2018 Waste Management Open OAD Picks
Last week was a wild one at Torrey Pines as Bubba and Jesse both had golfers that missed the cut. Kevin had Brandt sneak through for a little cash. But the big winner of the week was Rob with Tony Finau and his big finish which propelled Rob into 2nd place. Jesse remains in the lead as we have a long way to go this PGA Tour season. This week we head to Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open. One of the funner tournaments on the tour with a lot of heavy hitters in the field. Lets see who the guys like in their 2018 Waste Management Open OAD Picks.
|Last Week’s Earnings||$19,734||$239,775||$0||$0|
|Last Week’s Player||Brandt Snedeker||Tony Finau||Rickie Fowler||Brian Harman|
|This Week’s Pick||Zach Johnson||JJ Spaun||Tony Finau||Tony Finau|
@bdentrek– It may be early, but I am already digging a big hole. I was very close to taking Jordan Spieth this week as he is definitely one of the best and has 2 Top 10 finishes at the Waste Management Open. Instead I’ll be rolling with a player that has only made 1 of 3 cuts at the WM Open, missing his last 2 and his only made cut was T22. This player is a different player these days, coming off a T6 last week and as I stated on the Always Pressing POD is due for a big year. I am hoping that big year starts with a win this week as he plays a track that suits him well (I know he hasn’t played well here in the past), Tony Finau.
@AllDayEvery365– JJ Spaun – I’m going Oakland Raiders Off the Board here and going the approach monster in JJ Spaun. Second in proximity his last twelve rounds in this field and ninth in SG: Approach, two main qualities you need as the greens aren’t overly difficult and hitting it close usually coincides with birdies. He finished fourth last year as a debutant, gained five (!) strokes last week on the greens, showing he’s a Bermuda grass guy, and is a Scottsdale local, making the TPC is home course. Rickie and Hideki are going to be ultra chalky this week and with a talented field, I’m taking my first punt of the season because I don’t think I can use a guy of this approach quality at another stop on tour.
@KevinsDelight– Thanks to Brandt Snedeker we’ve now made 2 Cuts in a row after the MC we had from Russell Henley at Sony. Our list of players used for 2018 now consists of: Pat Perez, Russell Henley, Webb Simpson, and Brandt Snedeker. Making cuts is nice but we really need a couple Top 5’s or a win very soon to really feel like we are relevant in this event.
Waste Management is a great appetizer for the Super Bowl and I’ve said this for several years now as the event has really grown to be one of the best on TOUR. The field continues to get better and better each year, the fans get rowdy and create a venue unlike any you see during the year, and it leads right up to kick-off of the big game.
Initially everyone will gravitate to Hideki Matsuyama who really owns TPC Scottsdale. He’s won the last two years, a 2nd place in 2015, and a 4th place finish in 2014. I’d be shocked if 30% of the field isn’t on Hideki here. I’m going in a different direction as I’ll save Hideki for another event. Players other than Matsuyama who came to mind were: Webb (already used), Snedeker (already used), JB Holmes, Zach Johnson, and Jon Rahm. Holmes I’ll use all over DK this week but will pass for a OAD. Rahm will be playing his 3rd straight week and I’m personally not a fan of guys who might be burnt out mentally. ZJ has had great success here without winning but is due for a victory. A T12 in 2017, T14 in 2016, and T10 in 2015, show he has the ability to get me the Top 5 or W we need here. Let’s roll with Zach Johnson this week and hope his low ownership and past success here gets us a higher finish than Hideki, Rickie, Rahm, and Spieth who might be the 4 highest owned players.
Best of luck in the desert before the Super Bowl.
@DFSGolfGods- Shout out to Rickie for missing the cut last week and ruining my 1 in a row OAD winner’s streak. I’m going right back to the same strategy of using the best golfer. You might think that is Hideki Matusyama, but I’m zigging a little this week and going Tony Finau. I have a really good feeling about him this week. If he can make putts inside 10 feet then he will be toward the top of the leaderboard all week.