Sony Open OAD Picks
With the Sentry TOC in the books, the PGA Tour heads to the Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open. This will be our first cut event of the OAD year, with a 144 man field. If you don’t make the cut, you don’t make any OAD money and it will definitely set you back. So there’s the point of taking the big boys up top and there is also the point of making sure your guy just makes the cut. The guys were strong last week with the Pat Perez and Marc Leishman calls, so let’s see who they like this week.
|Last Week’s Earnings||$296,000||$204,000||$76,750||$65,000|
|Last Week’s Player||Pat Perez||Marc Leishman||Justin Thomas||Brendan Steele|
Not a bad start to the 2018 season for this Junkie. Last week at Kapalua my goal was to pick a player who I felt could get me a top 5 without wasting a Spieth, Matsuyama, or DJ. Pat Perez came through with a T4 earning me a nice $296,000 in Gup’s OAD. Picking DJ would have been a sweet start and those who won feel on top of the world right now, but let’s face it, you can pick DJ at several other venues and feel as though you’ve made a great choice.
Sony is our first full field event for the OAD. This means a cut sweat and the potential of a $0 payday is imminent for many. Let’s try to avoid earning a goose egg this week. To do so I’m targeting those who pegged it last week at the Sentry TOC. Give me a guy who I know has played some golf already. I’m looking at Harman, Henley, and Berger as my main 3. I know some will take Jimmy Walker who is a past winner, some will take CH III, a cut maker extraordinaire, and some will take Spieth or JT in hopes of climbing the ladder after a shaky start across the pacific last week. But give me Russell Henley!!! He’s a past winner here, played at TOC last week, putts Bermuda greens well, and is a guy I feel could win 2-3 times this year. So let’s hope it’s this week at Sony!!!
Jordan Spieth – I’ve decided I’m going to take the best golfer possible in every tournament this year. Last year I finished mid pack and had lots of the best golfer in the world left over. This is subject to change, but that’s my thought right now.
Last week Brendan Steele came out on fire on Thursday……and then went to poop. He finished -1 on the week and 29th overall, so not the most ideal start. We look to get back on track this week, and in order to do so I’ll be looking into a golfer who played last week as well. He had a great opening round and finished T7 -13 with a -6 on Sunday. He started and finished well and that could rollover nicely at the Sony Open. As Rob stated last week he is one of the players that can handle the wind as well, currently the weather looks find, but you never know when that can change off the ocean. He has gone T7 or better in 3 of his last 4 events and when it comes to the Sony Open he is 8/8 on cuts (which is really important now) with a 5th here 4 years ago and a T20 last year. I am talking about Marc Leishman. Last week the honorable mention of Flat Bill went well so this weeks honorable mentions will be the chalky Charles Howell III and Gary Woodland.