Well, this will be different!
Yahoo! is all about scoring so your lineup will need to include fellas that can execute in these conditions!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Season Points: 337
Season Rank: 11,215
Last Week: 156
Group A was the embarrassment of riches with Woodland, Grace, Haas and Leishman all hitting the top 20. Group B is where the rubber met the road and not starting JT KILLED ME. Having Jimmy Walker shoot a million didn’t help either. My plan was to leave Spieth alone and I also paid for that. Group C was an epic disaster as the veteran course horses didn’t pan out. Other than that, I had it NAILED ON.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY. Nothing else matters. I’m loading up with guys who can smash it through the wind, find par breakers and don’t mind a bit of the elements.
Starts remaining in parentheses
Bill Haas (10) — In a thin group a two-time champ jumps out regardless of forecast.
Patrick Reed (10) — He made 30 birdies during his runaway win in 2014.
Brendan Steele: Just like the two dudes above, Steele tees it at LaQuinta in round one so there’s no advantage to dump either of the above for him.
Kevin Streelman: He starts on the Stadium Course so if you want to have a guy in your lineup who’ll never play it , he’s your best choice for my money.
Jamie Lovemark (10) — His length will help in the less-than-ideal conditions and the fire from his Sunday stumble last year will keep him warm.
Webb Simpson (10) — I have no issues with his game tee-to-green so I’m jumping on while his putter shows signs of life.
Paul Casey (10) — I’m going with the Englishman here as I believe the weather will be the great equalizer and his ball-striking should be the difference. With three other steadies in the group I can afford a bit of a gamble on his first event of the year and first time on the course. Rookies remember you only can play two guys each round and nobody is required to play.
Charles Howell, III (9) — The perfect complement to any chances taken in this group as he’s on form and played well here last year.
Based on the theory above, finding guys who can handle some elements and control their golf ball makes the most sense. Lucas Glover, Francesco Molinari and Charley Hoffman would be the next few on my radar. The lineup above also gives me a mix of rotation that can avoid the Stadium Course until Sunday when everyone plays it.
Zach Johnson (10) — Excellent start last week at Sony and has won major championships in weather conditions less than ideal.
Luke List (10) — Fire. #Lit. He’ll smash by just about everyone and his current form suggests he’ll run over these tracks. Great partner for Mr. Steady above and also gives you a miss on the Stadium until Sunday.
I’ve often referred to Group C as the Rummage Sale of fantasy golf as there is something in here for any theory or style. Wild horses had to drag me from Grillo and Rahm but I’m not talking you out of either. I’d lean on a balance of young and old because playing the weekend with NOBODY in a group stinks. Trust me.
Ned Brown returns to drop his knowledge in Yahoo! as he did here last year. Ned is a legend in the gaming world and has cleaned up in Yahoo while most of you were in diapers! He’ll share his thoughts and picks here when he wants!
Season Points: 396
Season Rank: 412
Last Week: 163
“This week is a much bigger puzzle. Cold weather, rain, new group of players and three courses.
I’m not taking much risk this week.”
Ned, doing Ned things in Yahoo! again!
Patrick Reed (10) — Accidently left Reed off my roster at the TOC and watched in semi-horror as he played well like I thought he would on his way to a T6 finish. His one top 10 in four career starts here was a championship in ’14.
Bill Haas (9) — Normally Haas doesn’t play at the Sony but he looked good last week on his way to a T-13 finish. His recent record at the CareerBuilder is strong with T6 in ’14, a championship in ’15 and a T9 last year.
Charley Hoffman (10) — Played OK at the SBS TOC with a T-17 finish but the reason I’m giving him the nod is because of his record here with five top 10’s in 10 career starts including a T-10 in ’13, a T-9 in ’14 and a T-2 in ’15.
Charles Howell, III (10) — CH III ran true to form last week and played well at the Sony with a T-8 finish. He has a fair history at the “Hope “with two top 10’s in 11 career starts. I’m more about playing his current form.
Francesco Molinari (10) — He was on fire at the end of last year. He took the Italian Open title and followed it up with a T-6 at the WGC-HSBC and T-4’s at the Shiners and DP World Tour.
Webb Simpson (10) — Normally I like to pencil in Phil Mickelson in this spot but he’s on the mend after a second hernia surgery has me spooked. Instead, I’ll give a spot to Webb Simpson who tied for 13th at the Sony last week and has a good record at the Hope with two top 10s’ in seven starts.
Jamie Lovemark, Adam Hadwin, Kevin Na, Kevin Kisner
Zach Johnson (10) — One of the reasons I didn’t give a nod to Zach last week was because he has been changing equipment. Normally this can take some time to adjust at tournament play level but it hasn’t been a problem. He had a great second round of 61 at the Sony, but no one was going to catch an all-time record setting hot Justin Thomas last week. He has missed his last two cuts here, but overall is a solid choice with two top 10s in six career starts.
Luke List (10) — Group C is overpopulated with great choices this week. Since the weather call is for relatively cold and wet weather I’m going with one of the more conservative calls in List. He played very well in the fall portion of the schedule with two top 7’s plus two more top 15’s. He opened the ’17 portion of the season last week at the Sony with a T-13. His T-6 at this event last year doesn’t hurt either.
Ryan Palmer, Jason Dufner, Jon Rahm, Emiliano Grillo, Keegan Bradley
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