I’ve added to my recap column with extra material not found in my column.
This is for #FantasyNerds or anyone who likes more as opposed to less.
The more I preview and review, the more tuned in I am to the fantasy world.
My wrap-up column for Golfweek.com is by design, is quick serve and will still be posted here because that information is more than pertinent. Scroll down to devour all of that.
But, I’m going to expand the horizons here where time and space aren’t a hindrance and where I can do as much, or as little, as I see fit.
QLN Revisited: Chalk Plays
Patrick Reed, T-39: Hitting it all over the shop never helps and his short game can only bail him out so often.
Charley Hoffman, T-57: He’s done his job more weeks than not so I’m not getting on him this week for a quiet performance on a course he’s raked on before. Worst finish in four tries at Congo.
Jim Furyk, T-21: Exactly the performance that gamers on the fence after Oakmont needed to see. He’s no longer a spring chicken but he should be fresh down the stretch after missing the first part of the year. #Encouraging.
Marc Leishman, T-39: Opened with 67 but that was the only round better than par of the four. A pair of 72’s on the weekend hardly sends out alarm bells but he never fires for me when expected. Why always me?
Justin Thomas, T-12: Led the U.S. Open in birdies made and was T-3 this week. There will be more ups than downs so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Super, super talent.
Kevin Chappell, T-44: A pair of MCs and a pair of T-40 somethings followed a run of three top 10’s in his previous four. All of his top 25’s are also top 10’s so there’s a nice gap there that needs to be shrunk.
Gary Woodland, T-21: Still bitter over his MC at TPC Southwind; not nearly as bitter as the folks that had to sit through his 73 on Sunday to watch him drop to T-21 this week.
Roberto Castro, T-62: He adds three more rounds of par or better at Congressional but nothing in the 60’s makes for a false positive.
Daniel Summerhays, T-21: Make it three top 30 finishes in three tries for Summerhays. He also adds to his reputation of playing difficult courses well.
Brendan Steele, T-39: Usually, two-under for the week is respectable around here but not with these conditions. Luckily for most of you, he’ll be available at Barracuda this week where he cleans up.
Russell Henley, MC: The USA version of Leishman for me. When I’m around, run away. When I’m gone, load up.
Shawn Stefani, T-44: Unlike Hurley or Haas, didn’t take advantage on a track where he’s had one of his best career finishes. If his name was Hstefani, maybe it would be different. Or Stefani III.
Ryan Palmer, MC: First miss in four tries in D.C. plus only his third whiff on the season.
Bill Haas, T-3: He’s been around the block long enough to play through slumps like this. His course form was the only reason I rated him last week and he lived up to the billing.
Kevin Streelman, T-12: Nothing worse than T-13 qualifies him as on MAYJAH FIYAH. This is his first streak of three consecutive T-15 or better since rattling off three top sixes in a row in 2013.
QLN Revisited: Fades
Rickie Fowler: Two good ones to enter the weekend at six-under par. Two bad ones on the weekend to for plus-five and T-44. The bright side is that there was a bright side. He should get a serious look in a 60-man field at Firestone later this week.
Charles Howell, III: Last three at Congressional showed nothing more than T-46. He added T-75 to that collection this week. Time for the annual summer fade?
K.J.Choi: “Old” past champions aren’t the way forward especially ones that haven’t been inside the top 35 in three months. MC.
Chris Kirk: Didn’t capitalize his spring form into a win; his first round in the 60’s in three events was 65 on Sunday that saw him finish T-12.
Sung Kang: Not surprising he didn’t back up his T-18 at Oakmont at Congressional.
Playing this week: Barracuda Championship
Strong finishers who caught my eye for the coming week in OAD and TOAD formats.
Jon Rahm (T-3): If he stays in the field, I can’t see why he wouldn’t be considered one of the favorites after his last two weeks.
Robert Garrigus (T-8): If his course form here was any guide, I’ll be more than happy to use that angle again at Lake Tahoe.
Rob Oppenheim (T-10): This name shouldn’t be unfamiliar to gamers over the last few weeks. Look for more in my preview on Tuesday.
Andres Gonzales (T-12): Stuck three of four rounds in the 60’s including 68 on Sunday.
Nick Taylor (T-12): Remember when he won as a rookie on Tour in the fall of 2014?
John Huh (T-19): Closed with 65, co-low round of the weekend.
Martin Laird (T-21): Wait until you see his course form at Montreux.
Blayne Barber (T-29): The lowest ranked player by money on DraftKings last week closed with 67 to hit the top 30.
Coming Tomorrow: Fantasy Golf: WGC-BI Preview