Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Greenbrier Preview

We're way overdue for a FGR Rankings update to see exactly where this McIlroy-Spieth rivalry stands when viewed in light of tournament results that really matter so we've spent the last two days crunching numbers after ignoring the spreadsheet for the better part of two years. But we'll get to that later in the week. For now, let's dispense with the nuts and bolts of the Greenbrier Classic which, in its brief history, has developed about the most eclectic, random and unpredictable list of winners of any tournament on tour. Check this out: 

2010: Stuart Appleby (Feel good story)
2011: Scott Stallings (Mr. Random himself)
2012: Ted Potter, Jr. (Who in the f . . .?)
2013: Jonas Blixt (Oh yeah that Swede who's not Stenson)
2014: Angel Cabrera (EL PATO!!!!) 

That's apparently what happens when you decide to sell-out and play a tour event on a resort course. Even the list of runner-ups looks like a Rorschach Test with guys like George McNeil, Troy Kelly, Bob Estes, Johnson Wagner and Jeff Overton. Stephen Hawking looked for a trend in those ten names and said "fuck this, I'm going to Scores." Seems like a good time to use that young player that you know is going to win sooner than later but you're just not sure where. Kevin Kisner . . . grab a bat, you're in.   

The Greenbrier Odds
Hard not to also like Simpson this week . . .

1. Bubba Watson - 9/1
2. Paul Casey - 22/1
3. Webb Simpson - 28/1
4. Keegan Bradley - 28/1
5. Louis Oostuizen - 28/1
6. Graham DeLaet - 28/1
7. Patrick Reed - 28/1
8. Bill Haas - 28/1
9. J.B. Holmes - 28/1
10. Kevin Kisner - 30/1

The FGR Greenbrier Picks

1. Kevin Kisner
2. Bubba Watson
3. Webb Simpson
4. Patrick Reed
5. Brendon Todd

. . . and Reed . . . 
The One and Done Pick: Kevin Kisner

The Sleeper Pick: Scott Pinckney

Last Week's Report Card: A-

1. Bubba Watson - 1st
2. Billy Horschel - T25th
3. Sergio Garcia - T25th
4. Brandt Snedeker - T10th
5. Russell Knox - W/D

The One and Done Picks to Date

Hyundai: Kevin Streelman - $70,667
Sony: Chris Kirk - $42,280
Humana: Russell Knox - M/C
Phoenix: Hunter Mahan - $36,729
Farmers: Hideki Matsuyama - M/C

AT&T: Dustin Johnson - $281,067
Northern Trust: Jimmy Walker - $24,120
. . . and Simpson again. Happy 4th everybody!!!!
Honda: Keegan Bradley - M/C
WGC-Cadillac: Bubba Watson - $540,000
Valspar: Jim Furyk - $23,600
Palmer: Brooks Koepka – W/D
Texas Open: Matt Kuchar - $99,200
Houston Open: Louis Oosthuizen - M/C
Masters: Rory McIlroy - $480,000
Heritage: Patrick Reed - M/C
Zurich: Rickie Fowler - M/C
Match Play: Graeme McDowell - $49,385
Players: Henrik Stenson - $130,857
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $624,800
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $78,780
Byron Nelson: Gary Woodland - $15,407
Memorial: Justin Rose - $669,600
FedEx St. Jude: Billy Horschel - $168,000
U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson - $23,822
Travelers: Brandt Snedeker - $147,200

Season Total: $3,505,514

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