Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The John Deere Preview

Ah the "what ifs" of gambling. What if David Lingmerth doesn't make the putt of his life on the first playoff hole at the Memorial? What if I didn't major in romantic poetry in college which clearly led me to picking Mickelson over Spieth at the U.S. Open? ("Though the dull brain perplexes and retards" comes to mind*). What if I hadn't wasted Bubba earlier in the season so I could have started him at the Travelers as the most obvious pick of the year? And finally, what if Kevin Kisner could win a freakin' playoff? That's roughly $4M in earnings that I was THAT close to over the past five weeks and the difference between me being Navin Johnson, gas station attendant and Navin Johnson, inventor/entrepreneur.

This could've been me.
At least I appear to have a pulse and I've gotten back to doling out advice that you should consider following instead of running from like it's someone wearing a "Trump for President" t-shirt. (We try to avoid politics at the FGR but, if you actually think that Donald Trump would make a good president, I don't really give a crap if you read my work). On that light note, let's see if we can keep it going for another week. 

As usual, if Jordan Spieth is in the field, he also gets the top spot but I sure as hell wouldn't make him my one and done pick this week. Steve Stricker is the obviously intriguing choice but it doesn't matter how much you love a course if your game isn't in shape which appears to be the case with him. So I'm going with a slight outlier this week in Robert Streb. It looks like he's finally recovered from his hangover of dominating the fall season and he's ready to win again. Not to mention, who in the hell else am I going to pick? Jerry Kelly? He's old enough to be my older brother for crying out loud.    

The John Deere Classic Odds
John Deere week is
almost too easy . . . 


1. Jordan Spieth - 7/2

2. Zach Johnson - 8/1
3. Kevin Kisner - 18/1
4. Ryan Moore - 25/1
5. Steve Stricker - 28/1
6. Harris English - 33/1
7. Robert Streb - 33/1
8. Brian Harman - 35/1
9. Ton Finau - 40/1
10. Justin Thomas - 40/1

The FGR John Deere Picks


1. Jordan Spieth

2. Kevin Kisner
3. Zach Johnson
4. Robert Streb
5. Jerry Kelly

The FGR One and Done Pick: Robert Streb


The FGR Sleeper Pick: Bo Van Pelt

The One and Done Picks to Date
. . . I SAID TOO EASY!!!

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
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
Greenbrier: Kevin Kisner - $500,267

Season Total: $4,005,781

Footnote

* And no I cannot quote Keats on demand. I'm not Frasier Crane for chrissake.  

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