Five for seven last week and I'll certainly take that for the first event in over three months. As bad as Rickie and Webb were, Bubba (how I love that crazy guy), Ancer, Spieth, Finau and Zach all did the business - with four getting themselves top-25 finishes.
While I want to get straight into the RBC Heritage, it would be remiss of me not to mention Bryson DeChambeau's monstrous body transformation...
...seriously, he looks like he could eat my opening pick this week as an appetizer.
I've never seen anyone overpower Colonial the way Big Bad Bryson did last week. But, it'll be even harder to pull off those drives at an extremely tight and penal Harbor Town, and I'm saving a pick on the 26-year-old until he's on a course he can truly unleash on.
My opening pick for the week is Justin Thomas. Didn't JT look great last week? (Bar the horrendous putting on Sunday, which I'm going to brush over right away)
JT looked the best player in the field at Colonial tee to green, and his supreme iron play is ideal for this week. Over his past 24 rounds in this field, JT is second for Strokes Gained: Approach, fifth in ball striking and fifth in Strokes Gained: Total.
He's high priced at $10,900, but when you see a couple of my later selections, there's plenty of room to fit JT in this week.
In relation to my second pick, Einstein once said:
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."
Well Albert, consider me insane, as I'm going back to the well with Webb Simpson this week and I'm fully expecting different results.
Webb missed the cut last week, but it was down to a very rusty opening round which he shook off on Friday by gaining almost 2.5 strokes over the field with his approach play. There's been an overreaction this week, and at $9,000, the former U.S. Open champion is tremendous value.
Can you imagine how angry Matt Kuchar is going to be this week after not collecting a paycheck at Colonial? A second-round comeback wasn't enough for the less than generous tipper to make the cut, but he showed signs on Friday that his game is looking decent - going on a charge as highlighted in this tweet...
Now a money-hungry Kuchar comes to one of his favorite tracks of the year. A previous champ here, Kooooch has four top-11 finishes at this event in the past five years. This man needs to be the core for all your lineups this week at $8,300.
My Mexican hombre Abraham Ancer was a stud for us last week, and I'm including him once again this week on a course that is tailor-made for his game. If JT is an appetizer for Bryson, then Abe is merely an amuse-bouche standing at just 5' 7", but boy has this guy got game. Not only is this a great course for Ancer but his irons look incredibly sharp, gaining 4.7 strokes last week in this department - his best iron performance since 2017. At $8,000 I gotta admit, I'm pumped.
Before we go thrift shopping, the 7,100k-8k range this week needs dealing with. I have one pick in this range, and his name is Viktor Hovland, otherwise, know by fans as 'Stoned Rory':
Hovland is a superstar in the making and looked solid last week at Colonial, gaining 5.7 strokes over the field tee to green. He's a prodigious ball striker and an ideal fit for Harbor Town, and he's going in plenty of my teams at a price of $7,600.
With bargain basement picks, aka $7,000 and below, you are just looking for a made cut. Zach Johnson did that for us last week, and I don't see why not to give him another run at $7,000. An excellent course fit for the multiple major champ and good momentum to build on from last week.
What if I told you I had a selection who costs $6,100 this week and who is also a multiple major champion? You're excited, right? Well, those are the good things. The bad thing is that he is 112...
Of course I'm kidding. Langer is a warhorse who's only 62, and I think this is the one track on Tour he really can make the cut in despite his advanced years. The German gained an impressive 1.6 strokes approaching the green last week, and on a track where length is of little importance, I can't help but put him in a lineup or two and see what happens. Disaster may be likely, but glory is out there!
One and Done Pick:
Alternate One and Done Pick:
7 Best Value Draftkings Picks:
Justin Thomas $10,900
Webb Simpson $9,000
Matt Kuchar $8,300
Abraham Ancer $8,000
Viktor Hovland $7,600
Zach Johnson $7,000
Bernhard Langer $6,100