Last year the lowest round of the week was just 66 and the winning score has been in single digits the last three years.
Yep, you know it ain’t easy!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Last Week: 202
Winter Points: 1,512
Winter Rank: 2,141
Season Points: 1,512
Pairing Fowler with Dustin Johnson and hitting the “right one” three out of the four days didn’t hurt!
My best and worst decisions of the week came from Group B as I fired Snedeker into the lineup before the weekend. The other tough decision was not playing Spieth on the weekend after beginning one-over par. I decided to save the start at that point and missed out on 20 points Saturday but I washed on Sunday so I consider having another start a “win”.
Group C was quite easy after Stenson WD but having the veteran Garcia as his partner helped. The Spaniard played well enough to score and push me over the 200 point mark.
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Last year the low round of the week was 66 so I’m leaning on guys who hit fairways and greens and make a few pars.
It’s also an interesting week as there will be FIVE par threes in play so guys that handle those won’t hurt either.
The toughest part of the week is “The Snake Pit” and that can kill rounds late. Those rounds don’t go to die because of four putts folks!
Starts remaining in parentheses
Gary Woodland (8) — I’ll happily take my chances with a former champion who has finished T-5 and T-2 in his last two full-field events.
Bill Haas (9) — He led after 54 holes but lost in a playoff to Schwartzel. The renovations didn’t bother him too much as he put three of four rounds at par or better.
Patrick Reed: I’m waiting for him to hit Texas and then I’m back on board.
Justin Thomas (7) — Is he dead? No? Good. Then he’s in the lineup. If you think he’s sick, don’t start him! That’s the beauty of Yahoo!
Charles Howell, III (8) — He has two rounds over 70 in 2017. Two.
Matt Kuchar (9) — Total chicken shit pick but if Thomas can’t go or doesn’t go, I’ll look SMART.
Ryan Moore (10) — He’s put six of his last eight rounds here under par. K.I.S.S.
The next four should include Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson and Adam Hadwin.
Graham DeLaet (10) — He’s absolutely eaten here in the final three rounds his last three trips. His current form also warms the cockles of my heart.
Henrik Stenson (9) — We’ll all hope the Golf Gods have a sense of humour this week and let Stenson do work. He had a long weekend to flush and get back to strength and I have no doubt he’ll return to form this week on a course he’s toasted the last two years.
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.
I’m never going to talk you out of Daniel Berger but be aware as Twitter suggests he’s maybe not 100%.
Jason Dufner and Martin Laird make excellent support staff as well.
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: 198
Winter Points: 1,577
Winter Rank: 313
Season Points: 1,577
My score on the week was 198 points, which was a little bellow the norm because everyone went with Rahm in Group C and he came through with a third place result.
The saving grace was that for the seventh time in nine starts in Yahoo! this year I had the winner in Dustin Johnson and his 20 bonus points.
The result is my total points is 1577 and my rank is 313 overall.
I think it will be much tougher to predict the winner this week as the TOUR swerves back to Florida after another West Coast event.”
Gary Woodland (9) — He had kind of a so-so week in Mexico, but before that he was playing very well with a T-5 at the AT&T Pebble Beach and a T-2 at The Honda Classic. When he has played well here it has been good with a T-8 finish in ’14 and a championship in ’11.
Bill Haas (8) — He was another who also finished in the back of the pack in Mexico, but was playing well before that with T-13 at the Sony, a T-17 at the CareerBuilder and T-11 at the Genesis. He finished in second place here last year.
Luke Donald, Patrick Reed
Justin Thomas (5) — I thought it was safe to fade Thomas last week however he returned to his good West Coast form to contend for his fourth title of the season. Only a couple of errant shots prevented him from adding another title to his resume. With this weaker field I can’t fade him this week.
Charles Howell, III (6) — He was dialed in during the West Coast Swing but then had a clunker at the Honda where he tied for 52nd place. His recent record here is quite good with a T-14 in ’14, a T-10 in ’15 and a T-5 last year.
Ryan Moore (10) — He was sharp at the TOC where he tied for third place but since then he hasn’t done much to excite. The reason I like him this week is due to his recent record here of a fifth place in ’15 and a third place last year.
Kevin Na (10) — This pick is a tough one for me because Na is one of those players that more times than not burns me. He played well at the Genesis Open where he tied for fourth place and he has good recent record here of a second place in ’14 and a T-10 in ’15. If I hear anything negative about Na I will switch into Steve Stricker.
Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown, Webb Simpson
Henrik Stenson (10) — I lucked out last week and had used Hatton in the first round instead of Stenson. Both were hit with intestinal bugs but Hatton was able to play through his. I am assuming Stenson is fine now and he is the highest ranked player in the field. He has played here twice before with a fourth place in ’15 and a T-11 last year.
Graham DeLaet (10) — Because of the way the schedule is this year, it seems like most of the field is made up of Group C. As result there are a lot of great choices. I’m going with a bit of a shot with Graham DeLaet. He has been solid this year with a T-9 at the WMPO, a T-17 at the Genesis and a 10th place at the Honda. His recent record here is very good with a T-8 in ’14 and a T-5 last year.
Byeong-Hun An, Ollie Schniederjans, Charl Schwartzel, Billy Horschel
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