Brand New Calendar Year, so we won’t be rehashing any old Rubies. I had none for the field at Kapalua because I felt that was pointless in a field of 40 golfers. I am excited to get back to the first full-field event of the 2021 Calendar.
Ruby #1: Doug Ghim ($6900)– The Ghim reaper, as some people refer to him as has been a Ruby before and was a very good one at that. Ghim is an excellent young player, and I believe, the most talented in the $6k range. Ghim ranks out 6th in my model last 24 rounds, 2nd last 12, and 5th last 8. Because of the time between this tournament and the previous tournament for most players, I am focusing mostly on the last 12 rounds for recent form. Ghim ranks 7th in birdies in the last 12 rounds. That is a good thing for draft kings, as we all know. He’s top 13 in every category I have except Eagles. He looks like a stellar play and a bet for me.
Ruby #2: Kramer Hickock ($6400)– Hickock has been an awful putter, but his best putting surface historically is Bermuda, which is where we are at this week. After an 8th at Bermuda, Hickock followed it up with a 58th at the Houston Open. That might not be that impressive, but he lost an astounding five strokes putting at Houston. He gained 4.1 on approach that week, so he was striking it very well. He gained 3.7 Tee to green that week as well. I hope he still has similar form this week, and the putting improves slightly. If that happens, he becomes a very viable option.
Ruby #3: Pat Perez ($6800)– Buying into the Mayakoba crossover here some. Pat Perez is a former winner in Myakoba but hasn’t been playing that well as of late. He did make the cut in his last appearance at the OHL Mayakoba. Before that, it was a run of MC. His iron play hasn’t been bad. He has gained an approach in 3 of the last four tournaments where the stat has been tracked. He’s an older guy, obviously but doesn’t lack confidence. If he gets hot with the putter, he can compete here as the length isn’t a factor.