Here’s the GOTM lineup for the week:
Check out the tournament preview here.
Dustin Johnson ($13,700) — Alright fine, I talked about him in the preview, and looking at the top tier players, Johnson just seems like the best choice. I’ll copy over my reasoning “Having finished runner up both of the last two years, clearly he’s familiar with the course. He’s coming off his over 6 month hiatus from golf, but his game doesn’t seem to be rusty like one might expect – he finished T4 last week after a final round 66.”
Hunter Mahan ($8,200) — Solid play this year, but nothing particularly impressive. He’s been around on tour for a while which means he has plenty of experience on this course. Young enough and hits it far enough to get it around. At his reasonable price, Mahan can be counted on to at least finish decently. But he could easily pull a Snedeker and win after not winning since last August, a long time for someone like him.
Justin Thomas ($8,100) — A seemingly odd pick, especially considering he’s 21 year old with 0 tour wins at only $100 less than Mahan, Thomas certainly is way more than experienced enough to perform well. He’s got the confidence of all the young guys, along with tournament experience at Riviera finishing T7 during the stroke play of the 2012 NCAA Championships hosted by Riviera. As a mid salary pick, Thomas is pretty solid relatively under the radar pick.
Sang-Moon Bae ($7,400) — Solid finishes here in the last two years (T12, and T8). Playing decently so far this year. Solid filler pick.
Charlie Beljan ($7,200) — Pretty much the same reasoning as with Bae. Solid finishes at Riviera the past two years.
Max Homa ($5,200) — Young guy, from California, played well last week finishing T29, also with experience at Riviera from NCAAs in 2012, where he finished T9. I’d have expected his salary to be in at least the mid $7,000s, so seeing him at $5,200 makes him a lock pick for this week.