Crowne Plaza Invitational
Ryan Palmer – I think this is going to be a popular pick this weekend, but sometimes you have to have the popular guys to win. In 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Palmer tied for 14th at -8. In 2014, he tied for 5th at -7. Then you take into account that so far this year he has played 10 tournaments, made 8 cuts, and placed top 25 7 times. While picking the winner is huge, Palmer has shown the ability to be in contention at this course for the last two years, and has been playing solid golf this year.
Jordan Spieth – As weird as it sounds, this is a bit of risky pick with his high price point, but to me, he is too hard to fade this weekend. With a lot of the top guys not playing this weekend, i think he has a very good shot at winning. In 2013, at this tournament, he finished tied for 14th he finished tied for 7th at -10. Last year he tied for 14th at -5. These are solid placings, but are going to need a bit more from him this year. His stats this year though are why I can’t seem to fade him. He’s played 13 events this year making 11 cuts, 10 top 25 finishes, 7 top 10’s, 2 runner up’s, and 2 victories. Thoese numbers are incredibly impressive, and with an overall weak field, I could see a victory from Mr. Spieth.
Sang-Moon Bae – Sang-Moon is somebody who I am not all familiar with, but his stats back up his play. So far this year, he has made 12/16 cuts, 4 top 25’s, 4 top 10’s, and a victory. Right now he is ranked 16th in the fed-ex cup standings which is higher than where he is going to be ranked this weekend. He hasn’t had a ton of success on this course which is a little cause for concern, making the cut in 2013, but shooting a 77 in the 4th round caused him to finish tied for 76th. Last year he did not compete in this tournament, so more than anything we are banking on this years results.
Marc Leishman – I feel like Marc is going to be a safe pick this weekend, which isn’t a bad thing because you need all six of your guys to make the cut to make a run anyways. So far this year leishman has made 8/10 cuts which for a mid level player is pretty good. He has 3 top 25’s and 2 top 10’s so he has been in contention a couple times. Also he has done decent at the colonial before. In 2013 he shot a -1 which tied him for 46th. In 2014 he shot -4 which tied him for 21st. In both tournaments he had poor 4th rounds, which cost him spots both times. He looks to be a consistent player, that can occassionally make a splash, and with his price point he looks to be a solid play.
Frederik Jacobson – For a lower money guy, I really like Jacobson this weekend. He is lower on price, but still brings come consistency and past success. Like I said for Mr. Leishman, these guys making the cut is huge for making runs in GPP’s. He has played 13 events this season while making 10 cuts which is a pretty good clip. He does however only have 1 top 25 and 1 top 10 which is slightly bothersome. The big thing for me is that he has had success at this course which is very important. Last year he tied for 3rd finishing just one shot back, and if he didn’t have a poor second round he could easily have won. He also made the cut in 2013 and was in contention going into the final round before shooting a 5 over 75 and finishing in 35th. I think he will end up being a very good play and hopefully can continue his success here.
Andres gonzales – I think that Andres is an interesting pick for so little value. So far this year he has made 12 of 16 cuts, 2 top 25’s, and 2 top 10’s. He also does not have a ton of experience at this course, but it seems that he has been playing a lot of golf this year, and at the low price point making 75% of the cuts makes him worth it in my opinion. If gonzales can sneak into the top 10, I think that it could lead to a pretty easy cash, and depending how the rest falls, could be in line for something even better.
Good luck to everyone this weekend and hopefully one or a few of these guys can help you out!
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