The week brought a decent group of picks and a competitive tournament. I don’t think it really drew much in terms of the average sports fan since college hoops was going on, however, the final few holes were intense. I was somewhat disappointed with my picks for this week. They each had some good moments, however, none could really contend on Sunday.
Charl and the Storylines:
Charl Schwartzel won the Valspar Championship in a playoff with Bill Haas. I swear there have to be like 14 of the Haas brothers or kinsmen on the various tours. Schwartzel might be the first player to win a PGA Tour event this year with Nike’s new line of golf balls. He shot a 67 in his final round and made 18 birdies this week. He finished the tournament at 7-under par.
Jordan Spieth continued to play inconsistently and finished in a T-18th position. He wasn’t bad and he wasn’t good. Spieth actually was great for two rounds (68 and 67) and awful for two rounds (76 and 73). The bar is set really high and I don’t want to be redundant, however, it is worth noting that he’s very dependent on his putting. He engaged in a social media spat over this during the week. I’d imagine he realizes this is (at minimum) somewhat accurate.
Lee McCoy (amateur) finished T-4th and should be very proud of his performance. The course played tough and scores reflected that. He’s got plenty to be proud of. Finally, Keegan Bradley missed the cut and he’s drifting into “How did this guy ever win a major?” territory. Bradley hasn’t won a tournament since 2012 and he’s fallen rapidly in the OWGR. Bradley’s 2016 has been dreadful and he’s missed five cuts in just six tournaments.
Levi’s Picks & Totals
Everyone made the cut. That’s always good to hear. The problem is that the money this week wasn’t great and the field wasn’t spectacular. I don’t really care to labor over a detailed description of an event that yielded such a mediocre showing for my picks. I thought there would be some better money won by my guys and underestimated the lower total pot for the week.
Henrik Stenson finished T11 and made $130,714. Jordan Spieth finished T18 and earned $88,450. Spieth made news for tweeting at trolls about his ability to win if he’s not making every putt. He also felt that the blame for the week should be divided between himself and his caddie. I think that’s a little odd considering most players don’t publicly criticize or even mention their caddies when expressing frustration with a tournament finish. Danny Willett, Jason Dufner and Kevin Na all finished T22 and earned $52,959. Gary Woodland finished T42 and made $19,309.
The total winnings for the Valspar Championship were $397, 350.
Year to date: (4 tournaments): $3,654,367