WGC Invitational Recap

Brooks Koepka

The biggest worry with Brooks is that, unlike Xander Schauffele, sometimes he just doesn’t care.  And that was quite applicable this week.  He never contended but still found himself only two shots outside the Top 20 going into Sunday.  Unfortunately, he missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the first hole, mentally checked out, and then proceeded to play the next 17 holes +6, finishing in a tie for 54th in a 66 player field, as well as blowing a six shot lead over Xander Schauffele in their matchup.  

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis looked poised for another Top 5 finish before a Sunday implosion that was nearly catastrophic. He looked to be on cruise control early, but played the final 12 holes +6, even having to make a 17-foot par save on the 17th hole to cash our Top 20 tickets on the number.  His implosion cost us both matchups vs DeChambeau and Matsuyama.  

Patrick Cantlay

My pick to win this week just never had it this week, and teased us on Sunday, finishing one shot outside the top 20.  Cantlay lost 3.6 strokes on the field putting, and that is what ultimately cost him this week.  A disappointing performance to say the least, as every single Cantlay bet lost.  

Daniel Berger

Berger was rock solid this week, cashing every ticket with a T5th finish.  If Berger had chipped and putted even slightly above average, he probably would have won this week, as he lost 0.3 strokes on the field inside 40 yards.  Nonetheless, great week from Daniel Berger.

Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler just didn’t have it on Sunday, shooting a 74 to fall outside the top 10.  He cashed our Top 20 tickets, but much like Oosthuizen, left plenty to be desired after looking like he would finish inside the top 5.  

Jordan Spieth

I neglected to give Spieth a writeup but did play him to Top 20 and in matchups over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.  At one point on Thursday, Spieth was +4, but he is an absolute grinder and played the final 66 holes of the tournament -15, to finish tied for 12th, cashing all of my tickets.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Just genuinely awful golf from Fitz who had been playing well of late and finished in the top six in both his appearances at TPC Southwind.  He lost both matchup plays, finishing T57 after a round of 74 on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau

Unfortunately, sometimes you’re just dead wrong on a guy, and that was the case with Bryson this week.  He looked absolutely dialed Thursday-Saturday before a Sunday implosion, nonetheless finishing T8th.  My self-proclaimed “fade of the week” looked back in form, and I have decided he will not be on my card the remainder of the season, either as a play or fade.

Hideki Matsuyama

There was no Olympic hangover for Hideki, who also proved me dead wrong this week.  The Masters champ nearly won, backdooring himself into a playoff after playing the weekend rounds -13.  I stand by my handicap on the fade, and apologize to those who tailed.  

Xander Schauffele

The Olympic hangover was real for Xander who never once threatened, finishing the tournament at E in a tie for 46th.  Would have been a perfect fade if not for Brooks disaster on Sunday.

Harris English

This is a play that will haunt me forever.  He was -20 through 63 holes and on absolute cruise control, yet completely imploded on the back nine, finishing -15 and one shot outside the playoff.  Oh what could have been.  A full tilt inducing performance.  My third outright Sunday collapse in the last 10 tournaments.  

Total: -3.16 Units

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