Justin Thomas tamed The Bear Trap -- and even one unruly fan -- but can he track down the two players ahead of him in the Official World Golf Ranking? He'll get a chance to play with both (Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm) in the first two rounds of this week's WGC-Mexico Championship. And to talk about JT's hot stretch, high-five fails, an incredible parlay coming up just short, and of course, to make our tournament picks, Joel Beall joined me for our weekly fantasy golf chat. Please have a listen:
And if you're more old school and would rather just read my normal weekly fantasy golf picks, here's my fab foursome at Club de Golf Chapultepec:
Tommy Fleetwood: A year ago, Fleetwood almost caught DJ on the final hole. You probably don't remember his closing birdie, but you probably do remember this hilarious high-five fail:
Whoops. Fleetwood chased down the leaders at the Honda last week before a late stumble dropped him to fourth. He wasn't happy with his finish, but it hurt one gambler who almost pulled off one of the most incredible parlays ever even more. Take a look at this betting ticket!
Jon Rahm: Following Justin Thomas' latest win, it was Rahm who received indirect criticism for still being ranked ahead of the American star in the Official World Golf Ranking. I think he's out to prove he's deserving of that No. 2 spot (and even higher), and I think there's a good chance he'll make a statement where he finished third in his WGC debut last year (Crazy he's only been playing big events for a year).
Alex Noren: One of my picks last week, he nearly won at PGA National, coming up a shot shy of the playoff between Justin Thomas and Luke List. It didn't help that he got a bad break with his ball finishing just outside the bunker on that finishing hole, but he has another chance to pick up a first PGA Tour title (or suffer a third heartbreaking defeat this season) this week. The Swede has quickly established himself as a weekly threat in his first year playing predominantly on this side of the pond.
Dylan Frittelli: Let's keep the European Tour theme going with this two-time winner, who also happens to be a former teammate of Jordan Spieth on the University of Texas' 2012 National title team. Now 27, the native South African seems to be hitting his stride with six consecutive top 20s, including an 11th at Honda on a sponsor’s exemption. I don't care what the status of Tiger's game is, when you finish on top of him on the leader board at a tournament, that's a nice boost -- especially heading into your first-ever WGC event.
Just missed: Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. Hey, I can't pick these guys every week. But you also probably can't go wrong with either at this point.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Tommy Fleetwood.
And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: