Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Fantasy Golf: The BMW Championship Preview

I am currently writing from somewhat beautiful if not a kind of gritty midtown Memphis, a mere 19 miles from where Will Zalatoris sunk his dramatic putt on the third playoff hole two freakin' days ago. Was I here for that? Hell No! Alas, the window for abandoning my middle child at college fell just after the tournament. Talk about a week late and a few thousand dollars short. 

Meanwhile, the tour has moved east to within about an hour of FGR headquarters. Probably should've left some staff behind to cover it. Feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Then again, we are talking about the guy who skipped on-campus job interviews in law school to work a shift selling headbands and jock straps at Herman's World of Sporting Goods. If you think the guy who graduated as an English major to work in a golf store was going to play their little game of trying to get a job . . . as a lawyer . . . while in law school. Think again.  

TWEET OF THE WEEK

I really wanted to feature a tweet from @ThePunnyWorld because it has recently been restoring my faith in humanity by making me laugh at the most simple shit you can imagine but frankly there were too many from which to choose.* Also, with the news today that Patrick Reed has sued the Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee for defamation . . . apparently arising out of them describing him accurately, it felt like we should highlight his recent effort to improve his world ranking by flying all the way to Singapore for a tournament that actually counts. Apparently it wasn't quite the ranking points windfall he expected. 


GOLF ANALYSIS

Last week's top-end picks of Will Zalatoris, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas were solid but I took a wild swing and a miss on the glue guys with most (if not all) of them missing the cut in a 125 man field. To make it up to you, the customer, I am offering a rare one-time guarantee that none of this week's picks will miss the cut. None of them.

As luck would have it, I've randomly saved a player who finds himself in the midst of a mega hot streak. The last time this happened was when I still had Scottie Scheffler available for the PGA Championship, switched my pick to him from Justin Thomas and he promptly missed his first cut of 2022. Let's hope Tony Finau doesn't suffer a similar fate. (I know there's no cut . . . just work with me).

Jon Rahm had been pretty quiet for awhile until his T5 in Memphis and it feels like the bear might be stirring after not really being part of the conversation this year. Winning the FedEx Cup would salvage that a bit. Patrick Cantlay found his groove at this time last year and should bounce back from a lackluster T57. I generally like to end paragraphs on a pithy note but that's not possible once I have the image of Cantlay's face in my head so we just state the facts and proceed. 

Which brings us to Cameron Young who last week I put in the category of "most due" along with Zalatoris and Wil E. Coyote. Well now it's just down to him and Mr. Coyote who we all know is never getting off the list but this feels like it could be Cam's week. And to hedge that bet, I'm also picking Cam Davis.

The other five picks are basically just guys I like. I'd offer more but they've never played a tour event at Wilmington Country Club so that kicks-out my past performance crutch. Also, I've got to head over to Target to buy some sheets, towels, scented candles and a Heather Thomas poster. That's still a thing right?  

One and Done Pick: Tony Finau
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Other Guy I’d Pick: Cameron Young

Sleeper Pick: Si Woo Kim

DraftKings Top Ten Values

Jon Rahm

$10,300

Patrick Cantlay

$9,900

Tony Finau

$9,700

Cameron Young

$8,900

Max Homa

$8,500

Cameron Davis

$7,600

Davis Riley

$7,500

Sahith Theegala

$7,300

Si Woo Kim

$7,000

Denny McCarthy

$7,000


Footnote

* Two things: (1) Ending sentences with prepositions is a major pet peeve so I try to avoid it wherever possible even if it makes me sound like I'm trying to impress an English major in a book shop; and (2), I had to include at least one pun tweet so here you go . . . 
 

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