Another week and another solid showing by the rubies. We were a double on 18 on Friday to miss the cut by 1 from a perfect 3/3. Swafford destroyed an amazing line of me and cost me quite a bit of money. Werenski did reach his value as he finished 35th. The process as some say was there and it was a good showing, but could have been much better.
Ruby #1: Troy Merritt ($6600)– Merrit is coming off a very good showing at the Workday Charity Open with a 22nd place finish. HE has made 4 consecutive cuts and 4/5 since the restart. The last 2 events, Merrit has gained on T2G, with gaining 5.8 strokes tee to green at the Workday Charity Open. HE also gained 7 strokes on approach at Muirfield Village last week! That is a fantastic sign. He did lose strokes around the green but that is not usual for him. Merritt finished 17th last year at the Memorial. He has a good history with back to back top 25.
Ruby #2: Chez Reavie ($6700): Chez has deservedly received a bad rap since his switch to PXG. I’m wondering if he has started to figure these clubs out though. Chez gained 3.1 strokes on approach at the Travelers a tournament that he obviously likes. He backed it up with gaining 2.3 strokes on approach at the WC Open. He was even better tee to green at the WC Open, gaining 5.9 strokes. He put well at Muirfield last week and came home in 17th place. Chez has played here in 2016 and did miss the cut back then. He lost 6.5 strokes putting that week. From what I can see, that is the most he has ever lost in a tournament. Chez ranks out well over my rolling stat report and I think he can return his value significantly this week.
Ruby #3 Talor Gooch ($6600)– Gooch very recent form is good with a 17th at the Workday Charity Open. His other form since the restart is less than ideal. Back to back missed cuts at the Travelers and RBC Heritage. Let’s get to the good news, Gooch gained 6.2 strokes on approach at the WC Open at Muirfield. He gained 7 strokes tee to green. He putts best on poa but he is average on bent so as long as he stays average putting, but continues to stripe the ball well with his irons he will be good and return the value.
Coal: Henrik Norlander ($6300)– I feel Draft Kings is baiting you into playing him this week. With that, I needed to look into Norlander. As we all know I was all over him last week. I didn’t care about the chalk people talked about and he only came in at 10% and returned value. He didn’t play how I thought he would play. Norlander gained 3.6 strokes putting last week at Muirfield. He gained 4.6 strokes total en route to a 31st place finish. He lost on the week on approach slightly and barely gained tee to green. The WC Open was the first time he gained putting since the AT&T Pro-Am. I don’t see it sustainable and I won’t be backing that kind of play this week. I say tread water lightly with Norlander this week and be very careful if you do choose to play him.