Heath Slocum may have given the scribes golfs version of Gonzaga to romanticize, but TPC Boston and the pressure of a title run normally weeds out the Cinderella stories. Check the winners in Norton (Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Olin Browne . . . well, you get the point), warm and fuzzy may work in New Jersey, but stay with proven winners this week.
Pick a Foursome: Tiger Woods made a single putt over 15 feet all week at Liberty National, was among the top 15 in both greens in regulation and fairways hit and finished tied for second place. Translation: put him on true greens he is familiar with and by this time next week the Nationals (as in Hazeltine and Liberty) will be distant memories.
As for Ernie Els, we like the direction The Big Easy has been tracking in recent weeks, including a tie for sixth at the PGA and last weeks tie for second that featured an error-free Sunday 66.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, Nick Watney
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
Salary Cap: After Woods, and that $5.7 million buy in, its often tough to fill out a lineup card, but recent play suggests there are bargains to be had. After a fast start to the season, rookie Webb Simpson woke up last week (eighth place) and, despite what CBS Sports analyst Peter Kostis says of the rookies swing, he could surprise many this postseason.
As for Day, the Aussie finally seems healthy and happy enough to reach all that potential, and for $767K hes a salary cap steal.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang, Jason Day, Webb Simpson (Total: $9.79 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
Pick One: Adam Scott. Neither Fantasy Island nor swing guru Butch Harmon saw this one coming: 18 events, 10 missed cuts, a single top 10 and an early offseason for the former Aussie phenom who was bounced from the playoffs last week. Harmon and Scott recently announced a break. If only Fantasy Island would have been in on that conversation.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the GolfChannel.com staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
|Rex Hoggard||Tiger Woods||Unfamiliar greens were the culprit at Liberty National and the putting surfaces at Cog Hill (site of next weeks BMW Championship) and East Lake (Tour Championship) have been reworked since last Woods saw. Besides, theres no reason to hold back when youre fighting to get out of the basement.||$5,231,686|
|Jay Coffin||Tiger Woods||Its the last time I can use him this year so its best to use him while playing a golf course he likes, coming after a week of playing a golf course he didnt like.||$6,561,072|
|Mercer Baggs||Tiger Woods||My last time to pick him. This is a must-win for me.||$7,096,285|
|Erik Peterson||Padraig Harrington||Playoffs are about whos hot. Though he hasnt sealed the deal yet in 2009, hes been steady of late (three top 10s in a row).||$6,406,372|
|Brian Koressel||Padraig Harrington||Confidence is back, swagger is back and this week, will find himself back in the winners circle.||$7,630,073|
|Dena Davis||Tiger Woods||He has a great track record at this course... which sometimes sounds like a broken record.||$6,802,760|
|Jerry Foltz||Phil Mickelson||I've recently been witness to some 'moments of brilliance' by Phil. He's still making too many mistakes, but sooner than later, he'll be back in top form. I'm just betting it'll be this week.||$5,706,037|