The golf world has some funny ways of intersecting with the NFL world, and we’ve done our best to throw ourselves into the mix for Super Bowl week as well.
One Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Not from among preseason picks, anyway. Golf Channel put three PGA TOUR golfers on the spot back in September, asking them to look into their crystal ball and predict which team would be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy five months later:
Brooks Koepka – Green Bay Packers (missed playoffs) – Clay Matthews could have used Koepka lining up next to him at linebacker.
Brandt Snedeker – Tennessee Titans (missed playoffs) – Hometown pick for a Nashville native; Titans missed out on the postseason by one game.
Rickie Fowler – New England Patriots (TBD) – Call him a front-runner if you will. But after seeing how the Pats have defied Father Time and simply bulldozed their way through this year’s playoffs, Rickie figured out months ago what many prognosticators are saying right now (“Even if I want to, I’m NOT picking against Brady and Belichick …”)
Our Panel’s Picks
Fast forward to today, and Rickie and our fearless leader at Play Golf Myrtle Beach/Golf Tourism Solutions are in lock step on this year’s Big Game.
Bill Golden, CEO, Golf Tourism Solutions
Patriots 28, Rams 23
“Tom Brady’s the MVP of this one. Put simply, there are no better big-game tacticians than Brady and (Patriots Head Coach Bill) Belichick.”
John Maginnes, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
Rams 31, Patriots 28
“(Rams Head Coach) Sean McVay and Jordan Spieth are the same person – young, genius, and meticulous planners. In fact, we haven’t seen Jordan in a few days. We know Jordan’s not in Phoenix or Saudi Arabia this week …”
Well, if you spike Jordan’s hair … Hmmmm.
Charlie Rymer, Golf Tourism Solutions, former Golf Channel personality
Patriots 31, Rams 28
“Belichick is a GENIUS. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski make Brady look like Superman with clutch catches when everything is on the line.”
Paige Spiranac, Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador
— Myrtle Beach Golf (@MyrtleBeachGolf) February 1, 2019
Prop Bets, Anyone?
Assuming each golfer shown below makes the cut at their respective event in Phoenix or Saudi Arabia, the proposition is simple: who will have more?
We turned to our in-house expert on such matters to get his picks.
Dustin Johnson’s 4th Round Score
Robert Woods* (Rams) Receiving Yards -3 ½
Expert’s Take: This is an interesting prop as Johnson just shot 61 in the second round of the current European Tour event. Woods is the Rams’ top receiving threat, so expect him to be double-teamed or shadowed most of the game.
Pick: Dustin Johnson 4th Round Score
Brooks Koepka 4th Round Birdies
Brandin Cooks* (Rams) Receptions – ½
Expert’s Take: Koepka is the second-ranked player in the world but doesn’t seem to be gelling well with Saudi Arabia. Cooks will be freed up a bit with most of the attention being put on Woods. This is also a Cooks revenge game.
Pick: Brandin Cooks (Rams) Receptions
Justin Rose 4th Round Score
Julian Edelman* (Patriots) Receiving Yards – 10½
Expert’s Take: Am I about to bet against the world number 1? Yes, I am. Edelman is the number-one receiving threat on the Patriots, and I’m not going to bet against the Patriots.
Pick: Edelman (Patriots) Receiving Yards
Rickie Fowler 4th Round Score
Total Yardage of All Touchdowns in Super Bowl LIII – 18½
Expert’s Take: This is a tough one. The Patriots have turned into a team that enjoys punching it in from the 1-yard line, but the Rams have adopted an air raid offense. Fowler shot 64 in the first round this week and is tied for the lead, which doesn’t help the cause.
Pick: Total Yardage of all TD’s in Super Bowl
Jon Rahm 4th Round Score – 20½
Longest TD of the Game by Patriots or Rams
Expert’s Take: I think this one is pretty easy when you look at it. A 60- to 70-yard touchdown is a long touchdown. Not saying it can’t happen, but it’s unlikely.
Pick: Rahm 4th Round Score
Justin Thomas 4th Round Birdies
Greg Zuerlein* (Rams) Points – 3½
Expert’s Take: “Greg the Leg” was 4-for-4 on field goals in the NFC Championship Game. Justin Thomas made seven birdies in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This sounds like a toss-up to me.
Pick: Zuerlein Points
Phil Mickelson 4th Round Bogeys or Worse
Josh Reynolds* (Rams) Receptions – 1½
Expert’s Take: Reynolds was supposed to be a fill-in for Cooper Kupp after Kupp tore his ACL in the middle of the season. It hasn’t been that way at all. TPC Scottsdale doesn’t seem like the type of place to yield a lot of bogeys.
Pick: Reynolds (Rams) Receptions