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Cash-out with the Coaches: Waste Management Phoenix Open Picks

The Coach and Travis make their picks for the next leg of the PGA TOUR, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, played at TPC Scottsdale in the great state of Arizona.

Cash-out with the Coaches is hosted by Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman, reputable Golf handicapper, and Travis Fulton, Golf Coach/Instructor to some of the best professionals in the game. Join us every week for the best betting picks in golf.

TRANSCRIPT

Jonathan Coachman:

Well, they say the unofficial start of the PGA Tour season is at Torrey Pines in San Diego, and if last week was the start of the PGA Tour season, we are here for it. Welcome into another edition of Cash-Out With The Coaches. Jonathan Coachman here, Travis Fulton is there. We are powered by SportsPub Media. Real quick, don’t forget, wherever you listen to your podcast, Apple, Spotify or wherever, give us a like, subscribe, leave us a comment. We’re growing the brand and growing SportsPub Media, so let us know what you want in the show.

Jonathan Coachman:

But Travis, we’ve got so much to get to do, that we decided not to have a guest this week, because this is about me and you. We’ll get to our picks in a little bit, but we’ve got to first look back at everything that happened last week. Patrick Reed dominating the field, winning by five, but that wasn’t even the story. I know you and I kind of align with our thought process on the fact that he’s good for the Tour, and that may be, what are your thoughts about last week?

Travis Fulton:

What are you talking about? What happened? I didn’t see. Patrick Reed? More smoke. That’s all it is, isn’t it?

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah.

Travis Fulton:

It’s just more smoke. Another line item underneath the Patrick Reed column and yeah, he didn’t break a rule of course, as the Tour deemed. But man, was he fast up to that golf ball? Did he control the environment? Did he control the narrative? So much to the point that when the official came up there, he was even confused. He was like, “Where the hell is the golf ball?”

Jonathan Coachman:

“Where’s the ball?”

Travis Fulton:

Yeah.

Jonathan Coachman:

“Oh, Oh. It’s over there.”

Travis Fulton:

He’s a professional, I hate to say it. He is a professional at creating an environment and bending the rules. We’ve seen it so many times coach, we’ve seen it so many times. He takes advantage of it, he knows how to do it, and he did it. But fortunately, it was a five-shot win. It didn’t take away from that. Okay, you take one stroke, you penalize him there or two, whatever. He still wins by three or four. His short game is ridiculous.

Jonathan Coachman:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Travis Fulton:

One of the best in the game, full display at Torrey Pines. But I’ll tell you, it’s going to catch up coach. It’s going to catch up to him, and he’s going to get that penalty, or he’s going to get that DQ. I’ve got to ask you though, did it affect the way you think, that people were betting him there through the weekends into Sunday?

Jonathan Coachman:

It costs me cash.

Travis Fulton:

Oh, did it?

Jonathan Coachman:

It costs me cold, hard cash because I went into Sunday… Because I like to pick round by round matchups too. And so Carlos Ortiz was +120 and I thought in my head, “Patrick Reed might be in his own head for Sunday.” So I bet against him for that round. Not only did he stuff it down my throat, because Ortiz was terrible on Sunday, but he also showed me that it doesn’t matter to him. And he’s the classic heel, and I bring up the wrestling term, that the more you get on him, the better he plays.

Jonathan Coachman:

And I also found it kind of funny because I’ve told this to the Tour, and I’m calling this event this week for PGA Tour Live.

Travis Fulton:

Yep.

Jonathan Coachman:

I’ve said these players have got to be more entertaining because it’s better for the game. And stop complaining about other players, worry about yourself. Hearing Xander saying, “He’s protected by the Tour.” Hearing Lanto say it pisses us off. Enough, this dude is great for the game.

Travis Fulton:

Yep.

Jonathan Coachman:

And I’m not talking about whether he stretches the rules or not. Maybe these guys should try to be a little bit more entertaining, and then maybe Titleist or Calloway, or any of these companies will call and say, “Would you like to be a brand ambassador for us?”

Jonathan Coachman:

But until that happens, I don’t want to hear about what Patrick Reed does because people are talking about him. And I saw you on one of your shows, you said you got a notification from Fox News or something like that. Am I right?

Travis Fulton:

Yeah, I did. I got a notification from two platforms.

Jonathan Coachman:

Okay.

Travis Fulton:

The only time I got a notification from these two was only from Tiger, that’s it. And I got two. Now, we’re not advocating that you go out and you cheat, and you bend the rules to make yourself polarizing.

Jonathan Coachman:

No.

Travis Fulton:

But at the end of the day, and I’ve said this, and I’ve taken some heat from it on social media, “He’s tarnishing the game.” He’s not tarnishing the game.

Jonathan Coachman:

Oh God.

Travis Fulton:

Give me a break, he’s not tarnishing the game. I don’t advocate what he does. In fact, we just opened up. I think he is fast and loose with the rules. There’s been a lot of players like that, but you know what makes them relevant more than anything, in addition to that? He embraces it, number one. And number two coach, he wins.

Jonathan Coachman:

He wins. And number three, he doesn’t apologize.

Travis Fulton:

Yep. And number three, doesn’t apologize. That’s what I’m saying, he owns it.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yep.

Travis Fulton:

He owns it and he wins. He won by five. He beat their ass coach.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yes he did.

Travis Fulton:

And it’s sting and it’s bubbling up, I’m fascinated. We’re probably going to see him again at The Genesis, right? We’re going to probably see him at The Genesis. He defends the WGC. He’s going to come to The Players. Oh, and by the way, the US Open, Torrey Pines.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah. And I keep a… Because we’re relatively new into this golf betting world. So I have a journal that after every tournament I give my takeaways from that particular tournament.

Travis Fulton:

Okay.

Jonathan Coachman:

And Sunday, I was good for three days. I was awful on Sunday. My takeaway is next year, when you and I are doing this show for that tournament, that when I head into Sunday, I’m going to take guys that are grinders. I’m going to take guys that have great short games, and I’m going to take guys that have strong heads, because some weak sauce showed up on Sunday in the name of Rory, Rob, all these guys blow it up on the back nine. But a couple did not, and they were the ones that ended up coming through; Xander, Patrick Reed. And so it was a really good day for some, not so good for others.

Travis Fulton:

And my boy, top 20. Tony, who can defeat him?

Jonathan Coachman:

I’m telling you right now, we may have to… Well, we don’t have to give him any money. He’s just stacking cash, but he’s got to go start going to see a Sports Psychologist, because on the broadcast. And I said it, it’s not like I’m talking out of school, but he comes off after just hitting it in the water on 18. The first question she says is, “So let’s go back to 11.” What do you mean go back to 11? He was at 10 under par in second place, and put it in the drink.

Travis Fulton:

Yeah.

Jonathan Coachman:

That’s what you ask him about, but I’m not there. It’s not my job. If it was, that’s what I would’ve done. But let’s spin it forward now.

Travis Fulton:

Let’s go.

Jonathan Coachman:

Notoriously, this is one of the most fun tournaments of the entire year. Most years, they have over 500,000, 600,000, 700,000 fans. This week, 5,000 each day. It’s going to be a completely different look, a completely different feel. But tell people you used to live there, you know this TPC Scottsdale Course so well. Educate us on what type of player plays well here.

Travis Fulton:

Right down the road there, Scottsdale road, place called CrackerJax. That’s where I got my start in teaching. CrackerJax, Saturday Super Clinics, 99 bucks, three hours, and a free hotdog. That was 22 years ago.

Jonathan Coachman:

Free hotdog.

Travis Fulton:

Back to Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale. Par 71, I’ve been there many times. This golf course is really fascinating to me, it really is. And it’s a golf course that we’re going to see this week coach, is going to play completely different than what we saw last week. Torrey Pines South, huge golf course, long, wet, soft conditions into the greens. The greens really didn’t have a lot of lightening in them. Now we’re coming to the desert. We’re coming to a place where the fairways are going to be running, the ball is going to be bouncing, the greens are a little bit firmer, very fast screens, and in that 7,200 to 7,300 range.

Travis Fulton:

You look at the winners here, and you look at the people that have done well here, the big names prevail coach. As you know, Webb Simpson last year beat our boy Finau. Gosh, that one’s still… I don’t even know how he lost that one. Rickie Fowler back in ’19. There’s Woodland in ’18, Matsuyama, your boy, back to back, Koepka, these are some big names, right? Mickelson won back in ’13.

Travis Fulton:

So the bigger names prevail, which kind of suggests you need kind of the whole package here, right?

Jonathan Coachman:

Yes.

Travis Fulton:

And distance certainly plays a factor here on this golf course. You go to the model, you look at what has done where, and how it kind of weighs out. I’ll tell you, strokes gained putting in years past is a little bit higher than strokes gained approach. I haven’t seen that very often.

Jonathan Coachman:

Interesting.

Travis Fulton:

Strokes gained putting has probably just nudged ahead a little bit here this week, than strokes gained approach. And we know strokes gained approach, it is always right there as one of the top statistics. The greens, when you look at them, they say Bermuda, but they’re not your traditional Bermuda here. You’ve got that oversea bend, you’ve got the It’s not a Bermuda like we know Bermuda.

Travis Fulton:

Perfect conditions, they’re usually a little firmer and they’re going to run on. You’ve got to get that guy that can handle those fast pace greens, right? And ball striking a premium, you’ve got to hit a good shot into these greens and control the spin. Last week, he just hit anything in there and he hits the green, it stops. It was so soft.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah.

Travis Fulton:

So putting is there, and then you’ve got the ball striking. And then right below that, you’ve got off the tee, and as for that distance factor, I think plays in here. You’re going to see the longest drives on the PGA Tour than you’ve certainly seen all year, and it’s in the top two or three throughout the entire season. You’re going to see some big drives here. They’re going to be in the air a long time and they’re going to hit, and they’re going to run out for a long ways as well.

Travis Fulton:

And then at the bottom, strokes gained around the green. Around the green, way up last week, we talked about it, right? Remember I said it’s moved way up this week.

Jonathan Coachman:

You did, you were right. Especially Sunday, Sunday was so important.

Travis Fulton:

And it played out. Patrick Reed won that golf tournament because of his short game.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah. Absolutely.

Travis Fulton:

It’s not going to have the same value this week. It’s up a little bit, but it’s certainly down at the bottom. You know what I like the most about this course though coach, is the finishing stretch. You see a lot of movement usually down the stretch. There’s some easy holes coming in, starting at 13. That’s the easiest hole in the course, the par five. Then it goes to a tough 14th hole. Par four, plays about 500 yards. But then you’ve got another par five at the 15th, birdie hole. And then you’ve got the easy par three 16th. I’m going to say easy, depends on the pin location, but there’s not going to be a lot of people around.

Jonathan Coachman:

No. It’s going to be a wedge.

Travis Fulton:

So you’re going to see some birdies, 17 is a birdie hole.

Jonathan Coachman:

Love it.

Travis Fulton:

Eagle opportunity. And 18, as far as they hit it, these guys are hitting wedge 9-iron into that too.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah. Don’t hit it in the pews.

Travis Fulton:

Don’t hit it in the pews, but there’s a lot of action coming down the stretch, and you know what my boy Finau did last year down the stretch? He didn’t birdie any of them. He didn’t birdie any of them and Webb did. And Webb came in, made it happen down the stretch, made some birdies, and he’s the defending champion. So that’s what the course is going to play out. It’s going to play fast, it’s going to play furious. Give me good ball striking, but I need someone that can make some putts this week.

Jonathan Coachman:

To your point, after his round on Sunday, when he was interviewed by Amanda, he said… And he was overstating the obvious. He goes, “Clearly my putting needs to be worked on.” You think? You missed two putts last week, they were like two feet, on the back nine. He misses more three-footers than anybody I’ve ever seen on Sundays, in my life, and still gets tough fives and tough threes.

Jonathan Coachman:

This dude has got to be so frustrated at this point that he cannot finish these off, and probably doesn’t even look at his bank account anymore. He’s making so much money, but you got to start winning, or people are going to keep saying, “You can’t win on the PGA Tour.” And then it starts to affect your pride, and the money doesn’t matter.

Travis Fulton:

They are already saying that. He won Puerto Rico, right? So he can’t finish one off since, and it’s just all situational. I’ve been saying it, it’s all situational. The greats, the guys that win, they put you away when you’re in the situation. He’s good enough to get into it, but then he’s got to hit a big shot to put some heat on. On 18, 3-iron in his hand, and he hits it in the water.

Jonathan Coachman:

I think he’s too consistent. Guys that are inconsistent, they win because they can be consistently great one week, and then back… He’s way too consistent. He needs to have these different types of weeks. All right, we’ve got to get to it now.

Travis Fulton:

Let’s do it.

Jonathan Coachman:

We’ve got to get to our picks. And this is what we do every week, we want you at home to play along with us. Send us in your picks, if you feel so inclined. Here’s what we do. Cody, we have a $100. We get to split it up over these five picks that we want to play. We had a couple of winners last week, so we had decent, decent, but this week I feel really good about what we’re going to do.

Jonathan Coachman:

So let’s start with you. What’s your first head-to-head matchup you like this week?

Travis Fulton:

Well, what do you got there Cody? Bring it up. I’ve got two picks this week. My first one, there he is, my new boy for 2021, Will Zalatoris over Russell Henley. If you watched the preview show back in December, I gave you a couple of names, and one of them was Will, right? Will is the real deal, he is a ball striking machine. Russell Henley is just goofy golf. When you study the models, his name comes up all the time. His name is up there all the time with the models, because he puts up some really good tournaments and then he puts up some clunkers.

Travis Fulton:

It’s feast or famine with him. You look at him here last year, he missed the cut, 2019, T15. ’18, T11. ’17, misses the cut. It’s just like back and forth. He missed the cut last week. The week before that, I think he was like T18. The week before that, he missed the cut. It’s just like, you don’t know what Russell Henley’s going to do, but you do know what Will Zalatoris can do.

Travis Fulton:

He is a ball striking machine. Let me tell you something, this kid can go. He’s got great length off the tee, he’s accurate. His approach game is exactly what they told us it was going to be, what he did on the Korn Ferry Tour. And I think what the most surprising thing to me is coach, is his putter has been better than advertised. You look at him last week, finished seventh at the Farmers. He gained three on the field, strokes gained putting. At the Shriners, he gained just under one, strokes gained putting.

Travis Fulton:

He’s been in the green and putting, and that’s always been my question mark as he comes out. I think he’s playing with a purpose, he’s trying to prove himself. You’re looking at the eventual rookie of the year, big time confidence right now in Will Zalatoris. -125 over Russell Henley, put $20 on him Cody.

Jonathan Coachman:

Well, he finished with that eagle on 18. That certainly jumped him up the leaderboard, when you’re talking about everybody being under 10 under par, except for Patrick Reed. So I like that pick, and I’m begging him to put on some weight though. My goodness, he was like a buck 40, soaking wet.

Travis Fulton:

JT.

Jonathan Coachman:

All right. My first matchup for this week is going to be Adam Long over Max Homa. This is as much about Max Homa fading as it is Adam Long. Last year he finished eighth there, but Max Homa has had this bad habit of playing really well for two days, maybe three days, and then just blowing up on day four. So it’s showing up like top 30, top 40 wins, but after 36 holes, he’s been like in the top 10. This week, I think he absolutely folds. I would almost bet him, if your book has it, to miss the cut this week. That’s how much I think Max Homa is going to fall.

Jonathan Coachman:

So Adam Long likes playing in the desert. He won in the desert a couple of years ago, not in Phoenix, but in the desert. And I think he’s going to play well this week. And he had T3 at Mayakoba, fifth at Corales, T11 at Houston, this season.

Travis Fulton:

Yeah.

Jonathan Coachman:

So he’s in pretty good form. I like him this week over Max Homa.

Travis Fulton:

Yeah. Both guys were in the top 10 last year, Long and Homa. You’re right about Max. So he will put up the big number. The car crash, you’re just kind of waiting for it.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yep. Yep. No doubt. All right. Who’s your second tournament pick?

Travis Fulton:

Well, let’s go with… I have been spending a lot of time on these head-to-heads. I won one last week with my boy, Sung-Jae

Jonathan Coachman:

This is where you are going to win all your money, by the way. I know it goes against everything that you believe in, in golf betting, but if you want to make money over the long term, it’s in matchup betting.

Travis Fulton:

So happy. Sunday, he tried. He doubled the last, he tried.

Jonathan Coachman:

It was almost like he was messing with you.

Travis Fulton:

Oh, he was.

Jonathan Coachman:

He was messing with you.

Travis Fulton:

Oh, he does. That’s what he does to me. And then I pushed the other one because Gooch made an eagle at the end. “Arg, why am I watching this? They’re both T60.”

Jonathan Coachman:

You were texting me, I’m like, “What? Where’s Sung-Jae at?”

Travis Fulton:

I lost my mind. My wife’s like, “Why are you so mad?” I’m like, “Gooch just made eagle.”

Jonathan Coachman:

“Really? On 17?” “No, he’s playing the front nine circuit.”

Travis Fulton:

She’s like, “Taylor’s T60.” Anyway.

Jonathan Coachman:

That is so funny, that is so funny.

Travis Fulton:

Michael Thompson, +115 over Brendon Todd. These two guys haven’t played here. Todd, since ’16. Thompson, since 2015. Two guys have been out there a while, and I go back to the model. I need a putter, and both these guys can roll the rock, we know that.

Jonathan Coachman:

Oh, big time.

Travis Fulton:

They can roll the rock. You can take them down right down here to the Atlantic Ocean, just kind of smooth out some grass, and they will make putts right there on the beach, with all the imperfections that you can go. They can really go. So I’m like, “Okay, I know I’m going to get the putter. Okay, now I need to figure out which one I’m going to get the most with the approach game.” So I just went into recent form. You look at guys coming in here, recent form seems to matter here.

Travis Fulton:

It always matters, but it just really feels like it matters a ton coming into this place, recent form. So I went in there, I did a lot more deep diving, and I got to tell you something, Michael Thompson, my goodness. He’s playing some pretty good golf right now.

Jonathan Coachman:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Travis Fulton:

Houston Open, he was 15th. Tournament of Champions, 21st. Sony, 25th. Last week at the American Express, he was fifth. You know you’re going to win in strokes gained putting. You start seeing these positive six-inch strokes game putting and it’s like, can you imagine

Jonathan Coachman:

That’s crazy.

Travis Fulton:

Can you imagine how fun the game of golf would be…

Jonathan Coachman:

So fun.

Travis Fulton:

If you’re that good of a putter, positive six. But it just wasn’t that, that stood out. It’s his approach game has really been trending nicely, works with Justin Parsons, who I know very well. He’s doing a good job with him. His approach game is improving. I think Michael Thompson is coming in a little bit under the radar here.

Travis Fulton:

Todd hasn’t played here much. You know he’s going to make some putts, but I think Thompson will do more in the approach game and edge out Brendon Todd. +115, give me $20 on my man Thompson.

Jonathan Coachman:

All right. I’ll give you a comment on Thompson coming up in a minute.

Travis Fulton:

Okay.

Jonathan Coachman:

But my second matchup… By the way, I’m going 35 bucks on both of my matchups Cody. 35 bucks, that’s where you make money. Now, last week I was bullish on Hideki. He won here in 2016, 2017, and he just never could get things going, but he’s my boy. He’s my boy, and the one thing you do not do, is you don’t jump off the Hideki train when you get to Phoenix. This dude loves this track, he plays great here.

Jonathan Coachman:

Harris English, when you’re picking for top 20 and you open up your app, and after two hours he’s +6, you know you probably aren’t going to get a top 20 finish. So that was very demoralizing, so I want to double down this week on that bad play. And I’m going to take Hideki -115 over Harris English, who’s been playing phenomenal golf this year, and I get that, but I think he’s going to regress a little bit. Two weeks in a row, give me Hideki and I’m going to take it straight to the pay window.

Travis Fulton:

Man, my goodness. The love is real on Hideki Matsuyama.

Jonathan Coachman:

I love him. I love him. I love him. I love him. All right, we’ve got to speed it up now.

Travis Fulton:

Okay.

Jonathan Coachman:

All right, the last three picks. So top 20 for you, who do you got?

Travis Fulton:

Well, I’m going with the chalk, I’m sorry. I’ve got to do it.

Jonathan Coachman:

It’s okay.

Travis Fulton:

Yeah. I don’t do it every week, but I’ll do it. Jon Rahm is my man.

Jonathan Coachman:

You’re not picking Rahm to go top 20. You’re picking Daniel Burger.

Travis Fulton:

Oh top 20, my bad.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah, top 20.

Travis Fulton:

Oh, goodness. My bad, sorry.

Jonathan Coachman:

I was like, “That’s not so much chalk.”

Travis Fulton:

I’ve never… This is the first time I’ve done this. So top 20. Well, kind of going chalk here, -135. Let’s just stay with it. Daniel Berger. Daniel Berger, -135, 20 bucks on him. When you look at Daniel, let me get into here. Got my model here. I need to pull in a little deep dive here into Daniel.

Travis Fulton:

We’ve seen him twice now, we’ve seen Daniel twice. Tournament of Champions, he was 10th. Sony, he was a seventh. He played really good at Sony. Good putting week, good off the tee approach game. A little bit under his standards, but Daniel is a guy three wins coming into here, he’s got the complete game. Where he struggles a little bit is around the greens. I don’t like a Daniel Berger at last week’s venue at Torrey Pines. That’s not the kind of place that I’m going to play a Berger, but this is the kind of place I will.

Travis Fulton:

He’s got that shut face D lofts it, he can hit that bullet out there. And we know it’s going to run here in these fairways, good iron player. He putts these grains very well. I think he is about as safe a pick as a top 20 this week at -135, as our boy Finau was last week, who finished second.

Jonathan Coachman:

Okay. I don’t mind that pick. I’m going to go with plus money though. I’m going to go with a guy who’s absolutely red hot, finished great last week at Torrey Pines. And I think he’s going to continue to play well. And that’s my man Ryan Palmer at +180. You give me plus money on this dude to go top 20, I’m going to take it all day long. He never really scares the leaders, but he’s always hanging around that 14th, 15th place, and I think this is a perfect spot for him to continue.

Jonathan Coachman:

This is about his hot run, not what he’s done on this course, about how he’s playing right now. So give me Ryan Palmer, +180.

Travis Fulton:

That’s good.

Jonathan Coachman:

All right. Your winner now. You said chalk, who do you like this week for your winner?

Travis Fulton:

Well, let’s chalk it up. There he is. The hometown guy, went to Arizona State. John Rahm, number two player in the world. Rahm right now, he’s just like a sports car just sitting there coach. The engines are… It’s just purring. He’s ready, he’s ready to put it into gear and get the win. And we thought maybe last week was the place. How many times did CBS go to him? He was the last to hit in his group, and he’s right in the middle of the fairway, like 315 right down the middle of the fairway.

Travis Fulton:

This guy, it’s ridiculous how good he is with his driver, it’s ridiculous. I think I’m putting him number one. I think he is exceeding DJ and Rory now, off the tee. It is insane how good of a driver he is. I think the driving game is there, check. I think the iron game is coming. I think he’s dialing in those new irons. I think he needs a little bit more precision there, and I think the putter is very, very close. Just one positive one in strokes gained the last three weeks.

Travis Fulton:

So just give me a little more approach, give me a couple more putts. We’re going to put it in gear and off we go. Jon Rahm’s going to win before the Masters, and I think it’s going to be here right now. He was T16 his first time, T11, T10, T9, just progressively getting better. His boys are there. ASU people are in the stands. Jon Rahm wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Jonathan Coachman:

I’m putting him on the bench, and here’s why. Last week I had him in a head up against Xander. You go to the 18th hole, you go into the fairway bunker, and you pull out a three wood? And you put it in the middle of the lake, out of the bunker? Why in the world would you ever pull a three-wood out of that bunker? I don’t even care. I’m sitting Jon Rahm.

Jonathan Coachman:

So I’m going exactly… I knew you were going to go chalk. I knew that Travis Fulton will take the easy way out. So I’m going to go Michael Thompson. I remember last year, middle of the summer. All of a sudden, one of the great performances of 2020, was Michael Thompson. And if I hit this, Oh man, there’s no way you can catch me the rest of the year.

Travis Fulton:

No.

Jonathan Coachman:

It’s +14,000. With all these big names, I think he sneaks up and he scares the lead this week. So get me Michael Thompson, +14,000, and I feel great about it, I feel great about it.

Travis Fulton:

How much are you putting on that? What is that, $2.50?

Jonathan Coachman:

Five bucks.

Travis Fulton:

Oh, five. Okay cool.

Jonathan Coachman:

Five bucks.

Travis Fulton:

Five bucks.

Jonathan Coachman:

Yeah. It’s too hard to pick a winner. All right, finally, we only got one minute left. Let’s go, who your wildcard is?

Travis Fulton:

Wildcard, Rickie Fowler, top 20, +185. Now, I’ve been on the record in saying, look, I’m a little concerned with Rickie Where’s Rickie at? With the swing changes with Jon Tillery, wholesale changes, big time changes. You know what? Rickie is just fine. He’s hitting the ball pretty darn good. You look at him, strokes gain off the tee. Last two weeks, positive three strokes game approach, positive one and a half.

Travis Fulton:

What’s the issue? The putter. Why in the hell did he change putters after the US Open? I get it, he lost six and a half at the US Open in putting. But since changing putters, it hasn’t panned out. He lost just under four last week. So you know what you need, you know what great putters need? And Rickie is a great putter. You don’t worry about him getting it back, he’s going to get it back.

Travis Fulton:

He just needs some good old home cooking love where you get on those greens, and you know you’ve had success. Rickie has won here before, but you know what Rickie does on these greens better than just about anybody? And I ran the numbers a little bit deeper, because sometimes I go deeper yet into the numbers. And I ran them last 24 rounds, last 36 months, last 50 rounds on this golf course, on these greens, who are the best putters? You know what names come up and, you one of those names?

Jonathan Coachman:

Fowler.

Travis Fulton:

Rickie Fowler. He needs some good old home cooking, he lives in the positives. Strokes gained putting at this venue, I think the ball striking is coming. I think he’s gaining momentum. He just needs to see a few go in. And I think a top 20 is in place. $20, Rickie.

Jonathan Coachman:

Oh man. Yeah. When he misses the cut, you’re going to get a text from me. All right. Finally, my wild card, and this comes from my heart. This is something for me that I feel good about because when Gary Woodland comes back to Phoenix, he gets to see Amy. And we know that relationship that has blossomed over the last three years. And so a +500 for a top 10, I’m going to take it all day.

Travis Fulton:

Wow.

Jonathan Coachman:

He’s playing really, really well. He plays well here. So I’m going to take Gary Woodland, top 10 all day. And he’s going to give a big hug to Amy when he walks off with that T6 on Sunday, and high five Michael Thompson and say, “Congratulations on the win.”

Jonathan Coachman:

All right. That’s going to do it. Remember, we do it every week. We try to do it in 25 minutes or less. We’ve got Cash-Out With The Coaches, brought to you by SportsPub Media. Subscribe on YouTube, Apple, Spotify. Leave us a like and subscribe, all that good stuff, as we grow this great brand.

Jonathan Coachman:

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Travis Fulton:

That’s it.