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Monday, January 06, 2014


The Rest:

 

Harris English: Nothing worse than 71 and nothing better than 69 saw the youngin' finish T11 in his maiden voyage. That's usually really good but when Jordan Spieth is around…Anyhow, he was the fourth-best rookie behind Spieth, Streelman and Horschel. No shame in that. In his last four events he's finished T7, T27, WIN and WIN before his T11 this week. Get on board.

 

Brandt Snedeker: Injury issues gone but it looked like his first time in a tournament for a couple of months. His rhythm looked off but he missed the top 10 by a shot. He has that margin for error where some guys don't. The good news is you probably didn't burn a start on him. Thank you injury!

 

Brian Gay: Coming into the week Gay had never, in eight rounds, posted a score in the 60s. He had one this week, 65, which was the low round of the week and jumped him almost into the top 10. His T11 is his best finish in three starts here. He plays quite well at Waialae so keep that in mind for next week.

 

Woody Austin: He'll be 50 in three weeks but still found a way to finish in the top half in this winner's only event. Take a bow, Aquaman! He's not very long and he wasn't very accurate with his irons but his putter helped him to 21 birdies and eighth place in strokes gained-putting. I'm not sure of Austin's schedule but I'm an ageist so he won't be on my radar.

 

Gary Woodland: Here's another player, who, once he plays a few more rounds at Kapalua, should be in the favorites category. He bombs it. He putts it. But six bogeys and two doubles are suicide around these parts. He now has one round in the 60s from eight in two appearances.

 

Michael Thompson: The renowned putter struggled with the flat stick this week but his ball-striking was excellent. He finished first in accuracy, seventh in distance and T2 in GIR. The shocking part was the co-first-round leader was 27th in putts per GIR. That's backwards from what he's usually all about. T16 see him fall just outside the top half.

 

Ken Duke: A very solid debut for Duke this week as he finished T16 especially as he was the shortest player off the tee in the field. He makes his money on the greens and he was fifth in strokes gained-putting so no surprises there.

 

Patrick Reed: His family affair continues as his brother-in-law is now on his bag as he replaced his sister, Reed's wife. Got all of that? Reed's wife, his brother-in-law's sister, is now pregnant so she's carrying their first child instead of the clubs. It doesn't seem to bother the Wyndham champion who finished T16 in his maiden voyage around Kapalua.

 

Chris Kirk: Two good round and two meh rounds equals a T16 finish in his second time at HTOC. Another co-first-round leader who usually putts lights out, Kirk struggled on the greens and finished near the bottom of both putting categories. After eight birdies in the first round he only carded 12 over the final three rounds. He'll be one of my favorites this week at Waialae as he bagged a 62 in round two there last year.

 

Martin Laird: The Kapalua Kash Kow fired all four rounds under-par but none of them in the 60s as Laird took 20th all by himself. He was my one-and-done so I'll take all of the blame. ALL OF IT. He's now finished T20, second and T4 in his three appearances. Sigh.

 

Jonas Blixt: His opening round 76 dug a hole that was too deep. Kind of like the hole his Seminoles are in as I type this, 21-3. Blixt rallied to fire 10-under over the final three rounds. Can his 'Noles rally in the final three quarters?

 

Sang-Moon Bae: After opening with 69, Bae slowed down in his first tournament at Kapalua. His putter, as usual, was very good but his ball-striking let him down. I'll need to see more from him before I get on board.

 

Jimmy Walker: With his length and putting prowess, I would have thought THIS first-timer would have been further up the leaderboard on Monday. Wrongo. Walker did rally to fire seven-under on the last two rounds to give him some momentum for the Sony later this week. He'll be just fine as his career-season will continue.

 

Bill Haas: Well, his streak of T30 or better continues but his T24 in a 30 man field won't make his investors too happy. That's four consecutive years on Maui (good news) but this is the third year in a row that he finished 20th or worse (bad news).

 

Scott Brown: He couldn't translate his early season magic to the Hawaiian Islands. His T24 check won't hurt his already hefty 2013-14 bankroll. He's another player I'm eyeing next week.

 

Boo Weekley: Wanna guess who led the field in GIR? You wanna also guess who was last in putting? That combination doesn't work in a birdie-fest. Weekley has never been better than T15 in three starts.

 

Russell Henley: While doing research earlier today I was reminded by the UTTER DOMINATION that he threw on the field at last year's Sony Open. He fired 24-under 256 and closed with five straight birdies on a Sunday to win by three shots. That seems like 100 years ago. Too many pars and putts that didn't fall hurt this week.

 

D.A. Points: One round under par in his second visit. The only person who struggled putting more than Points was Weekley. Enough said.

 

John Merrick: Whoops. Merrick actually had worse putting numbers than Points. Sorry. It's been a very quiet start for 2013-14 for Merrick so I'm staying away.

 

Derek Ernst: This is the same guy who chased down and beat Phil Mickelson at Quail Hollow? He was 28 shots out of first. He made 10 birdies. He made 15 bogeys. He was last in putting. He was last in GIR. These are the facts. Do what you need to with them.

 

 

Coming TOMORROW:  

 

I'll have the preview for the Sony Open up around Happy Hour ET.

 

Coming Wednesday:

 

And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a one-hour live chat WEDNESDAY at NOON ET. We will be breaking down the field at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter. Don't forget to follow Rob (http://twitter.com/RobBoltonGolf) and Glass (http://twitter.com/mikeglasscott) on Twitter.

          



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Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.
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