Fantasy Golf: Wyndham Preview

08-16-16

Sam Snead won eight of these but nobody has multiple titles since moving back to Sedgefield CC in 2008.

 

For the third week in a row finding low ones in the 60’s is going to be the key.

With the pressure of making the FEC Playoffs hanging in the air as well, there are plenty of story lines this week in Greensboro.

This has been the easiest par 70 on Tour the last two years because:

a.) it’s not difficult

b.) it’s been wet in Greensboro

With both of those factors in effect again this week I would suggest more of the same.

Remember, those who are not inside the top 125 in FedExCup points at the end of the week miss the Playoffs. Those who are inside the top 125 in MONEY keep their card but MISS the Playoffs. Folks who finish Nos. 126-200 are eligible for the Web.com Playoffs.

These are the folks with the most to gain or lose this week (all entered this week):

  • No. 120: Blayne Barber
  • No. 121: David Toms
  • No. 122: Seung-Yul Noh
  • No. 123: Sung Kang
  • No. 124: Matt Jones
  • No. 125: Whee Kim
  • No. 126: Scott Stallings
  • No. 127: Kyle Stanley
  • No. 128: Nick Taylor
  • No. 129: Steve Marino
  • No. 130: Bronson Burgoon

 

2015-16 Winners (at time of victory)

Youngsters

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

Under-30 Winners (10 different winners from 13 events)

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

 

Prime-Time Players

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

Winners 30-39 (22 players from 24 events)

  • Russell Knox, 31; HSBC Champions, Travelers
  • 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
  • William McGirt, 36; Memorial
  • Dustin Johnson, 31; U.S. Open
  • Billy Hurley, III, 34; Quicken Loans National
  • Aaron Baddeley, 35; Barbasol Championship
  • Jhonattan Vegas, 31; RBC Canadian Open
  • Jimmy Walker, 37; PGA Championship
  • Ryan Moore, 33; John Deere Classic

 

Old Guard

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

Winners 40-plus

  • Greg Chalmers, 42; Barracuda Championship
  • Henrik Stenson, 40; The Open Championship

Nobody from the “old folks” inside the top 15 last week at a birdie-fest on a short course. Weird that.

 

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

 

After winners in the first two events of the season, it’s been 37 straight events without one of the newbies collecting a trophy.

Let it be noted that Grillo has:

  • Changed his pronunciation of his last name to Gree Low halfway through the year.
  • Made the cut in all four majors.

 

First-Time Winners

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

 

 First-Time Winners on Tour

  • 2013: 12
  • 2014: 10
  • 2015: 11
  • 2016: (15 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)
  •    William McGirt (Memorial)
  •    Daniel Berger (FESJC)
  •    Billy Hurley, III (QLN)
  •    Greg Chalmers (Barracuda) in his 386th event!

 

Cookies

Each week, when possible, I’ll try and reward those of you who take the time to read my columns with thoughts on a few players who didn’t make the cut, for whatever reason, in my preview column.

 

Last Week:

Rory Sabbatini: T-62 and a made cut. Whew.

Cameron Smith: T-22 with four rounds in the 60’s. He’s ticking over.

Henrik Norlander: 64 on Sunday in Connecticut and 66 last week at JDC (T-22).

Boo Weekley: T-47 as even par on Sunday saw him slip.

 

This Week:

Cameron Smith: Knock. Knock. Knock.

Chris Kirk: All of his non-major starts are solid but he’s never cracked off a big one here.

Jonas Blixt: Made 23 birdies here last year and had rounds of 65 and 62; top five finish at Oak Hill, another Ross track.

Erik Compton: Shot 62-74 before WD here last year.

Adam Hadwin: Closed with 67-64 at the JDC for T-8.

 

Hot hands

Big finishes at the JDC last week not listed above or in the preview column

T-3: Morgan Hoffmann

T-3: Whee Kim

T-5: Kelly Kraft

T-5: Johnson Wagner

T-8: Andrew Landry

T-8: Steve Marino

T-14: Sung Kang

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