I love to see when a golf tournament really isn’t over shadowed that much by what is supposed to be the biggest sporting event in the world. Phoenix was a great tournament, and in my opinion didn’t get overshadowed by the Super Bowl by the people who actually care. So I enjoyed the tournament in a lot of ways. 

Let’s start off by recapping last week like we always do. I’ll start with the bad again. Sam Burns. Fires a great opening round and was sitting in fantastic shape and then folded like a cheap suit. Just didn’t have it on Friday and that cost me another clean sweep on the Rubies. That was the only sore spot again this week. JJ Spaun once again made the cut at Phoenix and while I thought he would do much better after that first round which was so good without scoring he still did ok and made a lot of 6/6 lineups complete for me. Everyone knocked Chesson as they should and he is definitely the king of the double bogey. One thing that people realized also is the dude can flat our go low on holes and he’s extremely inconsistent. He scored more points than most players who finished 5-6 shots better than him. He was an extremely bright spot. The other spot I continue to nail is the coal. Tringale with a missed cut again for the coal was also spot on. 

Let’s get this week going!

Ruby #1: Cameron Tringale ($7000)– Yes, I’ve flipped on him since last week when he was coal. This week he is a ruby. Tringale has a great course history here making 5/6 cuts here. Coming off a missed cut at the WMPO I think he rebounds as he’s back in CA where he is much more comfortable. Tringale still gained on approach in Phoenix but lost 2.5 putting. Poa is his favorite surface for putting by a significant margin. Tringale is playing the best golf of his life over the last year and I think he could have his best showing here yet. 

Ruby #2: JJ Spaun ($6800)– Yes I’m a fan boying again, and yes this is an unbiased pick again. He’s playing very good golf right now. He hit every green in regulation on Thursday of the WMPO and only shot -1. He just couldn’t putt to save his life. He lost 3.6 strokes putting over the 4 days. He gained 6.7 STROKES on approach and 4.4 T2G. He was hitting the ball so well. I expect it to continue this week. The California boy is back in his home state and worth every bit of $6800 DK Price. 

Ruby # Matt NeSmith ($7100)– I am bumping up the threshold a little on this one, but Nesmith was a GIR gained machine on the Korn Ferry Tour. Smallest greens on tour this week. He has been using a new putting coach this year and I talked to him at Torrey Pines and he said he has dramatically improved. He has gained putting the last 6 tournaments he has played in. He’s made 6 of the last 7 cuts as well. Ranks 5th in my model last 12 rounds and 12th last 24 rounds. He can score on the Par 5s as well. 

Coal: Doc Redman– A Guy who is popping in my stats some and then I dove in and realized he putted very well at WMPO. Then I looked where he putts the worst and that is on Poa which is where we are this week. He’s an inconsistent putter at best and I don’t expect him to putt extremely well. He has never had 5 tournaments in a row where he gained on approach.