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Tuesday, January 07, 2014


 

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.

McGladrey: Scott Langley turned 24 last April and is in his second season on TOUR. He finished T22 last week and No. 124 last season. #slimpickinngsthisweek

OHL Mayakoba: Harris English turned 24 last July. He won.

HTOC:  Er, Jordan Spieth, solo second.

 

 

One-and-Done

 

SEASON TOTAL: $374,474

 

 

Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!

 

SHFC Open: Hideki Matsuyama. Time to break through, son. Matsuyama WD with injury so he was replaced with Nick Watney. He finished T48 for $15,264

 

CIMB Classic: Let’s try this again: Hideki Matsuyama. There’s no cut. This pleases me. His T25 after 74 on Sunday does not please me. Oh well. Here’s $53,433 into the piggy bank.

 

WGC-HSBC: Martin Kaymer. There’s no other place I would consider using him and he’s the defending champ on this track. #hangsonfordearlife. Kaymer’s third round 62 dared me to dream but his T8 and $161,667 is a nice deposit.

 

The McGladrey Classic: David Toms. He’s finished T3 in 2010 and second last year. His recent form suggests he’s playing well and I don’t see another chance to burn him down the road. It was him or CH III. Well, BOTH of my selections finished T27. I should have listened to O…T27 was good for $39,050.

 

OHL Mayakoba: Brian Gay. When form meets course history…  Well, that was a nice theory but it resulted in T45 and $18,060. I’m glad 2013 is now over.

 

HTOC: Martin Laird. Since I’m off to a woeful start I see no reason to burn a premium player. Chris Kirk was my second choice but nobody wins in back-to-back starts plus he’s just had another child. Laird is the horse-for-course.

 

Sony: Charles Howell III. He plays great in the early part of the season and his record at Waialae has everything BUT a win. If you notice, I saved most of my heavy hitters for the latter part of 2013 last year and that strategy worked out.

 

 

 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Challenge

Sony Open

 

Glass ($768,000; Rank: 16,247)

 

Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Charles Howell III

Group 3: Brian Stuard

Group 4: Sean O’Hair

 

 

Rob Bolton ($822,750; Rank: 13,511)

 

Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Charles Howell III

Group 3: Jeff Overton

Group 4: Will MacKenzie

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($747,083; Rank: 16,924)

 

Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Charles Howell III

Group 3: Brendon Todd

Group 4: Briny Baird

 

 

Ned Brown ($822,500; Rank: 13,462)

 

Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Charles Howell III

Group 3: Brian Stuard

Group 4: Kevin Kisner

 

 

Ned said, “…

 

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GROUP A

 

Charles Howell III-- CH III played well in the fall with T5 at the Shiners, a T7 at the CIMB and a T6 at Mayakoba. The Sony Open is one of his best events with 7 top 10s in 12 starts, including top 5 finishes in four ( 4 in '09, T5 in '10, T2 in '12 and T3 last year) of his last five starts here.

 

Matt Kuchar-- It's a real coin flip between Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar. I'd love to give the nod to Scott because he is not going to play on the PGA Tour again until February, but Kuchar has played better at Waialae with T5s in his last two starts ('13, '11).

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Adam Scott, Brian Gay

 


GROUP B

 

Jordan Spieth-- He didn't get the memo last week that rookies at Kapalua have trouble with the course. The talent speaks for itself, but his mental part of the game is just amazing for a 20-year-old. After his second place in Maui, he is a must use this week.

 

Zach Johnson-- He is on a roll right now with a win at the World Challenge and an impressive win at the TOC. His recent record at the Sony is so-so, but he did win a championship here in '09.

 

Brian Stuard-- He played well in the fall with a T15 at the Shriners and a solo second place at Mayakoba. His best finish at the Sony came last year when he tied for fifth place.

 

Chris Kirk-- I was very impressed with the play of Jason Dufner last week in Maui, but he doesn't have a strong history at Waialae. Instead I'm using Chris Kirk, who played well at times in Maui, and who tied for fifth place last year at the Sony.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Jason Dufner, Brendon de Jonge, Scott Piercy, Matt Every

 

 

GROUP C

 

Harris English-- He played well in the fall and that flowed over to last week at the TOC, where he tied for 11th place. English also played well at last year's Sony Open, where he tied for ninth place.

 

Tim Clark- Clark has quite a few career second place finishes and in the fall his best result was a T2 at the McGladrey. He has played very well in his last two starts at the Sony, where he tied for second in '11 and had a solo second place last year.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Jimmy Walker, Jeff Overton, Carl Pettersson

 

“Pure Spin”

Points this week: 211

Points this season: 211

Percentile: 76th

 

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 p.m. ET. We will be breaking down the field at the Sony Open and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.

 



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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