In another new feature here at the TGC Tours blog, I will be discussing how poorly my Golf Channel Fantasy picks did for the previous week, and offer some equally poor picks for the upcoming week. I hope for the picks to at least be somewhat entertaining, and a way to inject some real life golf discussion into a video golf dominated world.
Recap: Waste Management Phoenix Open
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Group 1 – Bubba Watson (T14)
Not an awful finish, but had I known Bubba was going to decide to hate everything about the tournament and venue, I definitely would have avoided him. It’s strange, because I thought this was the type of event that he would be up for. I guess that is what happens when you are dealing with someone as
emotionally immature “complicated” as Bubba.
Best Finish – Hideki Matsuyama (1)
I always pictured Matsuyama as someone who started peaking in late spring/early summer, and his only other 2016 start being a MC at Torrey Pines, I certainly didn’t expect a win this soon. I definitely wasn’t thinking clearly, though. This time last year, he put up a T2 in Phoenix, a T4 at Riviera, two top 25’s in Florida, and 5th place at the Masters. His only other start during that stretch was another MC at Torrey. Definitely one to keep on the radar for the two months, if not the rest of the season
Group 2 – Kevin Na (T24)
Kevin was hanging around the top 15 or so for a few days, but a Sunday 72 didn’t help his finish.
Best Finish – Danny Lee (4)
Last year’s winner at Greenbrier, he didn’t handle the spotlight as well this time with a 73 on Sunday.
Group 3 – Tony Finau (MC)
A surprise cut for me, after his top 20 at Torrey and top 25 at Phoenix last year.
Best Finish: Harris English (3)
It’s hard for me to tell when English is gong to play well. He seems to bomb every time I pick him.
Group 4 – Martin Laird (T41)
This was a last minute pick for me after Freddie Jacobson withdrew, but given a strong finish last week (T8) and in Phoenix last year (T5), T41 is disappointing.
Best Finish: Bryce Molder, John Huh (T6)
Back to back top 10’s for Huh after a T8 at Torrey. Molder missed the cut at Torrey, and seems to be a guy that is either in contention, or misses the cut, but never in between.
This week: AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
(Feb. 5, 2014 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Group 1: Jordan Spieth
A loaded group 1 this week made for a difficult decision. Jason Day, Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson, and Brandt Snedeker are all realistic possibilities in my mind. It’s so hard to pass up on Spieth, though. What convinced me is the fact that he has finished 7th or better in his last 7 starts.
Group 2: Ryan Moore
Hasn’t played at Pebble much, but I just kind of envision him in contention here. He has top 15’s in his last 2 starts, albeit 3 months apart.
Group 3: Jon Curran
The pickings get slim in groups 3 and 4. It’s interesting how the field ebbs and flows each week. Phoenix didn’t have the star power that group 1 has this week, but the field was much deeper, with lots of good players available in groups 3 and 4.
Initially picked William McGirt, as it feels like right now is one of his 2-3 times during the year to randomly contend before going back to obscurity. I saw Curran’s T11 finish last week, though, and some research indicated he was T10 last year at Pebble, so I decided to go for it despite not knowing much about Curran.
Group 4: Paul Dunne
Not much to choose from here. Almost picked Freddie Jacobson here despite him bailing on me last week to go on a ski trip to Canada. I decided to go with Dunne, as he has been playing decently on the Euro and had a 9th place finish in his last event. No idea how he will fare here, but he will be fun to pull for.