Last week turns out was pretty damn good for me. 5 out of 6 making the cut, and first place in my 20 player 50/50. Granted first place doesn’t matter since the top 10 get paid. But being first meant that I didn’t have to worry on Sunday (or the Monday finish) about whether or not I was going to cash. Now onto the next challenge, the smaller field WGC Cadillac Championship.
Like I mention in the preview (found here), this tournament doesn’t have a cut! That means that all your players are going to be racking up points all the way until Sunday. So make sure you have guys that you know can go off on a random round.
Note that these picks may change up to the start of the first round, but I won’t get rid of players without writing about why they got dropped off my team.
Patrick Reed ($10,700) — Despite a bump in salary of $1,600 from last week, Reed is absolutely a must pick. His great play at the Honda (minus the double-bogey-bogey-par finish) was stellar, and he’s the defending champion here at Doral. And he’s still about $4,000 cheaper than the highest salaried player (Rory, who missed the cut at the Honda). Everyone is going to pick him, and for damn good reason.
J.B. Holmes ($6,900) — After his injury in 2011, Holmes has been on the comeback trail. It seems like he’s finally hitting his stride again. Three solid finishes in a row, including a playoff loss at the Farmers a few weeks back. He’s also the kind of guy who can go really low on a random day. Good this week with no cut since he can still put up a number on Sunday, even if he’s out of contention. Not that I expect him to be out of contention on Sunday.
Billy Horschel ($6,600) — Another semi-punt, the FedEx Cup Champ from last year hasn’t been playing particularly well as of late. But he’s back on Florida grass (Horschel is a former Gator), and is as good a pick as any at his salary.
Lee Westwood ($7,100) — Riding the Westwood train again after a salary demotion from the $9,300 of last week. The Honda was his first event on US soil. Now that he’s been here for a week, I expect him to start playing like he should.
Jason Day ($10,900) / Adam Scott ($11,000) — I figured I should toss an Aussie in the mix here, but when it came to actually selecting either Day or Scott, I couldn’t decide outright, especially considering they’re within $100 of each other. So instead of leaving this to chance, I created two lineups – one with Day and the other with Scott. I’m assuming they’ll both play well, but nice to even out the odds a bit.
Ryan Palmer ($7,000) — This last pick here took a little thought and consideration since it was the last one needed to fill out my lineup. It was between Palmer, Bill Haas, James Hahn and Luke Donald, all of whom are around the same salary level. Neither Haas nor Donald have been playing too consistently, and Hahn is still a little too green to be picking in an event like this. Palmer’s results however (ignoring the MC at Pebble because you can do that when a guy is at $7,000) have all been reflective of a player worth way more than $7,000. So when it comes down to it, Palmer was a pretty easy pick after all.