The Sony Open saw many low scores as expected and an exciting 6 hole playoff that saw Patton Kizzire win. When it comes to the guys, 3 of the 4 had players make the cut, but nothing too impressive as Kevin (whose player missed the cut) is still in the lead after 2 events. This week the PGA Tour heads to Southern California for the CareerBuilder Challenge. It is a 54 hole cut as each golfer will spend a day on 3 different courses. Top 70 and ties make the Sunday round unless there are over 78 then it’s Top 60 and ties. It is a bit of a weaker field with many of the top golfers playing in Abu Dhabi this week, but still some quality golfers to choose from. Let’s see who the guys pick for their CareerBuilder Challenge OAD Picks.
|Last Week’s Earnings||$0||$33,569||$75,463||$15,925|
|Last Week’s Player||Russell Henley||Charles Howell III||Jordan Spieth||Marc Leishman|
|This Week’s Pick||Webb Simpson||Webb Simpson||Jon Rahm||Chez Reavie|
@Bdentrek- So far 2 for 2 on the cut this year, but nothing much to show for it as I am bringing up the rear. This week I will go to one of my favorites, one of my usual plays for those that listen to the Always Pressing PGA DFS POD. I am going with a golfer who has been a top 20 machine of late. He finished 2017 in great form and came back last week at the Sony Open with a very solid T18. He has made his last 2 cuts at this event, a T12 and a T17. He has a Top 10 finish here as well. For the CareerBuilder Challenge I will be using Chez Reavie.
@DFSGolfGods- Jesse is enjoying a little vacation playing golf in Florida, but he did send his pick. He’ll be going what he says is the best player in the field, Jon Rahm.
@KevinsDelight- After a great first week with Pat Perez at the TOC, I had my first MC of the 2018 season. Russell Henley was my choice at the Sony Open where a late Friday finish derailed my hopes for a great weekend. Henley shot +2 on Thursday and needed a nice Friday round to play the weekend. He shot 3 under on his first 9 (the back 9) without making a birdie or eagle on 18, one of the easiest Par 5’s on TOUR. Russell proceeded to play ok on his next 9 until a bogey, triple bogey, bogey stretch which sent me to the fridge for another Coors Light. The first bogey kept him inside the cut line, but the 4 PUTT triple bogey on the Par 3 virtually sealed my weekend fate. A MC in the OAD and many, many DK LU’s that limped home with 5/6 making the cut. Needless to say Russell cost me some coin in Hawaii. So now it’s on to Career Builder where I’m forcing myself to pick a guy who has played in Hawaii. 7 of the last 8 winners in the California desert played at least 1 of the Hawaii events. Only Jhonny Vegas did not! So if you didn’t show up in Hawaii, I’m not picking you.
Initial names that pop up include: Brian Harman, Webb Simpson, Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer, and Jhonny Vegas. Harman is off to a great start in 2018 a solo 3rd and T4 make him a serious contender this week. Will he be burnt out? Initially I was completely off Harman, but his pairing with fellow Dawg Hudson Swafford have him back in play for me. Webb fired 63-65 on the weekend at Sony and finished with a T4, making him ripe for the picking at Career Builder. In the past 4 years, Webb has finished T66-T17-T7-T23 respectively. Rahm finished 8 shots back of DJ at Kapalua but his weekend scores were worth noting. He fits the mold I’m looking for at Career Builder, played in Hawaii and can go stupid low. I do feel he’ll be worth owning at other venues though. Ryan Palmer loves this event, biggest problem for him is HE CAN’T CLOSE…I really don’t see him winning the event but a made cut, YES! MC in 2017, T17 in 2016, T10 in 2015, and solo 2nd in 2014. RP battled some personal issues last year but seems to be in better spirits. I can’t pick him though. Finally Vegas! A T7 at Kapalua is all I need to know. Course history isn’t spectacular, a win here in 2011 but several MC have me a little worried. Ok so my OAD for this week is: Webb Simpson!
Best of luck this week! As always let me know if you have any questions.
@alldayevery365- Webb Simpson – I’m going to eat all of the chalk this week. I’m going to go with the hot hand in Webb and hope it continues. This tournament is a toss-up and a reduced purse so I’m not going to be hurt too much when Simpson doesn’t even make the Sunday Cut (I can already see this). Rahm is too good to use on this event when a win at a bigger event could net you an extra $400k for doing the same thing. Simpson fits all the molds: American, played in Hawaii, and in form.