Bad Fantasy Picks: Valspar Championship

What a leaderboard at the WGC – Cadillac! That was fun wasn’t it? Ok, Sunday was a little anti-climatic at the end, despite Adam Scott’s shank on the 16th.  My favorite moment might have been Bubba at the 18th tee, though:

 

 

 

Speaking of Bubba, who am I going to pick for Group 1 in the Masters now? Bubba is trending in his 2-year Masters arc right now, including another T2 at Doral, exactly like he did in both years that he took the green jacket. On the other hand, Adam Scott just won back-to-back tournaments, which is probably the first time in forever that someone has done that (I won’t put in the effort to look it up).

 

Now it’s on to Innisbrook, where we may be poised for a letdown unless Jordan Spieth regains his form quickly. If not, I fully expect that we will head to the weekend with a Roberto Castro or William McGirt type on top of the leaderboard, in which case we will all consult our calendars again to see how far away Augusta is.

 

WGC – Cadillac Championship

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

 

Earnings

CLV: $341,429

PAR: $754, 929

 

Group 1

CLV: Jason Day (T23)

PAR: Rory McIlroy (T3)

Best Finish: Bubba Watson (2)

 

Thank goodness for the Trump handshake cursing Rory, otherwise my deficit would have been more. Not sure when Jason Day will emerge, or if Rickie Fowler will fade away again. In other words, what is today’s Big 2/3/whatever now? Bubba, Adam, and maybe Rory?

 

Group 2

CLV + PAR: Dustin Johnson (T14)

Best Finish: Adam Scott (1)

 

The downside of the Trump handshake curse. This was my only real hope at a high finish, but it wouldn’t have helped me in my matchup against PAR anyways.

 

Group 3

CLV: J.B. Holmes (59)

PAR: Justin Thomas (T35)

Best Finish: Jimmy Walker (6)

 

A sneaky backdoor finish for Jimmy (did I just write that?). I will have my eye on him leading up to the Masters. As for J.B., hooray for no cut!

 

Group 4

CLV: Graeme McDowell (T28)

PAR: Anirban Lahiri (T28)

Best Finish: Smylie Kaufman (T8)

 

Disappointing miss of Graeme, but a lucky fade by Lahiri on Sunday. At one point PAR had Rory, DJ, and Lahiri all in the top 5 on Sunday. I will take any small victory I can get!

 

Valspar Championship

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How many time will this clip be shown this week? I’ve seen it a dozen times already. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 

Group 1

CLV: Jordan Spieth

I actually like Louis Oosthuizen, but come on, Jordan Spieth.

 

PAR: Danny Willett

Riding the hot streak from his solid week at Doral. Perhaps the most unheralded player in the game today.

 

Group 2

CLV: Jason Dufner

In no way do I expect Duf to be consistent or continue his solid play. I actually didn’t like the selection in Group 2, though, so I will have to hope the hot streak continues.

 

PAR: Justin Thomas

Riding the hot streak from his recent finishes. He’s bound for a win soon, and I’m sure he’d like it to be where his good buddy Jordan Spieth got things rolling last year.

 

Group 3

CLV: Sean O’Hair

Ugh. Lost in playoff to Spieth last year at Valspar, and is coming off a T14 at the Honda Classic. That was an even par T14, a full 9 shots behind Adam Scott, so let’s not get too excited. I expect O’Hair to disappoint, and I will go back to hating him.

 

PAR: KJ Choi

Riding the hot streak from his early showings this season. There’s an MC in there but otherwise, it seems like KJ has always been in the hunt this year.

 

Group 4

CLV: Vijay Singh

The old man is balling this year. He also had a top 10 or something close at Innisbrook last year. Also, who else would I pick in Group 4? Doral spoiled us, and we are back to slim pickings again at the bottom. I mean, even Andrew Loupe and his bangs made Group 3 this week.

 

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PAR: Vijay Singh

Riding the hot streak from his T10 performance. Vijay poised for Victory again soon. Whether that is just for my fantasy team or for himself is yet to be determined…

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