Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Sony Open Preview

The Sony Favorites
We're skipping the preamble this week
and getting right down to business.

1. Jason Day - 12/1
2. Jimmy Walker - 16/1
3. Matt Kuchar - 18/1
4. Chris Kirk - 20/1
5. Hideki Matsuyama - 20/1
6. Zach Johnson - 25/1
7. Russell Henley - 25/1
8. Sang-Moon Bae - 33/1
9. Ryan Palmer - 33/1
10. Brendon Todd - 33/1

The FGR's Sony Top Five

1. Chris Kirk
2. Jimmy Walker
3. Zach Johnson
4. Brendon Todd
5. Charles Howell, III

The FGR's One and Done Pick: Chris Kirk

This one came down to Chris Kirk versus Brendon Todd because (a) I'm sitting on Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson for later in the season and (b) putting is one of the main strengths you'll find in most of the recent winners of this event (Jimmy Walker, Russell Henley, Mark Wilson, Zach Johnson, etc.) and both Kirk and Todd can really roll it (I mean like reeeaaaallllly roll it baby!!!). In the end I landed on Kirk because he clearly found something good in his game on Monday when he ripped-off 11 birdies on his way to a 62 and his last two finishes at the Sony are 2nd and T5th. There are almost too many good options this week including everyone in The FGR Top Five along with Jason Day, Russell Henley, Ryan Palmer, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama and the somewhat forgotten Charles Howell, III who has finished top ten here five of the last six years. It would be hard to make a bad pick so um, no pressure.      

"Houston, we have a problem. What is it?
 . . . Well just look out the damn window!!!"
Last Week's Report Card: C-

1. Matt Kuchar: T17th
2. Bubba Watson: 10th
3. Chris Kirk: T14th
4. Jimmy Walker: 2nd
5. Billy Horschel: T22nd

One and Done Picks to Date

Hyundai: Kevin Streelman - T22nd

This just in. I continued my streak of screwing-up the Hyundai pick as last year I went with Gary Woodland (T13th), in 2013 it was Scott Piercy (T13th) and in 2012 I dropped the ball with Bill Haas (20th). So over the last four years, the average finish of my pick in a 33 player event has been 17th. Clearly my approach is not working and I feel like the guy in Boogie Nights who just had two girls OD on him in two days. Now the Colonel is standing over me saying, "well do you think this means that maybe you oughtta think about getting some new shit? Whaddya think?" Screw this conservative approach. Next year I'm going big at the Hyundai. Now can someone write that down and shoot me an email in about 51 weeks?   

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