Okay, let’s send out a cheery congrats to Mark Wilson for capturing his third PGA Tour victory. Had you been keen on him and laid down a $5 wager, that five spot would have turned into $1,250! That’s right, in some European books, Mr. Wilson was an astonishing 250:1 odds of winning.
I think it’s safe to say, he was probably not on many people’s radar last week.
Let’s turn the page to this week and examine the Bob Hope Classic being played in La Quinta, California. These four courses represent some of the shortest and least challenging venues on the entire PGA circuit. Translation: These guys are going to go L-O-W this week. Couple that with the fact that we have a five-day event, and you are looking at “minus 30 something” to take the cake come Sunday.
What does it take to win this event?
In my opinion, it takes one very important thing to get it done here. You need to have a personality that is conducive to playing in a pro-am. It is not easy to keep a “loosey-goosey” attitude when you are competing for almost a million smackaroonies. But some guys actually excel in this type of environment, and you will meet some of them very soon in the six-pack.
Some courses favor the accurate driver. Some courses reward the terrific ball striker. Yet other courses occasionally don’t favor any of these and could reward any of the above. This event is up for grabs by anyone in the field.
My research shows that historically this event is typically a breakout victory for someone and rarely has it been one by the same person more than once. The typical victor will have a handful of good finishes here, yet nothing astonishing. He will be under the radar, and he will have played some pretty decent golf in his last few events.
I took a nice jump up on the leaderboard after the Sony Open. I now have a total of 314 points on the season. I am in the 81st percentile overall, and in my group, “The Fans of Hunter Mahan,” I am in the 78th percentile. I am now leading all of the Yahoo experts, except for Greg Vara, who I trail by 30 very make-up-able points. I lead Matt “The Master” Romig by two points, Mike “The Amateur” Arkush by 25 points and Eric “WTF Happened” Planer by 96 points.
I love the value on the board this week, but let’s look at my Yahoo fantasy lineup first:
Start Matt Kuchar Sit Steve Marino
Start Bubba Watson Sit DJ Trahan
John Senden Kevin Na
Start Mike Weir Sit Kevin Stadler
Let’s go make some money, my friends…