Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fantasy Golf: The Dean & Deluca Invitational Preview

Before we get to this week's tournament preview, let's take a minute to talk about choking. And more specifically, choking away a 4 up lead with 5 holes to play. And even more specifically, choking away that lead in a tournament that you really give a crap about. And very specifically, choking away that kind of lead when all you (as a 6 handicap) and your partner (as a 9 handicap) had to do was make one par on the last four holes to win. And quite specifically . . . FUCK!!! 

Okay. Now that I didn't even begin to get that out of my fucking system, let's get to this week's event which used to be called the Crowne Plaza Invitational and before that was just called the Colonial but is now sponsored by Dean & Deluca . . . "purveyors of fine food" (because they don't just "sell" fine food, they "purvey" it). Remember when these second tier events used to have badass names like the Buick-Goodwrench Open, the Anheiser-Busch Golf Classic and the Michelob-Houston Open. Now we have a tournament sponsored by a company that sells a $75 "French Cheese Plate" . . . and it's being played in Texas! I expect fixing that shit to be near the top of President Trump's to do list.     

Anyway, here's the only advice you need this week. Pick a player who hits it straight. Zach Johnson won here in 2010 and 2012. Jason Dufner was runner-up in 2012 and 2014. Those two guys should top your list of candidates along with the assortment of slap hitters I have listed below. And now, if you'll excuse me, I feel another bogey flashback coming-on so I'm going to stick a butter knife in a toaster.
   
Thanks for another 
great year Texas.
THE DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL ODDS

Jordan Spieth - 6/1
Adam Scott - 11/1
Matt Kuchar - 14/1
Zach Johnson - 22/1
Charley Hoffman - 25/1
Kevin Chappell - 28/1
Patrick Reed - 33/1
Jim Furyk - 33/1
Kevin Na - 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen - 33/1
Charl Schwartzel - 35/1
Chris Kirk - 35/1
Jason Dufner - 40/1
Brandt Snedeker - 40/1
Jimmy Walker - 40/1
Colt Knost - 40/1
Danny Lee - 40/1

One and Done Pick: Jason Dufner
Love the hats.

Sleeper Pick: Scott Piercy

FIFTEEN GUYS WE LIKE

Jordan Spieth - $12,800
Matt Kuchar - $11,000
Zach Johnson - $10,700
Chris Kirk - $9,700
Kevin Chappell - $9,600
Jason Dufner - $8,400
Colt Knost - $8,300
Patton Kizzire - $7,600
Smylie Kaufman - $7,600
Jerry Kelly - $7,200
Freddie Jacobson - $7,100
Bryce Molder - $7,100
Kyle Reifers - $7,000
Scott Piercy - $6,800
Adam Hadwin - $6,600

ONE AND DONE 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
Zurich:
Billy Horschel
$28,029
Wells Fargo:
Kevin Chappell
$22,642
Players:
Rory McIlroy
$212,625
Nelson:
Marc Leishman
$0
Total
$5,442,516

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