2015 Frys.com Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After a grab-n-go turkey club at the turn, the PGA Tour tees off for the new 2015-16 season this week at the Frys.com Open in Napa, California.  Yes, it does feel like just yesterday that Jordan Spieth put the wraps on a $22 million breakout season in which he won five times including two majors…probably because it was just 15 days ago.  But hey, those recent Web.com Tour grads sure aren’t complaining about getting a chance to already be teeing it up this week!

And speaking of Turkey, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods are teeing it up this week, as forced at gun point to by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for opting to play in the 2012 Turkish Airlines Cash Grab instead of the PGA Tour’s season-opening event that same week because they are excited about the PGA Tour’s 12 month schedule and love the idea of never having an offseason…or something like that.

All jokes aside, the Frys.com Open is a fun event at a beautiful course.  Even though the fabulously picturesque CordeValle host site is now a thing of the past, new host Silverado held its own in its debut last year as the artist formerly known as Sangmoon Bae took home the trophy (he’s now on forced military duty in his native South Korea for the next two years and is unable to defend his title).  Silverado is a 7,203 yard par 72 that finishes par 5, par 4, par 5, setting the table for an exciting potential finish.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS

Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
– Other than jet lag concerns, there’s simply no reason to avoid Hideki in any format this week.  He’s in fine form (2-1-1 in the Presidents Cup) and finished t-3rd here last year.  Poised for another big season on Tour, so we may as well hop aboard this week.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka
– Remember him?  You know, the guy who broke through with a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, followed it up with a plethora of top 25s, then let us all down with a horrendous FedEx Cup Playoff stretch.  Well, have no fear, as the real Brooks has finally stood back up, as while you were napping he finished t-2nd at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship just two weeks ago.  That solid form comes at a perfect time as Silverado is perfect for Brooks’ game as he eats par 5s for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Expect a top 10 from Brooks this week with a great chance for victory #2 on the PGA Tour.

SEMI-FLIER

Hudson Swafford
Hudson Swafford
– Mr “I’m really good at putting 2 or 3 really good rounds together only to bring them to a crashing halt with some wildly big numbers” is prime for a big season on the PGA Tour.  With a full season now under his belt, those big numbers and inconsistencies will be minimized and his immense talent will shine through.  No better place to get started than this week at the site of his best finish last year on Tour (t-8th).  Start buying up those Swafford shares now!

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST

Steven Bowditch
Steven Bowditch
– The runner-up here last year will draw plenty of eyes on his brows this week, but coming off a dismal Presidents Cup performance where his only victory came over a hapless Jimmy Walker, I’m recommending a strong stay away until further notice on the Aussie.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK

Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger
– This 2014 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year notched a pair of runner-up finishes and a total of 6 top 10s.  Yes, his play was a bit inconsistent overall as he missed a total of 14 cuts (including an MC at the Frys.com last year), but that’s simply just taught us to strike while the iron is hot, which is exactly the case right now as Berger comes into this week on the heels of t-12th, 2nd and t-12th finishes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.  Nothing to sneeze at for his first go round on the big boy circuit.  His length will allow him to attack Silverado’s four par 5s (t-13th in par 5 scoring last year) and he’s bound to pick up that first PGA Tour title sooner than later.  Daniel Berger is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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