Fantasy Golf Preview: Colonial

05-24-16

The TOUR wraps up its 2016 season in Texas with the fifth and final event the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational (at Colonial).

Colonial reeks of history and is known as “Hogan’s Alley” after the great Texan won there five times in his storied career.

Fort Worth is finally dry as they have only received just over a half inch of rain in the last seven days. That didn’t keep Nick Faldo and Steve Flesch from mentioning last weekend that the rough is up and lush so keeping it in play and scrambling will factor this week.

Sadly, so will Mother Nature.

Again.

Current forecasts suggest 40% of afternoon thunderstorms on Thursday followed by a 100% chance Friday for most of the day into the evening. With cloudy skies Tuesday and Wednesday plus most of Saturday and Sunday, I’m not sure firm and/or fast will be on tap this week.

As always, thanks for reading. For those of you who take the time, this is like the Director’s Cut edition. Everything and anything goes and sometimes I throw my loyalists, you, an extra bone or two for taking the time.

 

2015-16 Winners (at time of victory)

Youngsters

In 2014-15 there were 14 players in their 20s who won tournaments. They accounted for a whopping 24 victories in 47 events.

Under 30 Winners (9 different from 11 events)

  • Emiliano Grillo, 23; Frys.com
  • Smylie Kaufman, 23; Shriners
  • Justin Thomas, 22; CIMB
  • Peter Malnati, 28; SFC
  • Jordan Spieth, 22; HTOC
  • Hideki Matsuyama, 23; WMPO
  • Jason Day, 28; API & WGC-Dell Match Play, THE PLAYERS
  • Danny Willett, 28; Masters
  • Branden Grace, 27; RBC Heritage

 

Prime-Time Players

The guys between 30-39 years of age produced 16 multiple champions in 17 events last season.

Winners 30-39 (15 players in 16 events)

  • Russell Knox, 30; HSBC Champions
  • Graeme McDowell, 36; OHL Mayakoba
  • Kevin Kisner, 31; RSM Classic
  • Fabian Gomez, 37; Sony Open
  • Jason Dufner, 38; CB Challenge
  • Brandt Snedeker, 35; Farmers Insurance Open
  • Vaughn Taylor, 39; AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • Bubba Watson, 37; Northern Trust Open
  • Adam Scott, 35; Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship
  • Charl Schwartzel, 31; Valspar
  • Jim Herman, 38; Shell Houston Open
  • Charley Hoffman, 39; Valero Texas Open
  • Brian Stuard, 33; Zurich Classic
  • James Hahn, 34; Wells Fargo Championship
  • Sergio Garcia, 36; AT&T Byron Nelson

 

Old Guard

There were only four winners last season from 47 events (Furyk, Cejka, Love III and Harrington). Sentimentality has no place in fantasy golf, folks.

Winners 40-plus

  • none, yet. Justin Hicks, 41, pegged the highest finish for the old timers this week while Chad Campbell, the last man to shoot 61 at Colonial, was T-12.

 

Rookies

Last year the only rookie to pick up a first-place check was Canadian Nick Taylor. This season it took ONE EVENT to match that total.

Rookie Winners

  • Emiliano Grillo; Frys.com
  • Smylie Kaufman; Shriners

Rookies and first-time players at TPC Sawgrass usually don’t perform well. Si Woo Kim (T-23) was the best of the first-timers and Harold Varner III (T-57) was the best rookie.

 

First-Time Winners

Rookies, journeyman, up-and-comers, I’ll keep track of them all. It’s a life-changer.

Three out of the last four winners on Tour have come from this column.

 First-Time Winners on Tour

  • 2013: 12
  • 2014: 10
  • 2015: 11
  • 2016: (11 and counting)
  •    Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com)
  •    Smylie Kaufman (Shriners)
  •    Justin Thomas (CIMB)
  •    Peter Malnati (SFC)
  •    Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions)
  •    Kevin Kisner (RSM)
  •    Tony Finau (PRO)
  •     Jim Herman (SHO)
  •     Danny Willett (Masters)
  •    Branden Grace (RBC Heritage)
  •    Brian Stuard (Zurich Classic)

 

Last Week’s Recap Column can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Always try and leave a bone or two for those of you who take the time to read what I do here.

I left out Kevin Chappell, completely by accident in the preview below.

It happens but it’s a complete oversight.

With four top 10’s in his last six, you can see why he should be included.

He should also get serious consideration for OAD and TOAD play this week as he was T-10 and T-19 the last two years at Colonial.

KEVIN Stadler in 2014

KEVIN Kisner in 2015

KEVIN Chappell in 2016

KEVIN Tway, we’re looking at YOU for 2017!

Or Na. Or Streelman.

You get the point!

As for Chad Campbell, that 61 in 2004 saw him finish T-2, with no bogeys no less, isn’t enough to convince me it’s going to happen again for him this week. He’s only made the cut in half of his 14 tries and has nothing better than T-30 in the last decade.

Click on the link below for this week’s edition

 

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