Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The Canadian Open Preview

To quote Phil Mickelson, "I'm such an idiot." On the one hand, we had a major where all indications were that birdies and eagles would abound based on a favorable weather forecast AND the fact that the winning score the last time they played this year's course was 18 under (second lowest major score ever). On the other hand, we had a player who has something of a history of dominating majors played on easy tracks and who had been showing recent signs of a return to ball-striking greatness with an opening 63 at the Memorial and an opening 64 at the Scottish Open last week. Maybe I was spooked about the second round debacles (78's at both of the aforementioned events) or maybe the memories of 2013 (Cut) and 2012 (T60th) were still fresh in my mind but for whatever reason, I didn't even put Rory McIlroy in a top ten where I found room for the likes of Danny Freakin Willett (and yes, that is his real full name).

The result was another disastrous week that has me one step closer to standing in front of Dean Wormer's desk as he reads off my putrid grade point average for the season. In my two one and done leagues, I sit 41st out of 74 teams in one and 31st out of 45 teams in the other. In the first league, I am fittingly right behind a team called "Shank." In the other league, I am even more fittingly behind a team called "Frazier" which calls to mind the Cheers episode when Frasier Crane returns from Italy and describes the fallout from Diane leaving him at the altar . . . "now in Italy when a soccer player attempts to kick the ball, misses and falls down, it's called a 'Frasier' . . . if that player then loses consciousness, it's called a 'Frasier Crane.'" My season is therefore a "Frasier" and well on its way to becoming a "Frasier Crane." Here's the damage report:

Last Week's Report Card: D
"And now, 25 years later I've got some wise-ass
reminding me of it on something called a blog."

1. Henrik Stenson - T39th
2. Adam Scott - T5th
3. Sergio Garcia - T2nd
4. Justin Rose - T23rd
5. Martin Kaymer - T70th
6. Victor Dubuisson - T9th
7. Brandt Snedeker - T58th
8. Danny Willett - M/C
9. Matt Kuchar - T54th
10. Francesco Molinari - T15th

The Frasier Crane Report

Hyundai: Gary Woodland - $130,000
Sony: Chris Kirk - $604,800
Humana: Charles Howell, III - $12,198
Farmers: Bill Haas - $20,740
WM Phoenix: Billy Horschel - M/C

Pebble Beach: Russell Knox - $46,860
Sticking with with the Miss Universe theme from
last week . . . meet Miss Canada of 2006. Nothing
says Canada quite like a bamboo backdrop.
Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson - $723,600
Match Play: Hunter Mahan - $148,000
Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell - $15,600
WGC-Cadillac: Rory McIlroy - $76,000
Valspar: Harris English - $23,940
Palmer: Justin Rose - M/C
Texas Open: Kevin Chappell - M/C
Houston Open: Keegan Bradley - $18,374
Masters: Matt Kuchar - $342,000

Heritage: Jim Furyk - $187,050
Zurich: Graham DeLaet - $44,200
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $28,980
The Players: Adam Scott - $38,000
Byron Nelson: Jason Dufner - $17,327
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $12,416
Memorial: Charl Schwartzel - $167,400
FedEx St. Jude: Lee Westwood - M/C

U.S. Open: Jason Day - $326,310
Travelers: Bubba Watson - $32,296
Quicken Loans: Brendon Todd - $237,250
Greenbrier: Jimmy Walker - M/C
John Deere: Steve Stricker - $112,800
British Open: Henrik Stenson - $36,253

Season Total: $3,402,694

Now we head north for the Canadian Open which is a tricky one to call because they're always moving it around and this year they're playing a course they haven't seen since Scott Verplank won it in 2001 (Scott Verplank?!?). Add to that the fact that I've already used all of the guys I really want to pick this week (Furyk, Schwartzel, Mahan, etc.) and I'm left in a little bit of a pickle that has me going with the Golden Mullet (that's my new nickname for Charley Hoffman). Then again, picking the guys I've wanted to pick hasn't gotten me nowhere so maybe this is a blessing in disguise . . . but somehow I doubt it so what do you say we just look at another hot chick from Canada because even I can't screw that up.

The Canadian Open Favorites
"Ohhhhh Canada, our home and native
smoking hot babe . . . wait, that's not it."

1. Dustin Johnson - 12 to 1
2. Matt Kuchar - 12 to 1
3. Jim Furyk - 12 to 1
4. Graeme McDowell - 16 to 1
5. Charl Schwartzel - 20 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Charley Hoffman
2. Jim Furyk
3. Charl Schwartzel
4. Hunter Mahan*
5. Russell Knox

Email the Fantasy Golf Report at fgr@fantasygolfreport.com.

Footnote

* Remember that the Canadian Open is where Hunter Mahan withdrew last year with the 36 hole lead to go home and be with his wife who was about to give birth. So if you want to score some points this weekend, tell your wife that story and then say that you would have absolutely done the same thing. Then call Tiger a jerk. That should at least get you to Monday. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The British Open Preview

Fact: The last major to be decided by less than two strokes happened over a year ago and the drama involved a chain smoking fat guy from Argentina who's nickname is "The Duck" and a Burbury model from Australia with a caddie who lacks an appreciation for the art of photography.

Fact: Three of the last four British Opens have been decided by three or more strokes including snoozers in 2010 (Louis Oosthuizen by 7) and 2011 (Darren Clarke by 3).

So we have converging trends indicating that we are freakin' due for some excitement on Sunday. (I'm going to keep predicting it until it happens dammit). The question before us now is therefore who will provide it? I'll be forthright with you mate, I don't feel particularly good about any of the favorites. This golf season has been so random. Every time you think a player is getting hot and coming to a course where he has had success in the past, he falls on his face and a guy like Brendon Todd, Steven Bowditch or Matt Every walks over him to collect the trophy. Why would we think this week will be any different? Especially considering that it's the British Open where Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis and past their primes Ernie Els and Tom Watson happen. On the other hand, we have been on a decent run of quality major winners dating back to Keegan Bradley's PGA Championship win in 2011 (remember, he was just a relative unknown at that point with a really annoying pre-shot routine as opposed to the credentialed player with the really annoying pre-shot routine that he is now).

It's still too soon isn't it?
So what to do? Well, with that run of quality major winners and all of the high caliber players floating around, you'd be kind of foolish not to pick one so I'm sticking with the FGR strategy of stocking the top five and then sprinkling 6-10 with some longer shots. Remember that I don't put the same player at the top twice so Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Justin Rose aren't available but even if they were, I'd go with Henrik Stenson who has found his form coming off a string of three straight top fives. He also has a 2nd and two 3rds in his last six British Opens.

As for the alternatives, it appears that Adam Scott will be a consistent threat at every major for the foreseeable future. Justin Rose has been on fire the past few weeks though his British Open track record is very spotty, a fact often overlooked because (a) he is British and (b) he had that amazing run as an amateur . . . 16 years ago. Martin Kaymer has been the best player in the world since he won The Players in May and backed that up with a blowout at the U.S. Open. They would all be shrewd picks that would have you bubbling with optimism at 4:00 a.m. EST on Thursday to the extent that you can be bubbling with anything at that hour other than the symptoms of a Red Lobster all you can eat shrimp dinner gone horribly wrong.

The Brits appear to have stepped-
up their Miss Universe game.
And then there is Sergio Garcia, the guy we all dislike but now can barely remember why. Here is all you need to know about how generally disregarded Sergio has been for the last five years. He is rarely mentioned anymore in the "best player never to win a major" discussion that currently includes Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Jordan, Spieth, Dustin Johnson, etc. despite the fact that he has a whopping eighteen top tens in those events including a run of six in the British Open from 2001 through 2007. And remember, the British Open is also the Redemption Open as it's the only one Greg Norman ever won, it's where Darren Clarke finally got his and it's where Phil Mickelson was able to partially recover from the Merion fiasco. Sergio is also playing great this year with a tie for 2nd at the Travelers, a 3rd at The Players and a 3rd at the Houston Open. In his last event, he shot 65 in the final round to finish three shots off the lead at the BMW International. After that rundown, I've almost talked myself into picking him but if I'm going to risk having my weekend ruined, it's not going to be by Sergio taking the lead into Sunday and then tanking with a 75.

If you're looking for some slightly longer shots, I like Victor Dubuisson because he has the kind of scrappy game that is going to score him some top tens in majors over his career. For the part of the inevitable young European upstart, I'd go with Danny Willett who is on a nice run of T3, T8 and T11 over his last three events and he finished tied for 15th at the British last year so it's not his first rodeo. I also have a hunch about Francesco Molinari this year. Maybe it's because I just spent the past week molesting the Italian language while trying to order dinner and buy bus tickets so I've got a lot of "ini" and "ari" on the brain.*

OK, it's getting punchy. Let's move on to this week's picks and the requisite photo montage that causes half of you to skip this inspired writing anyway . . . you horny sons a bitches.         

Well played Britain. 
The British Open Favorites

1. Justin Rose - 14 to 1
2. Adam Scott - 16 to 1
2. Rory McIlroy - 16 to 1
2. Henrik Stenson - 16 to 1
5. Tiger Woods - 22 to 1
5. Martin Kaymer - 22 to 1
7. Sergio Garcia - 25 to 1
7. Phil Mickelson - 25 to 1
9. Graeme McDowell - 28 to 1
10. Dustin Johnson - 33 to 1
10. Jordan Spieth - 33
12. Jason Day - 35 to 1
13. Matt Kuchar - 40 to 1
14. Bubba Watson - 40 to 1
15. Rickie Fowler - 40 to 1

The FGR British Open Picks
Well played indeed.

1. Henrik Stenson
2. Adam Scott
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Justin Rose
5. Martin Kaymer
6. Victor Dubuisson
7. Brandt Snedeker
8. Danny Willett
9. Matt Kuchar
10. Francesco Molinari

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Footnote

* As an American, it is very difficult to order dinner in Italy without recalling the classic rant by Paul Dooley in Breaking Away (arguably the greatest movie dad of all-time):

"No I don't feel lucky to be alive . . . I feel
lucky I'm not dead. There's a difference." 
Dad: What is this?

Mom: It's sauteed zuchini.

Dad: It's "itey" food. I don't want no "itey" food.

Mom: It's not. I got it at the A&P. It's like squash.

Dad: I know "itey" food when I hear it. It's all of them "eenie" foods . . . zucchini and linguine and fettuccine. I want some American food dammit! I want French fries!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The John Deere Classic Preview

Today my liver stepped back from center to call timeout partly because it looked over at my credit card which had just taken a knee. Clearly it's time to come home and, after one more day of traipsing through Venice trying to stay one step ahead of the throngs of cruise ship refugees being dumped into St. Mark's Square, that is exactly what I will do. (You can always tell the people who just jumped-off the cruise ship for a three hour power tour because they have a look in there eye that says, "is this what I'm supposed to be seeing at this stop before I return to my cubby?") 

I promise that this will be the last intentionally half-assed FGR post and I also promise that I've been writing some entertaining (at least to me) posts about my travels but I don't like doing final edits when I've been embibing which means there really hasn't been a final edit opportunity since June 19th. The good stuff will therefore have to wait. These golf prediction posts on the other hand are an exception because they kind of write themselves - especially when I plan to gloss over last week's debacle and this week's pick was made so obvious by Steve Stricker's decent showing last weekend on top of the fact that he owns the John Deere Classic (we're going to conveniently ignore the final round 74 which dropped him out of contention at The Greenbrier). The FGR will return to its usual erratic standards by next week because being erratic is at least better than being consistently bad.

Last Week's Report Card: D+
"Hey Bob, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is
behind you. You're videotaping a flagpole."

1. Jimmy Walker - M/C
2. Brendon Todd - T4th
3. Marc Leishman - M/C
4. Bill Haas - T23rd
5. Brendan Steele - MDF
6. Scott Langley - T26th

The Sweaty Traveler Report

Hyundai: Gary Woodland - $130,000
Sony: Chris Kirk - $604,800
Humana: Charles Howell, III - $12,198
Farmers: Bill Haas - $20,740
WM Phoenix: Billy Horschel - M/C
Pebble Beach: Russell Knox - $46,860
Suffice it to say that casting Angelina
Jolie in The Tourist was a stretch . . 
Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson - $723,600
Match Play: Hunter Mahan - $148,000
Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell - $15,600
WGC-Cadillac: Rory McIlroy - $76,000
Valspar: Harris English - $23,940
Palmer: Justin Rose - M/C
Texas Open: Kevin Chappell - M/C
Houston Open: Keegan Bradley - $18,374
Masters: Matt Kuchar - $342,000
Heritage: Jim Furyk - $187,050
Zurich: Graham DeLaet - $44,200
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $28,980
The Players: Adam Scott - $38,000
Byron Nelson: Jason Dufner - $17,327
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $12,416
Memorial: Charl Schwartzel - $167,400
FedEx St. Jude: Lee Westwood - M/C
U.S. Open: Jason Day - $326,310
Travelers: Bubba Watson - $32,296
Quicken Loans: Brendon Todd - $237,250
. . . but we'll try to keep an open mind.
Greenbrier: Jimmy Walker - M/C

Season Total: $3,253,641

The John Deere Favorites

1. Jordan Spieth - 9 to 1
2. Zach Johnson - 10 to 1
3. Steve Stricker - 12 to 1
4. Ryan Moore - 20 to 1
5. Harris English - 20 to 1
6. Chris Kirk - 28 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Steve Stricker
2. Zach Johnson
3. Jordan Spieth
4. Billy Hurley, III
5. Ryan Moore
6. Chris Kirk

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The Greenbrier Classic Preview

The Italians have totally checked out on sports since they got bounced from the World Cup and as a result, I'm only getting about half of the coverage soccer. When they do actually televise the games, we get an Italian announcing team that sounds like the Howard Stern Show complete with the random insertion of sound effects and music clips. For instance, everytime Mexico did anything against Brazil, they would play La Cucaracha or Tequila. (Makes those allegations of racist slurs at Italian soccer games kind of hard to believe doesn't it?) We're keeping our fingers crossed for coverage of USA-Belgium tonight if for no other reason, I want to hear what they play to mock us. If I don't hear James Brown at least once, I'm going to be very disappointed. 

And if the soccer coverage is spotty, you can forget about a PGA Tour event. Therefore I did not catch a single shot of Justin Rose's overtime win at Congressional but maybe some absence from the game is what I needed as FGR pick Brendon Todd finished a solid 5th. This week we head to the Greenbrier for some resort living and a bunch of biridies. I've been hanging-on to Jimmy Walker for this event because he loves the course and has pretty much established himself as one of the ten best players on tour so now is the time to let him rip. 

Last Week's Report Card: B +

The three stages of the Italian World
Cup experiance. Step 1 - "Euphoria"
1. Brendon Todd - T5th
2. Jason Day - M/C
3. Jordan Spieth - T11th
4. Justin Rose - 1st
5. Brandt Snedeker - T21st
6. Horschel Billy - T11th

The Lost in Italy Report

Hyundai: Gary Woodland - $ 130,000
Sony: Chris Kirk - $ 604,800
Humana: Charles Howell III - $ 12,198
Farmers: Bill Haas - $ 20,740
WM Phoenix: Billy Hörschel - M/C
Pebble Beach: Russell Knox - $ 46,860
Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson - $ 723,600
Match Play: Hunter Mahan - $ 148,000
Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell - $ 15,600
WGC-Cadillac: Rory McIlroy - $ 76,000
Step 2 - "Anguish"
Valspar: Harris Inglese - $ 23,940
Palmer: Justin Rose - M/C
Texas Open: Kevin Chappell - M/C
Houston Open: Keegan Bradley - $ 18,374
Masters: Matt Kuchar - $ 342,000
Heritage: Jim Furyk - $ 187,050
Zurich: Graham DeLaet - $ 44,200
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $ 28,980
The Players: Adam Scott - $ 38,000
Byron Nelson: Jason Dufner - $ 17,327
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $ 12,416
Memorial: Charl Schwartzel - $ 167,400
FedEx St. Jude: Lee Westwood - M/C
U.S. Open: Jason Day - $ 326,310
Quicken Loans: Brendon Todd - $ 237,250

Season Total: $ 3,253,641

The Greenbrier Classic Favorites

Step 3 - "Acceptance"
1. Jimmy Walker - 12 to 1
1. Bubba Watson - 12 to 1
3. Webb Simpson - 22 to 1
3. Bill Haas - 22 to 1
5. Brendon Todd - 25 to 1
6. Keegan Bradley - 28 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Jimmy Walker
2. Brendon Todd
3. Marc Leishman
4. Bill Haas
5. Brendan Steele
6. Scott Langley


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Updates from the Road Redux Part 1

Fourteen years ago last January, the FGW and I pulled a Lost in America* and dropped out of the world for six months to travel across the United States for eight weeks and backpack through Europe for sixteen more with a break in the middle to hit the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City followed by a bus ride to Atlantic City for me to hit a bachelor party in progress (because all marital bliss and no male bonding shenanigans makes the FGR a dull boy). We did this primarily because six months prior to that, I had walked into the office of the law for partner-whom I was working at the time and announce that I was leaving the firm. The conversation went something like this:

"Irish Car Bombs for lunch anyone?"
FGR: "I'm leaving the firm."

LP: "Where are you going?"

FGR: "I don't know but I can't keep coming here."

LP: "Will you give us two weeks?"

FGR: "Of course. I want to leave on the best of terms."

After which I proceeded to come to the office everyday for two weeks arriving around 9:30 a.m. to play Euchre online for six hours before telling my secretary, "I'll be right back" and going home for the day. What difference did it make? The day after I quit I handed all of my five cases off to some other sucker anyway. I think the only reason they kept me on was because they didn't want to have to lie and tell my replacement that the guy who worked for the shitty partner that he was about to start working for walked out without saying goodbye like the guy before I did (I guess that made me the sucker at the table). 

I spent the next six months sort of trying to get another law job while dabbling in pharmaceutical sales rep interviews because everyone doing that seemed to be making a ton of dough while working two days a week. Then I discovered that there was an actual sales component to it and I had to face the reality that I couldn't sell a solar powered space heater to an Eskimo so then I didn't know what to do. Regular readers of the Fantasy Golf Report may recall that this eventually led to a medical delivery job that ended with me pulling the equivalent of a John Winger from Stripes pulling over on the George Washington Bridge and throwing the keys to my cab in the river. ("I don't think I want to take your abuse anymore ... and I know I don't want to take your blood sample to the lab).

"Hey babe, watching the Godfather trilogy
for the third time this week inspired
me to go out and get us a pizza."
What made ​​matters worse was that the FGW was working from home doing a real grown-up job so she was there to bear witness to my downward career/life spiral. Either she sensed that it needed to be headed off at the pass or she got tired of me coming home from the video store every day with three hour movies like Gandhi and Nixon but whatever it was, at some point she suggested that we take advantage of this "opportunity" and travel. The next thing I knew, we had rented our house, bought a bunch of maps and were driving south on a budget of $ 70 per day including lodging  (welcome to the Red Roof Inn next to the overpass ... please excuse the crime scene tape across the door of room 217).

It was a life changing experience in many ways but it was most important as it relates to the Fantasy Golf Report in that it was the first time I ever wrote (a) for other people and (b) for fun. Remember, this was the year 2000 so the only way we had to communicate was good old fashioned email and to get access to that you had to walk into an Internet cafe and buy an hour at a screen and in some cases a cup of coffee which was their version of a one drink minimum. 

So about once every three weeks, the FGW and I would carve a few bucks out of our very tight budget and buy some online time to email our friends and family about what we were doing. Eventually we realized that, to economize our internet time, it made ​​sense to send out what we now call an email blast with the FGW recounting our journey as I hammered the keyboard with the occasional embelishment. These posts came to be known as the Updates from the Road and what we discovered was that after a couple months they had taken on a viral quality because we started getting responses back from people we didn't know asking to be added to the mailing list. If only I had thought to call them "friend requests" or "followers", I'd be freakin 'rich.

Those updates were the trailblazers for what would become the Fantasy Golf Report. One day when I hit the big time, I'll publish them in their entirety but for now I'm going to rekindle the idea as the entire FGF is in Italy for a three week journey that is now six days old so we'll pick-up with the trip to date in Part 2 and, at some point, we'll get to a recap of the bay swim but oh that seems so long ago as I sit on my ass stuffing myself full of cheese, pasta and Chianti. By the time I get home I'm going to need flippers and water wings to make one trip across the pool.

Footnotes

* Lost in America is a mid 80's semi-classic starring Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty about a couple who quits their jobs and travels across the country in a Winnebago. Hilarity ensues (really - but only if you like Albert Brooks who is not for everyone).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The Quicken Loans Preview

The Fantasy Golf Report is going to be a little thin for the next few weeks because the FGR has left the country (without giving it away, I may or may not have played shirtless Bocce with the Molinari brothers last night).The conundrum that this presents is that I have the time and the freedom of mind and spirit to get some serious writing done. That is, however, being countered by some technological obstacles and a deep desire to not do jack squat all day and night other than drink copious amounts of wine and sleep. The result will probably be some random posts that have little or nothing to do with golf. Fortunately we are in one of the bigger lulls of the season between the U.S. Open and the British Open and not even to return by Tiger would move the needle at this point (he wait ... what?). Um, like I said, the Fantasy Golf Report is going to be a little thin for the near future.

But before we check out for the day, let's at least the basics for a complete tournament preview starting with a brief review of a return to middling picks last week. If you're a glass half full guy, the rankings were solid as they implicitly advised you to avoid Matt Kuchar who was two for a below average performance at best (he tied for 31st.) If you're a glass half empty guy, you might focus on the fact that I went chalk with my top three picks and they all tied for 31st. The result was a bright glistening "C".

Last Week's Report Card: C

We made ​​them put their clothes back
on for the trophy ceremony. I thought
the gold jackets were a little much.
1. Bubba Watson - T31st
2. Keegan Bradley - T31st
3. Dustin Johnson - T31st
4. Marc Leishman - T11th
5. Ryan Moore - T5th

Back to Reality Report

Hyundai: Gary Woodland - $ 130,000
Sony: Chris Kirk - $ 604,800
Humana: Charles Howell III - $ 12,198
Farmers: Bill Haas - $ 20,740
WM Phoenix: Billy Hörschel - M / C
Pebble Beach: Russell Knox - $ 46,860
Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson - $ 723,600
Match Play: Hunter Mahan - $ 148,000
Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell - $ 15,600
WGC-Cadillac: Rory McIlroy - $ 76,000
Here's me renting a Fiat. 
Best Avis agent ever.
Valspar: Harris Inglese - $ 23,940
Palmer: Justin Rose - M / C
Texas Open: Kevin Chappell - M / C
Houston Open: Keegan Bradley - $ 18,374
Masters: Matt Kuchar - $ 342,000
Heritage: Jim Furyk - $ 187,050
Zurich: Graham DeLaet - $ 44,200
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $ 28,980
The Players: Adam Scott - $ 38,000
Byron Nelson: Jason Dufner - $ 17,327
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $ 12,416
Memorial: Charl Schwartzel - $ 167,400
FedEx St. Jude: Lee Westwood - M / C
U.S. Open: Jason Day - $ 326,310
Travelers: Bubba Watson - $ 32,296

Season Total: $ 3,016,391

This week we head to the Congressional which is right down Route 95 from FGR headquarters. It's too bad that I'm not there because with Tiger's return and an otherwise solid field, it may not have been worth a visit to one of the cooler venues spectating I've encountered (assuming you get access rooftop patio overlooking the 10th tee of course.) The last two winners were Bill Haas and Tiger with Roberto Castro and Bo Van Pelt taking the runner-up spots. The two years before that, this event was held at Aronimink so those results kind of go out the window to the extent they would have been instructive. Congressional demands a solid all-around game with a premium on ball striking as evidenced by Rory McIlroy's blistering of the course at the U.S. Open. Brendon Todd has been on a roll since his win at the Byron Nelson and he should be relatively fresh after taking last week off. And speaking of taking time off, that's about all I have in me this morning as I have a firm appointment to do nothing for two hours starting in twelve minutes. 

The Quicken Loans Favorites
"... Avis We Try Harder." . . indeed.


1. Jason Day - 15 to 1
2. Jordan Spieth - 15 to 1
3. Tiger Woods - 16 to 1
4. Justin Rose - 16 to 1
5. Brandt Snedeker - 26 to 1
6. Keegan Bradley - 29 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Brendon Todd
2. Jason Day
3. Jordan Spieth
4. Justin Rose
5. Brandt Snedeker
6. Horschel Billy 

Footnote

* One byproduct of writing in my current location is that I'm dealing with an auto-correct situation that wants to capitalize the first letter of every other freaking word, rearrange my sentences and change all of the commas to periods in my numbers. (Note the previous section that I fixed results about seven times before giving up). Come on Google, get your head out of your ass.

Email the Fantasy Golf Report at fgr@fantasygolfreport.com.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fantasy Golf: The Travelers Preview

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship in 2010 and he should have won it again last year but he finished two shots back after dumping his tee shot into the water on 16 and making a triple bogey. Judging by his reaction, it was his caddie's fault for helping him pick the club that he used to hit his ball into the water. I was on the fence about Bubba until that moment. I am not anymore but I never let my personal preferences impair my picking ability (yeah right) so Bubba has a chance to redeem himself in my eyes this week. I'm sure that's just the motivation he needs. By the way, we're giving Matt Kuchar the week off even though he refuses to take one himself. If he was your coworker, you'd be telling him to slow down and stop making everyone else look bad by now.

The Travelers Favorites
"Why didn't you tell me that would
come-up short if I hit it thin?!?!"

1. Matt Kuchar - 12 to 1
2. Bubba Watson - 12 to 1
3. Dustin Johnson - 14 to 1
4. Jason Day - 16 to 1
5. Sergio Garcia - 22 to 1

The FGR One and Done Picks

1. Bubba Watson
2. Keegan Bradley
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Marc Leishman
5. Ryan Moore

Email the Fantasy Golf Report at fgr@fantasygolfreport.com.

Footnote

* In an effort to accomplish something that is not immediately clear, the Golf Channel occasionally tacks-on a European or women's event to its weekly fantasy game. This week they have included the women's U.S. Open so the picks in the sidebar include the FGR's selections from the Golf Channel's four categories for that event. I actually spent five minutes doing research on it so don't ever say I'm not here for you . . . because I am.