I had an eventful day trekking back to NYC to hang out with Michelle Beadle on her show, Crossover. The drive from Philly isn’t bad — unless you make the one wrong turn that you can’t make, but all is still fine at that point since of course you’d leave extra time for traffic.
And then, you get to a toll booth and reach for your wallet only to realize that it’s nowhere to be found. That’s when things get complicated. (Yes, I’m a moron and I’ve never done that in my life. Ever.) But hey, I like to keep life interesting and it’s a perfect excuse for being frazzled and unprepared for the chat in the video above.
Oh, I found my wallet in the hotel room under a pile of transcripts that I’d taken out of my bag. Naturally.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to post my fantasy golf team and sleeper picks, but I did talk a bit about them with Beadle and included them in a note in Shoshana’s By the Numbers preview column.
[I consider anyone not named Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or Rory McIlroy a sleeper. In other words, players that non-golf geeks don't know.]
Matt Kuchar: His greatest strength is that he doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. He won at The Memorial, and forget that crap about how tough it is to win in back-to-back weeks — which it is, of course — but personally, it feels like that was forever ago. At the very least, Kuchar is likely to tiptoe to a top-10 finish.
Boo Weekley: The soft conditions are perfect for Boo. He’s an excellent ballstriker and rarely misses a green. I took him off my Fantasy team at Colonial after I watched him on the range when he was having a minor meltdown — and I’d never seen Boo hit THAT many balls — and he’d MC’d the week before. Naturally, he went on to win. Word is he had a similar little breakdown yesterday on the range at Merion. Of course now I’m sure I jinxed him and he’ll shoot 80.
Nicolas Colsaerts: If you read Shoshana’s Numbers column, then you’ll remember seeing Colsaerts is ranked in the top 10 on Tour this season in several of the leading stats that have produced champions. With the wet conditions, Merion is playing longer than you might think. Don’t let the yardage fool you. After all, yardage doesn’t matter or something like that?
Zach Johnson: He hasn’t had the best year, but this course seems tailored for him in a way. His top finish this season was 3rd at Colonial, another old-school-style golf course. And his wedge play is excellent. I mean, he won the Masters laying up on every par-5. Amazing. He’s a plodder, which you can’t go wrong with this week.
Matteo Manassero: He has beautiful touch around the greens and won the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s equivalent of The Players Championship, three weeks ago. Then, he contended the following week in Sweden. I spoke to him on Tuesday and he’s got a lot of confidence heading into this major week. After an up-and-down start to the season, he had his swing coach with him for the first time all year at the BMW. Seems like that gave him a boost and he’s carrying that over. He’s also great with those hybrids, which will come in handy off the tee — including the tough par-3s — and long approach shots into greens.
Jim Furyk: See Zach Johnson. Furyk is the ultimate plodder. And we said it after his unfortunate meltdown in the closing holes in last year’s US Open Olympic Club: Merion seems to suit his game perfectly. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have a 4-8-footer for the win.
Here’s a screenshot to my Fantasy Team and I feel like messed up my lineup, but I can’t figure out where and how. Oh well. I’ll survive. Hopefully I ticked all the right boxes in the pool for the actual money!