supporting roles from Kaymer and star man Molinari, last week produced a jump of 804 spots to make it a rise of 1,106 over the last fortnight. Plenty of work still to do though.

 

 

Current position: 4,541

 

 

This week

 

Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)

 

Justin Rose

Branden Grace

Brooks Koepka

Luke Donald

Byeong-Hun An

Ian Poulter

Tommy Fleetwood

Jamie Donaldson

Andy Sullivan

 

       

Star Player: Shane Lowry

 

 

A huge fortnight for the Irishman starts here. Links specialist who took lots of confidence from top 10 in U.S. Open.

 

 

The Rest

 

 

•       Justin Rose: Defending champ will love the perfect greens after being bamboozled at Chambers Bay.

•       Branden Grace: 2013 Scottish Open runner-up loves links golf. Excellent display in U.S. Open.

•       Brooks Koepka: Strong links record and won battlefield promotion to Euro Tour with win in Scotland.

•       Luke Donald: 2011 winner has superb Scottish Open record and arrives on back of T7 at Travelers.

•       Byeong-Hun An: T25 at Royal Aberdeen last year. Sixth in Race To Dubai after Wentworth romp.

•       Ian Poulter: Enjoying most consistent season on PGA TOUR and has ideal game for links golf.

•       Tommy Fleetwood: Excellent record in Scotland. T27 on U.S. Open debut and T11 in Germany.

•       Jamie Donaldson: Found mojo again with top 20 in Paris. Return to Scotland = Ryder Cup memories.

•       Andy Sullivan: Still on a roll and added to string of big results with T6 in Open de France last week.

 

 

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. Twhocares 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 Charley 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)

Kevin Na (25)

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.

 

 

Results

 

 

SEASON TOTAL: $4,299,262; 34 events

       

Wins: Holmes, SHO

Seconds: Johnson, D., P2, NTO

Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC

 

Top 10s: 11

Top 25s: 17

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

MC: 4, Moore (Shriners), Swafford (SFC), Bradley (Honda) & Leishman (ATTBNC)

Thermometer: Ship has sailed.

 

 

 

Coming Wednesday

 

And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a live chat Wednesday at 12 ET. We will be breaking down the field at the JDC and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.

 

Mike Glasscott
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