Time for another post major hangover! Luckily we have Tiger Woods to act as the Cool Blue Gatorade to help squash the throbbing headache we all have after watching DJ beat Oakmont and the USGA. It’s the Quicken Loans National!
Turns out new Band of Horses is as good as old Band of Horses.
Was anybody else out there as confused as I was when I looked at the schedule and realized that the tournament after the US Open is the QLN? Time to blame the stupid Olympics! The QLN is just the first event this year to be shifted to allow for the Olympics. This also means a PGA Championship in July, with just one event between the British Open and the PGA. That’s just dumb.
And because the Olympics are on NBC, and the Golf Channel is owned by NBC, you’re not gonna hear anyone in the media complaining about this. But really, golf in the Olympics are dumb. At least with the current format. I’ll have more on my dislike for it in the future, so get ready for at least a little more complaining.
Back to Congressional
After a year off, the QLN is moving back to Congressional CC, a classic course if there ever was one.
Most notably, Congressional is the site of Rory’s 8 shot victory at the 2011 US Open. I just looked at the scores again to make sure I had the numbers right, and Rory finished at -16, how’d the USGA let him do that?! They should have issued him a couple one stroke penalties to bring him down a notch or two or seven. /s
Rory will not be playing this week however, he’ll be in Germany for the BMW International.
Tiger in the house, just not playing
The PGA Tour loves having hosts, big names who can go there and call the tournament their own. Names bring people to tournaments. Casual fans don’t really care about watching “good golf”, they want to see players with names they recognize play golf. And having Tdubs associated with an event, even though he isn’t playing, it huge.
Anyway, as we all know, Tiger is unfortunately sidelined. Some reports saying that he reinjured himself (again) so who knows when, if ever, he’ll be back in competitive action.
Which actually, on a semi side note, is what makes Lebron the best. He doesn’t get hurt! Can you imagine playing that hard for 82 games, four 7 game series, getting hacked all the time, basically tackled at some points, and then having to do that for some 15 years? Injury prevention is severely underrated in a top athlete. That should be in the scouting report as a top level line item. Just ask Ryan Braun or Derrick Rose how that’s treating them during their careers. I get pretty excited imagining what could have been if only Tiger wasn’t hurt all the time.
Injured Tiger will be around the media this week, possibly deflecting questions about his health. So look for some speculative stories about his status coming from the media.
It’s that time of year again! With NCAAs done, the summer schedule heating up, the top ams turn pro, expect sponsor exemptions into these different tournaments. This week, we see the pro debuts of Arizona State’s Jon Rham, most recently the low am at last week’s US Open, and Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State, previously the low am at last year’s British Open.
Amateurs like this, and others who will be highlighted in the coming weeks, are all trying to pull the Jordan Spieth move of playing well enough on the big Tour using sponsor exemptions to never have to dip down to the Web.com tour. A tall order for sure, but interesting to watch.
Look for more of these features in the coming weeks as other top ams attempt to transition.
The American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin, or simply Am Fam Champ. In keeping with the times, Steve Stricker, who isn’t even old enough yet to compete in Champions Tour events, serves as host. The Madison native will be out on the grounds and playing in a 9 hole exhibition scramble event along with Brett Favre, Mark Tauscher and Andy North. Now that’ll be a highly attended 9 holes.
U Ridge is really a cool course, front nine more open, and then head to a tree lined back nine, so check it out on tv when they show replays of the coverage at night. I’ve never been to a Champions Tour event, but apparently they have fields of only 81, and everyone uses carts. Which just sounds awesome.
Done with Canada, might as well play a tournament in the United State’s capital! Quicken Loans National time!
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In a weak field this week, I’m going for stars and scrubs. Well, semi scrubs since I’m assuming all these guys will play well. Basically, in the 7k-9k range, I really wasn’t seeing much benefit. Seems for the most part like players in that range are salaried that high just because some players need to be. Picking the other players at low salaries is … difficult. I tried to have some logic to those picks, but it’s still a little tossup if they’re going to play well.
Rickie Fowler ($11,700) and Justin Rose ($12,200) — Out of the three top ranked guys, I’m going with Fowler and Rose over Walker. Rose plays well in normal tour events a lot, and I’m just feeling Fowler over Walker cause of his recent win in Europe.
Chesson Hadley ($6,100) — Has made more cuts than not this year, and two in a row.
Stewart Cink ($7,800) — Two great weeks in a row with a T5 last week. More of the same expected from the tall guy.
John Huh ($6,200) — So looking at his history this year, he’s made a bunch of cuts. The ones he’s missed seem to come after he took some time off. Since the end of February, he’s taken 4 weeks off and he’s missed 4 cuts, all coming the week after his off week. I’m saying that’s not a coincidence, and that he’ll be back on form this week.
Alex Prugh ($5,900) — Made three cuts in a row means he’s playing well.
Ok, after a much needed week off of picks I’m back, and I’ve decided to really try to not overthink things. Really weak field here so gotta make the money count. Looks like I’m not on the same page as Jack this week which may or may not be a good thing.
Justin Thomas ($10,000) — As it turns out, this is exactly how much I had left over after my first 5 selections, so hey, why not. Better than the guys directly below him in salary anyways.
Shawn Stefani ($8,800) — I’m still on the Stefani train. I think he breaks through with a win in the next year or so and he has impressive consistency this year so far.
Pat Perez ($8,400) — A little surprised he’s price below some of the guys ahead of him. Nice solid pick.
Andy Sullivan ($8,100) — I really like Sullivan’s game and I think he’d have a higher price had he been playing in America for more than a few events.
Adam Hadwin ($7,500) — His game seems to be coming on a bit and I’d like to ride that for the duration.
Scott Pinckney ($7,200) — Seems to be hit or miss, but more hit recently and with the field I like his game.