2017-18 Fantasy Preview

10-04-2017

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2017-18 Fantasy Rankings

Here’s the deal:

This is where they FINISHED last year so I’m using that as my road map. I’m a big believer in history so that’s my road map. It also tells me who’s fully eligible and who’s not. Chesson Hadley, the only winner ever of both the regular season and playoff money list on the Web.com Tour, will also have full status so he’s No. 126.

Later this week I will have the other 49 Web.commers and the rest of the rest so you can have some answers to your questions.

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Top 125 Final FedExCup Points 2016-17

Fully exempt for 2017-18;

2016 FEC is Regular Season/After Playoffs

OWGR ranking based on two-week window

1      Justin Thomas      

  • Sagarin: 20
  • OWGR: 4
  • 2016 FEC: 87/10
  • 2017 FEC: 2/1

25 and RICH. Joins Spieth and Day as the only players to win five times in a season this century not named Tiger Woods. Great family. Great friends. Sublime power and unlimited potential. Only major concern is backing up a season like this. Check Spieth and Day after their big years. The drop-off is all relative to the investor, though. He might win “just” once or twice, haha!

2      Jordan Spieth               

  • Sagarin: 3
  • OWGR: 2
  • 2016 FEC: 4/9
  • 2017 FEC: 3/2

Remember when he was having a “bad” year? Haha! ¬†Balanced life, golf, family plus no health or equipment issues. Great ball-striking year. Imagine if his putter turns hot again. If he falls outside the top two in your league, I want in!

3      Xander Schauffele        

  • Sagarin: 53
  • OWGR: 32
  • 2016 FEC: NR; Rookie gained status via Web.com finish.
  • 2017 FEC: 33/3

Wow. He would have beaten out Jon Rahm for ROY if the Spaniard was eligible and that’s saying something. Big power and two wins, one in a blah field and the other in a big boy field. Great majors record as well. Didn’t fade after his first win. Impressive talent will regress but he’s not disappearing.

4      Dustin Johnson    

  • Sagarin: 17
  • OWGR: 1
  • 2016 FEC: 2/2
  • 2017 FEC: 4/4

Automatic selection in any format plus he’s in the prime of his career. Anything outside the top five would be shocking based on recent results.

5      Jon Rahm              

  • Sagarin: 6
  • OWGR: 5
  • 2016 FEC: NR; played seven events as rookie.
  • 2017 FEC: 6/5

First full year proved he easily belongs in any top 10 discussion. Absolutely fearless but gamers were left holding the bag after each major. All golf. All business. He’s not going anywhere but the only question is how much time will he spend in Europe on a Ryder Cup year?

6      Marc Leishman     

  • Sagarin: 8
  • OWGR: 16
  • 2016 FEC: 57/68
  • 2017 FEC: 14/6

With his wife healthy it looked like his golf matched his life. He picked up two wins and a bucket of cash in his best season to date. Now that he’s here, gamers will increase their expectations and he’s at the age and experience to meet them. His all-around game is nothing to sneeze at either as he checked in at No. 8 in SG: Total.

7      Rickie Fowler

  • Sagarin:
  • OWGR: 8
  • 2016 FEC: 28/31
  • 2017 FEC: 5/7

Wonderful player with the deepest bag on Tour for my money. The only knock on him from gamers, unfairly or not, is that he doesn’t win as much as he should. He racks up top 10’s and top 25’s for fun so that’s hardly a bad thing. Finished last season first in sand saves, second in SG: Putting and fourth in SG: Total.

8      Hideki Matsuyama               

  • Sagarin: 6
  • OWGR: 3
  • 2016 FEC: 12/13
  • 2017 FEC: 1/8

He led the regular season in FEC points. He’s 25. He MC twice. He won and finished second three times each. His worst finish in a major this season was T-14. Fades down the stretch is the only complaint but plays #allyear.

9      Justin Rose          

  • Sagarin: 9
  • OWGR: 13
  • 2016 FEC: 51/51
  • 2017 FEC: 32/9

Went close at Augusta and then disappeared with a wonky back. His top 10’s in all four FEC Playoff events suggest his back is just fine. He hasn’t won since 2015, a span of 36 Tour events, but he showed his value by still finding the top 10 by the end of the season. He’s class.

10    Brooks Koepka

  • Sagarin: 11
  • OWGR: 11
  • 2016 FEC: 19/35
  • 2017 FEC: 7/10

Big and strong and put it all together at Erin Hills capturing his first major by destroying that track. Almost half of his career events (43-87) are top 25’s and he also has 24 top 10’s. $3.3 million plus the last three years. Just push play.

11    Paul Casey

  • Sagarin:
  • OWGR: 15
  • 2016 FEC: 68/5
  • 2017 FEC: 18/11

His full-time transition to the life in the States has done nothing besides help his game flourish. He’s posted 24 top 10’s in his last 70 starts and that’s value in fantasy land regardless of his lack of trophies. He’s hit the top 10 in six of his last eight Playoff events shows he’s in it all season long. Classic No. 2 on the roster behind a guy who wins more often.

12    Kevin Kisner

  • Sagarin: 25
  • OWGR: 24
  • 2016 FEC: 11/23
  • 2017 FEC: 9/12

Another kid, another win plus his first Cup appearance tied up his third consecutive career-best season. Loyal readers will know that #Bermuda is his first love but that’s his preference, not necessity. He’s like Fowler-lite for me plus he’s won $3.4 million or better the last three years.

13    Russell Henley

  • Sagarin: 18
  • OWGR: 44
  • 2016 FEC: 83/87
  • 2017 FEC: 19/13

He’s never finished worse than 83rd in the FEC race before the Playoffs. Off of his worst year in four last year he racked up a win, a third plus the most top 10’s (five) in his fifth season. Sits in the top 30 scoring, birdie average and SG: Total. He’s cashed for over $2 million in four of five years and won in three of them. Finished the year making 10 cuts in a row.

14    Matt Kuchar

  • Sagarin: 10
  • OWGR: 12
  • 2016 FEC: 18/18
  • 2017 FEC: 15/14

Koooooooooooooooch! The 39-year old had another $4 million season, his first in three years, and did NOT win! Racking up 17 top 25’s and nine top 10’s adds up! He’s showing no signs of slowing down as he had exactly two finishes outside the top 17 after THE PLAYERS. He hasn’t won since 2014 but has 26 top 10’s in his last 77 starts.

15    Pat Perez

  • Sagarin: 23
  • OWGR: 31
  • 2016 FEC: 222 (only played 11 events before surgery)
  • 2017 FEC: 12/15

I would suggest he’s a complete fade in any salary cap games because that’s how good his last season was. That’s a compliment. The good news for investors is that he’s beginning the first year of two exempt because of his win at Mayakoba last year so he’ll continue to play freely.

16    Daniel Berger

  • Sagarin: 30
  • OWGR: 25
  • 2016 FEC: 22/26
  • 2017 FEC: 8/16

Arrows up and get all you can regardless of format. For the third straight year, starting as a rookie in 2015, he’s posted six top 10’s and 10 or more top 25’s. In 83 events he’s posted two wins and four seconds during that stretch and collected over $3 million each season including his best $4.2 million last year.

17    Webb Simpson     

  • Sagarin: 24
  • OWGR: 37
  • 2016 FEC: 78/84
  • 2017 FEC: 25/17

The biggest question with him was going to be how he gets the ball in the hole without the belly putter? Asked and answered to the dismay of fantasy owners who had him in ’15-16 as he had his worst season ever at $1.4 million. He more than doubled that last season with six top 10’s and 12 top 25’s. He’s found it again and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him return to the winner’s circle this coming year.

18    Jason Day

  • Sagarin: 21
  • OWGR: 7
  • 2016 FEC: 1/6
  • 2017 FEC: 49/18

There’s no questioning the talent. Maybe having a new caddy will bring back that fire that he was sorely missing last year as he had his worst season since an injury-plagued 2012. With only $2.9 in salary after $9.4 million and $8.045 the last two years, a major correction should be in order, if he continues to stay healthy.

19    Tony Finau

  • Sagarin: 15
  • OWGR: 49
  • 2016 FEC: 45/46
  • 2017 FEC: 28/19

Career high in top 10’s by 3 and he racked up the most cash ever without winning but the number that sticks out is that he had a career-best with only five MC. The other big upside for owners is that he’s started 31, 29 and 28 (last year) over the last three seasons. His stat pack suggests this is just the beginning so I’m hopping aboard.

20    Charley Hoffman

  • Sagarin: 26
  • OWGR: 23
  • 2016 FEC: 33/44
  • 2017 FEC: 11/20

Gamers might look to this West Coaster when deciding what to do with Pat Perez. After cashing four podiums, including a win, for $4 million in 2015, Hoffman followed with one top 10 in 2016, a win at Valero. He came back last year with four more podiums, 14 top 25’s and made more cash than he did, barely, in 2015, all at age 40. The reward for his hard work was a place on his first Cup team. #RenaissanceMan should be faded at your own peril.

21    Sergio Garcia

  • Sagarin: 12
  • OWGR: 10
  • 2016 FEC: 20/32
  • 2017 FEC: 22/21

With a major win and a marriage, the rest from now on will be gravy. He should be freed up to swing it and have fun but I don’t see him INCREASING his events or grinding much outside of the majors. He always gets another look in a Ryder Cup year as well.

22    Patrick Reed

  • Sagarin: 43
  • OWGR: 20
  • 2016 FEC: 7/3
  • 2017 FEC: 38/22

No win for the first time since 2012? Free money in 2017-18 in my humble opinion, as much as you can get!

23    Jhonattan Vegas  

  • Sagarin: 111
  • OWGR: 38
  • 2016 FEC: 31/29
  • 2017 FEC: 29/23

Better late than never two years in a row, both at RBC Canadian Open, but hardly a strategy to build around.

24    Kyle Stanley  

  • Sagarin: 31
  • OWGR: 54
  • 2016 FEC: 116/116
  • 2017 FEC: 17/24

Career year across the board, minus podium finishes, as he exploded for $3.4 million after years of $473k, $245k and $580k turned plenty of eyes in his direction. His ball-striking is premium and will have him in the mix more often than not. He was 17th in scoring average so the ball finds its way into the hole!

25    Brian Harman

  • Sagarin: 50
  • OWGR: 28
  • 2016 FEC: 88/53
  • 2017 FEC: 10/25

Monster season as he doubled the cash collected in his best prior and he also plays a ton. With 29 starts or more in each of the last five seasons investors will have to ride some roller coaster moments. I’d consider it more chances to cash and in some formats there’s nothing wrong with that.

26    Adam Hadwin

  • Sagarin: 57
  • OWGR: 47
  • 2016 FEC: 84/85
  • 2017 FEC: 13/26

He’s adapted to Tour life and is steady thanks to his very solid putter. The hardest thing to do on Tour is win and he’s checked that box in his third season. I wouldn’t think another top 50 FEC finish would be stretching.

27    Kevin Chappell

  • Sagarin: 44
  • OWGR: 26
  • 2016 FEC: 13/8
  • 2017 FEC: 30/27

Made less but won. Winning > seconds. I WANT WINNERS.

28    Gary Woodland

  • Sagarin: 42
  • OWGR: 45
  • 2016 FEC: 42/20
  • 2017 FEC: 26/28

He won’t have a more difficult season off the course and he still hit the top 30. He’s not finished worse than No. 42 in the last five years so that should be self-explanatory!

29    Patrick Cantlay

  • Sagarin: 4
  • OWGR: 70
  • 2016 FEC: Injured, DNS
  • 2017 FEC: 78/29

Only the third player in Playoff history to play less than 13 events (12) and qualify for the Tour Championship (Stricker, McIlroy). He didn’t MC in 12 starts after not playing for almost two years. The MAJOR question facing potential owners is: How is he going to handle the grind of playing a full schedule? He’s never played more than 16 events in a season as a pro. Nobody questions his talent and it will be interesting to see how big of a bite he takes. There is no questioning his talent and another finish inside the top 50 isn’t stretching.

30    Jason Dufner

  • Sagarin: 37
  • OWGR: 34
  • 2016 FEC: 21/19
  • 2017 FEC: 20/30

At age 40 he posted his second best season of his career so don’t be AGEIST. The most MC he’s posted in a season in the last six years is four so he’s quite dependable. He’s also won the last two seasons. Savvy.

31    Louis Oosthuizen

  • Sagarin: 16
  • OWGR: 21
  • 2016 FEC: 56/38
  • 2017 FEC: 35/31

Make it three years in a row with 17 or more Tour starts so he must be healthy! Cashed over $3.2 million in two of those three years but hasn’t won on Tour since the 2010 Open. Some will point out that he has the Grand Slam of runner up finishes in majors. You’ll be lucky to get 20 starts from him but seven will be in the four majors and three WGC events plus THE PLAYER$. Half of his top 10’s the last three years have hit the podium so he’s a very solid No. 3.

32    Henrik Stenson     

  • Sagarin: 14
  • OWGR: 9
  • 2016 FEC: 14/36
  • 2017 FEC: 23/32

Huge downside is that he plays the minimum but as he showed you this August, he can win any week he plays. He’s not getting any younger and he has a knee issue that he can’t shake. As long as he keeps ripping fairways and greens he should reside in the top 30 annually.

33    Brendan Steele

  • Sagarin:
  • OWGR: 59
  • 2016 FEC: 55/63
  • 2017 FEC: 16/33

First win since his rookie season paid off last season. He a player as he hasn’t played more than 27 or less than 24 in seven years on Tour. #Consistent as he makes tons of cuts and top 25’s for fun and is in his prime at 34. His next step is turning those top 25’s into top 10’s.

34    Phil Mickelson

  • Sagarin: 17
  • OWGR: 30
  • 2016 FEC: 8/16
  • 2017 FEC: 51/34

He’s made $2.1 million in three of his last four seasons the exception being 2015-16 when he had three seconds and took home just over $4.1 million. He turned 47 in June and last season was the first where he didn’t have a podium finish. Ever. I’m not going to talk you out of taking him but I’m not going to talk you into him either.

35    Bill Haas

  • Sagarin: 34
  • OWGR: 40
  • 2016 FEC: 29/45
  • 2017 FEC: 36/35

He’s never made more than $4.1 and never less than $2.3 in this decade. He’s a fantasy savings bond.

36    Mackenzie Hughes

  • Sagarin: 85
  • OWGR: 108
  • 2016 FEC: Web.com top 25 regular season and playoffs.
  • 2017 FEC: 34/36

Canadian rookie won in his sixth start as a Tour member and has a baby on the way (alleged #NappyFactor). He ranked eighth in SG: Putting last year and that will solve more problems than it will create. Be aware he only had four top 25’s last year but three of them were top 10’s. If he finishes inside the top 75 again this year I’d take it.

37    Francesco Molinari

  • Sagarin: 22
  • OWGR: 18
  • 2016 FEC: 105/111
  • 2017 FEC: 31/37

Most starts ever on Tour resulted trebling his most money earned in a single season. This was his third full season on Tour in a row so there’s hardly a doubt that he’s adapting and learning the tracks in play. No Italian has ever won on Tour but he’s been knocking.

38    Hudson Swafford

  • Sagarin: 82
  • OWGR: 79
  • 2016 FEC: 90/64
  • 2017 FEC: 37/38

Three years in a row moving in the right direction plus he plays a ton. Made the leap this year with his first win but the hardest part is doing it again. Top 75.

39    Chez Reavie

  • Sagarin: 40
  • OWGR: 100
  • 2016 FEC: 86/81
  • 2017 FEC: 63/39

After missing two years with a wrist deal, he’s played 27 and 28 events the last two seasons and almost doubled his 15-16′ cash this year. What he lacks in distance he makes up in accuracy and finished 32nd in scoring. I’d expect another very solid year in his mid 30’s.

40    Charles Howell, III

  • Sagarin: 36
  • OWGR: 63
  • 2016 FEC: 39/52
  • 2017 FEC: 21/40

The ATM usually fades the longer the summer goes on but from November to May he’s mint. Most cash in the bank since 2010 this season on the back of two podiums, his only two in the last three seasons. Put him down for $2 million and anything over that is gravy.

41    Wesley Bryan

  • Sagarin: 116
  • OWGR: 51
  • 2016 FEC: Web.com player, won three times
  • 2017 FEC: Rookie, 27/41

Cashed his first Tour win in his home state of South Carolina at RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. No pressure to figure it out as he has the new season and the one following to keep his card. Super putter but be aware that his only top 25’s went for top 10’s, all five of them. He’s won four times in 47 professional events over the last two years. That’s something but not my cup of tea.

42    Billy Horschel

  • Sagarin: 163
  • OWGR: 50
  • 2016 FEC: 72/50
  • 2017 FEC: 24/42

Horschel picked up a win for the first time since winning the final two FEC events to win the Playoff in 2014. It was also revealed that his wife is battling a substance abuse issue. After that revelation, Horschel seemed to free up and play but I’m laying off. Best wishes to all involved here.

43    Lucas Glover

  • Sagarin: 29
  • OWGR: 93
  • 2016 FEC: 96/106
  • 2017 FEC: 55/43

More top 10’s this season than the last four combined suggests he’s found something. Making cuts (21-26) and his ball-striking are effect and cause for this former U.S. Open champ. His life off the course has settled and there’s something that translates here.

44    Charl Schwartzel

  • Sagarin: 35
  • OWGR: 27
  • 2016 FEC: 30/25
  • 2017 FEC: 44/52

He never plays more than 19 events and rarely misses the weekend. His OWGR gets him into just about everything with big prize pools and his experience in big events doesn’t hurt.

45    Kevin Na

  • Sagarin: 56
  • OWGR: 67
  • FEC 2016: 9/28
  • FEC 2017: 75/45

First season in three under $2.8 million due to having only seven top 25’s. The previous three seasons he had 14 top 25’s each year.¬† I’m buying as his first and only child is now 13 months. He’s had a year to adapt and should be more comfortable this year.

46    Cameron Smith

  • Sagarin: 117
  • OWGR: 146
  • 2016 FEC: 157
  • 2017 FEC: 40/46

Made twice as much money in 13 starts in 2015 than he did in 24 starts in 2016. He broke out this year as he won the Zurich Classic with Jonas Blixt and added three more top 10’s. Super short game necessary with his ball-striking numbers. Top 75.

47    Keegan Bradley

  • Sagarin: 33
  • OWGR: 92
  • 2016 FEC: 103/106
  • 2017 FEC: 46/47

If you knew LAST year was the bottom and you bought, bravo. Bradley got engaged and started hitting the ball on the clubface more regularly as he posted his best season since 2014. He hasn’t won since 2012 but it doesn’t look like the putter is holding him back anymore. His engagement and marriage hasn’t hurt his outlook on much either.

48    Zach Johnson

  • Sagarin: 48
  • OWGR: 43
  • 2016 FEC: 50/57
  • 2017 FEC: 42/48

Nine top 10’s in the last two years after 10 including The Open in 2015. No wins in the last two years either. His strength is finding fairways and making putts plus bags of experience. Top 50.

49    Bryson DeChambeau

  • Sagarin: 171
  • OWGR: 86
  • 2016 FEC: 10 events as a rookie but no status
  • 2017 FEC: 43/49

31 events saw only two top 10’s but they were a win and a second. He only added two other top 25’s and made 14 of 31 cuts. He has two years to figure out the rest as his victory at JDC earned him that exemption. He’ll keep his card but I’m hoping to see more consistency.

50    Luke List

  • Sagarin: 91
  • OWGR: 141
  • 2016 FEC: 122/121
  • 2017 FEC: 50/50

Monster off the tee and finds GIR (?). This will be his fourth full season on Tour and should play a ton. Love him.

51    Anirban Lahiri

  • Sagarin: 93
  • OWGR: 68
  • 2016 FEC: 119
  • 2017 FEC: 61/51

Collected fat cash on a second and a third that saw him double his earnings from 2016 season. He’s a worldwide player who goes everywhere regardless of season so be aware of that and the jetlag that goes with it. His confidence should be through the roof after being selected as a Captain’s pick and having a decent Presidents Cup.

52    Ian Poulter

  • Sagarin: 27
  • OWGR: 55
  • 2016 FEC: 143
  • 2017 FEC: 48/52

Claimed second life* with a math error caught by Brian Gay that allowed Poulter to meet the terms of his major medical extension (MME). The Englishman took advantage of his fine break as he finished T-2 at THE PLAYERS and third at RBC Canadian Open, his best finish since 2014. Two motivating factors this season include getting inside the top 50 in the OWGR and obviously the Ryder Cup. He’s healthy and that helps him and my decision.

53    Stewart Cink

  • Sagarin: 46
  • OWGR: 142
  • 2016 FEC: 142
  • 2017 FEC: 76/53

He used his one-time top 25 career earnings exemption and made it count. His wife was/is battling breast cancer and he found inspiration to break the $1 million mark for just the second time this decade. He also collected the Payne Stewart award late in the season. At 44, you’ll have to decide if this was his swan song or if it continues this season. I’m an ageist…

54    Si Woo Kim

  • Sagarin: 218
  • OWGR: 39
  • 2016 FEC: 15/17
  • 2017 FEC: 41/54

There’s definitely something here. He earned his Tour card when he was a pup and has won the first two full years he’s been on Tour. If I have to remind you he’s THE PLAYERS champ, please invite me to play in your league. The downside is that he’s a WD threat almost weekly it seems. Don’t look at his metrics either. His all-or-nothing-ness chases me away.

55    Scott Brown

  • Sagarin: 128
  • OWGR: 120
  • 2016 FEC: 80/81
  • 2017 FEC: 65/55

Five straight seasons with $1 million plus in earnings. The last four seasons he’s averaged 29 starts so you’ll get your money’s worth. He’s finished in the top 81 in FEC points the last four years as well. #Consistent.

56    Martin Laird

  • Sagarin: 66
  • OWGR: 91
  • 2016 FEC: 89/77
  • 2017 FEC: 57/56

Podium finish in each of the last three years but no win since 2013 doesn’t erase the fact that he was very solid throughout the bag last year. Last year was his best haul in top 25’s, top 10’s and MC in the previous three seasons. He usually gets off to a flier as he plays well in Wine Country and Las Vegas. Top 100 no problem.

57    Jamie Lovemark

  • Sagarin: 38
  • OWGR: 81
  • 2016 FEC: 43/49
  • 2017 FEC: 47/57

Since his back injury is in the rear-view mirror, he’s been very consistent. He’s been in the fight a couple times on Sunday now that should prepare him to get over the finish line soon. Hits it a mile and is a plus-putter. Next stop: winner’s circle.

58    Rory McIlroy

  • Sagarin: 28
  • OWGR: 6
  • 2016 FEC: 36/1
  • 2017 FEC: 58/44

He’s a no-doubter in EVERY format, period, after he takes his three months off to rest and recuperate. No chance I’m over-thinking this one. #BuyLowSellHigh.

59    Sung Kang

  • Sagarin: 79
  • OWGR: 95
  • 2016 FEC: 122/96
  • 2017 FEC: 45/59

Of his 36 weekends 15 have gone for top 25’s. Doubled his $$ from 2016 last season and has no problem going low and making birdies. I’m not overpaying for him as he’s never won in the States but he’s interesting. Top 100.

60    Ollie Schniederjans

  • Sagarin: 86
  • OWGR: 106
  • 2016 FEC: Played seven events after turning pro but didn’t claim status; won and finished second on the Web.com to secure his ’16-17 place on Tour.
  • 2017 FEC: 39/60

He’s won at every level and had a couple of sniffs in his first full year in the big leagues. Reminds me a bit of Patrick Rodgers so you’ll have to enjoy some roller coaster if you buy a ticket. I’m buying a handful of tickets as his pedigree suggests movin’ on up.

61    Rafael Cabrera-Bello

  • Sagarin: 63
  • OWGR: 19
  • 2016 FEC: Earned his card through non-member earnings with three top 10’s.
  • 2017 FEC: 61/74

Showed his class again in 2017 with top five finishes at THE PLAYERS, FESJC and The Open during his 19 event-schedule. His OWGR gets him in all of the big payday events so that doesn’t hurt. It’s a Ryder Cup year. He’s played over here enough to know what it takes. Top 75 again.

62¬†¬†¬† Sean O’Hair

  • Sagarin: 107
  • OWGR: 75
  • 2016 FEC: 108/27
  • 2017 FEC: 54/62

Consistent the last three years cashing between $1.6 and $1.8 with a second place finish each term. No flash and won’t hurt stashed on the bottom half of a roster. Interesting to compare and contrast his position with that of Bello above. Both can work depending on your roster as nothing is absolute!

63    Robert Streb

  • Sagarin: 114
  • OWGR: 119
  • 2016 FEC: 105/95
  • 2017 FEC: 79/63

Hasn’t found the 2015 form where he only MC five times from 30 starts while winning and bagging eight other top 10’s. He did play the weekend in 12 of his last 13 events of last season and finished 61st in scoring. He’s played 30, 27 and 30 events the last three seasons so there’s value there. Top 100.

64    Ryan Moore

  • Sagarin: 54
  • OWGR: 46
  • 2016 FEC: 23/7
  • 2017 FEC: 59/64

Worst season in four wasn’t helped by a mid-summer shoulder deal. It was also the first year in four he hasn’t won on Tour so I’d expect a massive bounce back from the former Ryder Cupper from 2016. He hits it too straight and makes enough putts to stay down here too long.

65    Bud Cauley    

  • Sagarin: 75
  • OWGR: 103
  • 2016 FEC: 135
  • 2017 FEC: 62/65

Took advantage of the final 125 money list exemption to get into this year’s Tour. That exemption no longer exists and Cauley won’t need it. He broke onto the scene out of Alabama in 2011 but a shoulder problem put the brakes on from 2013-16. I’m encouraged from what I saw this year and he looks back to 100%. I’m on board and am expecting bigger things.

66    Grayson Murray

  • Sagarin: 130
  • OWGR: 90
  • 2016 FEC: Won the Web.com Finals money title.
  • 2017 FEC: 69/69

Rookie won the Barbasol Championship opposite field event but it came with a two year exemption. Showed his chops for three rounds at Quail Hollow at the PGA before fading on Sunday. Plenty of talent and pedigree to lean on moving forward.

67    Emiliano Grillo

  • Sagarin: 73
  • OWGR: 60
  • 2016 FEC: 32/11
  • 2017 FEC: 88/67

It’s hardly a surprise he didn’t follow up his monster rookie year as he set the bar awfully high. He’s won at every level, including his first event on Tour with his card, so I’ll remember that pedigree and that he’s only 25. Top 50.

68    James Hahn

  • Sagarin: 80
  • OWGR: 66
  • 2016 FEC: 39/44
  • 2017 FEC: 53/68

First season in three where he hasn’t won but he cashed more top 10’s and top 25’s. He’s finished 53rd or better in the FEC regular season in those three so that’s not fluky. Top 100.

69    Kevin Tway

  • Sagarin: 78
  • OWGR: 176
  • 2016 FEC: Finished T-3 in the final Web.com playoff event
  • 2017 FEC: 72/69

Went from making $167k in 2014 as a rookie to almost $1.5 million in his second loop this season. He only MC six times so he’s figured out how to cash checks. The next step is turning those weekends into bigger checks. Top 100.

70    Danny Lee

  • Sagarin: 127
  • OWGR: 96
  • 2016 FEC: 71/92
  • 2017 FEC: 56/70

Essentially made all his money in seven weeks with two top 10’s in Dallas where he lives, T-9 defending at Greenbrier and T-3 at Travelers. All short courses. All Bentgrass. All familiar. I’m week-to-week here. Top 125.

71    Russell Knox

  • Sagarin: 229
  • OWGR: 61
  • 2016 FEC: 4/10
  • 2017 FEC: 60/71

No surprise on the regression this season after the big finish in 2016. I’m bullish because he’s excellent tee-to-green and that usually travels on Tour. I’m buying low and expecting him to return to form.

72    Kelly Kraft     

  • Sagarin: 235
  • OWGR: 184
  • 2016 FEC: 165
  • 2017 FEC: 58/72

Last time we saw him we was WD at DTC with a foot injury. He comfortably kept his card on the back of finishing second to his Dallas buddy Jordan Spieth at Pebble Beach, solo third at the team game in Zurich and a top five at Greenbrier. The downside was he only had two other top 25’s from 27 starts. His stat package isn’t flattering either. Careful. Top 150.

73    Brandt Snedeker

  • Sagarin: 19
  • OWGR: 41
  • 2016 FEC: 6/15
  • 2017 FEC: Last event was the Travelers at the end of June.

When healthy, he’s free money. Snedeker decided to take the final three months of the season off to get healthy and healed for 2017-18. The rib injury he was carrying allowed him to try it out early in the week but led to WD’s at Royal Birkdale and PGA Championship. He’s had this problem before so he should know how to address it and get back to normal. He’s going to make owners very happy (low salary) or very upset (doesn’t get healed). I’m leaning to very happy for the veteran stud.

74    Rod Pampling

  • Sagarin: 243
  • OWGR: 206
  • 2016 FEC: 195
  • 2017 FEC: 70/74

Gamers, take out his win at Shriners and there’s not much to talk about. If your strategy is based on FEC rankings it’s time to dig a little (a lot) deeper. Pampling is 48 years of age as well. Bad combo.

75    Bubba Watson

  • Sagarin: 94
  • OWGR: 57
  • 2016 FEC: 24/21
  • 2017 FEC: 113/57

His worst finish to a season with OWGR since 2009. His worst season of earnings since 2006. His first year in four without a win. His seven MC were the most since 2009. His 22 events were the most since 2011.

Sigh.

Gamers know that Bubba is his own man that follows his own movement. This season he decided to play a brand new ball, Volvik, and play it in multiple colors. He’s referenced that he’s going to quit when he wins for the 10th time (he has nine) and if you follow his social media, he’s plenty busy doing everything but golfing. From a pure gaming standpoint he’ll go down as BUY for 2017-18 because at $1.2 million, he’s essentially free. Sadly, he’s not risk-free but he has no physical issues to speak of so that’s encouraging. I’ll take the chance because he can show up and win unlike most other guys in his salary range.

76    Graham DeLaet

  • Sagarin: 65
  • OWGR: 98
  • 2016 FEC: 119/120
  • 2017 FEC: 67/76

His best year in three and his most starts in five suggest he’s healthy and committed. The Canadian has NOT had a podium finish in three years and that’s surprising when you take a look at his splits. I feel like I’ve been chasing him since I started doing this in 2012. Injury. Beard. Twins. Injury. Beer. Yips. F*k me. You can have him. Rub my nose in it, fine.

77    Jason Kokrak

  • Sagarin: 76
  • OWGR: 104
  • 2016 FEC: 65/33
  • 2017 FEC:94/77

It’s five years in a row over a $1 million and inside the top 100. Sadly for gamers hoping to catch him on a break-out-season in 2017, he only bagged one top 10. His putter has been ice cold the last three years (No. 110 or worse) but his driving game has prospered (No. 18 or better). Drive for __________ putt for _________? Sounds like it. He’s only 32 so I’m using him in deeper drafts.

78    Patrick Rodgers

  • Sagarin: 336
  • OWGR: 151
  • 2016 FEC: 62/74
  • 2017 FEC: 68/78

He’s done everything but win as this was his third consecutive year with a podium finish. He misses too many cuts to push up the list for conservative players.¬† For those who like a punt, don’t forget he won A TON at Stanford and that just doesn’t “go away”. His metrics suggest there’s plenty to work on but I’ll volunteer that he’ll excel where fairways and greens are difficult to find.

79    Adam Scott

  • Sagarin: 39
  • OWGR: 22
  • 2016 FEC: 3/4
  • 2017 FEC: 66/79

Similar to McIlroy, no-brainer in moving him into any and all salary cap games. He had a similar like this in 2015 and won twice and over $6 million the following season. The Steve Williams experiment is permanently over so he’ll have more stability this year. The down side is he doesn’t log a ton of events and the young group chasing is for real.

80    Branden Grace

  • Sagarin: 48th
  • OWGR: 42
  • 2016 FEC: 41/25
  • 2017 FEC: 90/80

Worst season in three with only two top 10’s in a career-best 20 events entered. The upside is he’s only 29 and rarely MC so I would suggest he bounces back. He makes his money tee-to-green and has an excellent record in majors.

81    Morgan Hoffmann

  • Sagarin: 147
  • OWGR: 173
  • 2016 FEC: 133
  • 2017 FEC: 80/81

He has no problem wailing at it but where it goes is another question. A decent short game doesn’t hurt but take out his T-2 at Honda and there wasn’t much to lean on last season. Finishing 80th in the regular season was his best in five seasons. Be patient or don’t be at all.

82    Jonas Blixt

  • Sagarin: 300
  • OWGR: 349
  • 2016 FEC: 100/107
  • 2017 FEC: 77/82

Really good putter that needs a great ball-striking week to cash major checks. He posted five top 10’s his rookie season in 2012 and has seven others in the following five years. He “won” this season with Cameron Smith at Zurich in the team format. Double digit MC the last three seasons doesn’t inspire but he’s never lost his card either.

83    Chad Campbell

  • Sagarin: 98
  • OWGR: 181
  • 2016 FEC: 85/73
  • 2017 FEC: 83/73

Unlike the youth, this steady veteran is almost boring in that you know exactly what you’re getting for your money. He hasn’t won in a decade and his last podium was in 2012. The last three years he’s played 77 events and cashed for eight top 10’s and 23 top 25’s. Nothing wrong with a perennial veteran in your ranks. Top 100 easy.

84    Chris Stroud  

  • Sagarin: 241
  • OWGR: 163
  • 2016 FEC: 134
  • 2017 FEC: 71/84

Picked up his first career win at Barbasol in his 289th start in July. The best part is that he did this on limited starts which won’t be an issue for the next two years. This should free him up and allow him to make his schedule and get after it. It’s always interesting to see how guys react after their first win. I’ll watch from over here and report back.

85    William McGirt

  • Sagarin: 106
  • OWGR: 69
  • 2016 FEC: 16/24
  • 2017 FEC: 93/85

Hardly a surprise he regressed off his career-best season and three year exemption after winning the 2016 Memorial. His top 10’s and top 25’s cut in half in the same number of events. His life is changed and he’s lived it for 15 months so I’d expect more focus this year. He’s too steady of a player to get too far outside the yellow lines.

86    Kevin Streelman

  • Sagarin: 67
  • OWGR: 138th
  • 2016 FEC: 73/59
  • 2017 FEC: 83/86

¬†This was his fourth consecutive year with two top 10’s. This was also his first year in those four where one of them did NOT go for a podium. He usually excels when his putter shows up but his strength off the tee. And when his putter gets hot, look out, as he can rattle off birdies for fun.

87    Cody Gribble

  • Sagarin: 399
  • OWGR: 268
  • 2016 FEC: Web.com
  • 2017 FEC: 89/87

Finished No. 24 in the post-season money list on the Web.com to barely make it to the Tour in 2016-17. He took advantage of his opportunity to play 28 events and pick up a win in his rookie season. The downside for the lefty is that he MC in 17 of 28 events. The upside is he has two years to figure it out and will have more familiarity this season. I’ll keep an eye on him but I’m not staring.

88    C.T. Pan

  • Sagarin: 197
  • OWGR: 162
  • 2016 FEC: DNS; seven top 10’s on the Web.com earned him a Tour card.
  • 2017 FEC: 86/88

Finished in the top 50 in fairways and greens but the putter let him down. After 29 events he should have a better feel on “tournament speed” greens for 2017-18. Former No. 1 in the world amateur rankings should continue to hover. Top 125.

89    Whee Kim

  • Sagarin: 267
  • OWGR: 195
  • 2016 FEC: 127
  • 2017 FEC: 92/89

Third year in a row on Tour but the first where he’s kept his card even though he only made 11 cuts. His wild inconsistency will have be accepted if invested. Short game is his bread and butter. Top 125.

90    Harold Varner, III

  • Sagarin: 97
  • OWGR: 136
  • 2016 FEC: 82/75
  • 2017 FEC: 123/90

His win at the Australian PGA Championship last fall suggested a break-out season on Tour in 2017. Nope. His best finish prior to the PGA Championship was T-23. He saved his season by jumping from No. 138 to No. 123 after his T-10 at Wyndham. He added T-20 at DTC in his final event of the season. If he figures out anything with the putter he’ll find his way inside the top 75.

91    Jim Herman

  • Sagarin: 131
  • OWGR: 111
  • 2016 FEC: 41/42
  • 2017 FEC: 81/91

His win last year pushed him over $2 million for the first time. Take out that win and the last three years have been essentially the same. He excels from tee-to-green as he sits in the top 25 in both categories but his total putting numbers are not good. Play him on courses where accuracy and par is rewarded or pray that his putter gets hot. Top 125.

92    Chris Kirk

  • Sagarin: 206
  • OWGR: 147
  • 2016 FEC: 60/54
  • 2017 FEC: 97/92

This was his worse earnings season ($1.21 million) since 2012 ($1.19 million), his most MC since 2011 (first full year) and least top 25’s (also 2011). The scary part was that he hit the top 10 in three of the first four events of the season so you can imagine how the rest of the year went. #NotGood. Kid No. 3 arrived in August so #NappyFactor is #OldWivesTale obviously. Or is it. He’s a four-time winner on Tour and should comfortably keep his card.

93    Nick Taylor

  • Sagarin: 104
  • OWGR: 212
  • 2016 FEC: 129
  • 2017 FEC: 84/93

The Canadian won as a rookie in 2015 but only had one other top 25. The following season he had one top 10 but four other top 25’s. Last year he had four top 10’s and 4 more top 25’s. Solid if not spectacular and his value comes with 26 or more starts. I’m more than willing to invest in a guy who is moving in the right direction especially at this price. Top 75.

94    David Lingmerth

  • Sagarin: 74
  • OWGR: 107
  • 2016 FEC: 47/67
  • 2017 FEC: 103/94

From $2.7 million to $1.8 to almost $1.1 last year, the Swede is going in the wrong direction. In 23 starts last year he pocketed only one top 10. He’s an ace on the greens and a decent driver of the golf ball but I don’t like to break guys out who haven’t won tons before. His T-4 at the British Masters at the end of September will fire up the optimists. Top 125.

95    J.B. Holmes

  • Sagarin: 55
  • OWGR: 58
  • 2016 FEC: 38/30
  • 2017 FEC: 82/95

I’ve never been a huge fan in fantasy because I think there’s more to it than hitting it a mile and hoping the wedge game is dialed in. He’s made a nice living doing exactly that but I’ll play him week-to-week on courses where he’s comfortable before committing for an entire season.

96    Camilo Villegas

  • Sagarin: 192
  • OWGR: 369
  • 2016 FEC: 152
  • 2017 FEC: 98/96

First year in three with a podium finish. First year in three with a top 10. He’s cleared $1 million once in six years. I’ll let you catch the lightning in the bottle.

97    J.J. Spaun

  • Sagarin: 105
  • OWGR: 154
  • 2016 FEC: Win, two seconds on Web.com
  • 2017 FEC: 91/97

His streak of winning on any Tour ended this season after winning on the MacKenzie Tour in 2015 and the Web.com in 2016. I like winners. I like guys who are 50-50 as well as he ranks inside the top 50 in fairways and greens. Move up a spot for him and thank me later.

98    Scott Piercy  

  • Sagarin: 232
  • OWGR: 85
  • 2016 FEC: 34/37
  • 2017 FEC: 64/98

After T-7 at Colonial he rattled off three MC’s before 66-74-81 at the Travelers for 85th. Then he disappeared. No clues on social or the interweb as to why so know that moving forward. Sadly this followed two excellent years in a row where he finished inside the top 35 in the FEC regular season . The good news is that he was featured at Shriners Hospital for Children media days and is in the field at Silverado so that suggests he’s back after three months MIA.

99    Patton Kizzire

  • Sagarin: 341
  • OWGR: 280
  • 2016 FEC: 58/82
  • 2017 FEC: 87/99

First two starts with a Tour card in ’15=16 went for T-2 and T-4 and his first start of last year was solo second so he’s never been under any kind of pressure. That freedom hasn’t freed up his game and his SG: Putting went from 19th to 128th. Gulp.

100  Michael Kim

  • Sagarin: 109
  • OWGR: 273
  • 2016 FEC: 118/115
  • 2017 FEC: 95/100

I’m the turtle. You can be the hare. Top 80 in SG: Total and 63rd in scoring average. I’ll happily wait as he’s figuring it out and keeping his card.

101  Scott Stallings

  • Sagarin:158
  • OWGR: 237
  • 2016 FEC: 128
  • 2017 FEC: 102/101

Hasn’t finished inside the top 100 in four years since his last win in 2014. He hasn’t produced more than four top 10’s or six top 25’s in the last five years. His best year on Tour was his rookie year in 2011.

102  Ben An

  • Sagarin: 60
  • OWGR: 76
  • 2016 FEC: made over $900k in non-member money to get his card.
  • 2017 FEC: 96/102

He makes tons of cuts and plays all over the world so keep both of those in mind. Top 32 in both SG: Off and Approach so he knows what he’s doing with woods and irons. He hasn’t won anywhere in the last two years but never looks out of place on Tour or the European Tour. Sign me up.

103  Martin Flores

  • Sagarin: 148
  • OWGR: 233
  • 2016 FEC: 1 win, three thirds on Web.com Tour.
  • 2017 FEC: 118/103

On fire to close the regular season last year (8 consecutive paychecks) that vaulted him from No. 147 to No. 118. For you baseball fans, he’s the classic 4A player; too good for the minors but never had much success at the highest level (8 top 10’s in 169 starts with nothing better than third once). Made the Playoffs by acing No. 16 on Sunday at Wyndham.

104  D.A. Points

  • Sagarin: 237
  • OWGR: 230
  • 2016 FEC: 184; qualified through Web.com playoff earnings.
  • 2017 FEC: 104/104

First year in four he made over $400k as his win in Puerto Rico gives him this coming year and one more to cash more checks. He checked in at No. 156 in SG: Total and only claimed three top 25’s. Careful.

105 Luke Donald

  • Sagarin: 304
  • OWGR: 113
  • 2016 FEC: 58/48
  • 2017 FEC: 107/105

Both of his top 10’s in 2015 were seconds. His only top 10 in 2016 was also second. He only had four other top 25’s during that stretch. His last win anywhere in the world was 2013 at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan. Only nine top 10’s in the last four seasons doesn’t inspire. Let someone else buy his name.

106  Richy Werenski

  • Sagarin: 216
  • OWGR: 187
  • 2016 FEC: Won and cashes three seconds on the Web.com.
  • 2017 FEC: 108/106

Another from the Georgia Tech pipeline. His three best finishes came in tier II events but he won’t care as it was great experience. He made 16 of 26 cuts in his first go around and had more top 10’s (three) than Luke Donald. He made more cuts on Tour than the Web.com. Interesting. Buying.

107  Ryan Blaum

  • Sagarin: 124
  • OWGR: 324
  • 2016 FEC: Qualified via Web.com playoff money
  • 2017 FEC: 105/107

In his first full season on Tour, the 33-year old made 22 of 29 weekends. There are plenty of formats that reward cut makers weekly so keep your eyes peeled.

108  Geoff Ogilvy

  • Sagarin: 136
  • OWGR: 253
  • 2016 FEC: 161
  • 2017 FEC: 116/108

With three top 10’s in his last 62 events he’s hard for me to endorse. He had to use his one-time top 50 career money exemption to play last season. He is playing without a net in ’17-18 and so are you if you saddle up.

109  Robert Garrigus

  • Sagarin: 166
  • OWGR: 190
  • 2016 FEC: 102/109
  • 2017 FEC: 99/109

Pay for what you get, about No. 109! After a disastrous 2015 he rallied to cash over a million two years ago and almost $900k last year. He’s a 30-30 guy in fairways and greens but he’s not a very good putter. He makes a TON of birdies and was 75th in SG: Total so there’s value here.

110  S.Y. Noh

  • Sagarin: 239
  • OWGR: 226
  • 2016 FEC: 125/125
  • 2017 FEC: 100/110

This is like timing the stock market so good luck. Here are his finishes: 40th as a rookie, 160, 42, 134, 125 and 110 last year. I’d rather risk it on Sangmoon Bae (hint, hint)…

111  Jimmy Walker      

  • Sagarin: 118
  • OWGR: 48
  • 2016 FEC: 17/14
  • 2017 FEC: 101/111

Every gamer knows that he contracted and is battling Lyme Disease. I have no idea how the recovery on this works but I saw flashes late in the season that he was getting back to normal. He closed with 65 at Greenbrier and shot that same number to lead after two rounds at WGC-BI before falling off on the weekend. He doesn’t usually play much in the fall anyhow so he’ll have plenty of time to rest and get back into shape before his beloved Hawaii/California swing. I’m buying, if his health continues to improve.

112 Brian Gay

  • Sagarin: 141
  • OWGR: 234
  • 2016 FEC: 189
  • 2017 FEC: Covered his MME; 106/112

The veteran is healthy and cashes checks by painting sprinkler lines and holing putts. I’m not crazy about dudes in their mid-40’s but I’ll use them in weekly games, if necessary.

113  Brandon Hagy

  • Sagarin: 143
  • OWGR: 251
  • 2016 FEC: Finished 19th on Web.com regular season money list to claim his Tour card
  • 2017 FEC: 109/113

He impressed by cashing in 17 of his first 24 events on Tour and he did so with nasty power off the tee. He bombs and gouges but also finished 70th in SG: Total so he’s not all #LongDrive. He was seventh in par five scoring so use him on big, open tracks. I don’t mind young bombers who make cuts. Fill him in late and hope he continues to cash checks.

114  Vaughn Taylor

  • Sagarin: 71
  • OWGR: 217
  • 2016 FEC: 62/64
  • 2017 FEC: 124/114

He’s a solid player but his only top 10 in his last 50 events was his win at Pebble Beach. He’s played enough on Tour where not much is going to bother him but there’s not enough evidence for me to load him on a season-long team. As we saw last year there are too many good up-and-coming players that are fearless that I’d rather take chances on.

115  Steve Stricker

  • Sagarin: 13
  • OWGR: 80
  • 2016 FEC: 98/76
  • 2017 FEC: 110/115

I don’t believe he’s going to play enough events to warrant a spot on a season-long team. He showed last year that he can still rattle off cuts, including all four majors. I’d pick and choose my spots weekly rather than wonder which Tour he’s going to spend most of his time playing. You do you.

116  Derek Fathauer

  • Sagarin: 262
  • OWGR: 288
  • 2016 FEC: 118/100
  • 2017 FEC: 111/116

He played three less events (30-27) last season and made $61 more. Claimed his first podium in Malaysia and posted his most top 10’s with two and tied his most top 25’s with five. First year in three he was out of the top 40 in SG: Putting (82nd). Odd. Out.

117  T V A

  • Sagarin: 181
  • OWGR: 332
  • 2016 FEC: 104/98
  • 2017 FEC: 112/117

Rattled off seven weekends in a row including three top 30’s to close to make the Playoffs. The upside is he isn’t shy of playing as he teed it 31 times in 2016 and 32 times last year. #Chances.

118  Harris English      

  • Sagarin: 170
  • OWGR: 158
  • 2016 FEC: 47/35
  • 2017 FEC: 114/118

This is the lowest he’s been ranked in the OWGR since 2011 when he was a rookie. Last year was the first year in five without a podium but at 28 I’m more than willing to see if he bounces back from 12 MC, a career “best” by four. This was also the first year he made less than $1 million. He went back to Ping last January so he’s had time to work the kinks out. I’m buying off the discount rack here.

119  Dominic Bozzelli

  • Sagarin: 429
  • OWGR: 185
  • 2016 FEC: Finished 7th on Web.com with one win, one second and four top 10’s.
  • 2017 FEC: Did not play the Playoffs due to injury (shoulder impingement fall 2016 but no official reason given this time).

I’m in wait-and-see mode here as his last six starts of the year before hanging it up resulted in five MC in six starts. I’m not sure if this was a lingering problem that hampered him to only make 10 cuts in 24 starts but four did go for top 10’s. In the deepest of rosters he could be a save-for-later type guy but that’s only if you’re set above him.

120  Nick Watney

  • Sagarin: 146
  • OWGR: 344
  • 2016 FEC: Only played five events as he suffered a back injury.
  • 2017 FEC: 117/120

His back injury wiped out nine months in 2016 but he played 23 events in ’16-17. Those events resulted in just one top 10 and five top 25’s as his best finish on his own ball was T-13. I get nervous about guys on the wrong side of 35 with back issues for the long term. He still finds enough GIR and was 59th in scoring average last season so he should make a few more bucks than last year.

121  John Huh

  • Sagarin: 165
  • OWGR: 311
  • 2016 FEC: 111/95
  • 2017 FEC: 119/121

Ran out of gas as the season hit summer time after a very solid fall/winter/spring. He’s only cleared $1 million once in his last four seasons but he plays no less than 28 times a season. Sadly his rookie season of 2012 was his best across the board by some distance and he’s not trending in the right direction in FEC points either.

122  Blayne Barber

  • Sagarin: 193
  • OWGR: 279
  • 2016 FEC: 112/101
  • 2017 FEC: 120/122

Proper grinder that has fought to keep his card the last two seasons. If you believe in resilience, he’s your man and I’m not going to argue. He hasn’t had one minute to cruise since he’s been out here and those battle scars won’t hurt down the road. He’s in the top 80 in driving accuracy, 33rd GIR and 23 SG: Putting. There’s something here. I’m sticking around.

123  Ben Martin

  • Sagarin: 132
  • OWGR: 202
  • 2016 FEC: 61/70
  • 2017 FEC: 121/123

Worst year in four on Tour as he amassed his lowest earnings since his 2011 rookie season. He’s regressed the last two seasons since finishing No. 24 in the FEC after the 2015 regular season. The positive spin is he’s a previous winner on Tour and a two-time Web.com victor. The downside is his best finishes are in tier two events.

124  Rory Sabbatini

  • Sagarin: 194
  • OWGR: 345
  • 2016 FEC: 191; gained status through Web.com finals
  • 2017 FEC: 122/124

Blows wildly hot and cold but he’s been around forever and knows how to survive out there. The crusty veteran is 41 and has more years cashing over $1 million than not, by a lot. The last two years have been two in the wrong direction, obviously. He’s made over $30 million in his career so I’m not sure what’s going to get him out of bed. All he did was shoot 64 in the final round of the final regular season tournament to get his card.

125  J.J. Henry

  • Sagarin: 161
  • OWGR: 434
  • 2016 FEC: 185 in the first year of a two year exemption
  • 2017 FEC: 125

Birdied the final hole on the final event to beat Zac Blair by one point to keep his card. You can do the math here.

Web.com Regular Season and Playoff Money Winner

Chesson Hadley — fully exempt

  • Sagarin: 162
  • OWGR: 127
  • 2016 FEC: 159
  • 2017 FEC: Played eight events, one top 25.
  • 2017 Web.com won and finished second twice and added a third.

Hadley has five wins since 2013 and 95 starts with a Tour card so he should adapt fast. The major question will be if this translates to the big Tour. I do know that he’s been white hot since early July and didn’t back his way into anything. He should easily retain his card.

Coming Soon:

  • Web Top 49
  • Nos. 126-150
  • The Rest

 

 

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