Get ready for the paragliders along the coast this week as the PGA Tour heads west and a little south from the Arizona desert to La Jolla, California and the Farmer’s Insurance Open. Everyone with a little professional golf knowledge remembers the 2008 US Open in prime time when Tiger Woods made two eagles on the back nine on Saturday, and an eight foot snake of a putt to force a 18 hole playoff on Monday. Quick side note, can you imagine how much more dramatic it would have been if Tiger and Rocco had settled it that on Sunday instead of waiting overnight? Anyway, counting that win, Tiger has won 8 times total as a professional at Torrey Pines. So seeing Tiger listed as the 16th most expensive player — even below a Dustin Johnson who hasn’t played in 6 months — seems like an Oceans Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen level heist.
Well, unfortunately for Danny Ocean and his crew, it is not. With his second round 82 last Friday in Arizona, Tiger showed that his salary should probably be so far down that you would struggle to find his name in the mid $5,000s. But I guess past success should be honored at a course he’s played so well at. Either way, I don’t think you can put much stock in him making the cut, or at least at a high enough percentage to make him a good pick at any salary.
But now onto topics more fun than the fall of the most fun golfer to watch on TV in the past 22 years (22 since I’m counting his US Am wins which they showed on TV too).
Brooks Koepka — $10,100