Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fantasy Golf: The Zurich Classic Preview

Well whatever we did (or in this case didn't do) last week worked as we pegged our third winner of the season.* Based on that success and the fact that we've got a little something special occupying our time (hint: Kiper), we're going to apply that same laissez-faire approach this week. It seems like a somewhat straightforward pick anyway. When Billy Horschel does his annual impersonation of a suddenly lit sparkler, you run with him before he burns your fingers (because you just had to milk the last three seconds out of that life changing experience). This is especially true when he's playing an event that he won three years ago. Which he is. This week. Starting Thursday.  

The other option is Justin Rose who has slipped out of the uber elite category and descended to lower level elite status just above the Snedeker/Matsuyama platform. However, I'd like to see his game wake-up before throwing him out there at a worthy event like The Memorial. If you don't want to roll the dice with a player of that caliber on a course that's a bit of a crapshoot (New Orleans + gambling analogies = gold), then go with Cameron Tringale. Sure he's playing like garbage but check-out his track record at the TPC of Louisiana: 2nd, T17th, Cut, T7th, T18th and T28th. He is what they call down at the stables "a horse for the course" (and with lines like that, I am what they call down at the stables "a doofus").


Because Zurich is from Switzerland.
The Zurich Classic Odds

1. Jason Day - 5/1
2. Justin Rose - 15/2
3. Rickie Fowler - 10/1
4. Charley Hoffman - 18/1
5. Billy Horschel - 22/1
6. Daniel Berger - 28/1
7. Chris Kirk - 35/1
7. Smylie Kaufman - 35/1
9. Cameron Tringale - 45/1
9. Charles Howell, III - 45/1
9. Marc Leishman - 45/1
11. Byeong Hun An - 50/1
12. Danny Lee - 55/1
13. Patton Kizzire - 60/1
13. Jamie Lovemark - 60/1
15. Sean O'Hair - 66/1
15. Boo Weekley - 66/1
15. Russell Henley - 66/1
And so is Elsa.

Ten Guys We Like

Justin Rose - $11,800
Billy Horschel - $10,300
Charles Howell, III - $8,700
Cameron Tringale - $8,600
Boo Weekley - $7,800
Sean O'Hair - $7,600
David Hearn - $7,500
Chez Reavie - $7,400
Chad Campbell - $7,200
David Toms - $6,700

One and Done Pick: Billy Horschel

Sleeper Pick: David Toms 

Picks to Date

Hyundai: Dustin Johnson  $148,000
Sony: Matt Kuchar  $77,604
CareerBuilder: Ryan Palmer  $75,897
Farmers: Brandt Snedeker $1,170,000
Phoenix: Hideki Matsuyama $1,170,000
Pebble Beach: Jimmy Walker $143,500
Northern Trust: Sergio Garcia $0
Honda: Patrick Reed $0
Cadillac: Rickie Fowler $197,500
Valspar Ryan Moore $414,800
Palmer: Henrik Stenson $365,400
Match Play: Branden Grace $90,900
Houston Open: Phil Mickelson $160,760
Masters: Adam Scott $37,000
Heritage: Kevin Kisner $11,859
Texas Open: Charley Hoffman $1,116,000
Total $5,179,220

Footnote


* My rube move of the week was predicting the winner and then failing to include him in any of my six man teams. That's the problem with casually picking a team every 10-12 hours instead of doing them altogether. It's like packing over the course of three days for a one week trip. You end-up with twelve t-shirts, five belts and no fucking socks.

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