This feels like the 10th BMW Championship of this year thanks to all the European Tour events. How can BMW sponsor all these events worldwide, yet the PGA Tour is struggling to get sponsors? Anyway, they don’t have to worry about FedEx! This week we head to Cog Hill-Dubsbread where the history is rich! The course underwent a redesign in 2008, so we’ll ignore those stats and if you rely on history, I would focus on last year more heavily than others.
The exciting news this week is that there’s no cut! Everyone has a chance, so maybe we’ll see some McIlroy Magic on Sunday. Also, Furyk, Vijay and Stricker always seem to show up in the History section, and deservedly so, they’ve been money in the playoffs and step up to the big show!
This is Event 21 of the season and the second-last event of The Playoffs for the NG Nation Fantasy Four and it’s probably too late to join 🙂 For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below.
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NIKE GOLF: Four to Watch
Paul Casey (21)
Casey is a hot one and has been the hot Swoosher, with 4 straight Top 25’s, including two T12’s. However, Casey and Cog Hill don’t have much history, but let’s all we see Casey in the Playoffs for years to come. However, Cink, Petts and Tiger all have good cases going into this week, so I expect some more variation in the Nike department.
Anthony Kim (34)
AK has essentially missed the cut in every event since he’s come back. His best round was his opening 68 last week and if there’s a week to pick him, it’s this week. AK will look to prove himself worthy of a Ryder Cup pick along with making the Tour Championship. On the other hand, he could say “hey, let’s just get healthy for next year…” Anthony had a T23 here last year.
Stewart Cink (35)
Cink also has 4 straight Top 25’s and is coming off of an excellent Ryder Cup pick. Cink had a T23 here in ’09, T7 in ’07, T4 in ’06..umm, this could be his week.
Carl Pettersson (39)
I should put Tiger here, but I need to show Petts some love. He’s on 3 straight MC’s since the PGA, but his record here is noteworthy. T10 in ’07, T4 i n’06, T7 in ’04. That’s pretty solid. Who knows, the MC’s could be hangover form his win earlier this year.
Other Nike golfers in the field: Tiger Woods – owns the course (51), Stephen Ames – won in ’04 (69), Justin Leonard – no history (59)
THE FIELD: Four Who are Hot
John Senden (38)
Recent starts – 8th at Deutsche Bank, T15 at Barclays
He’s hot in the playoffs and that’s when it counts. T20 here last year
Matt Kuchar (1)
Recent starts –T11 at Deutsche Bank, 1st at Barclays, T10 at PGA, T9 at WGC, T21 at Greenbrier, T4 at Canadian Open, T27 at The Open, T6 at US Open, T8 at Memorial
He doesn’t stop. He had the quietest T11 last week and I don’t think he had any TV coverage. The cup is his to lose as he’s been rock-solid. T10 here last year.
Adam Scott (15)
Recent starts – T27 at The Open, T9 at at WGC-Bridgestone, T39 at PGA, T9 at Barclays, T5 at Deutsche Bank
Mere already knew that his win this year wasn’t a fluke. He’s playing great and the cards are in his favour this week. T21 in ’06, 4th in ’07.
Jason Day (4)
Recent starts – T2 at Deutsche Bank, T5 at Barclays, T10 at PGA, T22 at WGC-Bridgestone
Maybe he’ll get picked this week…he’ll probably finished 1st since he’s so trendy. T59 here last year.
THE FIELD: Four Who Have History
Luke Donald (5)
Best finishes – T10 in ’09, T30 in ’07, T21 in’06, T28 in ’05, T3 in ’04, T13 in ’03
I think everyone forgot he was the hottest player in the world a few months ago. He’s still on his game, but I think people have noticed him less because others have also been playing well.
Jim Furyk (11)
Best finishes – T2 in ’09, T3 in’08, T4 in ’06, 1st in ’05, T7 in ’04, T3 in ’03
Last week was an off week from the DQ the week before. You never have to worry about Furyk and he has bundles of history here.
Vijay Singh (63)
Best finishes – T4 in’06, T13 in ’05, T17 in ’04, 11 in ’03
T11 last week made me look really good. Let’s keep it up, Vij.
Stephen Ames (69)
Best finishes –T15 in ’09, T5 in’08, T38 in ’05, T21 in ’06, T34 in ’05, 1st in ’04
Surprise! I just needed to put Ames on here this week. He’s on the bubble and he has a lot of good finishes here and has much more history than others.
Notables 1-30: Nick Watney (30), Rory McIlroy (29), Robert Allenby (27), Fowler (25), JB Holmes (24), Overton (19), ZJ (17), DJ (16), Phil (14), Bubba (12), Rose (10), Mahan (8), Els (7), Stricker (3)
Notable 30-70’s: David Toms (67), Vijay (63), YE Yang (61), Bryce Molder (60), Ryan Moore (58), Marc Leishman (57), Freddy Jacobsen (55), KJ Choi (52), O’Hair (50), Poulter (44), Kevin Na (41), Villegas (33), Snedeker (31)
FINAL FOUR: Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Stewart Cink and Tiger Woods
It’s my Ryder Cup special. I wanted to take McIlroy and Pettersson, but there’s only room for so many. I think we’ll see some players picked from the 50’s and 60’s this week!
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