Soggy Southern California will try and dry out as the weekend progresses but the rough is gnarly and the courses will be playing even longer than advertised. Remeber, Yahoo! is a scoring game ONLY!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Last Week: 98
Segment Points: 435
Season Points: 435
With no players in the top 10, it’s hardly a wonder why I’m in a massive hole after three weeks. The format bit me as I chose the worst score from Group A (Haas & Reed) all four days. I also had ZERO points on Saturday as I didn’t have anyone, for the second week in a row, close enough to Mr. 59 to score any points. Dire.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
With the North Course annually playing easier than the South Course, it is vital in this format that you’re playing guys Thursday and Friday on the easier of the two courses and that’s the newly renovated North Course (click here for my preview).
The North Course will add new hole locations but they’ve also widened fairways and removed over 200 trees. The greens will also be perfect Bentgrass that will be Stimped to whatever they desire because of the SubAir system beneath the ground.
The South Course will host the final two rounds on the weekend and is an absolute beast. With four par fives and tiny greens, I’m looking for ball-strikers who can absorb and accept par as a good score this week.
Starts remaining in parentheses
Jason Day (10) — 2015 champ has a T-2 and T-9 here in the last four years as well; South Course for round 1.
Gary Woodland (10) — He’s had multiple close calls here over the last few years; top 10’s in his last two starts on Tour; North Course round 1 so he gets the start.
Dustin Johnson: I can’t start him EVERY week in this limited starts format but you can! Well, at least until you run out. He’ll be No. 1 on the team sheet at Pebble and at Riviera.
Brendan Steele: Red-hot form has resulted in a win and a pair of T-6 finishes in just five starts.
Jimmy Walker (9) — His courses and his time of year; four top 10’s in the last five years with the exception being MC with flu. North Course for round 1.
Brandt Snedeker (10) — Twice champion since 2012 loves Poa annua and this event. North Course for round 1.
Hideki Matsuyama (8) — Desperate times call for desperate measures but I’m not REQUIRED to play him. His round Thursday on the South will set the tone and make my decision easier. I need all the help possible to get back into the fight early doors of the new season.
Francesco Molinari (10) — I’m leaning on the classy Italian as his form hasn’t dipped since his win in Italy last September. He might not be the longest but he’ll find plenty of fairways and GIR.
If you play fantasy golf in a vacuum your lineup will look markedly different. There will be plenty kicking themselves once they find out their Yahoo! team is all playing the South Course. I’m going with balance so I can rotate courses the first two days and then try and hang on during the weekend.
Charles Howell, III, Justin Rose, Jamie Lovemark and #NappyFactor Jason Kokrak poise interesting questions as well.
Martin Laird (10) — I’m striking while the iron is hot and he’ll be second group off the North Course Thursday morning. Course form meets recent form.
J.B. Holmes (10) — Back-to-back top 10’s the last two seasons because he can overpower this track.
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.
Pat Perez grew up here and has played well as of late. Keegan Bradley has thrown up multiple top 10’s and has plenty of power, like Luke List, to keep up. It was hard to leave out Koepka but he hasn’t played in 2017 so Laird was the easier choice.
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!
Last Week: 106
Season Points: 502
Segment Points: 502
Season Rank: 1,324
” Boy last week was tough to pick up points. If you don’t have the player posting the 59 it’s almost a shutout. The rough is suppose to be up this week on a wet course, so they can’t shoot another 59 can they?”
Dustin Johnson (9) — Normally I like to wait until Pebble Beach to start DJ on the West Coast, but looked great last week in Abu Dhabi where he tied for second place.
Jason Day (10) — I accidently had Day on my roster at the SBS TOC and was impressed how he played after such a long layoff. His recent record here is very good with a T-9 in ’13, a T-2 in ’14 and a championship in ’15.
Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry
Charles Howell III (9) — He has continued his traditional good play on the West Coast Swing with a T-12 at the CareerBuilder. His record at the Farmers is very steady with six top 10s in 14 career starts.
Brandt Snedeker (10) — He disappointed last time out with a missed cut at the Sony. He was playing ok in Maui and he returns a tournament that he has six top 10s in 10 career starts including championships in ’12 and last year.
Jimmy Walker (9) — Recommended him at the Sony due to his strong course history but mentioned he has been very inconsistent since his PGA Championship. So what does he do? He misses the cut at the Sony. Walker has top eight finishes in four of his last five years here so I’m going back to the well again. I might be kicking myself on Friday evening again.
Hideki Matsuyama (9) — A real coin flip between Matsuyama and Rose. Overall Matsuyama is the hotter golfer with the worst result being a T-27 at the Sony while Rose was finishing solo second at the same event. I’m using Matsuyama based on the overall record but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rose was on the first page of leaderboard on Sunday.
Justin Rose, Adam Hadwin, Francesco Molinari, Harris English, K.J. Choi
J.B. Holmes (10) — The course has taken a lot of water so while there are a lot of good picks in Group C, I’m going to use Holmes. He has the length off the tee and has a strong recent record here of a T-2 in ’15 and a T-6 last year.
Martin Laird (10) — I was impressed with him last week in his T-9 finish at the CareerBuilder and his recent record here is strong with a T-7 in ’15 and a T-8 last year.
Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka, Scott Stallings, Jon Rahm
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