Fantasy Golf: Yahoo! picks featuring Ned Brown


TPC Deere Run won’t run out of birdies or eagles and that’s the key this week in Yahoo!. With 19-under-par the HIGHEST winning score in the last six years, I would expect nothing but the same again this year.


Hebe Stache

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 

Ned and I both took a bath last weekend as 62 and 58 destroyed average, under-par rounds which usually accumulate points. See the picture above for answers…

Let’s see how we match up this week!

Ned Brown


Points: Travelers: 106


Points: SEASON: 4,571

Rank: SEASON: 4,341


Group A
Ryan Moore (8)– He looked good last week at the Travelers with a T-17 finish. His record at TPC Deere Run is good with a T-12 in ’12, a T-22 in’13, T-7 in ’14 and a T-17 last year.
Brian Harman (9)– It’s good that Moore is such a low risk pick because Group A is pretty thin this week. I’m never crazy about someone that missed his last cut but before that Harman was playing OK. He posted  T-23 at the Canadian and T-8 at the Barbasol as evidence. His recent record here is very good with a T-24 last year and a championship in ’14.
John Senden, Gary Woodland
Group B
Zach Johnson (7)– For the last four years, Johnson has been the dominant player here with a championship in ’12 follow by a T-2 in ’13, a second place in ’14 and  T-3 last year. Many players will be using Johnson as a one-and-done this week.
Jerry Kelly (10)– I was blown away last week by how well Kelly played last week in his second place finish at the Travelers. He has long said that the John Deere Classic is his personal major and he has played well here recently with a T-4 in ’13 and a T-3 in ’14.
Robert Streb (10)– He is coming off his best performance of the year with a T-7 at the PGA. His recent record at the John Deere is solid with a T-22 in ’13, T-37 in ’14 and a T-14 last year.
Steve Wheatcroft (10)– Like Group A, Group B is thin this week. The result is I think I’m picking Wheatcroft for the first time ever. He missed the cut at the Travelers, but before that he had T-5s at the Barracuda and the Canadian Open. He also played solidly here last year on his way to a T-8 finish.
Adam Hadwin, Hudson Swafford
Group C
Steve Stricker (10)– Group C is loaded this week. One of the surprises for me this year is the play of  Stricker. He tied for second at the St. Jude then followed it up with a fourth place at the British Open. His record at the John Deere is very strong with the highlight being three consecutive championships starting in ’09.
Daniel Summerhays (9)– The hottest player in this week’s field is Summerhays with a T-3 at the PGA and a T-11 last week at the Travelers. His record at the JDC is very good with a T-4 in ’13, a  T-13 in ’14 and a T-8 last year.
Kevin Na, Jon Rahm, Johnson Wagner, Scott Brown



Points: Travelers: 118

Points: SUMMER Segment: 927

Rank: SUMMER Segment: 2,635


Points: SEASON: 4,743

Rank: SEASON: 568


Last week


Thanks to that 58 on Sunday, I finished the week with zero points on the final day even though I have all four players at par or better.


I left a 66 and 64 on the bench on Saturday which didn’t help anything either.

Anytime I find some momentum, I can’t wait to throw it away.


This week


Birdies and more birdies and any eagles.

Low 60’s will be the rule, not the exception, like last week…

More Birdies.

Yahoo! is a scoring game and my lineup will try and reflect that! Don’t forget, guys have to make it to the weekend as well!


Group A:

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Keegan Bradley (10)

Ryan Moore (8)

Bradley’s warming gets the nod of Harman’s dodgy course form here. If Moore does what Moore should, I’m going to look to catch for one big one Thursday or Friday.


Group B:


Zach Johnson (7)

Jerry Kelly (8)

Robert Streb (10)

Hudson Swafford (10)

The only other fellas to jump of the page here is Matt Jones but Steve Wheatcroft can throw in a sub 65 just when you’re not expecting it. After his recent results before Travelers, it might not be that far-fetched…


Group C:


Jon Rahm (8)

Daniel Summerhays (8)

Based on the tee times, this pairing might differ or it might not. I can hedge Stricker here because young, fearless dudes might be able to sneak a few in behind the “safety-first” crew. I’m not fading Stricker by any means, but having to make a bunch of birdies for FOUR rounds might weigh a bit on him. Might.


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