The Tour returns to the TPC Old White in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia after being cancelled last year after historic, deadly flooding.
The course is back and ready to go and scoring should return by the bucketful this week on this resort layout.
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Summer Points: 293
Summer Rank: 19,335
Spring Points: 1,631
Spring Rank: 1,911
Winter Points: 1,768
Winter Rank: 2,587
Season Points: 3,692
Season Rank: 1,272
Ahhhhhhh, that’s better!
Back to reality as I couldn’t time the market again this week.
With Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler in Group A, I missed the low round three out of four days including Fowler’s monster on Sunday.
If that wasn’t bad enough I racked up a whopping 12 points in the first two rounds in Group B as Kevin Chappell and Justin Thomas burned it to the ground. The additional 32 points from Danny Lee and Sung Kang on the weekend included ONE round under par.
I stink at this.
Group C was very similar to Group A as I missed on three of four rounds as Lingmerth’s weekend counted six points.
I had T-5, T-5 and T-3 across the three groups and scored 123 points.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
With a resort course with redone, softened greens, it’s time to find par-breakers and GIR rakers.
Guys who don’t have any problem getting low should feature and if they are GIR machines, all the better.
With all of the greens redone, everyone will be starting from scratch so don’t be surprised to see lesser known names posting in the low 60’s.
With only two par fives, both on the back, I’d lean on par four scorers as well.
Again, with no preview this week, I’m doing this as a place marker instead of taking 0 for the week so proceed with caution!
Starts remaining in parentheses
Patrick Reed (7): He’s been knocking for the last month so I’m not abandoning ship, especially with a ton of starts in a loaded group.
Bill Haas (7): He’s better in better nick than Reed and has contended here in the past.
Kevin Streelman, James Hahn
Kevin Kisner (6): Lost in the playoff here last time to Danny Lee and his full bag is the best in the event this week. #FowlerLite.
Charles Howell, III (6): Broke a massive trend last week with his first top 10 outside of May in five years or something close so I’m riding the wave.
Danny Lee (9): T-17 last week continues his solid form and I’ll rely on the defending champ for another big finish.
Webb Simpson (9): When it gets hot, it gets hot as evidenced at Travelers with T-8. He’s roasted this track in the past if memory serves me well.
Scott Brown, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson
Tony Finau (9): Resort course fairways should help with his tendency to spray it off the tee. He makes a ton birdies because he hits a ton of GIR. #DotsConnected.
David Lingmerth (7): Same lineup as last week with a bit of thunder and lightning. The Swede’s form and ability to hole putts (see the first 36 holes last week) makes him an easy fit.
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.
Keegan Bradley has back-to-back top 10’s.
Bryson DeChambeau makes a VERY tasty outsider.
Grayson Murray is making cuts for fun and should be left alone after 81 to close last week!
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!
Summer Points: 357
Summer Rank: 2,126
Spring Points: 1,625
Spring Rank: 3,611
Winter Points: 1,871
Winter Rank: 140
Season Points: 3,853
Season Rank: 63
For the second week in-a-row I had a player lose in a playoff. This time it was Charles Howell III, who was coming off a rib injury. Even though he was the fourth most popular player in Group B in Yahoo!, a lot of guys I play against didn’t have him and as a matter of fact I made up ground on them because quite a few only had one player make the weekend cut. In Yahoo! one of the keys is to have your players make the weekend cuts and earn you points on the weekend.”
Bill Haas (8) — Haas was in a mini-slump of four missed cuts in the spring, but since then has broken out with four consecutive top 25s, with the highlight being a T-5 at the U.S. Open. He has a solid record at the Greenbrier of two top 10s in five career starts.
Patrick Reed (9) — Like Haas, Reed had his mini-slump in the spring, but his was three missed cuts in-a-row followed up with six top 22s in his last seven starts, with the highlight being a T-5 at the Travelers.
Gary Woodland, James Hahn
Kevin Kisner (5) — Group B was a killer last week for a lot of guys I play against. Luckily the Group is a little deeper this week. Kisner won three starts ago at the Colonial and he followed that up with a nice T-6 at the Memorial. He finished T-58 at the U.S. Open, but this field is nowhere close to that.
Charles Howell III (3) — He was coming off a rib injury and played great last week. Unfortunately he lost in a playoff, but considering the circumstances I don’t think there will be a hangover effect. He has one top 10 in six career starts, but he is more about playing a dependable player who is playing well right now.
Webb Simpson (10) — Simpson has been tough to use most of this year in fantasy, but he is starting to come around recently. Four starts ago he came in fifth place at Colonial and last time out the Travelers he tied for eighth place. He has a very good record here of three top 10s in six career starts.
Danny Lee (9) — A certain percentage of players will use Phil Mickelson in this spot. The problem is he has never made the cut here in three starts and this is the first start without his longtime caddy Bones. Instead, I’ll go with the defending champion Danny Lee, who has three top 6s (T-5 Byron Nelson, sixth DEAN & DELUCA and T-3 at the Travelers) in his last six starts.
Jimmy Walker, Sung Kang, Bubba Watson
David Lingmerth (10) — I was kicking myself last week about not taking Lingmerth, because a lot of guys I play against did and they were killing me. Just like at the Memorial, Lingmerth faded on the weekend and finished in a tie for fifth place. He has a solid record at the Greenbrier of two top 9s in three career starts. He probably will be the player I use in the PGATOUR.com OAD game.
Tony Finau (8) — Group C again is a massive grab bag of very good choices. The two at the top of the list Tony Finau and Russell Henley are very solid. I think Finau is just playing a little better overall so he gets the nod here.
Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, J.B. Holmes, Matt Jones
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