Picks for HP Byron Nelson Championship 2014
Another solid week for the projections. Another packed week at work. Another sub-par blog post. Another day, another dollar.
Briefly let’s review the comments from last week and see how we faired.
“Bubba is projected outside the top 40…” – actual finishing place T48
“Phil Mickelson falls outside the top 30…” – actual finishing place T83
“Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley all falling outside the top 20…” – actual finishing places T6, T6, T83
“When we look at those on the top of the projections… Why, for instance, is Rory so badly punished for his poor course history while Justin Rose is projected in the top 3? ” actual finishing places Rory T6, Rose T4
“Similarly Stricker, who I swear the Machine has a secret love affair with, has missed many cuts here … Why not punish the Strick?” actual finishing position T13
I’d say the machine’s take on The Players was mostly vindicated by the weekend action. Rory nearly missed the cut, making it on the number exactly, only to go low on the weekend for another backdoor top-10. I’m not sure the coronary episode he would have caused me sweating that cut-line would have been worth having him on my team… ok, of course it would, but still – if a few players drop birdies on Thursday Rory doesn’t even get to participate.
Kaymer was an x-factor projected somewhere in the top 30 but definitely not high enough to make most of my rosters. His win was impressive given the struggles he had down the stretch, though I must admit to pulling for Speith.
Gotta run – but good luck this week!
Projections for the HP Byron Nelson Championship: