August 12, 2015

2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits



97th PGA Championship 
August 13-16
Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

The year's final major of the year is upon us. The last time this course hosted the PGA in 2010, Martin Kaymer won his first major in a tournemant that will be infamous for Dustin Johnson's "bunker" penalty on the 18th hole which ultimatley lost him the tournament. 

Last year, Rory McIlroy won the PGA at Val Halla, in that tournament that finished basically in the dark. Rory is finally back from his soccer injury in July, it will be exciting to see him defending his title. I expect a great performance from Rory this week. 

Jordan Spieth enters this week with a chance to be the new world #1 golfer with a win. He seta goal at the beginning of the season- to make the cut at all four majors and contend in at least one of them- and so he has a little work to do to accomplish that goal. It shouldn't be an issue- Spieth is the odds on favorite to win and for good reason. He is solid everywhere. I'm rooting for him. 




Now to the fantasy draft.

+5 for players who miss the cut
-10 for team with winning player
low player score breaks all ties.




Draft:

Round 1:
Dan: Jason Day

Jeremy: Jordan Spieth
Beck: Rickie Fowler
Adam: Rory McIlroy
Bill: Justin Rose
Abe: Bubba Watson
Paul: Dustin Johnson
Sean: Zach Johnson
James: Henrik Stenson
Cbell: Adam Scott

Round 2:
Cbell: Louis Oosthuizen
James: Hideki Matsuyama
Sean: Brooks Koepka
Paul: Jason Dufner
Abe: Patrick Reed
Bill: Matt Kuchar
Adam: Jim Furyk
Beck: Sergio Garcia
Jeremy: Jimmy Walker
Dan: Phil Mickelson

Round 3:

Dan: Shane Lowry
Jeremy: Paul Casey
Beck: JB Holmes
Adam: Martin Kaymer
Bill: Robert Streb
Abe: Bill Haas
Paul: Kevin Na
Sean: Ryan Moore
James: Danny Willett
Cbell: Gary Woodland Charley Hoffman

Round 4:

Cbell: Marc Leishman 
James: Branden Grace 
Sean: Brandt Snedeker 
Paul: Webb Simpson
Abe: Kevin Kisner
Bill: Danny Lee
Adam: Billy Horschel
Beck: Charl Schwartzel
Jeremy: Keegan Bradley
Dan: Luke Donald

Link to final results

July 14, 2015

144th Open Championship

Back again and now we're going to be watching play from the Old Course at St. Andrew's, Scotland for the 2015 Open Championship.  Oldest major at one of the oldest golf courses in the world.  In the top 5 of every golfers bucket list of courses they need to play.  The defending champion, Rory McIlroy, injured his ankle in a game of pickup footy and won't be playing.  A real shame.  Maybe this will give Jordan Spieth a nice mental boost as he tries to capture his third straight major, as if he really needs one with the way he's been playing lately.  

Obligatory picture of the course (w/ a link to the major website http://www.theopen.com/):  





Now onto fantasy.


The scores from our US Open pool:

Paul: +14 (D. Johnson tiebreaker)
Dan: +14
Bill: +22
Beck: +27
Jeremy: +32
Adam: +39
Sean: +41
Cbell: +43
Abe: +44
James: +47

Tie at the top broken with the pick of Dustin Johnson to make Paul the winner.  

Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+8 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-8 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major

Draft:

Round 1:
James: Jordan Spieth

Abe: Rickie Fowler
Cbell: Dustin Johnson
Sean: Henrik Stenson
Adam: Bubba Watson
Jeremy: Justin Rose
Beck: Jason Day
Bill: Matt Kuchar
Dan: Adam Scott
Paul: Phil Mickelson

Round 2:
Paul: Louis Oosthuizen
Dan: Tiger Woods
Bill: Hideki Matsuyama
Beck: Sergio Garcia
Jeremy: Paul Casey
Adam: Jimmy Walker
Sean: Jim Furyk
Cbell: Patrick Reed
Abe: JB Holmes
James: Martin Kaymer

Round 3:

James: Brandt Snedeker
Abe: Chris Kirk (*Ryan Palmer)
Cbell: Zach Johnson
Sean: Brooks Koepka
Adam: Billy Horschel
Jeremy: Shane Lowry
Beck: Bill Haas
Bill: Franceso Molinari
Dan: Ian Poulter
Paul: Angel Cabrera (*Jamie Donaldson w/ +5 penalty)

Round 4:

Paul: Tommy Fleetwood
Dan: Charl Schwartzel
Bill: Victor Dubuisson
Beck: Keegan Bradley
Jeremy: Ryan Moore
Adam: Bernd Weisberger
Sean: Kevin Na
Cbell: Kevin Kisner
Abe: Branden Grace
James: Danny Willett


Link to final Leaderboard:
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June 16, 2015

115th U.S. Open 2015 at Chambers Bay

115th U.S. Open 2015.  Chambers Bay.  University Place, Washington. If you haven't already, go check out the U.S. Open website.  Lots of cool stuff on there.  In particular, this:




Definitely added to the (long) bucket list of courses I want to play.  This is a public course opened 8 years ago on property that was formerly a sand/gravel quarry.  7874/7607 total yards from the championship tees and a par 70 (crazy as most of the par 4's are 480-500+ yards.)  Mixed feelings from a lot of the players about the choice to play here for the open.  I am personally excited to watch.  There's going to be a lot of creative golf shots played.  Check this one out from Bubba:


 

Not bad...  Here's the results from our Master's pool:

Jeremy : -22
Beck : -21
Cbell : -19
Paul : -7
Adam : -6
James : -3
Sean : -1
Dan : +6
Bill : +11
Abe : + 13

Nice win Todd.  Now for the rules & draft order:

Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+8 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-8 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major


Draft:

Round 1:

Abe : Rickie Fowler

Bill : Jordan Spieth
Dan : Rory McIlroy
Sean : Justin Rose
James : Phil Mickelson
Adam : Henrik Stenson
Paul : Dustin Johnson
Cbell : Bubba Watson
Beck : Jason Day
Jeremy : Matt Kuchar

Round 2:

Jeremy : Patrick Reed
Beck : Jim Furyk
Cbell : Hideki Matsuyama
Paul : Lee Westwood
Adam : Martin Kaymer
James : Jimmy Walker
Sean : Ryan Moore
Dan : Adam Scott
Bill : Billy Horschel
Abe : Sergio Garcia

Round 3:

Abe : Brooks Koepka
Bill : Tiger Woods
Dan : Brandt Snedeker
Sean : Ian Poulter
James : Kevin Na
Adam : Victor Dubuisson
Paul : Louis Oosthuizen
Cbell : Paul Casey
Beck : Zach Johnson
Jeremy : Bill Haas

Round 4:

Jeremy : Hunter Mahan
Beck : JB Holmes
Cbell : Gary Woodland
Paul : Angel Cabrera
Adam : Francesco Molinari
James : Charley Hoffman
Sean : Webb Simpson
Dan : Marc Leishman
Bill : Ernie Els
Abe : Graeme McDowell



The Teams:

Team Abe: Fowler, Garcia, Koepka, McDowell
Team James: Mickelson, Walker, Na, Hoffman
Team Sean: Rose, Moore, Poulter, Simpson
Team Dan: McIlroy, Scott, Snedeker, Leishman
Team Paul: D. Johnson, Westwood, Oosthuizen, Cabrera
Team Jeremy: Kooch, Reed, Haas, Mahan
Team Adam: Stenson, Kaymer, Dubuisson, Molinari
Team Beck: Day, Furyk, Z. Johnson, JB Holmes
Team Cbell: Watson, Matsuyama, Casey, Woodland
Team Bill: Spieth, Horschel, Woods, Els


The Scores (Final):

Paul: +14 (D. Johnson tiebreaker)
Dan: +14
Bill: +22
Beck: +27
Jeremy: +32
Adam: +39
Sean: +41
Cbell: +43
Abe: +44
James: +47

Link to spreadsheet with scores

April 7, 2015

2015 Masters Tournament

Here we go - the the first major of the new golf season.  James is busy being busy at his new GolfNow job, so I'm here to help out.


The 2015 Masters Tournament will be the 79th edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf's four major championships to be held in 2015. It will be held from April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

If you haven't already, I strongly recommend that you check out www.masters.com. Talk about an event and its organizers that take full advantage of every media platform available. The coverage, IMO, is unmatched. I'm sure it will be must see TV on Sunday.

Obligatory picture of last years winner, Jack Swagger aka Bubba Watson:



And here's a snippet of the final leaderboard:




Now onto the fantasy side of things.  Our last event, the 96th PGA Championship, was won by yours truly and here's the final leaderboard:

Bill: -28
Cbell: -19
Beck: -16
Adam: -12
Jeremy: -11
Paul: -10
Dan: -7
Sean: +4
James: +5
Abe: +25

Too easy :)


Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+5 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-10 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major


Draft:

Round 1:

Abe: Bubba Watson
James: Jordan Spieth
Sean: Rory McIlroy
Dan: Adam Scott
Paul: Jason Day
Jeremy: Dustin Johnson
Adam: Patrick Reed
Beck: Rickie Fowler
Cbell: Henrik Stenson
Bill: Matt Kuchar

Round 2:

Bill: Jimmy Walker
Cbell: Phil Mickelson
Beck: Justin Rose
Adam: Tiger Woods
Jeremy: Hideki Matsuyama
Paul: Lee Westwood
Dan: Louis Oosthuizen
Sean: Jim Furyk
James: Billy Horschel
Abe: Martin Kaymer

Round 3:

Abe: J.B. Holmes
James: Brandt Snedeker
Sean: Jonas Blixt
Dan: Sergio Garcia
Paul: Angel Cabrera
Jeremy: Keegan Bradley
Adam: Ian Poulter
Beck: Zach Johnson
Cbell: Paul Casey
Bill: Bill Haas

Round 4:

Bill: Fred Couples
Cbell: Gary Woodland
Beck: Luke Donald
Adam: Victor Dubuisson
Jeremy: Brooks Kopeka
Paul: Kevin Na
Dan: Trevor Immelman
Sean: Jason Dufner
James: Branden Grace
Abe: Ryan Moore




The Teams:

Team Newport: Watson, Kaymer, Holmes, Moore

Team GolfNow, WorkLater: Spieth, Horschel, Snedeker, Grace

Team MBGlitterBug: McIlroy, Furyk, Blixt, Dufner

Team South Africa: Scott, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Immelman

Team FinNa: Day, Westwood, Cabrera, Na

Team Jeremy: D. Johnson, Matsuyama, Bradley, Kopeka

Team Adam: Reed, Woods, Poulter, Dubuisson

Team Beck: Fowler, Rose, Z. Johnson, Donald

Team Cbell: Stenson, Mickelson, Casey, Woodland

Team Bill: Kuchar, Walker, Haas, Couples


The Scores (final):

Jeremy : -22
Beck : -21
Cbell : -19
Paul : -7
Adam : -6
James : -3
Sean : -1
Dan : +6
Bill : +11
Abe : + 13

Duke 2015 National champs


Tonight I watched the NCAA national championship basketball game with a couple new friends from GolfNow ... And it turned out to be a sports moment I'll never forget:

video


At the bar it was about 200 vs 1 .... My buddy Jack, a Duke alum, pictured above. Literally 0 people rooting for Duke besides Jack,  Ryan, and I.

Most of my readers know my personal motto... Haters fuel me. They just do. It was a GREAT game and the "bad guys" came out on top. Again. Great time.




April 4, 2015

What exactly is GolfNow?




I've recently accepted a position as Market Sales Manger in New England for GolfNow. What exactly is GolfNow? I'm glad you asked.

GolfNow is a technology company specializing in golf related products and services with the most powerful distribution platform in golf. Founded in 2001 and backed by Golf Channel and Comcast, GolfNow.com currently has nearly 3 million bookers and over 8,000 course partners in 9 countries around the globe. Last year, 13.4 million rounds of golf were booked through GolfNow. Simply put, we help courses sell more rounds and grow revenue with the golfer's best interest in mind. Our "big hairy audacious goal" is to facilitate every booking of every round of golf, everywhere!


 (video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLVzdQ5srw4)

Each year, GolfNow runs over 10,000 TV spots across the Comcast/ NBC Sports family of networks- including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kentucky Derby, and even the Super Bowl! You've probably heard or seen the commercials, where we encourage golfers to get off the couch and Go Play! We are one of the most recognized brands in golf, and the exposure and reach we provide for our course partners is unmatched. We have over 1,000 affiliates that help us book rounds including Southwest Airlines, GolfSmith, and most recently, Yelp!



GolfNow is also the #1 tee sheet, point of sale, web site, and booking engine provider in the industry! We make it easy for golfers to book rounds at the right price for them. Much like the sports, hotel, airline, and transportation (Uber) industries, GolfNow encourages revenue management using dynamic pricing for our course partners. This year our goal is to book 15 million rounds of golf through our platform.

I've personally been a user and fan of GolfNow for a few years. I've booked many rounds on GolfNow in the past, but the reason why I wanted this job so badly is because New England is one of the more underdeveloped markets in the country and I strongly believe in the value of GolfNow. It's no secret the golf industry has been in decline since economic depression around 2008. In most areas, including New England, supply has exceeded demand- mostly due to the astronomical amount of golf courses that were built during the "Tiger Boom" of the early 2000s. The two main reasons people don't golf more often are time and cost. GolfNow is addressing these issues by launching initiatives such as "Play 9" and "Play Fast." In 2014, Play 9 helped participating courses book over 500,000+ nine hole rounds, generating millions in revenue.




To stay competitive in today's mobile, on line world, it's important for golf courses to provide the ability to book tee times on line 24/7/365. Today's consumer is savvy; 81% of all shoppers conduct online research before buying. I know I do. It's very important for any company to provide an easy and enjoyable experience on line, across every platform (not just desktop websites.) Golf courses are always looking for new customers and on average, the GolfNow user plays 6 new courses every year! Nearly 40% of reviewers (on an amazing site we own, golfadvisor.com have indicated that the round they booked through GolfNow was the first time they have ever played that course.  I'm so excited to help introduce area courses to a whole universe of golfers who may not even know they exist. We have some BEAUTIFUL courses in New England, and GolfNow gives everyone a chance to play these tracks at the right price for them. So....family, friends, fellow golfers, get out there and Go Play!





February 1, 2015

2015 Super Bowl Prediction and Prop Bets




The big day is here.,. it's been 3 years since the Patriots have been in the Super Bowl and it feels like much longer. Maybe that's because they haven't won in 10 years... but I think that changes today .

My official prediction is Patriots 31  Seahawks 23


I don't see the Seahawks scoring more than 25 points unless they get a special teams or defensive TD, which I highly doubt happens. I don't think the defense will be able to get to Tom Brady, and the Patriots should be able to put up at least 28 points.

Other factors that contributed to my prediction:

The Pats have never lost a playoff game with Gronk being fully healthy. He's a game breaker

The Pats are the more motivated team due to #deflategate, #spygate, #haters

The Seahawks played a soft schedule, and they should have lost last week anyway.

This game isn't in Seattle. The Seahawks are much, much better at home.

The Patriots are due






Now, the NFL Prop bets I like the most:



Russell Wilson scores a rushing TD

Marshawn Lynch Over 19 carries

Tim Wright over  0.5 receiving yards

Tom Brady longest rush over 3.5 yards

Yes Patriots convert a 4th down

First score of game: FG

Patriots score over 24.5 points

First TD of game: Gronkowski

Julian Edelman over 6 receptions



The game is a pick em (first time ever in SB) I obviously like the Pats.