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‘The Break’

C Grade Fantasy Picks 

Franklin Tempelton Shootout – December 10-13, 2015

Ok, for a quick refresher on this specific blog, check out my preamble: C Grade Picks. How will a C Grade Pick be defined?  There is an online sportsbook that’ll be my guide for odds.  If odds are 5:1 or worse to win or finish top 10 (whichever format applies), the pick qualifies for C Grade. Meaning I’d bet (of course I wouldn’t actually illegally gamble) $1 to win $5.  The goal is to learn more about PGA players and maybe discover Smylie Kaufman and Peter Malnati before they win their big tourney (both would have been C grade picks or maybe even a D-).

Ok, now for my first pseudo bet, we have the Franklin Templeton Shootout. The Shootout incorporates an unusual format that mimics the Ryder Cup or President’s Cup.  There are 12 groups of 2, paired up for all 3 days. They’ll be playing different formats each day.  On Thursday, it will be a scramble; Friday will be Modified Alternate Shot; On Saturday, the final round will be decided by Best Ball.

I’ll put my monopoly money on Charley Hoffman and Daniel Berger. $1 bet to possibly win $12 if Berger and Hoffman win the shootout.  There are only 3 other groups with worse odds than this tandem. Berger and Hoffman are 56th and 21st in the Ryder Cup standings respectively, so this might also be captain’s pick tryout for the duo (top 8 are automatically selected for the US team).

What about Charley Hoffman, the person?  Well, he is 38 and recently made a good life decision by chopping off his mullet (see below).  Now, instead of looking like golf’s version of “the dude” from the Big Lebowski, he’s starting to play good golf with 7 top 10 finishes in 2015, his career best in 15 career seasons.  Oh, and Charley also operates his own charity,

Charlie Hoffman Hair

Berger is 22 years old from Florida State University.  Unlike Hoffman, who finished his degree in communications (standard athlete degree), Berger turned pro after his sophomore year.  In 2014 he was busy earning a PGA Tour spot through the web.comtour.  Berger graduated to the PGA in 2015 and accumulated 6 top 10 finishes in 2015.  Competition is in his blood as he once offered the gallery $500 if they could find his ball in fescue.

Berger and Hoffman, no doubt this week’s winning competition.

Thank me later and always feel free to share any of your winnings!