I would like to start this week by reminding people about money management. Selecting golf winners is very difficult and we have enjoyed another good season but have just struggled here down the stretch. It has been a frustrating run for me as we have been analyzing these tournaments correctly just not getting the breaks we have in the past. This sport is not a sprint and we are always in it for the long haul (this is why we have profited in 8 straight seasons after this one). We move onto this week and get to witness a very talented field for this time of the year.
This week the players will be teeing the ball up in Georgia for the 2014 edition of the McGladrey Classic. A very strong field has gathered this week to try and obtain one of the final trophies of the year. Headlining the field will be Webb Simspon, Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III, Harris English, and local star Zach Johnson. Look for the elite players to be near the top of the leaderboard this week, as there appears to be two classes of players in the field.
Sea Island Golf and Country Club will be the host venue, and should pose a difficult task for some players. Many previews and discussions leading into this week are speaking of how easy this golf course is. I do not agree. The Par 70 is only 7005 yard in length, so distance will not be an issue. What I feel the players will struggle with this week is finding the greens in regulation from the rough.
With good weather projected this week in Georgia, the course should be very firm by Thursday. I feel the real challenge however will be the players will be dealing with plenty of difficult lies in the rough. Players will also be dealing with Bermuda greens this week, a style that takes some getting used to for most players. Look for the winning score to be in the minus 13 to 15 range.
I am going to dive right into this weeks six pack as I feel the biggest tip is to favor recent hot play, good iron play and the top end talent. Here are the picks.
Six Pack System Free Pick
John Peterson 50 to 1– John is a tremendous talent and though the start to his 2014 season has not gone as planned, there are still big things to come this year. John opened this season up with a T21 at the Frys.com Open and then missed the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He should enjoy the set up of Sea Island Golf and Country Club though as it is a shot makers paradise. If you look at past winners it shows that it is crucial to hit plenty of fairways and greens in regulation.
It was well documented that John finished off his Web .com career with five straight results inside the Top 5, and that only amplified the excitement about him coming onto the PGA Tour. When you are watching John this week I want you to make note of what a competitor he is. He loves the game and you can really see how determined he is to become one of the best in the world. I also think it is of note that John is not phased whatsoever by the big stage, as he finished T4 at the 2012 US Open at the age of 23 (and as an amateur).