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Cheat Sheet The Course •TPC Deere Run •Silvis, Illinois •Par 71 •7,258 yards ◦Stadium course designed by D.A. Weibring (hosted here since 2000) ◦Bentgrass greens and fairways ◦Tree-lined course that is heavily bunkered, only has a couple of water hazards, and lends itself to low scoring ◦Winning score is typically around -20 (since 2000 it's been anywhere between -16 and -27) ◦Top 5 finishes qualify for the Open Championship next week ◦Michelle Wie was a sponsor exemption here in 2005 and 2006 & Jordan Spieth became the first teenager to win on Tour since 1931 with his victory at the John Deere Classic in 2013 Key Stats •SG: approaching-the-green •Driving accuracy •GIR •Par 4 scoring •Par 3 scoring The Field We have another 156 man field but the top three priced golfers don't even have their pictures on DraftKings; that should tell you where the talent level is at this week. Luckily we have some exciting young players that are having breakout seasons to watch and the Asian-sensation Ho Sung Choi will also grab headlines this week (the guy with the crazy swing and funky antics). Big Dogs ($9,000 and up on DK) •Solid (Cash) ◦Kevin Streelman ($10,000 DK - $11,100 FD) - Streelman has been as consistent lately as anyone in this field and he has more experience than the young guys priced above him. He's also played at TPC Deere Run in four out of the last five years; placing better each year and even finishing inside of the top 10 last year. In such a poor field I could see him being one of the highest owned guys this week so I'm going to lean on him heavier this week for Cash lineups. After writing this Kevin Streelman WD, my sources (twitter) are telling me that he is to replace someone in the Open next week. ◦Sungjae Im ($9,700 DK - $10,800 FD) - Sungjae has been on a great run as well making five straight cuts coming into this event with four of those inside of the top 25 (including a T15 last week). He's also been about as good as anyone in this field over the course of the last year so I see him being a very safe pick at the John Deere Classic... he's made 20 out of his last 29 cuts and found the top 25 in 45% of those tournaments. ◦Charles Howell III ($9,500 DK - $11,300 FD) - Howell has played in this tournament in three out of the last five years and made the cut in each of those events with two top 25 finishes. He's been improving as of late with three straight made cuts and a T23 at the 3M Open last week. If he continues this trend he should be in the conversation for a top 10, especially in such a depleted field. •Risky (GPP) ◦Lucas Glover ($9,800 DK - $11,500 FD) - it turns out I was right about sticking with Glover last week because he went on to finish inside of the top 20 for the first time since the PGA Championship. He's been pretty rocky with two missed cuts right before his 7th place finish at the 3M Open and he had two missed cuts in the John Deere Classic before finishing 25th here in 2017 as well. Glover's price has skyrocketed since last week but with his ability to climb the leaderboard — he might be worth it. ◦Daniel Berger ($9,300 DK - $10,700 FD) - with Brian Harman right above him, Berger could fly under the radar after his T15 last week in Minnesota. Harman has turned it on as of late and has a great track record here (including a win) so I feel like all eyes will be on him in this range. That leaves Berger as a sneaky good play here with his game quietly getting better and having finished 5th at TPC Deere Run back in 2017. ◦Ryan Moore ($9,200 DK - $10,600 FD) - Ryan Moore has played well in this event and even won it back in 2017 but since then he has missed the cut here and finished 55th last year. He's also coming off of two missed cuts in his most recent tournaments so I could imagine the combination of these two factors has his price a little lower than it should be. Moore's ownership could get somewhat higher with this apparent discount but $9,200 for a guy with win equity in a tournament where the three highest priced guys are all rookies is hard to pass up. Value ($7,400 - $8,900 on DK) •Solid (Cash) ◦Nate Lashley ($8,500 DK - $9,600 FD) - within this price range the guy that I have as the most likely to make the cut is Nate Lashley. The type of golfer I am keying on this week is based off of past winners (Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson, Brian Harman, Steve Stricker): an accurate driver, he doesn't have to be long but he has to be accurate going into the greens and Lashley certainly fits that build. He's 19th in SG: approaching the green, 22nd in GIR, and 9th in proximity, bogey avoidance, and par 4 scoring. He missed the cut last week after his win at the Rocket Mortgage but I expect him to bounce back here. ◦Vaughn Taylor ($7,700 DK - $8,900 FD) - Taylor has made six straight cuts coming into this week with his worst finish in that time coming at the Charles Schwab where he finished 58th. He has three top 20's in that stretch with a 4th place finish at the Travelers. Vaughn has played in the John Deere Classic in each of the last four years and has only missed one cut out of the four, so for $7,700 or less it may be hard to find a more seemingly reliable pick this week. ◦Troy Merritt ($7,500 DK - $9,200 FD) - Merritt got off to an okay start last week and shot -1 on Thursday but proceeded to shoot a combined -15 in the next three rounds to end at 7th place. He's also made four out of his last five cuts at TPC Deere Run with a 20th place finish coming back in 2014. He seems to be having a decent year, is fairly hot at the moment, and seems to be comfortable on this track so it is somewhat surprising to see him priced this low. •Risky (GPP) ◦Ryan Palmer ($8,600 DK - $9,300 FD) - Palmer is one of the most likely guys to win this tournament according to my model and he's only priced at $8,600 this week. He's made 10 out of 15 cuts this year and has four top 10 finishes but the reason he is priced so low might be because of his finishes at this event. He's only played it twice in recent history and missed the cut back in 2017 and was an MDF the following year. Palmer's upside potential might increase his popularity this week but I'm willing to bite the bullet on some chalk here for a drastically under-priced golfer. ◦Mackenzie Hughes ($7,900 DK - $9,000 FD) - Hughes finished 16th in the John Deere Classic last year and is playing some really nice golf at the moment as well. He's made five straight cuts and three of those have been 21st place finishes or better. In that same stretch he has shot -4 or better in 7 out of 20 rounds so he is showing the ability to heat up quicker than a microwave once he starts stringing together good shots; making him an intriguing play this week. ◦Talor Gooch ($7,700 DK - $9,000 FD) - Gooch has been one of the better iron players this year ranking 17th in SG: approaching-the-green, 13th in proximity, and 6th in GIR. His scoring numbers are also great where he's top 25 in birdie or better, par 5, and par 4 scoring so he fits the build pretty well of previous winners at TPC Deere Run. (I just stopped mid-write up to place a bet on him to win... for what it's worth lol). Gooch has made four out of his last five cuts but did finish 73rd last week at the 3M Open so I'm hoping his ownership is lower than it should be this week. Sleepers ($7,300 and under on DK) •Solid (Cash) ◦Joey Garber ($7,300 DK - $8,900 FD) - Joey Garber has now finished inside of the top 30 in four out of his last five tournaments and that includes a 7th place finish last week. In those five events he has played 18 total rounds with only one round being worse than +1; and that was only a +2. His scoring and accuracy into the greens has really come around as of late so it's hard to turn him down at only $7,300. ◦Shawn Stefani ($7,200 DK - $8,700 FD) - Stefani missed the cut here last year but before that he made four straight with a 13th place finish in 2014. This year he is 47th in SG: approaching-the-green and 41st in GIR, and he also has three top 20's in his last seven events including a 15th place finish last week. So it would seem that Stefani has decent ball striking, scoring potential, and a solid track record coming into this week . ◦Roger Sloan ($7,100 DK - $8,100 FD) - tied with Shawn Stefani last week at the 3M Open was Roger Sloan at -14 on the tournament. He doesn't blow you away in the stat department but he is fairly consistent and is coming off of a stretch where he's only missed one out of his last six cuts. On top of that, Sloan hasn't been in the John Deere Classic since 2015 but he did finish 18th that year. •Risky (GPP) ◦Doc Redman ($7,200 DK - $8,300 FD) - after shooting +6 in the first round last week Doc Redman went on to miss the cut at the 3M Open (that was with a double and quadruple-bogey on the card). But the week before he finished 2nd at the Rocket Mortgage and his only other tournament on Tour this year was the Wells Fargo where he finished 18th. It will be interesting to see what his ownership will look like after his missed cut but I believe he has a lot of potential for someone in the lower $7,000's so he could be worth the risk either way. ◦Jonathan Byrd ($7,100 DK - $8,000 FD) - when you look at his stats you realize Byrd is the right golfer type to win on this course, then when you look at the course history you realize he won here back in 2007. The last time we saw him was at the Canadian Open where he finished 14th on a course that fit his eye as well but before that he finished last at the Wells Fargo and next to last at the Byron Nelson. It's a tough look to play that poorly in two of your last three starts on Tour but if people don't dig too deep into course history they may not realize how much potential Byrd has this week. ◦Michael Thompson ($7,000 DK - $8,700 FD) - after missing three out of his last four cuts, Thompson was an MDF last week at the 3M Open after shooting +5 in the third round. He's also missed three out of his last four cuts in this event but like I said last week: this is a cheap price tag for a guy that has eight top 20's this season, especially in this bad of a field. Dark Horses •Risky (GPP) ◦Robert Streb ($6,900 DK - $8,200 FD) - Streb has only made the cut here once in the last three years but before that he finished 14th back in 2015. He's also golfing fairly well at the moment making three out of his last four cuts with all three finishes at 35th place or better. In that time he has shot 14 rounds and he's only finished +1 twice and the rest of his rounds have been even par or better with five of those being -3 or better. ◦Wes Roach ($6,800 DK - $7,900 FD) - Roach missed two out of his last four cuts but he finished 11th and 3rd in the two tournaments where he made the cut. He has some experience in the John Deere classic with not much success but this might be the best form he's had coming into this event. ◦D.J. Trahan ($6,500 DK - $7,300 FD) - D.J. finished 63rd at the Canadian Open and before that he WD from the Byron Nelson. He hasn't played a whole lot this season but his stats are pretty good and he has some good finishes: 7th at Sanderson Farms, 18th at Pebble Beach, 16th at the Puerto Rico Open, and 10th at Corales Puntacana. That's not the strongest resume but I have high hopes for him at such a cheap price tag.
Accidently posted this to golf instead of ProGolf. Makes more sense here. https://progolfweekly.com/power-rankings-2019-masters-tournament/ As 2019 enters its fourth month, America is exploding with green, meaning it is time again to award the sports world’s most famous sartorial symbol of athletic superiority: the green jacket. Augusta National Golf Club, the picturesque host of the most acclaimed and exclusive golf tournament on the planet holds its 83rd addition this week, and this year promises to be one of the most thrilling yet. The field of 87 is composed of world-class talent, budding stars, and a venerable collection of ancient green jacket recipients who had their biggest moment announced by Vin Scully and Pat Summerall, and did their post-victory interviews on the Johnny Carson Show. Ranking such a prodigious field of participants is a near-impossible task, but here goes nothing: (Note: this will be the only mention of Zion Williamson) 15. Patrick Cantlay I wish there was a way to quantify this, but like few players in the field, Cantlay just “feels like” a Masters Champion. The 27-year-old is mature, refined, and resilient, and with his elite length and phenomenal iron game, what he possesses fits Augusta perfectly. The World No. 21 has not yet added a second career victory during the 2019 season, but he has stayed sharp, posting four top 10s in nine starts, and finishing outside the top 24 on just two occasions. Cantlay has the Tour’s seventh ranked scoring average, is 10th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and since last season, has improved his strokes gained: putting standing from 153rd to 81st. The former amateur superstar is ready for major championship contention, and do not be surprised to see him high on Sunday’s Masters leaderboard, despite the fact that he is making just his third career event start. 14. Bryson DeChambeau Brooks Koepka might have been the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year, and there was very little debate, but 2018’s breakout star was undeniably Bryson DeChambeau. The unorthodox 25-year-old took The Memorial, one of the year’s best fields outside of the majors and WGCs, in June, and then triumphed at three events in a five-start stretch later in the year, with two of those coming at FedExCup Playoff Events (he took third in the final Cup standings). Then for good measure, DeChambeau took the European Tour’s prestigious Omega Dubai Desert Classic in late January. In events that did not take place in Paris, DeChambeau emerged as of the Tours premiere players over the second half of 2018. The next step for DeChambeau is to contend on the major championship stage. He has yet to post a top 10 in ten major starts, but that is really just a matter of time. He has played The Masters just twice, with his best finish being an impressive T21 as an amateur. While that limited experience at Augusta might make it improbable that he will leave Georgia on Sunday with a green jacket, nothing “The Mad Scientist” does at this point would be a surprise. 13. Justin Thomas It seems odd that a man who has five top 10s in 10 season starts, and leads the PGA Tour in birdie average and scoring average, could be having an underwhelming season, but that has been somehow true for World No. 5 Justin Thomas. The stats look fantastic, but after eight victories between 2017 and 2018, he has yet to land in the winner’s circle this year, and has surprisingly struggled to close several events where he was in contention. He is also in the midst of a three-start stretch where he has failed to place better than T24. The 25-year-old is undeniably one of the best 3-5 players in the world, although he has yet to crack the code at Augusta, although he has improved in each of his three starts (T39, T22, T17). Nobody would be shocked if JT has a new green jacket and a second career major championship victory on Sunday, but he will need to quickly work out the kinks with his irons and putter that have circumscribed his results over the past month. 12. Phil Mickelson The 48-year-old three-time Masters Champion would become the oldest winner in tournament history if he is able to capture this year’s edition, a win which would also tie him with Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods for the second-most green jackets. Despite his advanced age, Mickelson has been very sharp at time over the past two seasons, notching two victories in that span, after having not won an event in five years. The latter of those two victories was a phenomenal three-stroke win at February’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, something that should be especially encouraging to the man who is a U.S. Open short of the career grand slam, since this year’s U.S. Open is being held at Pebble. However, since that Pebble Beach romp, Mickelson has struggled. He has two missed cuts in five starts since, with nothing better than a T37. He is still long, but his putter has been giving him trouble. Still, Mickelson always seems to awaken for the majors, and The Masters has been his best, placing in the top 10 on 15 occasions. What will be especially interesting will be if Mickelson lets Jake Owen try on his green jacket if he wins. 11. Jon Rahm The 24-year-old from Spain seems like a lock to someday win a major, and more likely will win many. Could this year’s Masters be major No. 1? Perhaps; Rahm finished solo-fourth at Augusta last year, in what was just his second start, but while he has already made a career of being impressively precocious, the man who has won twice on the PGA Tour and three times in Europe has yet to really contend down the stretch in the biggest of big-scale PGA Tour events. That first nearly happened at THE PLAYERS Championship last month, where he held the 54-hole lead, but he then imploded on Sunday with a 4-over 76 that knocked him out of the top 10 entirely. Overall, Rahm has continued to shine in 2019, however. He has six top 10s in just 10 starts this season, and as always, he is killing it with his driver, where he ranks second on Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee. At third on Tour in first round scoring average, do not be surprised if Rahm gets off to a fast start at Augusta. 10. Matt Kuchar Rickie Fowler has received the most scrutiny of anyone on Tour for not having yet won a major championship, but someone who should be feeling more pressure than Fowler is Matt Kuchar, who is 9.5 years older, and has also never landed in the winner’s circle of a major championship. His performances on the major stage have improved, as he has played inside the top 10 in four of them over the past two years, but he is another player who needs to take one of these to validate his career. Fortunately for Kuchar, he is in the midst of a career renaissance. The current leader in the FedExCup standings had gone five years without a victory on Tour, but has two this season; one in Mexico and one in Hawaii. He has also played well outside those two victories, and especially as of late. Two weeks ago he made it to the championship match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and then chased that runner-up with a T7 at last week’s Valero Texas Open. Kuchar has been fantastically accurate in 2019, leading the Tour in greens in regulation and ranking 6th in driving accuracy. Kuchar will still have to jump some mental hurdles if he gets into contention late, but now that he knows how to win again, he seems like a much better bet to do that than he did a year ago. At the very least, he would like to get through this week without creating yet more controversy. 9. Jordan Spieth Well, there is no sugarcoating it: Masters prodigy Jordan Spieth has been really, really bad this season. His best finish in a stroke play event was 30th and he ranks 170th in the current FedExCup Standings. His putting has actually been passable, which is a big improvement from a lot of last year, but his driving has been a wreck; he is 212th on Tour in driving accuracy, a big part of the reason that he ranks 203rd on Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee. Spieth is still carding a lot of birdies, but he is also posting a LOT of really bad numbers, which is illustrated by his 179th ranking in bogey avoidance. He has been especially bad on the weekends. His rounds have been madly inconsistent, and it might be unreasonable to expect him to suddenly put four rounds together at the biggest tournament of the year. So… why is Spieth still ranked this high? Simply put, Jordan Spieth loves The Masters, and The Masters loves him. A course that has a reputation of needing considerable experience to conquer, in just five starts, Spieth has a win, two runner-ups, a solo-third, and a T11. He knows how to play this course, and while his recent results have been abysmal, there have been improvements and highlights as well. At last week’s Valero Texas Open, he surged into contention by opening with back-to-back rounds of 68, and while a front-nine implosion on Saturday basically torpedoed his chances, he showed tremendous resiliency by carding birdies on five of his last seven holes to turn a late 6-over into a 1-over. Also, in his last four starts, he bounced back from all three 75 or 76 rounds with an immediate sub-60 round. Spieth also has been strong this year at getting his tournaments off to good starts, which is essential at The Masters, as the last 13 champions have all been inside the top 8 after the first round. Spieth will have to overcome some mental hurdles, but this is still HIS event, and we think he shows up strong for the sixth straight year. 8. Rickie Fowler An extremely common selection as the world’s best player without a major victory, it is very possible that nobody in this field needs this win for his legacy more than the extraordinarily popular Fowler. His 20s came and went in December without a major on his resume, despite man close calls: he has finished in the top five of eight career majors without a victory, two in each of the four majors. Fowler has finished in the top 12 in four of the past five editions of The Masters, with his best finish coming a year ago, when he shot a field low 12-under over the weekend to finish in solo-second place, one shot short of Patrick Reed. If the World No. 9 is going to prevail in the first major start of his 30s, he will need to play better than he has over the past month, as his last three starts have resulted in finishes of T40, T47, and T17 respectively. Over the scope of the 2019 season, however, Rickie has played well, posting three finishes inside the top 4, including a victory at February’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. The strongest part of Fowler’s game has been his putting; he currently ranks 8th on Tour in strokes gained on the greens. 7. Brooks Koepka The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year has been thoroughly unimpressive in 2019, and downright awful in the past month, but it’s a major this week, and Koepka knows how to do majors, something strikingly evident by the fact that he has won three of his past six major starts, including last year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship. The World No. 4 has eight career top 10s in just 20 career major starts, but while none of those have come at The Masters, he has improved his standing in all three of his Augusta starts, finishing T33, T21, T11 respectively. Had he not been forced to miss last year’s Masters with an untimely injury, he very well could have shown four consecutive years of Masters improvement. Koepka’s confidence seems to have been hurt some by a mild drop in distance, something he imputes to deliberate weight loss when trying to look more cut for last year’s ESPN “The Body Issue”, although his biggest drop-off statistically has been with his putter. His current season has not been ALL bad; he won the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges back in October, and took co runner-up position at early March’s Honda Classic, but he is currently mired in a three-start slump where he has a missed cut and two finishes of T56. There may be some reason for concern, but still… it’s a major, and it’s Brooks Koepka. 6. Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele is a big-game hunter: when the stakes are highest, he is at his best. The 25-year-old has already placed inside the top 6 three times in eight career major starts, and made the final Sunday pairing of last year’s Open Championship. Schauffele also took the Tour Championship as a rookie, the highlight of a career that has shown that no moment is too big for him. He has been at his best in 2019, his third full time season on Tour, as he has already posted two wins; the first coming at a WGC event and the second coming at the stacked-field Sentry Tournament of Champions. Schauffele’s unflappable demeanor and phenomenal tee-to-green game make him among the favorites to be the next first time green jacket winner. Experience might be his only limiting factor here. 5. Dustin Johnson DJ got the “best to never win a major” monkey off his back when he survived the controversial 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, but the 34-year-old Coastal Carolina product is again facing pressure on the major stage, as having just one career major victory feels well short of a what a man of his caliber, a man who has 20 career PGA Tour victories, should have accomplished. Fair or not, he is still likely to play Augusta with a sense of urgency. He has yet to win a green jacket, but he has finished in the top 10 of his last three attempts, including a T10 at last year’s event. 2019 as been yet another tremendous season for the ultra-talented bomber: he won the WGC-Mexico Championship in February, three weeks before prevailing at a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia, and he has finished in the top ten of five of his past seven PGA Tour starts. A year after it seemed like he led the PGA Tour in everything, Johnson has again been a statistical monster, ranking second on Tour in scoring average and strokes gained: total. 4. Justin Rose The 38-year-old Brit comes into the week as the World’s No. 1 ranked player, holding that honor by a smidge over Dustin Johnson (he actually overtook DJ for No. 1 last week, even though neither Rose nor Johnson played). And like Johnson, it could be argued that Rose has been way too good in his career, a career that features 12 European Tour wins and 10 PGA Tour victories, to only have only taken one major championship (2013 U.S. Open). The man who has been a sometimes-unstoppable top-10 machine over the past year and a half has played Augusta extremely well in recent years, having finished in the top 14 in seven of the past eight editions. Two of those high finishes were runner-ups, including a playoff loss to Sergio Garcia just two years ago. Rose has yet to conquer this event, but he certainly appears to have the game for the course. Rose should be reasonably well-rested as he has made just six starts in the 2019 season, with four of those resulting in top 10s including a victory at January’s Farmers Insurance Open. In his most recent start, Rose finished T9 two weeks ago at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, advancing from the group stage before being upset by Kevin Na in the round of 16. He currently ranks 3rd on Tour in birdie average and 10th in scoring average. 3. Francesco Molinari The 36-year-old from Italy has had very little success at Augusta, but his course history is possibly irrelevant as he has been arguably the world’s best golfer over the past 11 months. Among the highlights over that time include an unbelievable bogey-free weekend at last July’s Open Championship, where he captured his first major championship victory, an historically great 5-0 week for the winning European Ryder Cup team, and a final-round 64 that led to a two-shot victory at last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari has shown an ability to get hot and stay hot, and the last time we saw him, he was definitely “hot” as he was absolutely dominating his competition at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play before getting nipped by Match Play savant Kevin Kisner in the semi-final round. He went on to win the third-place match. A very encouraging development in Molinari’s 2019 game has been his putting. Historically the worst part of his game by far, he has jumped from 182nd on Tour in strokes gained: putting to 23rd in the past year, especially scary when combined with his tee-to-green game that ranked second on Tour to Dustin Johnson last season. 2. Tiger Woods The four-time green jacket winner has been extremely motivated to snap his notorious decade-long majorless streak, as he has contended at the last two: a T6 at The Open Championship and a runner-up to major championship wizard Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship. After a very strong finish to last season, which included a milestone victory at the Tour Championship, Tiger has been “just ok” in 2019 (apologies to all of you who are sick of that phrase after several billion AT&T commercials during March Madness featuring a basketball announcer who was anything but “just ok”, but whatever), but his last start was very encouraging. At the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play two weeks ago, he advanced out of group play and then took down a red-hot Rory McIlroy in the round of 16. He very nearly cracked the top four, but lost his elite 8 match when he missed a four-foot putt on the final hole that he normally sinks in his sleep. The 43-year-old version of Tiger might not be the version that won the 1997 Masters in a 12-stroke romp, but he is still one of the biggest threats in the field. Expect Tiger to post his 14th career Masters top 10 in this, his 22nd career Masters start. 1. Rory McIlroy Everyone knows the story on Rory by now: the four-time major winner needs just a green jacket to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to complete the career grand slam. In fact, this will be Rory’s fifth consecutive Masters start where he has a shot at that arduous feat. McIlroy is undeniably well-positioned to become a Masters champion: five of his 18 career top-10s in majors have come at Augusta, including each of his past five starts here. In addition, his recent form has been phenomenal, as he has placed inside the top 10 in all seven of his PGA Tour starts since the calendar flipped to 2019. The acme of that stretch was a decisive victory at THE PLAYERS Championship, an event often referred to as “the fifth major”. His victory at THE PLAYERS was especially notable because, despite all his recent high finishes, he had shown considerable difficulty closing tournaments with the lead, something that was well on-display at Augusta last year, where he made the final Sunday pairing, but proceeded to post an extremely uninspiring 74 that dropped him into a share of fifth place. His performance at TPC Sawgrass may have flipped the script on that narrative. The World No. 3 should love his chances this week, seeing as he leads the Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green and strokes gained: total. Next Five: Louis Oosthuizen, Tommy Fleetwood, Marc Leishman, Paul Casey, Jason Day
I wrote a new, updated, more comprehensive and neutral wiki for the sub, but I guess the mods didn't want it. Here's u/garethom's guide to Birmingham.
I sent this is in a message to the mods a little while back after seeing that the existing wiki was a little out of date, really centric to certain areas and tbh, not very neutral when it came to other areas. It's my no means the end of any recommendations, but considering we have a lot of questions about what to do/see/eat/drink and where to stay or live, I thought it might be helpful. Anyway, I haven't got a response, and I'm not even sure if any of them are even still active here, so I thought I'd just drop it here and maybe somebody can get some use out of it anyway. I'll clarify that outside of playing for one of the American football teams currently, and having previously played for another, I'm not affiliated with any organisation mentioned herein.
Birmingham is the second city (don't listen to anything Manchester says!) of the United Kingdom. It is the largest and most populous city in the United Kingdom, as well as the centre of the second largest urban area after London, with a population somewhere between 1 and 1.3 million people. Birmingham boomed from a non-descript market town to a juggernaut of a city during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s/early 1800s, and is called "the first manufacturing town in the world". Although the steam engine is Birmingham's most famous invention, did you know, that amongst hundreds of other things, we're also responsible for the birth of the modern chemical industry, cotton spinning, the Baskerville typeface, building societies, powdered custard, the modern postal system, medical plaster, lawn tennis, plastic, medical use of x-rays, The Lord of the Rings, and the Football League? Well now you do! Today, we don't manufacture so much, but we're still an important city on the global stage. We're now a centre for both the public and private service industry, and one of the most important centres of finance in the country. We form the centre of a metropolitan area, spanning from Solihull in the south east, to Wolverhampton and the Black Country in the north west, and we make up an interesting group of people. We're a city of younger than average people, and are the UK's most ethnically diverse city, with large numbers of immigrants from Ireland, South Asia, the Caribbean and China. This make up has majorly shaped the city we live in today. Whether you're visiting for a day or two, or you're a born and bred Brummie, Birmingham is still a city that can amaze you. And yes... it's true. We do have more canals than Venice.
Big Name Attractions
BBC Birmingham: Visitors can book tours of their working building that take you behind the scenes of their television and radio productions. There is also a visitor centre that doesn't require booking.
Botanical Gardens: A 15 acre selection of gardens and greenhouses containing some of the world's rarest (and in some cases, entirely unique) plants. There are also a number of exotic birds.
Cadbury World: The world famous chocolate manufacturer was founded in Bournville. There are exhibits on the history of chocolate, the making of chocolate, the story of the Cadbury family, and if you hadn't guessed by now, a massive Cadbury shop.
Library of Birmingham: This striking building opened in 2013 is the largest public library in the United Kingdom, and the largest "public cultural space" in Europe and hosts a number of nationally and internationally significant collections.
National Sea Life Centre: Even with our extensive canal network, perhaps not the most appropriate location, but still... A giant aquarium with a range of sea and river life, from sharks, to penguins, to otters.
Sarehole Mill: A working water mill that has played a significant park in the history of both the industry and literature of Birmingham. Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution performed experiments there, and Lord of the Rings author, J. R. R. Tolkien lived just a stones throw from the mill. It is located in the Shire Country Park, named for its influence on the location of that name in the aforementioned books.
Thinktank: A family-oriented science experience with a focus on Birmingham's manufacturing and industrial history. You can see real WWII era aircraft, steam trains, and the world's oldest working steam engine. There's also a planetarium.
Aston Hall: The "leading example of the Jacobean prodigy house" has a storied local history, from the Civil War-era onwards.
Back to Backs: The "city's last surviving court of back-to-back houses". Get a feel for life amongst the common folk of the city during the population boom of the Industrial Revolution.
Blakesley Hall: One of the oldest buildings in the city, and an archetypal example of Tudor architecture, originally owned by the famed Smalbroke family.
Coffin Works: A restored factory that historically manufactured brass fittings, and, you guessed it, coffins, including those of famed statesmen and members of the royal family.
Birmingham is a city quickly gaining a world-class reputation for food, with an exploding independent scene backed up by an enviable selection of fine dining options. Fine Dining You may have heard that Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any UK city outside of London, and that's (sort of, if you're including Solihull) true! With five (strictly four) restaurants boasting a star, Birmingham has plenty for those desiring a fine dining experience. Purnell's, ran by regular TV face Glyn Purnell, and Adam's are both located in the city centre. Simpsons is just a mile-and-a-bit outside the centre in leafy Edgbaston, and Carters of Moseley is just a little further out, in, well, Moseley. The most recently awarded star goes to Peel's, located in the Hampton Manor hotel in Hampton in Arden, a quick drive from Birmingham Airport. But it's not all about those famous stars. There's also several restaurants that make the Michelin Guide. Asha's (Indian), Opus (European), The Wilderness (British/European), Lasan (Indian), Waters (European), The Boot Inn (European/Fusion), Opheem (Indian), Folium (British/European), and Harborne Kitchen (British/European) are all places you're almost guaranteed some good eating! Street Food & Independents While the Michelin-club get all the plaudits, many prefer Birmingham's proud independent food scene for a cheaper, more relaxed meal. The jewel in the crown is Digbeth Dining Club. The now three-day-a-week event sees an area in Digbeth in the centre of Birmingham closed off and populated by some of the countries finest streetfood vendors for a festival of food, drink and music. Many of the regulars have been crowned winners of something in the various country-wide streetfood competitions in recent years, and you'll get anything from Indian snacks, decadent waffles, slow cooked BBQ, and mouth-watering cheesecakes to award winning burgers. Additionally, in a very similar vein, is the much more recent Hawker Yard. Looking for a burger? You're in luck. There's Original Patty Men (who are so renowned, Drake opted to miss out on the Brit Awards to eat their burgers) and The Meat Shack both located in the city centre that make some of the best burgers you'll ever taste, and have a great selection of beers to go with them. Thanks to the city's impressive Chinatown, you're guaranteed some good authentic Chinese food. Our recommendation? Head to Peach Garden or Look In and order a selection of roasted meats (just look for the hanging ducks in the window, you won't miss them!) Perhaps Birmingham's most world famous offering to the culinary world is the Balti. Named for the thin-pressed steel dish it's served in more than any particular method of cooking, the Balti is a garlic and onion heavy curry that is cooked over high heat, rather than simmering all day. If that sounds enticing to you, then I've got good news. Birmingham is famed for the Balti Triangle, an area around Sparkbook, Sparkhill and Moseley that has an eye-wateringly high concentration of restaurants serving Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food, almost all of which serving many variations of the eponymous dish. While the Balti may have spread across the entirety of the UK, it's well known that Birmingham still has the best. Looking for a recommendation? Check out Adil's, the place that lays perhaps the strongest claim to creating the dish in the first place or Al Frash. We're also locked into an ongoing battle with Glasgow as to which city created the creamy, mild curry, the Chicken Tikka Masala. Added bonus? Many of the city's balti houses are BYOB. Outside of those mentioned, there really is something for those that want something a little different. The Karczma serves authentic Polish food in amazing decor. Bonehead is the place to go for fried chicken. If you're not feeling a full three course balti, Zindiya offers amazing Indian street food. Loaf is a co-operatively ran bakery and cookery school that offer literally the best sausage rolls in the world. Whatever cuisine takes your fancy, you will find a restaurant in Birmingham cooking it to the highest quality. If there's anything that will force you to make plans to visit Birmingham again, it's the food. Drinking And what d'you know, it's not just great food here, but great drink too! In the city centre, you're spoiled for choice. There's a Brewdog bar, serving a range of beers from the eponymous brewery alongside a smorgasbord of guest brewers. Just opposite is Cherry Reds (they also have a location in Kings Heath), serving craft beers in a cafe atmosphere. Located in a former, guess what, the Post Office Vaults invites you to take a look through their "Beer Bible" and select from hundreds of beers from around the world. Purecraft serves beers from the renowned Purity Brewing Company, and the food is amazing too. Around what was formerly a financial district, you'll find a lot of popular bars in attractive buildings, such as The Old Joint Stock, The Lost and Found and The Cosy Club. In the Jewellery Quarter, you'll find the reasonably priced 1000 Trades (usually with a pop-up dishing out great food) and further afield, the Plough in Harborne. Cocktails more your thing? You won't miss out. The Alchemist, Fumo, Ginger's and Gas Street Social all serve proper cocktails in trendy atmospheres. On the same street in Stirchley and Cotteridge, you will find two of the countries highest-rated off-licences. Cotteridge Wines has been voted The Best Bottle Shop in England for five years running, and Stirchley Wines, just a few minutes walk away, is held in similarly high regard. Both have been listed in RateBeer's top four locations in the country.
Birmingham is famous as a sporting city. The Football League, the world's first league football competition, was founded in 1888 by Birmingham resident, and Aston Villa director William McGregor. Along with the aforementioned Aston Villa, Birmingham is also home to another of the oldest football teams in the country, Birmingham City. Birmingham City's Ladies play at the top level of Women's football. The football season runs between August and May. Edgbaston Cricket Ground is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, but is also more prominently used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. The County Cricket season runs between April and September. The Twenty20 season runs between July and September. Birmingham and the nearby areas are home to two PGA standard golf courses; The Belfry, which has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other venue, and the Forest of Arden, a regular host of tournaments on the PGA European Tour. Arena Birmingham, formerly known as the National Indoor Arena, has hosted a number of World and European indoor athletics championships, and the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is the headquarters of UK Athletics, and the home of the Birchfield Harriers, which counts a number of elite international athletes amongst its members. The first ever game of lawn tennis was played in Birmingham in 1859 and the Birmingham Classic, played annually at the Edgbaston Priory Club is one of only three UK tennis tournaments on the WTA Tour. There are two professional Rugby Union teams in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Moseley Rugby Football Club play in the National League 1, and Birmingham & Solihull Pertemps Bees play in the Midlands Premier division. The Rugby Union season typically runs between September and April. Birmingham is also home to the oldest British American football team, the Birmingham Bulls and the most successful team in University American football, the Birmingham Lions at the University of Birmingham. The Tamworth Phoenix, the current BAFA National League champions, are located in nearby Coleshill, and the Sandwell Steelers are located in the Black Country. The BAFA National Leagues season typically runs between April and August and the University season typically runs between October and January. The Birmingham Bandits play in the National Baseball League, the top level of competition in the country. The season typically runs between April and August. Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Film For those that want to catch a movie, there is, as you might expect, a range of chain cinemas in dozens of locations across the city in which you can catch the latest release. But if you're looking for something really special? Why not check out The Electric, the UK's oldest working cinema? Of course, they show the latest blockbusters, but they also show classic movies and special events throughout the year. Music Whatever your preference, there's a good bet that Birmingham has had an impact. We have the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing at the Symphony Hall for those with a more refined ear. There are regular jazz festivals across the city and surroundings through the year. Perhaps you've heard of the small time bands Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death? Birmingham is the home to metal, and it's an influence that is still obvious today. You'll find local bands playing the full spectrum of metal at music pubs across the city. If you want to check out a band on tour, we've got arenas that range in size from the huge (Arena Birmingham, Genting Arena) to the more modest (Hare & Hounds, HMV Institute) and those in-between (O2 Academy). TheatreThe Repertory Theatre is the UK's longest-established "producing theatre" and the Alexandra and Hippodrome are the go-to places to see shows on tour. Those looking for a particularly classy night out can choose from the Birmingham Royal Ballet, resident at the Hippodrome, or the Birmingham Opera Company, known for their avant garde performances in non-typical spaces. Museums & GalleriesBirmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the big one. A notable collection of Pre-Raphaelite work and the Staffordshire Hoard are probably the stand outs that it's known for, but there's a temporary exhibition space that hosts events like student exhibitions from local universities. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is located on the campus of the University of Birmingham, and was one of only five galleries outside London to receive five stars for having "Outstanding collections of international significance", and this relatively modest sized gallery hosts works by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin and J. M. W. Turner and has one of the world's largest coin collections. If contemporary art is more your thing, then the Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place is for you, hosting rotating exhibitions throughout the year. The mac, located in Cannon Hill Park is an art gallery with rotating exhibitions that also hosts plays, concerts and film showings. For further Museums & Galleries see the "Attractions" section. Nightlife As a young city, there's plenty of places in the city to while the night away. Broad Street is Birmingham's most well known area. It's a long street with very popular, relatively "bog-standard" bars and clubs, with large dancefloors and loud, popular music. PRYZM is the largest nightclub in the city, and Grosvenor Casino, open 24 hours, is nearby. You'll most likely find single 18-25 year olds along this busy street just a few minutes walk from the very centre of the city. Birmingham's Gay Village is also well established, with Nightingales being arguably the biggest name. Nearby, the Arcadian hosts a number of smaller bars and clubs. The Jewellery Quarter offers more intimate nightlife options, and you're more likely to find a slightly older clientele sipping cocktails and listening to live bands than on their feet on a dancefloor. Digbeth is where the cool people go in search of more underground fare. DJs and producers playing House, Techno (including the world famous "Birmingham Sound"), Dubstep, Garage and Drum & Bass congregate in the clubs in this area, catering to those that are happy to go all night. If you want to go even further off the beaten track, check out PST where you're likely to find Listening Sessions, showcasing a range of music from local producers. ShoppingThe Bullring is the major shopping centre in Birmingham. It is one of Europe's largest and houses just one of four Selfridges department stores, housed in an iconic building. There are a number of stores selling fashion, cosmetics, toys and gifts and food. The Bull Ring markets see 140 stallholders offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and fish, and basically every non-food item you can think of. The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. The Great Western Arcade is a Grade II listed row of shops that cater almost entirely to independent retailers where you're almost guaranteed to find something unique.
We're a relatively temperate city, in that it rarely gets super cold, and rarely gets super hot. In the summer months, you can expect a twenty four hour swing from around 11°C(52°F) to 23°C(73°F), and in the winter months, anywhere between 0°C(32°F) and 7°C(45°F). We get roughly 10-13 rainy days per month throughout the year. Compared to other UK cities, we are relatively snowy, due to our inland position and high elevation, however, it rarely snows to a degree that it causes problems.
Birmingham is, perhaps surprisingly given its unfair reputation, an outstandingly green city. We have a stunning 571 parks in the city, more than any other European city. Sutton Park is the biggest park in the city, and is Europe's largest urban park outside of a capital city. Around a quarter of the former Royal Forest is covered by ancient woodlands, and there are a number of large ponds and pools. It is relatively common to see deer and exmoor ponies in the less busy parts of the park. There are several sporting events held in the park throughout the year. The Lickey Hills are home to a Green Flag awarded country park that offer picturesque views of the city of Birmingham, and are home to several species of deer, badgers and around ninety bird species, and some believe this favoured haunt of J. R. R. Tolkien formed the inspiration for the Shire in his famed The Lord Of The Rings series. Cannon Hill Park is a 250 acre area consisting of woodland, grassland and several large ponds. There are areas for soccer, boating, fishing, tennis and mini-golf.
Due to its centralised location, Birmingham is well placed for transport. It is served by the M5, M6 (famed for the Gravelly Hill Interchange, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction), M40 and M42 motorways. Birmingham Airport (actually located in Solihull), is an international airport, with flights to and from to many destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Birmingham New Street is the largest railway station outside of London and serves locations across the country. Snow Hill and Moor Street act as the northern termini for trains coming from London Marylebone. Buses are mainly administered by National Express, and the West Midlands bus route 11, also known as the Birmingham Outer Circle, is the longest urban bus route in Europe at 27 miles, taking around three hours to complete. Uber operates within Birmingham.
Living In Birmingham
Many times we're asked here on brum "where should I live", "is area X ok to live in", etc. Much like everything else in Birmingham, there is a lot of variety. Houses can range from cheap as chips to pretty expensive, and each area of the city has its own up and downsides. It's not so easy to divide Birmingham by distinct areas of desirability, and some of the most expensive and sought after suburbs border those that aren't as popular.
Living in central Birmingham will be similar to living in the centre of any other big city, if you've ever done that. There will always be something to do on right on your doorstep, the social opportunities are immense, and your commute can be but a short walk to the office. Of course, this is often at the expense of a smaller, more expensive property, greater noise and everywhere is pretty busy 24/7. There are a number of distinct "regions" in the city centre. Brindley Place & Surrounding Areas Likely the priciest part of the city centre to live in, but there are often more than small flats available. Penthouses, townhouses and large apartments are more common in this area. Average property price: Anywhere from ~£150,000 to £1m+Brindley Place on Streetcheck Digbeth An area still undergoing gentrification, but also a focal point for up and coming independents in business, food, arts and culture. Most, if not all, properties in Digbeth will be flats. Most of Digbeth is a five minute walk to the centre of the city. Average property price: £158,024Digbeth on Streetcheck Jewellery Quarter Great for food and drink, the Jewellery Quarter, while still a stronghold in the UK jewellery industry, is fast becoming one of the "cooler" areas to live in the city. Most, if not all, properties in the Jewellery Quarter will be flats. Average property price: ~£200,000-250,000Jewellery Quarter on Streetcheck
North Birmingham has a large swing in terms of lifestyle. Some areas closer to the city centre are more economically deprived, whereas further away, the likes of Sutton Coldfield can boast some of the most expensive and most desirable locations in the Midlands. The transport links are, to some, an attraction to living in North Birmingham, usually being just minutes from several junctions on the M6 and M5. Aston Aston as a settlement is very old, and has a real mix of history, ranging from the medieval to Jacobean to early 1900s. Most properties in Aston are terraced houses. Average property price: £107,137Aston on Streetcheck Erdington Lying between the city centre and it's more expensive neighbour, Erdington is fast becoming a desirable location for those priced out of Sutton Coldfield. There is a range of properties from detached housing to flats. Average property price: £163,075Erdington on Streetcheck Handsworth An "on the rise" area that can boast perhaps the longest list of famous residents in the whole city. There are a wide range of properties from detached housing to terraced houses. Average property price: £144,484Handsworth on Streetcheck Sutton Coldfield A "Royal Town" and the fourth-least deprived area in the country, Sutton Coldfield is renowned as a very affluent area with many attractions. There are a range of properties from terraced houses to very large detached houses. Average property price: £314,808 although houses can and do regularly top £3m+Sutton Coldfield on Streetcheck
East Birmingham is home to a diverse population, and a relatively green area stretching from the city centre to neighbouring Solihull, and is quickly finding itself a niche as younger folk priced out of Solihull move to a desirable location between the leafy town and Birmingham's centre. Bordesley Green Traditionally an area popular with immigrants, and mostly consists of terraced houses. Average property price: £122,712Bordesley Green on Streetcheck Stechford Mostly terraced housing with a tonne of local ameneties and is cut almost in two by the River Cole and has a large nature reserve running through it. Average property price: £150,085Stechford on Streetcheck Yardley & Sheldon An historically old suburb of Birmingham, with a dedicated conservation area and many local ameneties. There are a range of properties from detached houses to a small number of flats and apartments. Average property price: £162,601Yardley & Sheldon on Streetcheck
The south of Birmingham is home to some of the "coolest" suburbs that are quickly gaining popularity, seated between the city centre and what you might call "countryside" towards Warwickshire. Hall Green Encompassing much of the Tolkien trail, this suburb borders Shirley in Solihull. Average property price: £209,923Hall Green on Streetcheck Kings Heath, Stirchley and Cotteridge These three closely related suburbs are quickly becoming seen as an affordable alternative to Moseley. Average property price: £211,276Kings Heath on Streetcheck Moseley With a real "village" feel, there are many renowned drinking holes and eateries, with a large range of property types. Average property price: £276,533Moseley on Streetcheck Sparkhill Home to a large population of immigrants, it's not surprising that Sparkhill is home to much of the famed "Balti Triangle". Most of the properties are terraced houses. Average property price: £142,394Sparkhill on Streetcheck
As you move away from the city centre towards the Black Country, you'll come across some of the city's most sought-after locations for both young and old alike. Edgbaston A very affluent suburb that is also home to much of the University of Birmingham campus. There are a number of very large houses, but also a large number of flats and terraced houses. Houses can and do regularly go for £1m+ Average property price: £301,851Edgbaston on Streetcheck Harborne A Victorian-era suburb with a large amount of terraced and semi-detached housing, located between Edgbaston and Quinton. Average property price: £278,266Harbone on Streetcheck Selly Oak The majority of residents in this suburb are students at Birmingham's universities. As such, it has many transport links to the city centre. Most of the properties are terraced houses. Average property price: £221,046Selly Oak on Streetcheck Quinton This green suburb basically forms the very western border of the city before you enter Sandwell and Dudley. Most properties are semi-detached. Average property price: £258,077Quinton on Streetcheck
Outside the city
Birmingham is part of the greater West Midlands conurbation, so it can be used as a hub for exploring the region easily. Solihull is situated on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Solihull is an affluent town with a mid-sized town centre, and a number of smaller villages located more rurally. Coventry can be reached via the M6 or A45, and is roughly a half an hour to fourty minute drive from the city centre. Stratford-Upon-Avon, famed for being the home of William Shakespeare, is located roughly an hour away from the city centre. Warwick, the home of Warwick Castle, is located near Royal Leamington Spa, and is about an hour by car from the city centre. The Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be quickly reached, anywhere from one to two hours away from the city centre. Worcester and the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be reached via the M5, around an hour and a half from the city centre. On the western edge of the city, the Black Country, consisting of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton can be found. Further out west, the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found. To the north of the city, Cannock Chase, a large, heavily wooded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located.
Vegas bettor wins 1.19 million after betting 85,000 that Tiger Woods would win 2019 Majors.
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A Nevada resident has bet $85,000 on Tiger Woods to win the 2019 US Masters. The US Masters is usually the most popular annual golf event to bet on in the US. As a result of this massive bet on Woods at 14/1, William Hill sportsbooks in the US instantly slashed the odds down to 10/1. When director of trading at William Hill Nick Bogdanovich first heard about the bet, he thought it was actually a bet for $85 or $8,500. Does Tiger Woods have a chance? Woods has won four US Masters titles in his career. At one stage following his fourth back surgery, Woods fell to number 1,199th in the golf world rankings. At the end of season Tour Championship in 2018 Woods won his 80th PGA Tour event and his first win since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. Woods has played in only five events so far in 2019.
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Longshot First Round Leader bets for the Honda Classic at PGA National
All odds courtesy of Bovada Tournament begins Thursday. Wind is expected in the afternoon, so if you're betting FRL, then look to the early morning groups; especially those starting on the front 9. Brian Harman +10000 Harman's group is slotted for a 7:25 am tee time on the front 9. He currently holds the course record for lowest round (61). Also popped a 64 in the final round of last year's Honda Classic. Camilo Villegas +10000 Villegas came out of nowhere to open as the Northern Trust Open's First Round Leader last week, despite only 1/8 career rounds there having been played under par. He was 150/1 then, but I'm more than happy to hit him at 100/1 this week. 14/32 career rounds at the Honda Classic have come in the 60's, highlighted by a opening round 64 in 2013. Very early tee time of 7:25 am. Rory Sabbatini +15000 50% (11/22) of the "Other Rory's" career rounds at PGA National have come under par, including a 64. He's also in one of the first groups to play Thursday. Won the Honda Classic in 2011. Tom Gillis +25000 Gillis hasn't played this tournament the last two years, but tied for second with Tiger Woods in 2012. 7/20 career rounds have come under par, including a 64. Tee time of 8:25 am. You can find me on Twitter at @LaKoshaNostra Update Just checked the updated hourly forecast and the wind is going to be kicking a little bit in the morning now, too. They're predicting 10-13 mph WNW. Afternoon should be more around 13-15 mph, so not much of a difference. But even still, when it comes to FRL, it's always good to be out early before the course begins showing signs of wear and tear from tournament play. Update Odds for Camilo Villegas FRL have dropped to +8000. Odds for Brian Harman FRL have dropped to +9000
Jimmy Walker - TA: 10.33, CHG: (-0.6) - Start him. Don't argue, don't hesitate, do not pass Go or collect $200. Unless you're using him in DFS for real money, because he might earn you $200 (though he'll be exceptionally expensive). Seriously, since missing the cut in 2010, he's finished T9, T9, T3, then won last year. Add in his sharp form recently, with a win, playoff-loss, a Top 5, Top 10, and Top 15 in his last six starts, perhaps only Jason Day is playing the same game.
Jason Day - TA: 10.83, CHG: (+1.2) - Right now, there's Jimmy Walker and Jason Day, then everyone else. At least, until Rory McIlroy shows up or Tiger Woods finds the secret to eternal youth. The edge for Walker comes from his course history, since Day has a couple poor finishes mixed in with his strong finishes. Still, he's a solid threat to go back-to-back.
Jim Furyk - TA: 12.41, CHG: (+2.6) - Furyk was just about the most sure bet nearing the end of the season last year. Grinds, grinds, and then grinds some more, but the benefit for fantasy players is that his grit almost always pays off. Riding a made-cut streak dating back to The Open Championship in 2013 and has only ever missed two cuts here in the nearly 20 tries. Unless his swing finally dislocates a shoulder or something, he'll have a solid finish.
Shane Lowry - TA: 13.67, CHG: (+1.8) - Hasn't moved in the rankings since a T7 last week at the Farmers. Jumped from 44th to 40th in the world. I'd expect him to build on his current success and continue to hunt for his first PGA Tour win. If his success continues, his relative unknown status could disappear rapidly.
Patrick Reed - TA: 16.67, CHG: (-2.8) - Well, he's in the Top 5 in these rankings. And, no, if I have my way, he'll never live that comment down if he never makes it to the OWGR Top 5. Though, if I had my way on everything, mustard would be currency and I'd be king hamburger. Still reading? Just checking. Reed's form seems to be coming together, as his extremes don't seem as detrimental as they were last year, when he bounced between solid finishes and missing cuts by miles. Still an MC risk, but he hasn't done that since The Open Championship last year.
Hunter Mahan - TA: 17.67, CHG: (-1.4) - He struggled due to injuries for much of last year before landing a win at The Barclays and hasn't missed a cut since. His scores seem to be improving overall, too, with a T30 at the Waste Management Open being his worst finish this year. A T30 isn't great, but I wouldn't call it garbage either (sorry, couldn't resist). His last four starts here are as follows: Solo sixth, T16, T15, solo second.
Jordan Spieth - TA: 20.83, CHG: (-13) - Surprisingly missed the cut last week after a torrid start to the year. Spieth is almost always a contender when he tees it up, so a single missed cut does not a pattern make. Add in T4 last year and a T22 the year prior, and its very possibly that he finds a way to win. Or he'll miss the cut.
Ryan Palmer - TA: 20.83, CHG: (+2.4) - If there was an award for the best start to the season by any player without a win this year, Palmer would probably earn it. In fact, he could probably take that award for any year dating back to 2010, the season with his last win. He hasn't placed worse that 22nd in his last nine worldwide starts and finished T2 at the Waste Management Open. He'd be higher this week, but he's got a few missed cuts here in the past. In a limited Yahoo! Group A, he's still a must-start behind Jim Furyk.
Ian Poulter - TA: 24.33, CHG: (+0.8) - Almost as if to rub my subtle skepticism of him in my face, Poults came out an put together a solid T19 that would have been even better were it not for the obscenely difficult fourth round conditions at the Farmers. Look for Pebble Beach to play more into his skill set, since it is shorter and will require him to rely more on his excellent short game.
Ernie Els - TA: 29.25, CHG: (-1.8) - It's pretty late as I'm writing this, but I still did a double take upon seeing The Big Easy land this high. Not that he doesn't deserve it, since he's made his last 17 cuts worldwide. The four time major champion hasn't played here during, so there's no history to speak of, but so long as his current form continues, he'll make the cut and place decently.
Chris Kirk - TA: 29.25, CHG: (-3.6) - While he struggled on the difficult South course last week, he continued to demonstrate that he's figured out how to avoid the disaster round that has plagued him for much of this season. His T32 last week was, again, not very exciting, but marked his 11th consecutive made cut. Finished solo second at Pebble Beach in 2013.
Jamie Donaldson - TA: 31, CHG: (0) - Its obviously a stretch to call Donaldson a dark horse coming in to any tournament these days, but he's playing well enough to score but not so well to be making a ton of noise. He's an excellent putter and plays Par 5's exceptionally well (3rd and 7th respectively). Much like Lowry last week, Donaldson can be picked up while your opponents might not readily recognize him, giving a slight edge if he finishes well.
Alexander Levy - TA: 32.67, CHG: (-3.6) - Taking out a Missed Cut at the Qatar Masters, Levy has finished no worse than 29th in his last 10 starts worldwide. Levy doesn't play a ton of PGA Tour events, and subsequently hasn't play here before either. In the same mold as Lowry and Donalson, Levy has shown considerable form of late, and shouldn't be written off too quickly.
Kevin Na - TA: 32.83, CHG: (-4.8) - I was thinking about starting his blurb with a joke, but I thought, "Na, its not needed". It's a blessing that tomatoes aren't digital. Na's been searching for sharper form so far this season, but he hasn't been missing cuts either. Factor in his recent past at this course and it's easy to see why he's gets the nod, finishing T4 last year, T22 in 2013, and T5 in 2012.
Daniel Berger - TA: 33, CHG: (+5.4) - Narrowly missed out on the Power Rankings last week but played his way to a solid T24 despite the snub. Could have been much better if he didn't post a 7-over 3rd round, but he did, and still managed to come back on Sunday with a 2-under 70 to jump up a few places. He's playing solid golf and should be an excellent value in DFS leagues.
Hey folks! Here's the rankings as usual. If you see someone you think I've missed, let us all know why and who you'd take off! The discussion will help us all play a little better. Likewise, if you have any suggestions on how to make this post better for reddit or better in general, I'm all ears. Here's the link if you prefer that format, thanks for reading: http://www.wetalkfantasysports.com/2015/03/Fantasy-Golf-WGC-Cadillac-Power-Rankings.html 1) Bubba Watson - TA: 10.5, CHG: (+2) - GASP Rory isn't #1? Say it ain't so! Quit the melodrama and remember that this isn't the World Golf Rankings, but a tournament ranking. And Bubba, the World #2, is #1. Why, one could be so bold as to ask? Two second place finishes in his last three trips to Doral. One second place finish and no finish worse than 14th on Tour this year. Add in his length off the tee, a big reason why he succeeds here, and Bubba is easy to pick. 2) Matt Kuchar - TA: 14.5, CHG: (-1.6) - Insanity, I know. Still no Rory. He'll be here, and his placement doesn't mean you shouldn't use him, but that there are other strong options to consider. Captain consistency, Mr. Matt Kuchar himself, makes a solid case as well. No finish worse that 30th this season, plus his usual host of Top 25s and Top 10s. What makes him a surprising pick is not his length of the tee, but you already knew that. Its his course history, with three Top 10 finishes and a Top 15 in five tries at Doral. 3) Jason Day - TA: 16, CHG: (0) - In such a deep field, a few mistakes drops value. Jason Day, however, hasn't had many this season, finishing no worse than T17 all season and either winning or finishing in the Top 5 in his other starts. The question mark for him is his course history, which is middling. In his three tries here, he's finished no better than 20th but no worse than 45th. I'm betting that mediocre stat will give this week. 4) Jimmy Walker - TA: 16.167, CHG: (-5.2) - This is almost fun, making you all squirm a little in your seats, waiting for McIlroy to appear. Walker, like the Northern Irishman, is coming off of his worst start of the season. Consider this: Jimmy Walker hasn't followed up a finish outside the Top 26 with another finish outside the Top 26 since the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2013. He'll turn it around, and on the Blue Monster where he can use his length, bettering his T25 from last year shouldn't be a problem. 5) Patrick Reed - TA: 17, CHG: (-0.8) - Last year's champion is playing extremely well right now, riding a made-cut streak dating back to the WGC-Bridgestone last year. Reed's finished no worse than 40th this year, and given the grit he displayed at PGA National to grab a T7 despite a stumble down the stretch, he seems to be sharp enough to defend. Like him or not, this kid's here to stay. 6) Rory McIlroy - TA: 18.5, CHG: (-19.6) - Though there's no cut this week, his crash and burn drops his stock a little bit. Admittedly out of practice last week, I doubt he'll be in the same shape and form this week. He's only finished once outside of the Top 25 here, so he's a safe bet to perform well. If he's used his long week to sharpen his game, the question isn't if he'll play respectably, but if he'll win. 7) Lee Westwood - TA: 19, CHG: (+4.4) - Grinded a Top 25 out of the Honda Classic. Westwood's been playing good golf and has a decent track record at the Blue Monster, finishing in the Top 35 in every trip to this tournament except one. He's always subject to the monkey on his back, so a win might be a long shot, but so was Padraig Harrington last week. 8) Ryan Moore - TA: 23.5, CHG: (+15.6) - He kicked off his season with a missed cut, but followed that up with a win, three Top 25s and a Top 30. Moore makes tons of birdies, and though he's more Jim Furyk than Tony Finau off the tee, he doesn't seem to suffer too much here with two Top 25s in three attempts. He might not excite, but he's pretty reliable for a solid finish. 9) Adam Scott - TA: 24.5, CHG: (-1.2) - The broomstick is back, but he's missing Stevie. His numbers put him here, but I'm bearish because I'm not sure how well he'll play after his layoff. If he's on form, his tee-to-green game is as good as anyone's out there, but if his putter stays on vacation, he'll struggle. He's a little like Matt Kuchar, doesn't win a bunch, but always manages to finish well. Finished T25 last year, T3 in 2013, and T13 in 2012. 10) Hunter Mahan - TA: 24.5, CHG: (+1.6) - Mahan has been frustrating this year. While he's cashed paychecks every start this year, he hasn't finished better than 17th since the Frys.com season opener. He's got the length, he's got the putter, he's got some wins, I just don't see why it isn't adding up to more. My mom would nag me to no end if I chronically underachieved this much. Still, he's reliable and has played well here before, with a pair of top 10s on top of a pair of top 25s. 11) Martin Kaymer - TA: 25.125, CHG: (-1) - Managed well enough at a very difficult PGA National, dragging out a tie for 44th. Still, Kaymer's recent hot run on the European Tour is close to mind and he's proven that he can win and contend. Though Hunter Mahan hasn't won a major, he's a good comparison to Kaymer - loads of talent, but not quite performing as expected outside of a few select tournaments. 12) Jordan Spieth - TA: 25.5, CHG: (-0.6) - What's there to say about Jordan Spieth that hasn't already been said? Despite his hiccup at the Farmers Insurance Open, Spieth has been exceptional since his T3 at the Dunlop Phoenix Open, and his statistics tell the tale. He's added nearly 10 yards off the tee while hitting 3% more fairways over last year. Additionally, he's hitting about 3% more greens. While that doesn't all sound like a lot, factor in that he owns one of the best short games on the PGA Tour, and there's a lot to like. 13) Graeme McDowell - TA: 28.5, CHG: (-19.4) - Graeme McDowell, like his countryman Rory McIlroy, probably deserves the benefit of the doubt for his MC last week, seeing as how its his first cut on Tour since The Masters. He's never been the longest off the tee, but he is, as always, one of the best putters out there. His history here should shake any doubts, finishing 9th last year and 3rd the year prior. 14) Joost Luiten - TA: 29.1, CHG: (+3.4) - Expect a juiced-up value here in DFS. Sorry. Sort-of. He pulled out a 13th place finish last year in his first attempt and has four Top 25s and two Top 10s in his last eight starts. Average off the tee but backs it up with excellent putting, far and away the best punt. 15) Sergio Garcia - TA: 33.625, CHG: (-3.8) - Barely getting on here with his 31st place finish last week. Sergio still doesn't look especially sharp to me but he's still finding a way to get the ball in the hole better than most. Putting seriously well on top of a 16th place finish last year and a 3rd place finish the year prior. He's had some reps, so he should have shaken off all the bad form by the weekend. Thanks for reading! Kyle Donovan @RiskRewardGolf
Golf PGA Tour: FedEx Cup Playoffs: BMW Championship:
PGA Tour: FedEx Cup Playoffs: BMW Championship: This is the third leg of the playoff series and the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings all feature, with the top 30 after this tournament playing in the Tour Championship finale next week, when,in addition to the prize money on offer, all will earn a share of $35m in bonus money. Remember, it is the top 30 in the FedEx standings and not the top 30 in this event who will qualify to play next week, some have already secured their place, but even those guys will be looking to improve their position on the leaderboard ahead of the trip to Atlanta. You can view the scenarios required and target positions for those currently outside the top 30 on this page of the PGA website. There is also the battle for the #1 golf ranking between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth with Jason Day moving up fast on the outside, with these three aged 26,22 and 27 respectively and still some way short of what is normally considered prime golfing years, this is a battle that could thrill and excite for another decade plus. Rory has just returned from injury and might still be a little rusty, Day has had an incredible two months winning three times, including his breakthrough major, but there were signs last time out that he had peaked and whilst the two week break might have done him good, it is also a momentum breaker, which was kind of what Spieth needed, a let down was always on the cards after his grand slam hopes were narrowly dashed at the Open Championship, but back to back missed cuts at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank were a bit too much and I suspect, although he has said differently, a blow to his pride. He felt he was striking the ball well in the latter and seemed relaxed and was talking up a good game in interview this week :"My game is in a solid state right now. It's in a state where I can certainly shoot into double digits under par, and I believe that."Everything feels normal, everything is on point. I just had two bad weeks."Just leave it at that. "You're just not going to make every single cut. "You're going to have two bad days in a row every now and then."I feel very confident about where I'm at right this second. I rested a lot. I got a lot of work in this past week, took some time off."It's just a matter of getting it rolling, get into a groove and starting to see some putts go in and get an under-par round started so that I can settle in a little easier." Spieth will get to play four rounds regardless this week and is not really under any pressure to perform as he has already achieved more than any other golfer has this season and more than most will in their entire career. Spieth has usually bounced back well from a missed cut, finishing second next time out on three of the last six occasions, before missing out at the first two playoff events and I expect him to go close this week on a course he played well at in 2013, the last time it was held at the Conway Farms Golf Club . Just 20 yo then, he shot two very low rounds, one in poor conditions and if he can start solidly this week, the first 5-6 holes are very important, I expect him to go close and for once, we get a good price about him, so I am going to start with ..... Jordan Spieth to win outright 12.0-13.0 general quote. We have spoken many times over recent years about how consistent a golfer Jim Furyk is and he always seems to come good at this time of year and loves the playoff format.Furyk got that monkey off his back in April at the RBC Heritage recording his first win in five years, but the 17th of his lucrative career (closing in on $70m of prize money) and he has finished top 4 in three of his last five starts. He played very solidly at the first two playoff events and will love that this event is returning to the Conway Farms Golf Club where he shot a 59 in Round 2 in 2013. That is the magical score in golf, the holy grail for professionals and that Furyk did it here, in a major event, but more importantly in poor conditions, with players like Woods, Mickelson and Kuchar shooting 13-15 strokes more was miraculous and must go down as one the best single rounds on Tour in recent memory. He was only the 6th man in PGA history to shoot 59 on Tour and conditions that day were described as " temperatures in the low 60s, a breeze blowing 10 to 15 mph and gusting to 20 out of the north-northeast and with the greens icy fast." It was possible to shoot low, by which I mean 66-68 but 59 was the last thing on anyone's mind. The wind might well factor again this week, maybe today and certainly on Saturday (and again from NNE) looking at current forecasts. Back in March , a month or so before he won, I spoke about how well he had be playing, at least until the back nine on Sunday ......"However, in terms of consistency, especially through three (and a half ?) rounds there are few better golfers and since finishing T6 in this last year, so we are talking about a full 12 month period, he has played 20 tournaments and finished inside the top 23 in 18 ( 90%) , top 10 in 11 (55%), top 5 in 7 (35%) and second in 4 (20% of the time ) ! That is simply stunning form, included in that sequence are all four majors through which he has finished T14-T12-4-T5 and despite not be able to buy a win, if you had to pick any golfer to finish top 20 in a tournament for your life, you would have to look long and hard for a better candidate than Gentleman Jim." He seens to be putting a similar run together now and on a course which suits and in likely conditions which he will handle better than most, he has to go well. Furyk is currently in 9th on the FedEx Cup list and will be looking to get himself in contention to play for #1 next week at East Lake, a course that he has won at previously. Two more things, Furyk's home course is a Tom Fazio design like this one and he described them as very similar in layout, he hit 32 fairways in a row here in 2013 and secondly, his record in Ilinois, where in 16 starts, he has never finished lower than 29th, has avergaged 9.94 and posted 11 top 8 finishes ! Jim Furyk to finish top 10 at a general quote of 2.50-2.625. from Sports Betting Advice Service Clubgowi http://www.clubgowi.com
PGA Tour Golf: FedEx St Jude Classic; Billy Horschel I am keen on the chance of Billy Horschel this week, on the final day of the Valero Open at the end of March I wrote ........... "Horshel has won three times in the last two seasons and also been top 3 three times, he is very strong in contention and was 2-1-1 in his last three starts of 2014 to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx cup, two days later he became a father for the first time , what a couple of weeks ! No wonder he has struggled early in 2015, but this is his first chance since and I have a very strong feeling he will go ultra well today and over the coming weeks. He missed the cut here last year, but was T3 in 2013 and that is typical of his style, going deep when in contention and letting things slip when not. First child is a big motivating factor and this is his first chance to win/impress since the birth." He finished third there and had a couple of middling finishes subsequently before a T13th at The Players Championship and T11 at the Memorial in his last two starts, he was T26th and T15th respectively in those two events last year before a T6th here, so is clearly in at least as good a shape this time round and has the confidence of that big end of 2014 in the "bank" both mentally and monetary and the hunger of fatherhood urging him to achieve, which is a big motivating factor for golfers, something we have discussed many times previously. He was also 10th here in 2013 , his last eight rounds at TPC Southwind have been a very consistent 71-69-68-67-67-68-68-70 and it is tough to see him out of contention this week. He arrived here early to prepare and also spent quite a bit of time with the sponsors FedEx, some of whom he has developed a close relationship with since claiming that massive FedEx Cup prize and he would love to add this title to his CV. In an understrength field, with the US Open just around the corner and many big names swerving this and others not totally suited by Southwind, he is my confident selection..... Billy Horschel to win outright 17.0 general quote and Top 5 finish @ 4.33-5.0 general quote. I would be a little wary of favourite Dustin Johnson, he is a former winner, but feels his game is just a bit off and last year, none of the top 7 for driving distance and DJ is huge off the tee, finished inside the top 18, he can win of course. but odds of 6-1 seem very skinny. from Sports Betting Advice Service Clubgowi http://www.clubgowi.com
I am very proud of amateur and pro golf players that are South Korean or children of immigrant parents from South Korea. Some of my favorites include:
Se Ri Pak, a golfer on the LPGA, was the only South Korean to play in the LPGA in 1998. She won two majors that year. She was 20 years old and she became the youngest winner on the LPGA tour. Not only that, but she inspired many Korean girls and probably guys to pick up golf.
Michelle Wie. Damn, I remember seeing her on TV and saying,"Holy shit, she's tall." Then I saw that she got $10 million from her new endorsement from Nike.
Anthony Kim. This guy. Where are you Anthony? I liked Anthony's aggressive on the golf course because it reminds me of how I play. He's also been pretty good. He has 3 PGA wins. Let's hope this kid still has a great future ahead of him.
KJ Choi. I love KJ. My co-worker bets on golfers and I always tell him that I would vote on KJ every time. I think he does really well at majors. I remember feeling really proud of my ethnicity when KJ won at The Players. He was one of the first Koreans to be on the PGA Tour and he's still around. I wouldn't be surprised if KJ has a long career ahead of him. The dude is power lifter.
Kevin Na. This guy is hilarious. My dad makes fun of him all the time. He went to Diamond Bar High School. This school was my rival school when I played in high school. The funniest moment that comes to mind is this and this.
Michael Kim. This guy is an amateur. He was on the leader board in the U.S. Open. He was awarded the Jack Nicklaus Award, given to the nation's top golfer. And he's only going to be a junior in college.
Inbee Park. Damn, she's an amazing putter. I've gotten used to her swing. In fact, I respect it now. Someone with that swing is that good. She's having an amazing year. She's won three majors in a row. That's an amazing feat.
I know there are a lot of players out there, but I just wanted to share some players out there that makes me proud of my culture. Some of these facts are from memory, so please don't be offended if some of this information is incorrect. Thank you guys for taking the time to read this. I know many of you know about the success of Korean golfers and golfer of Korean-descent. But maybe some of you don't. One more thing, if any of you live near Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Chino, or anywhere near there, let's go golfing. I'm a post-grad student with not a lot money, so I'm looking to play twilight prices. Thanks for reading, everyone.
Jason Day - TA: 6.91, CHG: (-3) - Excepting the T17 in his last start, and a withdrawal at the BMW Championship in last year's FedEx Cup playoffs, you'd have to go all the way back to his T15 at the PGA Championship to find his last finish outside the top 10. That was in the second week of August in 2014. His change of (-3) means that his total aggregate would have been an absurd 3.91. Add a second place finish last year and a T9 in 2013, and its hard to put him anywhere but on the top of the list.
Jordan Spieth - TA: 17.75, CHG: (+4) - Got back on the horse in between PGA Tour events with wins at the HERO World Challenge and the Australian Open. He book-ended those victories with a T3 at the Dunlop Phoenix Open and a T7 last week at the Waste Management Open. T19 here last year makes him a solid play and his excellent short game should help him manage the tricky greens.
Jimmy Walker - TA: 18.17, CHG: (+12.4) - Jimmy Walker finds himself in a familiar position after his win at the Sony Open as he sits first in the FedEx Cup Standings. He's yet to miss a cut this year, in fact, his last MC was at The Barclays in August. He doesn't hit a lot of fairways, but he's up about 5% over last year thus far, and Torrey can be fairly forgiving for a sprayer. Just ask Tiger.
Shane Lowry - TA: 18.2, CHG: (-0.4) - Hard to say he's somewhat of a sleeper at 44th in the world, but I doubt he'll be mentioned much elsewhere. Hasn't missed a cut worldwide since the Irish Open in June of last year. He's had 15 starts since then. No wins, but he's collected 11 Top 25s in that stretch, six of which were Top 10s. It might be early in the season, but its never too early to take a flyer on someone your opponents might miss.
Justin Rose - TA: 18.33, CHG: (-1.8) - As is usually the case with Rose, this one's a no-brainer. Five Top 15s in his last six starts worldwide, two of which were Top 5s. His mix of length and ball-striking should serve him well. T33 and T25 in his last two starts at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Hideki Matsuyama - TA: 18.83, CHG: (+7.8) - Kicked away a victory with a balky putter last week at the Waste Management Open where he settled for second. He placed T16 here last year, so it's hard to bet against him when he's playing as well as he has been, but play him with a note of caution - His putter may be a bit shaky this week.
Justin Thomas - TA: 20.16, CHG: (+18.6) - I've seen nothing to show that this kid isn't for real. He's dropped a Top 25, two Top 10s, and a Top 5 in his last four starts. I can't say I'm not a little bit jealous, he's about the same build as I am, but drives the ball some 50 yards past where I do. Not that I'll ever be that good. Placed T10 here last year.
Charley Hoffman - TA: 20.91, CHG: (+9.4) - Hasn't missed a cut here in his last three tries, which includes a T7 last year. Hoffman has a win, a second place finish, and a Top 15 in his last four starts. His T53 last week would be more worrisome if he hadn't had a T2 the week prior.
Brooks Koepka - TA: 22.2, CHG: (+0.6) - As if he needs any more cred after his first PGA Tour victory. If he wasn't already on your radar, I'd like to buy the rock you've been living under, because this is his second victory in four starts worldwide. Hasn't finished worse that 15th in a PGA Tour start since a T67 at The Open Championship. Seriously, I want that rock, I burn too easily.
Ian Poulter - TA: 24.5, CHG: (+15.8) - I don't know about you, but I'd written him off through the end of last year, especially after his weak (for him) performance at the Ryder Cup. Since then, he's a T6, a solo second, and a T21. Like his compatriot Lee Westwood, he always seems to find a way to be heard when he's been counted out.
Rory Sabbatini - TA: 24.91, CHG: (0) - Love him or hate him, he's playing some excellent golf right now. He's got two Top 25s and two Top 10s in his last five starts. Mr. Sabbatini hasn't missed a cut since his opener at the Shriners back in October. In fact, he's halfway to matching his winnings from last season, and he's done it in 19 less starts. Couple his sharp form with his T23 here last year, and he could surprise with a solid finish.
Fabian Gomez - TA: 25.6, CHG: (-3.2) - A serious sleeper, though his length off the tee should be noted, as he's much nearer to David Toms than David Lingmerth. And David Lingmerth isn't even close to the longest guy on TOUR. Still, he makes up for it be hitting tons of fairways and playing a great short game. He's got two Top 30s, a Top 15, and a Top 10 so far this season, with his only blemish being an MDF at the Sony Open.
John Peterson - TA: 27.6, CHG: (+11) - Much as hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, Peterson is playing like the TOUR spent a few too many nights with his best friend. After a dismal season last year where he made just seven cuts, he's made as many already with his first seven starts, though he MDF'd at the Shriners. Still, he's already surpassed he winnings from last season and has three Top 25s in his last five starts.
Rickie Fowler - TA: 30.33, CHG: (-8.4) - My Power Rankings care not for pedigree, and Rickie is proof of that. His last two starts have been far off the form he carried through much of last year. Despite starting his season with a T3 and a T6, he's finished outside the Top 45 in his last two starts. He's been putting well this season, but his tee-to-green game has been severely lacking. That T3 and T6 carried him to 14th on this list, but he'll need to play better than he has been to stay here.
Chris Kirk - TA: 30.58, CHG: (-1.6) - His T56 at the Humana Challenge might seem like a poor finish, but given that it didn't include a blow-up round like the previous four tournaments, it might actually be a step in the right direction. Those previous four finishes included two Top 15s and two Top 25s, though, so despite the inconsistency, he's been finding his way toward the top of the leaderboard more often than not.
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