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
97th PGA Championship
2015 Earnings: $19,599,321
2015 Rank: 9,430
T4-T4-T21-T11 two weeks ago. T10-T3-T17-5th this week. Yet no winner in three tournaments. That's what happens when the winners come from Group 4 (Merritt and Lowry) and Group 3 (Henry).
Group 1: Jordan Spieth
Group 2: Henrik Stenson
Group 3: Robert Streb
Group 4: Justin Thomas
ANALYSIS: Group 1 actually presents options this week but since there are no limits on usage of #SpiethBoner, well, I'm in. With 98 of the top 100 playing options are all over the place this week. I've gone BOMB SQUAD with two studs and two that will be studs down the road. If there ever was a week to split hairs, we've found it. Go get your hair splitter and have at it!
2015 Earnings: $23,283,282
2015 Rank: 1,958
Group 1: Jordan Spieth
Group 2: Henrik Stenson
Group 3: Robert Streb
Group 4: Shawn Stefani
ANALYSIS: We'll battle it out Thomas v Stefani in Group 4 for all of the marbles this week. Stefani has had a quiet summer but I rarely question Bolton's picks.
2015 Earnings: $25,970,772
2015 Rank: 280
Group 1: Bubba Watson
Group 2: Brooks Koepka
Group 3: Robert Streb
Group 4: Tiger Woods
ANALYSIS: O beat me by a shot last week as our Group 4 battle was DLee vs Streb. We matched the other three groups. Not the case this week as we both go young but different young as we match Streb but he's riding Koepka in Group 2 and I have Thomas in Group 4.
2015 Earnings: $23,548,220
2015 Rank: 1,667
Group 1: Jordan Spieth
Group 2: Henrik Stenson
Group 3: Robert Streb
Group 4: Justin Thomas
ANALYSIS: We match all four this week as Ned looks to rebound from the Adam Scott disappearance last week. Thomas has seven top 10s this year. Seven.
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.
Points – WGC-BI: 188
Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,011
Rank – SUMMER Segment: 7,310
Points – SEASON: 5,087
Rank – SEASON: 1,252
Bubba Watson (2): Getting low on starts with Bubba so I'm happy he's ona roll right now with a championship five starts back at the Travelers and second place finishes in his last two starts at the Canadian Open and the WGC-Bridgestone. He also finished P2 here at Whistling Straits in the '10 PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy (5):This is one of those key points in the fantasy season. Do you go with the world's number one player, who hasn't played since the US Open, or do you go with someone like Stenson? I'm going with McIlroy for now, but if I hear any negative news I'll switch to Stenson.
Jason Day (3): Of course Spieth is the top pick in this group but I have run out of starts with him. Instead, I'm going to leadoff with Day, who has been on a roll with T9 at the US Open, T4 at the British Open, a championship at the Canadian Open and T12 last week at the WGC-Bridgestone. He did play well here in the '10 PGA with a T10 finish.
Dustin Johnson (1): Saved my last start for Dustin at Whistling Straits where he took a now famous penalty in '10 which kept him out of a playoff with Watson and Kaymer. There is a concern about that he has faded in the last two majors but he is playing well right now and is worth the risk.
Justin Rose (4):I really thought that after Rose posted a third round of 7-under-par 63 that he was going to win on Sunday. Unfortunately, he and Furyk struggled in the final round, which resulted in a T3 finish. Still, he is playing some great golf right now with a T6 at the British Open and a T4 at the QLN in his prior two starts.
Rickie Fowler (5): His T30 at the British Open was a bit disappointing but overall he is playing well right now with a championship at the Scottish Open, a second place at the QLN and a T10 last week at the WGC-Bridgestone.
Patrick Reed (2): He's been very solid with T20 at the British Open, T16 at the European Masters and T15 last week at Firestone. He has only one prior start in a PGA Championship so he is all about playing the hot hand.
Louis Oosthuizen (7): There are quite a few players you can plug into this spot. I'm going with Oosthuizen because has come up big in his last two majors with T2 finishes in the last two majors.
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
“The Golf Aficionado”
Points – WGC-BI: 218
Points – SUMMER Segment: 1,035
Rank – SUMMER Segment: 3,733
Points – SEASON: 5,314
Rank – SEASON: 21
Bubba Watson (1)
Brooks Koepka (6)
Jason Day (3)
Justin Rose (5)
Dustin Johnson (2)
Jordan Spieth (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (7)
Patrick Reed (4)
Points – WGC-BI: 149
Points – SUMMER Segment: 896
Rank – SUMMER Segment: 30,318
Points – SEASON: 4,947
Rank – SEASON: 4,391
Henrik Stenson (7)
Bubba Watson (4)
Jason Day (4)
Dustin Johnson (3)
Zach Johnson (6)
Justin Rose (3)
Branden Grace (10)
Robert Streb (10)
Points – WGC-BI: 168
Points – SUMMER Segment: 979
Rank – SUMMER Segment: 13,989
Points – SEASON: 4,856
Rank – SEASON: 7,825
Rory McIlroy (6)
Bubba Watson (5)
Left Watson out last week for Scott who had the better track record and was in form. I'm sticking with the same theory this week as Watson gets the nod over Stenson and Koepka for the final spot. McIlroy is a no-brainer this week because of Watson/Stenson/Koepka in the other spot.
Justin Rose (5)
Rickie Fowler (6)
Jason Day (4)
Hideki Matsuyama (3)
Yep, this is the exact lineup from last week. Time to guess the days right this week! I have one start left for Spieth (Atlanta) and DJ (Barclays defending champ) so that's my plan with those guys. I won't stop anyone sneaking Horschel or Willett in the back door if they need to make up ground.
Robert Streb (10)
Louis Oosthuizen (8)
I can't ignore the form of Streb and the major form of King Louis. Reed just missed out ahead of Grace, Lingmerth and Thomas.
Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]
Josh Culp from Future of Fantasy lays out his weekly strategy for DFS players.
Josh has built this lineup below for the massive Millionaire Maker event on DraftKings. It's one of the rare chances in life you get a chance to turn $20 into $1 Million. Take a stab this week at Whistling Straits.
Adam Scott ($10,200) ... The Aussie is a perfect selection if you want a big-game hunter, but also want to avoid the highest-owned superstars. He's posted top 15s in 14 of his last 16 majors.
Rickie Fowler ($9,800) ... Another golfer that brings his best stuff to major championships. As gamers know, he finished top five in each of last year's four majors. Then he hoisted the trophy at this year's "fifth major", THE PLAYERS. An event that is played on a Pete Dye course. Are you picking up these trends?
Sergio Garcia ($9,300) ... We've got two big-game hunters, so now we add a golfer known for not finishing out the big ones. Fortunately, that only matter because he puts himself in position to close so often.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,000) ... After stacking the deck in our favor with three elite golfers, we add another superstar in the making. The Japanese phenom already has six top 20s on his major championship resume. There is no reason to expect anything different this time around.
Kevin Na ($7,100) ... He's short off the tee, but one of the best with his long-irons. He ranks 42nd on TOUR in par 5 eagles, which provide a huge boost in DraftKings scoring. Don't let his lack of length deter you from rostering him this week.
Matt Jones ($5,600) ... This pick is all about cost savings. We've loaded our roster with five guys that could legitimately win, and this Aussie is the best remaining golfer on the board. He's never finished higher than T30 at a major, but luckily that finish came at the most recent. If he makes the next step and checks off his first top 20 in a major, we've got worlds of upside on this squad!
Other Picks to Consider
Alternate for Garcia: Brooks Koepka ($7,800) ... If you want to upgrade Matt Jones at the bottom, an easy way to clear salary is to swap one of the studs for Koepka. He's a superstar in the making, and his salary does not reflect that. Unfortunately, you'll be sharing a common player with about 25% of the field, if not more.
Alternate for Na: Patrick Reed ($7,600) ... The Villain hasn't established himself as a big-game hunter yet, but he's made huge strides in terms of consistency. Just a year ago he was hit-or-miss, but he's 20-for-22 this season and has become a reliable commodity. Add in his ability to win, and we have another solid value play.
Alternate for Jones: Marc Warren ($6,500) ... Top 40s in each of his last five major championship starts. The Scot provides a little more stability if you can't trust Jones to play four rounds. As an added bonus, his ownership will be low, so you gain a lot on the field if he catapults into the top 10 or 15.
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.
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.
That’s better! After puny gains in recent events, a win for perceived borderline pick Shane Lowry and T3 for star man Justin Rose resulted in 201st spot on the week and a rise of over 2,000 places overall. Current position: 2,141
Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)
Star Player: Brooks Koepka
Getting better by the major (T33, T18, T10) and T6 at Bridgestone last week. Similar profile to the 2010 Dustin Johnson except he’s better at reading locker signs about sand.
• Justin Rose: Striking it great, T3 at Firestone despite cold putter. Expect another big performance.
• Henrik Stenson: Superb record in the year’s final major and T6 at WGC-Bridgestone last week.
• Sergio Garcia: Top 20 in all three majors this year, including T6 at St. Andrews.
• Martin Kaymer: The winner at Whistling Straits in 2010 has to be a pick. T12 at St. Andrews.
• Patrick Reed: Coming up with the goods every time he’s available for Euro fantasy managers.
• Branden Grace: Course likened to Kingsbarns where he once shot 60. T4 U.S. Open, T20 Open.
• Danny Willett: Winner in Switzerland after 6th at St. Andrews. Strong results in America this year.
• Shane Lowry: Took huge career leap with WGC win at Firestone. Course should suit him.
• Rory McIlroy: Too big a risk for star player? Marginal. PGA champ in 2012 & 2014. T3 here in 2010.
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)
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. 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: In the previous three majors I've spit out T28, T27 and T40 so take this one with a grain of salt. I have some big hitters left on the plate so that's the good news. 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.
SEASON TOTAL: $5,767,508; 41 events
Wins: Holmes, SHO
Seconds: Johnson, D., P2, NTO; Wilcox, solo second Barbasol; Fowler solo second, QLN.
Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC
Top 10s: 15
Top 25s: 21
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: Don't look at anything I've done in the events with the big pay checks unless you feel like laughing hysterically.
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 97th PGA Championship and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.