Last time the PGA Tour is in Texas this year. How do you know who you should pick? Hometown guys? Native Texans? Euros? Find out below for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship!
Another good week for last week’s lineup. Finished 2nd in my 50/50 with it, and cashed in both GPPs. Unfortunately, I can’t pick my boy Patty Perez since he’s not playing this week.
Scott Brown ($7,600) — Went with him last week, sticking with him again at this price point especially. 7 cuts in a row means he’s doing something right. Still waiting on the super high finish though.
Charley Hoffman ($8,400) — I’ve been iffy on picking him, but he’s really played well ever since the Masters. Bunch of cuts in a row, but with that ability to finish high / win as well.
Marc Leishman ($8,800) — Another solid performance, and pretty fairly priced under 9k.
Ian Poulter ($9,600) — I was having trouble picking the high salaried players. I didn’t want to go with Speith cause he’s just too expensive, and no to Johnson with his streakiness. Poulter fits the bill of a player who you’d be surprised to see finish out of the top 20. Poulter WD Brendan Steele ($7,000) — Two missed cuts recently, but with this price and how consistent he was earlier in the year, I’m chalking those missed cuts up to an anomaly.
Zach Johnson ($9,400) — It is kind of tough to pick these high salaried players when you really need them to win to have a chance in a gpp. But out of all the guys under 9.6k, I’m a fan of ZJ.
Hunter Mahan ($7,100) — Last minuteish switch from Steele here. Don’t get me wrong, Steele is a steal at that price for sure. I’m just putting a tiny, and I say tiny bit more on Mahan here. But don’t feel like you need to replace Steele at all. I expect them both to do well this week.
Brendon Todd ($8,600) — Winner here last year, so obviously likes the course. Hoping he can handle the pressure of being a defending champ. This is one player who I might swap out later in the week, so check back to see if I decide to stick with him.
Well, despite Na and Poulter playing poorly on Sunday and Palmer missing the weekend, my lineup cashed in my 50/50 with 390 points. This week I’d like to continue, though preferably with all six players seeing both weekend rounds. Going mostly off of recent play here, using course history just as a checkup to make sure past results aren’t horrendous. Some salaries this week were just insane (both high and low).
Jordan Spieth ($13,300) Jerry Kelly ($7,900) George McNeill ($7,100) Morgan Hoffmann ($7,000) Brian Harman ($7,000) Brendan Steele ($7,000)
Update #1: Well, after some thought I decided that I can’t justify Spieth’s high cost so I’ve made three changes. Dropping Spieth, Hoffmann, and Harman and picking up Jason Day, Charlie Hoffman, and Keegan Bradley. To be clear, I think Spieth is far and away the best pick to win, but I wasn’t comfortable all of my original picks would make the cut so I’m going with a more balanced lineup.
Update #2 (Wednesday 12:25): Ok, withdraws from two of my picks today mean I have to blow this thing up a bit. Losing McNeill hurts because he was one of the best bargains, and this requires major adjustments. My final lineup will be as follows (barring further WD’s): Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Marc Leishman, Charlie Hoffman, Morgan Hoffmann, and Brendan Steele.