Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jamie Lovemark.
CROMWELL, Conn. — Don’t be a bandwagon jumper. We’ve all heard that before. It doesn’t matter if you grew up near Washington D.C., you can’t just start rooting for the Capitals when they reach the Stanley Cup Final. It doesn’t matter if your wife’s friend’s neighbor went to Alabama; you can’t pull for the Crimson Tide only in the national championship game.
But there’s another kind of bandwagon jumping that is similarly ill-advised. Once you’re on, be very careful about jumping off. This notion, of course, is less about team affiliations and more about gambling. If there’s a bet you really like, keep sticking with it, even if it hasn’t paid off yet.
That’s what I’m doing this week. I’m staying on the bandwagon. I’ve identified six PGA Tour players whom I’ve probably recommended more than any others this year. They’ve combined for a grand total of zero victories.
That stat alone doesn’t tell the whole story, though.
The guys I’ve touted most frequently are players who continue to play well on a weekly basis. I always try to identify guys who are about to win, rather than those who already have, the idea being that I want to catch ‘em on the upswing, not the downside.
With that in mind, let’s get to the players I pick pretty often, each of whom have a bandwagon that I’ll be riding on here at TPC River Highlands.
Xander Schauffele (+3000 to win; +600 for top-five)
I feel like I pick X-Man so often, he should probably file a restraining order. I still believe this guy has one of the best swings on the PGA Tour and is simultaneously one of its most underrated players. That’s a nice recipe for finding value, and I think there is tons of it here, both short-term and long-term.