Well — neither Lady Luck nor Karen Gillan joined me last week, so I’m back here offering you degenerates advice. Please — take that in the spirit in which it’s intended. You know I love you all.
As I said, it was another losing week for ol’ No. 1. That needs to change.
I feel personally offended that Billy Horschel, one of my guys, went and won when I had passed on the action. Congrats, of course, are due Billy Ho — but for all the times I’ve been on him to continue a hot streak only to watch my wallet go up in flames, it hurts to not be there popping the bubbly and trying to get dates from Scottish actresses on Twitter.
As all who dance the fickle dance with Lady Luck must be, however, Golfstradamus is an eternal optimist who is not so far removed from winning twice in three weeks to have forgotten the sweet taste of victory. With that in mind, I fully intend on having something to celebrate come Monday.
If you’re smart, you’ll listen up — I’m not one for losing streaks, so pay attention:
Dean & Deluca Invitational
Colonial Country Club – Fort Worth, Texas
May 25 – 28, 2017
Jason Dufner (22/1) — As my colleague mentioned yesterday in “Players/Posers,” Dufner has an impeccable track record at Colonial in his eight career starts there. As he is, I, too, am a large believer in “horses for courses” and think you’d be a complete fool to ignore Dufner this week. Couple that with the fact that he has had arguably his best, most consistent season in years (12/13 on the year with just two finishes worse than T-33) and 22/1 money? You can’t pass that up.
Ryan Palmer (30/1) — Another horse for the course at Colonial Country Club is Ryan Palmer. Not only is he a member at the venue, but he has the track record to back up my assertions. A T-5 and a T-3 in the last three years are good enough to make me think he can pull this off. While he hasn’t quite had the consistency of Dufner this year making just 50% of his cuts, he has finished T-6 or better twice in his last four appearances. Don’t shy away — 30/1 is great money for Palmer this week.
Billy Horschel (40/1) — Billy Horschel is streakier than a window cleaned by the homeless guy at a Florida intersection — and in this case, that’s a damn good thing. Coming off his first win since 2014, Horschel looks to keep the momentum going like only he and a few others can. Even if he doesn’t win, you can bet he’s have a great week. To be honest, he’s a great play the next three weeks. At 40/1, Horschel deserves your full attention.
Bang for Your Buck:
Graham DeLaet (80/1) — Waiting for Graham DeLaet to collect PGA Tour win No. 1 is beginning to feel like waiting for a Smiths reunion. I’m convinced I’ll be dead before I see it but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep rooting for it to happen. This week, I’m hoping that throwing my hard-earned cash into the bonfire that is the “Waiting for DeLaet to Win” pool will have some type of different result than it has the last 61 times I’ve placed this reckless bet, but it probably won’t. I suggest you proceed with caution, but for some reason I feel like this could be the Canadian’s week. Eventually, it’s got to happen. I know it seems like I’m crapping on his life — but if I didn’t think he could do it, I wouldn’t keep setting my money on fire by betting on him.
Cameron Tringale (100/1) — I’m kind of going out on a limb with Tringale, but there aren’t a ton of great picks this week in the 70-100/1 money range. In six starts at Colonial, Tringale has made five of them — but he’s never finished better than in the mid-50’s. So which trend breaks? Does he miss the cut? Or make it big? Boom of bust? As they say, fortune favors the brave. He’s coming off a T-9 last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson and a solid week at the PLAYERS before that, too, so the momentum could help. At 100/1, he’s worth a couple shekels.
There you have it, friends and degenerates! Tail wind and God willing, you’ll get to where you’re going in life — just remember, you can make your own luck, too, by listening to those smarter than you and absorbing.
Until next time, go and choose wisely….