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Good start to the pool at the Tournament of Champions!  My pick, Watson, would have scored well if it were the US Open.  Only problem was that at Kapalua, you have to go low, so that left me cheering for McGirt on Sunday.  Why? Because McGirt was not picked by anybody but he quickly fell out of second place after a double bogey at 10.

That left a two man show between Matsuyama and Thomas.  Thomas doubled 15, leaving the door open for Matsuyama, who had a 10 footer on 16 to tie the lead.  Hideki left it short and with a 1 shot lead on 17, Thomas knocked a 226 6 iron stiff.  Sure  it was down hill, the wind was with him and adrenaline was pumping… but a 145 lb. frame, hitting a 226 yard 6 iron?  Incredible.

Here is a breakdown of earnings by pick:

Tournament of Champs Times Picked TOC Earnings
Brandt Snedeker 23 $122,000
Patrick Reed 23 $210,000
Hideki Matsuyama 23 $712,000
Justin Thomas 11 $1,220,000
Bubba Watson 7 $70,000
Jimmy Walker 7 $172,333
Dustin Johnson 5 $210,000
Russell Knox 5 $98,333
Fabian Gomez 5 $88,000
Ryan Moore 4 $359,000
Tony Finau 3 $172,333
Jordan Spieth 3 $359,000
Jason Dufner 3 $84,000
Brendan Steele 2 $210,000
Vaughn Taylor 2 $74,000
James Hahn 2 $78,500
Rod Pampling 1 $98,333
Branden Grace 1 $61,000
Charl Schwartzel 1 #N/A

Here is a breakdown of the picks this week.  Kuchar, Vegas and Chappell will not play this week, forcing a few reserves to be used.  2 of the 4 people that picked Kuchar, do not have a reserve playing either.  It will be interesting to see how the reserves unfold! I’ll be cheering on Russell Knox this week!

Sony   Open Total
Jimmy Walker 39
Brandt Snedeker 16
Si Woo Kim 10
Scott Piercy 8
Zac Blair 8
Matt Kuchar 4
Gary Woodland 4
Ryan Palmer 4
Kevin Kisner 4
Jerry Kelly 4
Charles Howell III 3
Jason Dufner 3
Webb Simpson 2
Hideki Matsuyama 2
Zach Johnson 2
Jamie Lovemark 1
Fabian Gomez 1
Harris English 1
Russell Knox 1
Billy Hurley III 1
Harold Varner III 1
Chris Kirk 1
Tony Finau 1
Justin Thomas 1
William McGirt 1
Kevin Chappell 1
James Hahn 1
Daniel Berger 1
Jhonnatan Vegas 1