Fantasy Golf: OAD AT&T Byron Nelson

05-18-16

If it honks like a duck…

If it swims like a duck…

If it looks like a duck…

It’s not always a duck.

 

If I was an eagle I’d dress like a duck
Crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck
If I get a notion I’ll climb this tree
or chop it down and you can’t stop me
Chop it down and you can’t stop me

Ooooooooooooooooh Freedom

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Liberty

Sergio Garcia was last week’s duck for most gamers. His form was on (T-3 at his home course last time out) and he rakes at TPC Sawgrass.

And then he made a double. Then a quad. Then another double. And another after that.

His final two holes of the week were birdie-TRIPLE.

He led the field in birdies and finished T-57.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?!?!?!

You’re free to take whoever for whatever reasons.

Fantasy golf is hard and I don’t want you to forget that.

Some weeks it’s easy and some weeks it’s not.

Let’s see what I have cooking this week and we’ll see if another duck is on the menu!

Here’s who I have sent to the front lines already:

Frys.com Brooks Koepka T-41 $21,000
Shriners Scott Piercy T-25 $44,832
CIMB Anirban Lahiri T-21 $78,400
WGC-HSBC Champions Adam Scott T-70 $42,000
Sanderson Farms Patrick Rodgers T-20 $41,356
OHL Mayakoba Patton Kizzire T-58 $13,764
RSM Brendon de Jonge T-33 $27,049
HTOC Brandt Snedeker T-3 $381,000
Sony Kevin Kisner T-5 $220,400
CB Challenge Ryan Palmer T-17 $75,897
Farmers Phil Mickelson MC $0
Waste Management Hideki Matsuyama WIN $1,170,000
AT&T Pebble Beach Jimmy Walker T-11 $143,500
NTO Dustin Johnson 4th $326,400
Honda Luke Donald T-61 $13,115
WGC-Cadillac Champ Henrik Stenson T-28 $79,428
Valspar Danny Willett T-22 $52,959
Arnold Palmer Scott Brown T-27 $41,934
WGC-Dell Match Play Rickie Fowler T-53 $63,000
Puerto Rico Open Graham DeLaet T-11 $66,000
Shell Houston Open Louis Oosthuizen MC $0
Masters Bubba Watson T-37 $50,250
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar T-9 $147,500
Valero Texas Open Charley Hoffman WIN $1,116,000
Zurich Classic Daniel Berger T-20 $64,909
Wells Fargo J.B. Holmes T-53 $16,589
THE PLAYERS Rory McIlroy T-12 212,625

 

UNDERWHELMING I say!

 

2015-16 season

Season total: $4,479,897; 27 events

  • Wins: 2
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 6
  • Top 25s: 14
  • MC: 2 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO)

 

Last week: Rory McIlroy (T-12; $212,625)

The only consolation is I didn’t play Garcia (T-54).

That’s it.

McIlroy was second in strokes-gained: tee-to-green and 68th in strokes-gained: putting.

HIT. IT. CLOSER. BRAH.

It’s amazing that in a field of this magnitude that he still hits the top 15 putting like that. Check out this quote from him:

RORY McILROY: Not a bad week. I guess it’s just an accumulation of everything that’s gone on. I haven’t played — fourth last week and probably going to be another top 10 this week, 10th at Augusta. I mean, the finishes are okay, but I just — I’d rather get right in there in contention, and I felt like I had a chance to do that. I was 8-under par for the tournament after 11 holes, and with seven holes left, had a good chance on 12 and didn’t convert, and then there’s some chances coming in, and didn’t take advantage of any of them, really.

From being in a position where I could have maybe posted a number to giving the guys behind something to think about, I was just sort of scrambling to try and get into the top 10. Yeah, it’s sort of — there’s good stuff in there, and there’s just a little bit of — there’s too many wasted shots basically, so that’s what I need to try and cut out going forward.”

Dude is wasting shots and not making anything.

And is finishing in the top 12.

Half of me is happy that I racked up a couple hundred grand, but the other half, for the third year running, cannot find a victory in this format for McIlroy.

Fantasy golf is hard, folks.

 

Thermometer:

Went big. Went home with T-12.

 

Keys this Week:

  • Strokes-gained: tee-to-green
  • Par four scoring
  • Check the bogeys at the door so getting up-and-down won’t hurt either

 

My Five Finalists:

1.) Dustin Johnson

2.) Charley Hoffman

3.) Marc Leishman

4.) Ryan Palmer

5.) Jason Dufner

 

The Choice: Jason Dufner

Close Second: Marc Leishman

Long Shot Special: Keegan Bradley

Verdict: After already burning DJ, Hoffman and Palmer, I’ll ride with the former champ. Leishman makes sense in EVERY TOAD game and I have no problem using him either this week as the lead. Zach Johnson goes next week or JDC; Garcia, The Open; Kuchar goes any and everywhere; Schwartzel should be on this list as well and would be if was stretched to six players. Bradley has one round in the 70s in his last five events.

If you missed the preview, just click here.

If you missed the  Golf Channel game picks, just click here.

If you missed THE PLAYERS recap, just click here.

Good luck!

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