NINE BRIDGES. SIX GOLFERS
1. My top pick is Justin Thomas.
2. Victor Hovland
3. Pat Perez
4. Hideki Matsuyama
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Scott Piercy
My Questionable Picks
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MONKEY KNIFE FIGHT PICKS ROUND 1
1. Scoring Average: Hovland +0.5 over Horschel
At first glance, Billy Horschel over Viktor Hovland might not seem like a sure thing. Billy Horschel, traditionally, has a very strong 1st round scoring average. He set a USGA record with a 60 at Hazeltine in the US Amateur in the first round – and his first round scoring average is BETTER than his other four rounds in the past few seasons (this year his final round was slightly better). However, in more recent statistics, that might just be attributed to the fact that courses are set up a little easier in the tougher schedule he plays. Plus, it’s impossible as a player to avoid the fact that the first round is much more important in a tournament that has a 36 hole cut – and this event does NOT. Horschel’s average has also been a little less consistent since he switched over to PXG equipment. He’s still a solid contender, but there’s not a real sense of urgency for him right now. His job is secure and he’s settling into a new era in his career with a young family.