Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fantasy Golf: The Wyndham Preview

It's Tuesday. It's raining. It's like 250 days until the Masters. The last major of the year is over. I had Justin Thomas available last week. I thought about picking him. It came down to him and Thomas Pieters. I picked Pieters. He missed the cut. Thomas won. Fuck.

Now I've got to pick-up the pieces and rally for the FedEx Cup but, before I even try to generate that modicum of motivation, we've got to wade into the Wyndham Championship where good players like Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson always play well but random players like Si Woo Kim, Camilo Villegas and Davis Love, III circa 2015 always seem to win. At least they do recently.

I was kind of big deal
around here in 2010.
You have to go back to 2011 through 2013 to get a run of quality winners at the Wyndham Championship when Simpson, Patrick Reed* and Sergio Garcia went back-to-back-to-back. Before them, Arjun Freakin' Atwal shocked everyone when he rolled into town with one top ten in his previous sixty-three events, won the tournament, and then carried that momentum to three top tens over the next seven years. Let's hope that he didn't invest all of those 2010 winnings in BlackBerry, Blockbuster or the Opti-Grab.

It's time for the Wyndham to take a baby step back towards its illustrious ways of 2011-13 and put Bud Cauley in the winner's circle. Bud's been solid since April and he just had a very respectable 33rd place finish at Quail Hollow. Bud finished tied for 10th here last year and he took 3rd back in 2012 when he was one of the best young players in the game. Bud is the pick this week for all of those reasons but, more than anything, he's the pick because I like saying "Bud." Bud Fox, Bud Grant, Bud Light . . . the list goes on. If you don't like Bud, then hey Bud, what's your problem? . . . Bud.

But not Bud Light Lime!!! That swill is
for squash players and sorority pledges.
The One and Done Pick: Bud Cauley

The Arjun Atwal Pick: Hunter Mahan

The DraftKings All Value Top Ten

Bill Haas
$10,200
Webb Simpson
$10,000
Keegan Bradley
$9,500
Bud Cauley
$9,200
Lucas Glover
$8,400
Robert Streb
$7,700
Richy Werenski
$7,400
Daniel Summerhays
$7,100
Tyrone van Aswegen
$7,100
Ryan Blaum
$6,900

Footnote

* Among the ways I like to ruin my golf watching experience is to participate in a season long league where you buy six players at auction to start the year and then you're stuck with them for the most part except for the dregs who people drop and add week to week (this year's most recycled players seemed to be Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Lee). I was smart enough to spend a chunk of my cap on Jordan Spieth and then dumb enough to spend a smaller chunk on Patrick Reed. This led me to Sunday where I needed him to do exactly what he did to win me some cash. The whole rooting experience made me feel dirty and led me to tweet the following (self-promotion time): 
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