Honda Classic Yahoo! Picks Featuring Ned Brown

02-22-17

Weather can always be a factor on the coast of Florida so make sure you check with your weather source before sticking in starters.

Here’s a nice shortcut for tee times!

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

 

@MikeGlasscott

 

Last Week: 154

Winter Points: 1,160

Winter Rank: 2,724

Season Points: 2,724

 

Last Week:

 

Sticking Dustin Johnson in on Thursday and not looking back worked out nicely as he stood up in the weather and racked up 50 points in the first three rounds. I moved up in the standings for the season even with a second round 80 from Matsuyama and 10 TOTAL POINTS from Group C.

It’s better to be lucky than good on weeks with multiple weather delays and stop-start play.

The only downside was wasting one round, 80, on Matsuyama as he MC.

Remember there are only 23 PERFECT games in the history MLB. Perfect shouldn’t be easy!

 

This Week:

 

Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.

Nothing else matters.

Time for Florida golf so that means Bermuda, wind, humidity, rain, humidity and more wind.

PGA National is one of the most difficult tracks used on Tour and the forecast for wind from four different directions doesn’t suggest going low.

Grinders and proven Florida players make a great foundation this week.

More details in my preview here.

 

Group A

Starts remaining in parentheses

 

Adam Scott (10) — I kept him at home last week at Riviera and saw him claim T-11. With the way he hits it tee-to-green it’s hardly a wonder.

 

Rickie Fowler (10) — I missed the boat on him at WMPO when he finished T-4. I fooled me once…

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Luke Donald: Course horse who has flashed recent form with top 25 finishes in his last two starts on Tour.

Gary Woodland: Good bet to win the tournament this week as I don’t have him in any of my lineups despite his T-5 at Pebble Beach.

 

Group B

 

Justin Thomas (8) — He stuck all four rounds in the 60’s (T-3) here last year when he only had ONE win under his belt.

 

Kevin Kisner (10) — His ball-striking numbers have seen him pile up a pair of top 10’s in three starts in 2017.

 

Russell Knox (10) — His proven course form is almost as impressive as his tee-to-green numbers.

 

William McGirt (10) — He’s figured it out here the last two years and there’s not much in his bag I don’t like.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

John Huh has a few rounds under par here and Patton Kizzire squeezed in 64 and 68 last year in his first go-around. Charles Howell, III should be in my lineup but I’m not going to taunt him like that after my fade last week. If ball-striking is your angle this week, Glover and Garrigus will chop wood.

 

Group C

 

Sergio Garcia (9) — He hit it great last week so he should be in a good mood again this week on a course where he’s hit the top 10 in two of the last three years.

Daniel Berger (10) — Home game for Berger could be filled with distractions but I can take that chance with Garcia.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

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.

 

Brian Harman has the course record and Ollie Schniederjans has handled difficult courses well so those two stick out. I know a few will test out Rafael Cabrera-Bello and his premium iron game and Thomas Pieters after his T-2 last week. I also know that some of you will trot out Tyrell Hatton as well as his form has been quite warm on the other side of the world.

 

 

“Ned says…”

 

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!

 

@ESoxGolf

 

Last Week: 158

Winter Points: 1,221

Winter Rank: 370

Season Points: 1,221

 

” Last week was a tough one to manage. I used two from each flight and got all four through. No way to manage the weekend with everything played on Sunday, so 158 was a good score. Now at 1,221 points and at 370th overall.

 –Ned

 

 

Group A

 

Adam Scott (9) — I really wanted to get a better look at Scott last week but with the rain delays I only got brief looks. He looked good from what I saw and returns to the Honda to defend his championship from last year.

 

Rickie Fowler (10) — He rebounded well from his missed cut at the Farmers with a very nice T-4 at the WMPO. Last year he was able to turn a sole second place at the WMPO into a T-6 at the Honda.

 

Super Subs

 

Brendan Steele, Gary Woodland, Luke Donald

 

 

Group B

 

Justin Thomas (6) — He looks like he cooled off last week with T-39 at the Genesis but he actually played pretty well. His issue was he got caught in the bad flight with that rain and driving winds. He played well here last year and finished in a tie for third place.

 

Charles Howell III (7) — Normally I mainly use CH III on the West Coast Swing, but he has been playing some really decent golf in here with top 15s in all four starts in ’17 including a T-8 at the Sony and a T-2 at the Farmers. He has one top 10 in his last six starts here so he is more about playing the current hot hand.

 

Kevin Kisner (10) — Another player that has had a nice start to ’17. Kisner notched a T-4 at the Sony, a T-25 at the CareerBuilder and a T-10 at the AT&T Pebble Beach. His record here is two made cuts with finishes well back in the pack so he is all about playing his current form.

 

Russell Knox (10) —   Looked OK in Hawaii so his missed cut at the WMPO was a bit of a surprise.  These things will happen over the course of a year. It’s one of the reasons golf is very tough to handicap. Knox returns to a course he has had some nice success at with a T-2 in ’14, a T-3 in ’15 and a T-26 last year.

 

Super Subs

 

Danny Willett, Scott Brown, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey

 

 

Group C

 

Sergio Garcia (9)– Very hard to measure Garcia last week because he got caught in the bad flight. I was just thankful he made the cut and was able to contribute some points on the week. His recent record at the Honda is very good with a T-8 in ’14, a T-31 in ’15 and a second place last year. (If you have followed me for awhile you will notice I do like to use second place finishers from the year before, if their current form is decent.)

 

Thomas Pieters (10) — I’m in a good spot in the Yahoo! game (370th) so why not take a shot? Thomas Pieters looked great on Sunday in his final round of 63, which propelled him into a T-2 finish. This is his first time at the Honda, but I’m hoping for some momentum to carry over.

 

Super Subs

 

Ollie Schniederjans, Zach Johnson, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafael Cabrera Bello

 

 

FORE!

Shoot any questions and follow along at @MikeGlasscott and mikeglasscott.com to stay in tune.

 

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