Wow, what a great PGA Championship that was. Whether it was the meme-worthy fumble of the Wannamaker Trophy by winner Collin Morikawa or the disgustingly great tee-shot on 16, there were a ton of great memories and it was so fun to see true championship level golf on display.
That shot on 16 though…literally, I’m not sure I could watch this TOO much:
As for my DraftKings picks…well, that wasn’t quite so amazing. In fairness, I went 6/6 with all the players making the cut. That’s almost ALWAYS a shoo-in to finish in the money and indeed I did, but with Koepka (T29) and JT (T37) fading on Sunday as well as Keith “Don’t Call Me Kevin” Mitchell (T43), the team was propped up by Scottie Scheffler (T4), Matthew Wolff (T4) and of all folks Lanto Griffin (T19).
But folks will also recognize that I couldn’t resist and added in a second lineup. This one included winner Collin Morikawa, which made me feel proud – though if you’d put that lineup in, you’d have actually not cashed out. Despite having the winner, plus Jon Rahm (T13), Rory McIlroy (T33) and Abe Ancer (T43), the back of the bus was a wash with neither Sebastian Munoz or Benjamin Hebert making the cut. A shame.
Either way, congrats to Morikawa and his girlfriend Katherine Zhu who I assume had a major spike in Instagram followers late yesterday. What a weekend.
The tour now moves to the Wyndham Championship which really just highlights what a weird season this has been. Because here’s a fun fact — Justin Thomas is going to win the Wyndham Rewards purse of $2,000,000 … and he’s not even playing in the event. With so few events, this is how the cards fell, where his lead over #2 (Morikawa) being more than the amount of points up for grabs this week, Thomas will pocket a sweet $2MM without even making the trip. But there are plenty of other folks in for this cash grab. In a reflection of how unserious the tour players treat this … Morikawa ALSO isn’t making the trip.
So, who is? And who should we look to pick?
There are a few studs in the field, and I’m taking two of them in Tommy Fleetwood ($10,500) and fellow countryman Justin Rose ($9,900). Both of them played well at the PGA and this should be a much easier task. I’m adding a favorite in Kevin Kisner ($8,300) out of a sick thought that he’s fairly local and that should matter. (Also, he is playing well and his lack of distance shouldn’t matter as much here.) Similarly, Charles Howell III ($7,500) is always good for a made cut and events like this are where he’s made that insane amount of career winnings.
So we’re down to the bottom of the lineup. My first choice is Bud Cauley ($7,200) for three reasons. One, he’s playing well. Two, during the first round of the PGA Championship I got a text from a friend that read simply, “Um…who the FUCK is Bud Cauley?” And three, because his car was broken into at Harding Park and he was flummoxed because 911 didn’t respond to a car break-in. I’m sorry, but while it sucks his car was broken into, 911 doesn’t exist for this. At least not in a major city. Joining Cauley at the bottom of the roster is Nate Lashley ($6,500) who after rebounding from some injuries is playing well again. Feels like a good bet to make the cut.
Let’s be honest folks, this is NOT a sexy tournament and if I’m being honest, I’m going to be spending way more time watching the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes this week. But I’ll be checking my DraftKings lineup, seeing how badly I did this week. May your lineups be better by avoiding my mistakes.