This week we head to California as the Frys.com open moves to a brand new venue! I wouldn’t give much credit to the History section, because of the new course, but as always, pick with your heart! Some background on the course (CordeValle), is a par 71, 7368 yards and is nestled into rolling, majestic mountains. Now just pick the players who love scenic courses.
This event draws some new names to the 2010 Fall Series as Stephen Ames, Rickie Fowler and Ricky Barnes join the fray.
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NIKE GOLF :: Four to Watch
This is Ames’ worst season since 2005 and he’s looking for a win to turn his year around. He has the game and has had a few good stretches, such as the Greenbrier and Turning Stone back to back Top 25’s. This should be a similar tournament to those, so I would expect a Top 25.
JL’s on a streak of 8 straight made cuts. However, he needs to be more consistent in terms of scoring. He had 2 great 66’s at McGladrey, but sandwiched alternated those with a 71 and 72. He’s had the scoring in the last 3 events except for a few bad rounds. Hopefully he can get it together this week.
The kid is tearing up the Nationwide Tour by leading the money list. The funny thing is, his 2nd place at last years Frys.com Open was a bigger purse than his earnings from 14 cuts (1 win, 8 Top 10’s) on the Nationwide Tour. He’s a sleeper this week and he’s looking to test his game now before joining the Tour next year.
Immelman is a sleeper, but he hasn’t gone low yet this year. He’s fired 9-under in two events, which only resulted in a T53 and T13 this year. The next lowest score for Immelman was his Masters win in 2008 at 8-under. Immelman is not a low scorer, sadly.
Other Nike athletes in the field :: none
THE FIELD :: Four Who Are Hot
recent finishes :: T9 at McGladrey, T29 at Viking Classic, T34 at Wyndham
I never thought he’d be in this section, but the man from Eugene, Oregon (Nike’s founding grounds) is trying to mimic the Ducks and drop 54 points a game! He should have fun this week, sportsfans.
Arjun Atwal – WD
recent finishes :: T9 at McGladrey, MC at Viking Classic, T18 at Wyndham, T9 at Greenbrier
Aside from the Viking Classic, Price is going low daily. His scoring average in his past 18 rounds is 68.2. In that span, he’s shot 66 or better 7 times. That’s ridiculous.
Bo Van Pelt
recent finishes :: T6 at McGladrey, 24th at TOUR Championship, T54 at BMW, T25 at Deutsche Bank
BVP is probably the one to beat this week, right up there with Clark and Fowler. His Top 10 stretch earlier this year was insane and it looks like he’s about to get on another one.
recent finishes :: T6 at McGladrey, T20 at Viking Classic, T12 at Wyndham
JD’s another guy who I thought I would never see in this article, but the stats don’t like. I for one am not expecting the hot streak to continue, as one few players have put up solid Top 25’s for 4 straight events..and I don’t think Durant is in the league.
THE FIELD :: Four Who Have History
*again, this history may not apply — different course, different state*
best finishes :: 1st in ’09 (DNP in other years)
He’s one for one here. I was surprised when I found out he didn’t play in the event before, but he’s here to defend this year. Coming off of a MC at McGladrey.
best finishes :: T8 in ’09, T29 in ’08, T12 in ’07
Stroud is putting up big numbers here, in a good way. He had a T66 at McGladrey (but started 67-69) , but had a T5 at the Viking Classic. He also finished well at the Greenbrier (gosh, that event’s come up a lot here, eh?). But, that was another new course with low scoring conditions.
best finishes :: T4 in ’09, T29 in ’08, T18 in ’07
Hasn’t played since the TOUR Championship, but was on a nice streak coming in. T45 at Deutsche Bank, T21 at BMW and T13 at Tour Championship. Definitely has the game to go low and should notch a Top 10 this week.
best finishes :: T13 in ’09, T7 in ’08, T6 in ’07
Also went T9 at Greenbrier with a finished score of 14-under. He had a T33 at the McGladrey. His finishes were so good here because he’s from Arizona and went to Arizona State. He won’t be as comfortable at this course, but I would at least expect a Top 25.
Other notables in the field :: Rory Sabbatini, Graham DeLaet, Paul Goydos, Charlie Wi, John Daly, Ricky Barnes, David Duval, Cameron Beckman, Jonathan Byrd, Bryce Molder, Richard S. Johnson, Alex Cejka, Briny Baird, Daniel Chopra, Ryuji Imada, Jeev Milka Singh, Kevin Stadler
FINAL FOUR :: Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Bryce Molder and Jamie Lovemark
I wanted to take Tim Clark, too, which would have meant I would have picked from the Top 10 in the 2009 event…but that’s not where my head is at. Fowler is my pick to win, where Simpson can play well and I’m still looking for him to breakout as a rookie. I also liked his T12 at McGladrey as it was the first time all year he put up 4 rounds in the 60’s. Molder is solid and Lovemark is a big sleeper. He’s had a great year on the Nationwide Tour and I look for him to continue with confidence this week. I know everyone will be on BVP, but I’ll take my shot with the young guns.
I think the obvious four is :: Fowler, Clark, Van Pelt aaand a swoosher of your choice. ..but think we may see some more obscure fantasy four than other weeks.
Check out the full field here >> Frys.com Open Full Field
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