Another wild ending in Hawaii with some quality relief, bad shots, really wet conditions and a playoff win. A solid ending to the Hawaiian swing and now it’s time to head to California. There were 3 made cuts in the picks last week, thus 2 missed cuts. But overall no major money makers. This week we get a lovely 3 course tournament at The American Express, aka the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. It’s a 156 golfer field, with some insanely easy scoring courses and only 65 and ties making the cut after Round 3 on Saturday. Let’s see who the guys pick this week in the 2020 American Express PGA OAD Picks.
|Last WK $||$0||$64,350||$0||$64,350||$14,916|
|Last WK PK||Chez||Morikawa||Munoz||Im||Niemann|
|This WK PK||Harman||Scheffler||Harman||Noren||Kokrak|
Let’s head to Cali…But first discuss how my CHEZ Reavie pick last week was pure shit! Carnage in Honolulu extends past Allenby getting kidnapped and beat up. Or allegedly kidnapped and beat up. Friday afternoon, I felt beat up for taking Chezticles.
On to the Bob Hope, formerly CareerBuilder, formerly a Bill Clinton sponsored sexcapde, but always the HOPE! My hope is for a made cut this week. If I start with two straight MC I’ll play for skins in the first segment and load up in segment 2.
Keeping with the small in stature big in game theme, I’ll roster the bulldog Brian Harman. He’s #1 on my yellow tablet and #65 in my heart…65 and ties make the cut…
Best of luck this week! Epstein didn’t kill himself…
Last week I was really high on Niemann and he just couldn’t get it together. Finished with a little money, but in the end feels like a missed cut. This week we are going to the KOK, Jason Kokrak. Kokrak has been off for a while, which always concerns me, but he did play well with an 8th place finish at the Bermuda. Kokrak’s game suits these courses well. Drive it accurately, have a solid wedge/approach game and make some putts. The last part is always iffy with Kokrak, but he will set himself up for a ton of birdies and if he gets a hot putter then watch out. It doesn’t hurt that Kokrak has played well in his last 2 trips to this event. Last year he finished 18th and in 2018 he finished 8th. Give me that hot putter Kokrak and we will rack up some cash in LA.
Michael Ruvolo (@MichaelRuvolo)
For my OAD pick this week I’m going to use a similar strategy I used last week. This time I hope my pick doesnt 3-putt from 3 feet on the last hole. this is obviously a weak event in terms of star power. Scheffler might never be this high in DK pricing again this year unless he plays the Puerto Rico Open. He ranks 2nd in my total model last 50 rounds. We know anyone can pop at this tourney as evident by Adam Long winning last year. Scheffler was the KFT player of the year last year and he was an elite college player at Texas as well. Scheffler has the game to get it done here, I wonder if he has the patience to play in a Pro-am of this low quality. If Rahm can do it though, I believe Scottie has this!
We were a par on 17 instead of a triple away from a top 10 from Sung Jae last week. Very unfortunate but unfortunately they count all 70 holes, assuming you make the cut. On to THE American Express presented by American Express and brought to you by American Express. This week we have a three course rotation Pro-Am grind fest. In the past all different types of golfers have won here, mostly because it will be a putting contest. So if you know who will gain 10 strokes on the greens then I would pick that guy. I’m not that good of a predictor of such things, so I’m going to use some recent form and take Alexander Noren this week. He hasn’t missed a cut since the US Open back in June (knock on wood) and seems to have found some of his old form. He is a world class ball striker when he is on, so lets just hope he can get the putter going this week.
Brian Harman – Welp. Sebastian Munoz got us kicked off in the perfect way with a goose egg in week one, so we’re looking up at the others. A stroke off the cut and Munoz not finding any magic with the flat stick doomed us in Hawaii.
We move to LaQuinta and we’re going with a guy who has really started to show signs of life after being down in 2019 with Brian Harman. After not really knowing where the ball was going in a majority of 2019, Harman has gained strokes in approach in 5-of-6 tournaments and is #1 in the field in the last 50 tournaments SG: Total. An 11th, 3rd, 20th, before last year’s MC, Harman has good success here on the three different tracks and a smallish purse means we can take the risk.