Dean & Deluca Invitational
A few questions need answering before I go in to this weeks picks. Can Jordan Speith bounce back after yet another disappointing weekend where he could have won? Can the Europeans dominate another tournament bristling with American talent? And finally, what the hell do Dean & Delucu do?
It seems like Speith has hit a wall, too much partying in the Bahamas or just fatigue from too much golf. One thing I’m sure about is his confidence levels have dropped, and that is bad news for a golfer. To answer the other questions, I have no idea what Dean & Deluca offer after taking over from Crowne Plaza and with Ian Poulter the top European contested this event, it’s hard to see back to back wins for the European boys.
On to my picks and first up is a player with huge talent and the potential to win multiple events, he just needs to get over that line that first time. Kevin Chappell sits 5th on the Fed Ex cup points table and after his runner up spot at The Players two weeks ago he’s in pole position to record a maiden PGA title. He really is putting his game together and his last two rounds here have also been pretty impressive. In the past he’s had his chances when out front and leading the final round, but more recently he’s come from a few shots off the pace on Sunday’s and almost got it done. This week I see him there or thereabouts come Saturday evening, followed by a low round to finish off the job.
Next up is another pure talent who is yet to win a PGA tour title but has come close many a time, and is playing his best golf for a long while. Colt Knost has had two incredible weeks where he broke the course record at Sawgrass on his way to a thrid place finish, and then followed that up with a great display in the Byron Nelson finishing on fourth place ahead of some top class players. His final round 65 showed how good he’s feeling and he has a fairly impressive record around Fort Worth that will play to his strong points this weekend.
Last week plenty fancied the newly made pro Bryson DeChambeau, but he couldn’t get in to a rhythm in his second round and missed the cut by one shot. His opening round of 66 was impressive and I’m going to forgive him that one bad round on only his fourth start as a professional. This week he should have good support and will also be used to his surroundings having gone to college in nearby Dallas and played a lot of golf in the state of Texas. Take the 22 year old to bounce back from last weeks disappointment and get on at big odds.
Finally my big outsider is Sean O’Hair who I also put up last week and gave us a good run for our money. He’s been putting himself in contention but has not been able to finish it off. Coming from the state of Texas this event will feel like a homecoming and a couple of months ago he recorded an impressive top 10 in the Texas Open, that was in this part of the world. If he can recreate that form then a place or even a win isn’t out of the question.
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