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Glass ($13,889,397; Rank: 583)
With T5 from Colonial member Ryan Palmer and solo second from Shane Lowry and T3 from Luke Donald at the BMW PGA at Wentworth, I moved up over 300 spots last week. #bangtriscuits. I’ll never complain about the rest of my team if my best players came from Group 2 (Palmer) and Group 3 (Lowry). This week things are a bit more difficult as the field at Jack’s place is quite heavy.
Group 1: Justin Rose
Group 2: Dustin Johnson
Group 3: K.J. Choi
Group 4: Stewart Cink
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 O and Ned.
Rob Bolton ($11,011,554; Rank: 5,998)
Group 1: Phil Mickelson
Group 2: Gary Woodland
Group 3: J.B. Holmes
Group 4: Brian Davis
ANALYSIS: A very solid Wentworth offset a tough Colonial but Bolton is back with the enigma that is Phil Mickelson leading his charge. He’s lined up two other big hitters along with the very popular Brian Davis this week.
Ryan O’ Sullivan ($13,638,978; Rank: 751)
Group 1: Justin Rose
Group 2: Dustin Johnson
Group 3: K.J. Choi
Group 4: Brian Davis
ANALYSIS: O had a tough week last week so I won’t pile on just because I passed him in the GC game. We share the top three this week so I’ll be cheering FOR him this week!
Ned Brown ($14,765,660; Rank: 217)
Group 1: Matt Kuchar
Group 2: Jim Furyk
Group 3: Kevin Chappell
Group 4: Brian Davis
ANALYSIS: After matching ALL four picks last week, Ned and I have ZERO matches this week. I’m not sure this is a good thing for me especially trailing by almost a cool million.
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CPIC Points: 200
Spring Segment Points: 1,235
Spring Ranking: 4,342
Season Points: 3,126
Season Ranking: 3,118
Adam Scott: He inherited the OGWR #1 ranking prior to the Colonial and he proceeded to rally on the weekend to win for the first time this season on the PGA TOUR. He is the type of player that can win in back-to-back weeks like he did in Australia late last year with wins at the Australian PGA and the Talisker Masters. His history at The Memorial is solid with two top 5 finishes in eight career starts.
Matt Kuchar: I have only one start left with Matt Kuchar and a look at his past history says this is the place to use it. His recent history here is outstanding with top eights in his last four starts here, with the highlight being a championship last year.
Rory McIlroy: He was playing well going into last week's BMW PGA Championship, but when he announced that he had broken off his engagement I thought that he might be in for a tough week. All he did was rally from seven strokes back on the final day to win the championship. He is another player that can win in back-to-back fashion like he did in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in '12 when he won the Deutsche Bank and the BMW Championship.
Justin Rose: He notched three consecutive top 10s on the PGA TOUR going into last week's BMW PGA Championship, so his 25th place finish was a slight letdown. His record at The Memorial is very good, with five top 8s in nine career starts, including a championship in '10.
Jim Furyk: He has been on fire since the end of March with top 10s in four of five events going into last week's Colonial, so his T51 there was a real disappointment. I'm looking for him to rebound this week at an event where he has six top 10s in 18 career starts, which includes a championship in '02.
Dustin Johnson: After a so-so finish at THE PLAYERS, Johnson proceeded to play well on the Texas Swing with a T7 at the Byron Nelson and a T14 at Colonial. He missed his first cut at The Memorial in six starts last year, but his overall record is solid with top 20 finishes in three of five of his prior starts.
Charl Schwartzel: He missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship, but prior to that he had played well with a T12 at the RBC Heritage and a T11 at the Byron Nelson. His recent record at The Memorial is solid with a T22 in '11, a T19 in '12 and a T8 last year.
Kevin Chappell: Plenty of good choices for the second spot in Group C, but I am going to take a shot with Kevin Chappell. He has played well in recent weeks with a T11 at the Wells Fargo, a T26 at THE PLAYERS and a T10 last week at Colonial. He seemed to finally figure out Muirfield last year, when he finished in solo second place.
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
“The Golf Aficionado”
CPIC Points: 132
Spring Segment Points: 1,304
Spring Ranking: 392
Season Points: 3,338
Season Ranking: 96
CPIC Points: 156
Spring Segment Points: 1,151
Spring Ranking: 19,196
Season Points: 3,156
Season Ranking: 3,397
CPIC Points: 160
Spring Segment Points: 1,211
Spring Ranking: 7,751
Full Season Points: 3,191
Full Season Ranking: 2,118
Well, I swung and missed dearly on Adam Scott and his victory last week. My motto in this game is take one step forward followed by 1,249,294 backwards. At least Rickie Fowler was taken out of my lineup Wednesday night. #littlevictories. My final pick in Group B last week came down to this: Graham DeLaet: Between him and Dufner, they are going to put me in the nuthouse. Congrats to Dufner on his win since I’m going with the Loon.
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
It seems like I have a story like this every week.
Ryan Palmer anchored Group C throughout the week but T5 didn’t help in the long run.
Matt Kuchar: His record speaks for itself at this event. NOT EVEN I CAN SCREW THIS UP!
Luke Donald: He made 20 birdies here last year and is coming in off T3 at the BMW PGA at Wentworth.
Remember, Adam Scott is being holstered for events down the road so he’s out this week. And he was out last week, sadly. Gary Woodland always has my attention in Group A as well. Rory Sabbatini would be a nice, “off-the-radar” play this week if saving starts is a priority.
Justin Rose: The 2010 winner has three top 10s in his last three starts on TOUR and two in his last two at Memorial. I would play him every week if starts were not part of the game.
Dustin Johnson: The Texas swing put his feet right back underneath him and the big hitter looks to have regained most of the form that saw him start 2014 off with a bang.
Jim Furyk: I believe that the first two listed will do the business in Group B but I’ll insure them with a course horse who has been on fire recently.
David Hearn: For the second week in a row he pops into Group B. Sure, there are PLENTY of other options out there but I like his recent form and his history around here.
Extras in Group B, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Freddie Jacobson also got a look this week. Jordan Spieth (3), Rory McIlroy (4) and Keegan Bradley (5, bad record here) will sit it out this week. Bo Van Pelt and Stewart Cink, properly protected, would be nice out-of-the-box selections this week.
Charl Schwartzel: He’s been loitering in the top 20 for most of the year and his trend at Memorial is pointing to another big finish this week.
K.J. Choi: I’m sticking with the crusty veteran and 2007 champion as he knows this place inside and out and has been playing well of late.
Group C is where everyone else is lingering this week. J.B. Holmes and Kevin Chappell jump off the page if ground needs to be made up this week. Scott Stallings would be the walk-off, grand-slam, game 7 of the World Series home run if you’re into that kind of thing.
Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!
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.
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.
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 four big payday events:
Ian Poulter WGC-Match Play: T33
Rory McIlroy WGC-CC: T25
Jason Day Masters: T20
Sergio Garcia THE PLAYERS: Third
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. I make this pick with the confidence of a wildebeest limping through the Serengeti with a trail of blood behind him after his 75-79 last week in England…We’re getting to the point in the year where everyone has burned everyone so if you have any specific questions about other options, hit me up on Twitter or email (located at the bottom of the column).
SEASON TOTAL: $4,246,571; 27 events
Wins: 1; Jimmy Walker (AT&T Pebble)
Seconds: 1; Dustin Johnson (NTO)
Thirds: 1; Sergio Garcia (PLAYERS)
Top 5s: 4
Top 10s: 7
Top 25s: 15
Thermometer: Another weak, chalk-based effort that blew up in my face. Make that two weeks in a row and both in Texas. Whatever.
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