Look who’s back!
Youngsters take note and fantasy veterans show some respect!
I’m flattered beyond words to have THE Ned Brown contributing his picks for the Yahoo! game for the foreseeable future!
For those of you who don’t know, Ned has been a MAYJAH PLAYAH in the world of Yahoo! and was a contributing writer at Rotoworld before, during and after my tenure there.
Give him a follow on the Twitter: @Esoxgolf
There’s not a friendlier, astute gamer out there and his opinion is highly regarded in our field.
He’s won a few “things” in his day playing fantasy golf and as I always say: More knowledge on display is better than less.
Fade or follow but now you have TWO resources to help you in this format!
Ned’s Yahoo Picks
Group A (starts remaining in parentheses)
Dustin Johnson (6)– I’ve never seen him play better and I’ve paid a price in the first two summer events trying to fade him. Clearly the hottest player in this week’s field.
Jason Day (4)– Dustin Johnson was able to pick up the pieces after Day collapsed in the fourth round of the WGC-Bridgestone. Still, Day has notched four top 8s in his last five starts, including a championship at THE PLAYERS, and is very difficult to fade.
Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia
Rory McIlroy (3)- I can see gamers fading McIlroy based on his U.S. Open performance. but he has played well otherwise, with a third at the Open De France, T4 at the Memorial and win in Irish Open.
Lee Westwood (9)– Another player that will be faded this week after a final round of 80 at the U.S. Open, however outside of that he has played well with top 15s in five of his last six worldwide starts.
Henrik Stenson (5)– Stenson withdrew from the US Open and rebounded with a championship at the BMW International and a T13 last week at the Scottish Open.
Brandt Snedeker (4)– Zach Johnson is a safer pick, but I’m going to take a shot with Snedeker. Snedeker recently has been missing cuts or playing well and he has the same history at The Open, with a T11 in ’13 and T3 in ’12, to go with four missed cuts in seven starts.
Zach Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Dufner
Branden Grace (8)– Grace tied for 29th last week at the Scottish Open, but before that he was red-hot with four top 10s in five starts, including a championship at the RBC Heritage.
Andy Sullivan (10)– Normally I would go with a safer pick like Charl Schwartzel, but I’m taking Sullivan who is on a bit of a roll with a T6 at the Scottish Open and a T5 at the Open De France.
Charl Schwartzel, Shane Lowry, Marc Leishman, Emiliano Grillo
Editor’s Note from Ned: Last week’s poor score dropped me down the rankings.
Season Points 3977
Season Ranking 4893
Glass’s Yahoo! Picks
Points: WGC-BI: 171
Points: SUMMER Segment: 329
Rank: SPRING Segment: 2,067
Points: SEASON: 4,145
Rank: SEASON: 549
Soft with rain in the forecasts suggests the dart-throwers (read: ball-strikers) but as always, a bit of balance, both in flights and styles, is suggested. I don’t believe this, or any major for that matter, is the week to chase hopefuls and maybes; this is big boy golf on a big boy track in big boy conditions.
season starts remaining in ( )
Adam Scott (7)
Sergio Garcia (8)
Woof. Leaving Spieth, DJ and Day on the sidelines sounds like crazy talk but I’m hardly slumming with two Open experts.
Rory McIlroy (3)
Lee Westwood (10)
Henrik Stenson (4)
Zach Johnson (8)
Rose, Molinari, Reed and Knox make the subs bench.
Branden Grace (8)
Matt Kuchar (2)
Willett, Leishman and possibly Lowry can make me look one more time after I check the tee times…