One more event before the British Open, gotta make sure you know what you’re doing before the 3rd major of the year! Winning picks here.
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Rough week last week with a couple big names missing the cut. Good value this week, and have to go with the guys that play well consistently at the JDC.
Chad Collins ($8,000) — Way under the radar, mostly because he’s got one of the most generic names on tour here. But Double C hasn’t missed a cut since March, and has finished better in his last 5 events than the previous one.
Patrick Rodgers ($8,000) — Got all the talent in the world and on a run.
Jordan Spieth ($13,700) — The number one player in the world with two healthy legs. Gotta go with him here, especially when there are a couple 6k values picks below.
Chris Stroud ($8,000) — Another at the 8k number, Stroud’s played well the last two events, and has made the cut at the JDC in the past. Hasn’t done particularly well, but that’s cause he wasn’t that good until this year.
Brian Stuard ($6,000) — Reaching a little low now without much money left. Stuard had more than a few decent events this year, and is worth more than his 6k price, especially considering his vegas odds to win are 150/1.
Hudson Swafford ($6,200) — Similar to Stuard, Swafford has played well in more than a few events, and is listed at 150/1 to win. Another good low player when spending all that money on Spieth.
Ok, going a different route this week. Want to find the lowest priced player that I like to make the cut then go with a bunch of second tier guys (they’re all second tier this week with Spieth in the field).
Andres Gonzales ($5,700) — Ok, compared to the players priced around him he’s a tremendous value, but that doesn’t always mean it’s a good pick. But… he seemed to find his game last week after a month of pretty poor results and I think he keeps it going. This also gives me plenty of room salary-wise to pick some studs.
George McNeill ($8,600) — Great run of recent play barring the U.S. Open, which was different enough to ignore.
Steve Stricker ($9,300) — His course history is just too good for me to ignore and I had the money for either him or Harris English after 5 picks. Going with Strick.
Pat Perez ($8,800) — Really good string of play and combined with the weak field he’s definitely in the top tier of players in the in Iowa this week.
Shawn Stefani ($8,600) — I seem to always be considering him (or taking him), but seeing as his recent run of play has been almost as good as Perez’s it’s totally worth it.
David Hearn ($8,800) — His t2 last week and course history really seals this pick for me. He’s probably in the top 5 or 6 guys in the field that can actually win this week.