Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview

I told you the Memorial never disappoints. Even when we get a first-time winner, we also get a three hole playoff involving a U.S. Open champ and, more importantly, a hosel rocket that drills a fan in the side of the head and takes him off his feet faster than a Hulk Hogan clothesline. (If you haven't seen it, click here). What a great combination of a late "FORE" call by Rose and/or his caddie and a spectator who seemed to be meandering around with absolutely no clue that the biggest shot of the tournament was being hit about 175 yards away from him. I'm not going to say he deserved it because no one deserves that but if all you want to do on a Sunday afternoon is walk around on a grassy hill, there are safer places to do it . . . dumbass. 

And that leads us to a convergence of a couple of circumstances that are going to cut this preview a bit short: 

(1) The FedEx St. Jude Classic has the dual non-distinction of featuring a C+ field and being sandwiched between one of the Tour's best events and the U.S. Open. If it was on your favorite team's football schedule, it would be a Jags game between home games against the Packers and the Patriots*; and 

(2) The FGR's personal golf calendar just got kicked into overdrive with an 11th hour invitation to nice little two-day member guest situation later this week.** Add that to previously booked outings, casual rounds, multi-day events and family at the beach leavng me to my own devices, and you get 153 holes over the next ten days (oh boy I just got the same feeling I get when I watch the end of Rudy). Somewhere in there I'm going to have to find time to crank-out a preview for what is going to be an epic west coast based primetime for the east coast audience U.S. Open (and don't forget your day job there Captain Leisure) . . . right, and that too. 

In the meantime, pick Billy Horschel this week. If he's not available, go with Webb Simpson and if neither of those guys are options, get creative with a Shawn Stefani, Russell Knox or Brian Harman. When three of your last four winners were Harris English, Ben Crane and Harrison Freakin' Frazier and six of your last seven runner-ups were Robert Karlsson (twice), Robert Garrigus, John Merrick, Scott Stallings and Troy Merritt, you might as well let your wife make the pick.              

The St. Jude Classic Favorites
"Hey honey, you know how you're
always talking about how we never
do anything together anymore . . ."

1. Dustin Johnson - 5/1
2. Phil Mickelson - 12/1
3. Ryan Palmer - 14/1
4. Billy Horschel - 16/1
5. Webb Simpson - 18/1
6. Paul Casey - 22/1
7. Harris English - 22/1
8. Brooks Koepka - 22/1
9. Jamie Donaldson - 28/1
10. Graeme McDowell - 30/1

The FGR St. Jude Picks

1. Billy Horschel
2. Webb Simpson
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Russell Knox
5. Shawn Stefani

The One and Done Pick: Billy Horschel
Speaking of women and golf, we
love Lexi Thompson in the #2 spot
 for this week's Golf Channel line-up.

The Sleeper Pick: Ben Crane

Last Week's Report Card: A-

1. Justin Rose - 2nd
2. Dustin Johnson - T13th
3. Jordan Spieth - T3rd
4. Rickie Fowler - M/C
5. Hideki Matsuyama - T5th

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
Honda: Keegan Bradley - M/C
WGC-Cadillac: Bubba Watson - $540,000
Valspar: Jim Furyk - $23,600
And, as usual, we're going with
Allison Stokke in the pole vault.
(I've already checked-out).
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

Season Total: $3,166,492


* I know the Patriots continue to invent ways to be more hateable but that's what you want out of the teams you root against right?

** It's good to be the FGR.

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