2014 Frys.com Open Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #NewSeasonKickoff #SortOf

After a quick ham sandwich to-go at the turn, the PGA Tour is back in action this week at the Frys.com Open in Napa, California.  These end of the season fall events are great for players to earn their Tour cards and for the PGA Tour to put a wraps on a great season……..oh wait, what’s that?  This is a new season?  How in the name of Zeus’ beard did that happen already?  Didn’t Billy Horschel just win everything like 10 minutes ago?  Can anyone even count to $10 million?  Didn’t the Americans just finish soiling themselves at the Ryder Cup (again)?  Have Rory’s tee shots with his new Nike Vapor driver even landed yet?  Is Captain Tom Watson done alienating his team members and yelling awkwardly at a bunch of grown men yet?  What do you suppose Dustin Johnson is doing right now?  Alas, I digress.  Welcome to the ’14-’15 PGA Tour season folks, somehow, it’s already here.

With no offense to Frys.com (I just had to Google them to see what they do- wait, I still couldn’t figure it out), it’s a lackluster way to open the “new” PGA Tour season to say the least.  The field quality rivals that of a Hooters Tour off-week of sorts, except with literally millions of dollars on the line, and a lot less John Daly involved.  Ok, apologies to Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and well, yeah, that about does it from a high quality name perspective in the field this week.  Wow, I’m really on a roll to start the season, aren’t I?

Sadly, the picturesque CordeValle is out as the host course, but in is Silverado Resort and Spa, which certainly is no slouch itself in looking at Google images.  In fact, Silverado was host of a PGA Tour event that ran from 1968-1980, so familiar ground for the PGA tour itself, but certainly no past history to draw on for anyone in the field.

One thing to keep an eye is the bevy of Web.com graduates making their debut (or return) onto the Tour this week.  Since as mentioned above the last time Silverado played host to a Tour event was in 1980, they’ll be on a level playing field so to speak as this is fresh turf for everyone teeing it up.


Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– The defending Frys champ has no leg-up on the field in terms of course history, as this year’s tourney moved from CordeValle to Silverado Resort and Spa, but even though his Ryder Cup record didn’t completely show it (1-1-3), he did play some solid golf across the pond a couple weeks ago.  Three wins and ten total top 10s last year on Tour easily make him the most solid play this week.

Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker
– The Team USA Ryder Cup needed a Sneds.  A positive attitude, fiery competitor and excellent putter to boot, if it weren’t for his back to back MCs to start the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he would’ve been on Captain Tom’s team.  From all accounts he’s finally fully healthy again after last fall’s rib injury and heck, he’s even been shootin’ skeet with golf balls lately.  Remarkable.  Expect for Sneds to make some noise this week and follow it up with a BIG PGA Tour season.


Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III
– It’s the “off-season” so you know what that means, it’s time for Charles Howell III to start playing some of his best golf again!  Sorry Chuck, it’s just a fact- you play extremely well in the fall and through mid-February, then are essentially a non-factor and get to enjoy many summer weekends off.  You know that old saying about how history repeats itself?  Yep, no need to buck that trend now.


Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed-
 (UPDATE- Patrick WD’d from this event after accepting an invite to next week’s Volvo Match Play Championship in Europe)- A valiant effort at the Ryder Cup shhh’d the Euro crowds at least somewhat (see what I did there), but a collective cool down for Patrick is inevitable.  Expect it to be a while yet before we hear any positive “top 5” noise from P Reed’s game again.


Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak
– Yet to make a serious splash with his name on the PGA Tour, but it’s simply inevitable with his level of talent.  Sidelined from the PLAYERS all the way until the PGA Championship with a sports hernia injury, Jason immediately bounced back to make the cut at the Barclays and then finished t-16th at the Deutsche Bank Championship before his season ended.  Even though it was on a different course, his t-12th finish at the Frys last year coupled with his solid play heading into his “off-season,” should give him some extra confidence heading into this week.  Jason Kokrak is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Play of the Week!


Joel Harrington


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