Which, of course, goes a long way toward explaining why next year it will be starting over with the PGA Tour’s inaugural wraparound season.
Some 60 men in the field haven’t hit a competitive shot in at least six weeks, relegated to the sideline once the FedEx Cup postseason started. These days, that might just qualify as a bona fide offseason.
Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier for Pick-4 to keep a hot streak going.
Who found something in the dirt during the layoff? Who was playing well before being forced into a long hiatus? Which guys got healthy? Which guys lost momentum?
It’s like trying to handicap Kapalua, but largely with lesser-known names – and about 3 1/2 times the quantity.
In these situations, Pick-4 likes to go with guys who have played more recently and not built up rust over the layoff. Don’t be surprised if the board gets heavy with Las Vegas-based pros, who might be willing to sacrifice a longer break to support their hometown event.
Last time out: Pick-4 thought it was a steal to find Brandt Snedeker languishing in the Tour Championship’s longshot bin, and was richly rewarded when Snedeker made off with the $11.4 million payday. Luke Donald (T3) and Tiger Woods (T8) made it a solid week. Through 33 events: Eight wins, 32 top-10s.
1) Ryan Moore. One of just five entrants who made it to the Tour Championship, Moore’s tie for 3rd at East Lake was his third top-10 finish during the FedEx series. Not bad for a guy who began the postseason in the mid-50s. With just a week off to refuel, the UNLV alum should be ready to contend.
2) Robert Garrigus. Another Vegas local who tees it up after just one week of rest. Garrigus tied for 10th at East Lake, following a share of 4th at the BMW Championship. TPC Summerlin is a big enough ballpark to allow Garrigus to unleash his towering drives; he shot a 63 last year on the way to a tie for 16th.
3) Vijay Singh. If there’s one guy you know won’t have any rust, it’s the big Fijian. He had two weeks after placing eighth at the BMW Championship, where he notched 23 birdies and an eagle. It was his 3rd top-10 finish in his past six starts, so it appears he’s finally rounding back into form after back woes.
4) Harris English. Pick-4 was a little surprised to see English in the longshot bin, but no point in quibbling if he turns out like Snedeker did at East Lake. Weekend rounds are still problematic – English’s scoring average ranks 13th before the cut, 163rd on Sundays – but he hasn’t shot worse than 74 since July.Jeff Shain covers golf for the Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffShain, or reach him via email at email@example.com.