The Farmer’s Open was a heck of a tournament like usual. There were some big names that didn’t make the weekend. There were also some big names that finished strong like Jon Rahm. Now we head to Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open. Jesse is enjoying a nice lead but it’s early and all the guys are in striking distance. The field this week is only 132 golfers, so there should be at least half of the field playing the weekend. Let’s see who the guys like this week with the 2020 Waste Management PGA OAD Picks.
|Last WK $||$253,125||$22,950||$817,500||$817,500||$817,500|
|Last WK PK||Finau||Hideki||Rahm||Rahm||Rahm|
|This WK PK||Morikawa||Xander||Xander||Rickie||Bubba|
No Waste Here
Golf’s version of a raver takes place this week in the desert. The Waste Management is always one of my favorite events! Birdies, Eagles, a drivable par 4 down the stretch, and of course the stadium hole #16. Booing is typically frowned upon in the gentleman’s game except at the Phoenix Open. Where if you don’t hit a crowd pleasing shot, you might get laughed at, booed at, or even sung to. Remember Phil vs Kevin Na a few years ago? Na hit a poor shot at 16 and the fans erupted with, NA, NA, NA, NA NA NA, NA good-bye?!?! Oh it was spectacular. What better appetizer for the Super Bowl than exciting Golf? Skip all the bullshit pre-game mambo jumbo and watch what annually is an exciting finish!
I’m looking at Hideki, X, Webb, Rahm and a few others. But I’m going with a real young stud. Gimmie Morikawa for the W.
Best of luck, hit ‘em well.
Fresh off a second place finish for Rahm at the Farmers, we move to the WMPO. I will be using Rickie Fowler this week. I am not really a Rickie guy but one can’t argue with his success at this particular event. He is the defending champion, with 3 straight top 11s in the preceding years. His last 3 events prior to the Farmers (where he MC) were all top 10s. I don’t really see another spot to use him this year, so I will take him here and not have to tilt him the rest of the year. I currently am only $1.7 million behind first in the big GC OAD, which is quite ridiculous with no missed cuts so far on the year, but there is a long way to go. Best of luck!
Pretty lackluster performance from Matsuyama at the Farmers did not help me gain at all in the OAD standings. I guess he at least made the cut to give me something but yeah nothing to write home about. As Belicheck would say “We have moved on to Phoenix.” This week I’m going off a similar strategy to what I used when I picked Fowler last year. Pick a guy who underperformed at the Farmers because he has too much pressure there whether it be sponsor or home town related. I’m going Xander Schauffle this week to bounce back after a poor showing and a missed cut in his home town tournament. Schauffle has a 17th and a 10th here last 2 years. This is an easier field than the Farmers, there is no doubt about that, but there is some quality here including him. Looking to get that win this week to get back on track. 2020 WMPO winner will be Xander Schauffle.
Xander Schauffele – The talented young-blood struggled at his “home” event last week aka perfect for ownership this week. In all honesty, the course doesn’t fit his typical shot shape (draw). Just look at the previous winners and last week’s winner Marc Leishman!
His OTT game is still strong, gaining strokes in his last five measured tournaments and his missed cut interrupts his string of three second places and two tenth place finishes. He’s gotten to double-digit under par in both of his appearances here at the Waste Management and he should be able to find birdies in bunches.
Thank you Jon Rahm for a strong finish late Sunday to get back to that solo 2nd and a nice payday. Now we move onto Phoenix for the funnest tournament on the tour, the Waste Management. The field is loaded this week. So many great options to pick to win or finish high. There are only 132 golfers in the field which means at least half of the field is playing the weekend which makes more chances for people to make some money. With so many studs I was close to taking the X-Man off of a missed cut, Rickie who loves this place or even Matsuyama who may as well have a trophy case at TPC Scottsdale. But, I’ll go a little different. I will take a goofy golfer who is coming in with great form. He has made 10 of his last 11 cuts at the WMO, including 4 Top 5’s. He has no problem hit his drives wild and playing in the desert with the cacti. He’s also coming in with decent form after a 6th place finish at the Farmer’s. Give me the sweet swinging lefty this week in Bubba Watson.