Boo Weekley: He’s trending the right direction in his last two events and his last two trips to Sea Island. He survived his trip to China and played quite well. He’s proven over time that his iron play can make up for a lack of putting.
Chris Kirk: If a putting contest is required I can’t, in good conscious, leave CAPTAIN KIRK on the sidelines. Plus he lives here and is part of the Mafia. The weird thing about the Sea Island Mafia is NONE of them have a big finish in three years of this event. Figure that out.
David Toms: After a very quiet May-July, Toms rallied at the end of last season to play some of his best golf with T16, seventh and T16 in three consecutive events in August. His seventh place finish was at the PGA and he closed with 62 the following week at the Wyndham. He knocked the rust off in Las Vegas two weeks ago and has a T3 (2010) and a second (last year) in three starts at The McGladrey.
John Peterson: Won the 2011 SEC championship on this course so he should be in a happy place, just like he was at Colonial last year. After opening with T21 at Frys.com he MC in Vegas so a few of your gaming buddies might have forgotten about him. You shouldn’t.
Aaron Baddeley: If this week is about a putting contest to some degree then I have no problem endorsing Baddeley after he finished fifth in Malaysia. It was his best finish since Pebble Beach in 2012 and there’s one part of Baddeley’s game that I like: the putter.
Chesson Hadley: He played in the final group his last time out in Vegas and that experience will do nothing but help him as he starts his bright career on the big circuit. It’s hard to ignore someone who made over $500k on the Web.com Tour and who closed out their playoffs T4 and WIN.
The Man With His Own Section
Jeff Overton: After a disappointing 2013 where he only cashed slightly over $721,000 gamers are encouraged to see that he’s almost half way to that total after only three events in 2013-14. I like the fact that he’s started out strong and that he was up for the last-minute entry to the CIMB in Malaysia. It would have been easier to simply decline the invite but instead he embraced the challenge and continued his hot start by finishing T16. Overton has a top 10 (T6, 2011) in two starts here and all eight rounds are par or better. Remember, Dustin Johnson was the landlord of this column last week!
Horses-for-Courses and Heat Checks
Tommy Gainey: He holds the course record and is the defending champion. He’s also missed 16 of his last 30 cuts. Risky-rewardy…
Bud Cauley: Maybe a trip back to the South will help him find his freshman form. He opened with 62 here last year and has T15 in 2011 and T20 in 2012 to fall back on.
Ben Curtis: He’s played 11 of 12 rounds at Seaside at par or better…Yep, it’s a think field but he can putt.
Davis Love III: I’ll take him to lead the Old Folk contingent. He was T4 here last year and is the host again this week.
Jerry Kelly: He’s been halted by two bad final rounds in two starts this year. Lack of length off the tee won’t bother him this week.
James Driscoll: After a couple of solid outings to start October and a couple of decent outings in previous events here, I’ll take a flier on an excellent putter in a slight field this week.
Jordan Spieth of the Week Last Week
The column was taken over and thrashed by the kid from Texas last year. Out of respect, I’m not changing the title of it for 2013-14. It will remind me just how good Spieth was in the last three months of the season. This year, we’ll still identify an up-and-coming player and/or rookie that fantasy players should have on their radar.
Frys.com: Hideki Matsuyama, T3; Brooks Koepka, T3; Max Homa, T9.
SHCO: Ryo Ishikawa is only 22, don’t forget, T2; Chesson Hadley, T5.
CIMB: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 24, might have enough money after this week to earn Special Temporary Membership. Pay attention!
WGC-HSBC: Jordan Spieth was 17th. Tommy Fleetwood (T18) is only 22 and plays in Europe. Matsuyama WD with a bad back.