The Dell Technologies preview with Skeeter McGillicuddy
Round two heads to TPC Boston in New England where it will take something for the 96-man field to beat the drama of last week. Spieth never looked a 2/5 shot on Sunday afternoon – until he became 1/8 after yours truly laid him. For the record I bailed out on the 15th – and while this ultimately cost me it was the right thing to do. Speith lost but he doesn’t go away.
Dustbin thus strengthens his grip on the number one ranking and heads the market here to boot. Quite rightly too.
TPC will be a birdie fest compared to Glen Oaks and of course familiar. Rory has won here twice including last year but after our venture with him last week he’s still 18/1 but sounds like he simply doesn’t want to be playing golf. Probably hack up.
The beauty of the contest this week is just how many you can make a case for. Obviously to get this deep in the season you’ll have won or come close a few times or posted some top 10’s. All of the top players would appear to have a chance so I fail to see the point of trying to differentiate between them.
Instead better to focus on some more generously priced players…maybe even one or two from the stable.
Daniel Burger 1pt win at $67 Tony Finau 1pt win at $100 Emiliano Grillo 1 pt win at $300
Daniel Burger is a multiple tour winner, a winner this season and was stiffed by a freak show from Jordan (holed out of the bunker on 18 at the Travellers) to boot. A win, an unlucky 2nd, and another top 5 in his last eight starts looks about as solid as any player out there. Burger’s season has been built on solid approach play and putting. Any semblance of his peak form and he’s up there. A debut 12th here 2 years ago is encouraging from a player who has improved in leaps and bounds. It won’t be pretty like some but he gets it done.
Tony Finau failed to light our fire last week after a poor opening 9 holes and despite improvement – he was 2 under at one stage – he left himself a mountain to climb. We’ll forgive him that and instead focus on his improved 24th last year here and his excellent overall 2016/17 season form. Ranked 4th in strokes gained tee to green and T30 prior to last week for approach play this is a key indicator for his solid tee to green game. It all points to a player who can contend if he putts.
1pt win at $100 with
Emiliano Grillo is in here simply because he’s such a huge price for a player of his talent. He’s a bit like another favourite of ours, DeChambeau, brilliant but having an odd season. Since an 11th at The Players where he faded with a last round 75 he’s struggled with some very average performances. I think he’s played too much but that didn’t stop him from posting his best result for some time on Sunday at the Northern Trust. On a testing layout Grillo found some form with a strong tee to green game and posted his best score on Sunday, a 68, to finish 29th. The result must give him great confidence heading into this event ranked, as he is 77th in the Fed Ex. If he wants to carry on he has to crack the top 70.