The Tour is back in Texas this week for the first of another two week stretch. Playing the famed Colonial Country Club, check out our picks here!
With 5 / 6 making the cut last week (Compton decided to bogey the last two holes to MC by 1), but no one playing particularly well, it was enough to win the 50/50, but not cash in the GPP. Gonna cash in both this week.
Pat Perez ($8,000) — He was my good play last week, and I’m counting on him continuing his good play. Snuck through on the cut line and had a good weekend to finish T20. Especially at this price, he’s a must play.
John Peterson ($6,900) — Head scratcher with the price here. Hasn’t missed a cut since February, and seems like he’s the type of guy who can actually win, not just play well like some of the other guys here.
Shawn Stefani ($7,800) — At the Players, I didn’t know if his time off would leave him a little rusty. Well it did, but his showing last week proved all that rust has been knocked off. This price, and with him being a Texas man makes him another must pick.
Kevin Kisner ($9,100) — Kisner and Martin are continuance picks from their good play at the Players, and their play last week where I picked them successfully
Ben Martin ($8,500) — See above
Ryan Palmer ($9,600) — Alright, time to justify Palmer as my high priced pick. I’m certainly not going to pick Kevin Na. More importantly, how in the world is Na listed at $9,900? Anyway, it was more a process of elimination to get to Palmer. Can’t go with Adam Scott after he missed the cut last week (granted he could easily use that as motivation to play well this week), can Charley Hoffman and Paul Casey aren’t exactly givens. Back to Palmer, the difference is that he’s been playing at Colonial for a few weeks now. Based on this tweet from 6 days ago:
Actually, after a little research, Colonial is Palmer’s home course, so I’m banking on Palmer playing like Webb Simpson did on his home course last week. If you’re looking for a sub for this last spot, the only other player I could see in this case is Patrick Reed. But I’ll still take Palmer over Reed here.
Alright, missed last week, but I’m back and ready to go. There are some pretty good gems that stuck out to me right away, and judging by Jack’s picks he saw them too. Going almost exclusively by recent performance with these picks with the caveat that the course history isn’t atrocious.
Kevin Na ($9,900) — One of the hottest players on Tour at the moment, seemingly rattling off top tens with ease. His consistency in the last couple months is his biggest plus in 50/50’s.
Ryan Palmer ($9,600) — I’m not to worried about his play at the Players: that’s a quirky course that can throw even the best players off. Also, he’s a Texas guy and having a solid year so going back home should give him some confidence.
Ian Poulter ($9,100) — Excellent consistency for his price range, but hasn’t been able to keep it together for all 4 rounds (enough to win that is). Hasn’t played at Colonial recently, but form first and foremost.
Shawn Stefani ($7,800) — One of those gems I mentioned, I’m once again not too worried about his play at the Players. He’s really come into his own in the last year or so, and I think he should be salaried closer to someone like Chris Kirk or Brendon Todd.
John Peterson ($6,900) — Wow, can’t believe the salary here. His last MC was in February and three of his last four events have been top 20’s.
Jerry Kelly ($6,500) — Kelly is… streaky. When he is on he can string together several good finishes in a row. This seems to be one of those streaks and combined with his history of cuts made at this event, Kelly is a solid play.