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