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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


 

The Man with His Own Section

 

Phil Mickelson has been driving gamers nuts since the beginning of fantasy golf as his mercurial talent tends to blow hot and cold without a sense of why or why not and this week is not any different. Last week, his near-miss victory in the desert plus his wonderful course form at Torrey made him a no-brainer. His WD after two rounds with a 42-year-old bad back puts a grey cloud over his status this week. When healthy, as shown above, he has the tools to dominate this course. When he’s not, I’m not sure, at his age, if the gamble is worth it. If he is passed with a clean bill of health, I’ll endorse him on a course that he’s destroyed over time; if he’s ok, I’m “ok” with staying away.

 

 

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.

Sony: Hudson Swafford and Will Wilcox both finished T8. Both played on the Web.com Tour last year and are rookies on TOUR this season.

Humana: Patrick Reed won. He’s 23. You need to pay attention.

FIO: Ryo Ishikawa, 22, bagged another top 10 finish. That’s his sixth in his last 10 events on TOUR or the Web.com Tour. He’s an alternate this week as of Monday afternoon.

 

 

One-and-Done

 

SEASON TOTAL: $550,474

 

 

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. The Scot finished T20 in a 30-man field for $87,000.

 

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. Hey, a top 10 and $119,000! Feels like a winner!

 

Humana: Webb Simpson has been on fire to get 2013-14 started and going low has never been a problem. It’s time to start firing at ‘em. Sigh. Another week brings another disappointing selection as I add a whopping $57,000 to my morbid total.

 

FIO: Same as last year, Rickie Fowler. He’s working with Butch Harmon to get to the next level and he’s played SoCal courses plenty in his young life. He finished up last week at Humana 67-66 and he’s finished T5, T20, T13 and T6 last year in four career starts. I’ll save Woods and Mickelson for down the road for bigger winner’s checks. Snedeker and Walker were also considered and are solid options for this week. Fowler was just as bad as the other four I had listed, save for Woods’ MDF cash. Tough week in OAD for most I’m guessing. MC $0.

 

WMPO: Ryan Palmer. He’s on fire, can really putt and was fifth here last year.

 

 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf

 

WMPO – Event I

 

Glass ($1,886,631; Rank: 9,098)

 

Group 1: Keegan Bradley

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: Brian Stuard

Group 4: Brendan Steele

 

 

Rob Bolton ($1,821,096; Rank: 10,151)

 

Group 1: Keegan Bradley

Group 2: Graham DeLaet

Group 3: Matt Every

Group 4: Ben Crane

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($1,421,185; Rank: 17,240)

 

Group 1: Webb Simpson

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: Matt Every

Group 4: Kevin Na

 

 

Ned Brown ($1,817,356; Rank: 10,208)

 

Group 1: Webb Simpson

Group 2: Ryan Moore

Group 3: Matt Every

Group 4: Kevin Na

 

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic – Event II

 

Glass ($1,886,631; Rank: 9,098)

 

Group 1: Tiger Woods

Group 2: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Group 3: Robert Karlsson

Group 4: Tyrell Hatton

 

 

Rob Bolton ($1,821,096; Rank: 10,151)

 

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Group 3: Seung-yul Noh

Group 4: Robert Rock

 

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($1,421,185; Rank: 17,240)

 

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Matteo Manassero

Group 3: Robert Karlsson

Group 4: Graeme Storm

 

 

Ned Brown ($1,817,356; Rank: 10,208)

 

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Group 3: Alvaro Quiros

Group 4: Robert Rock

 

 

 

Ned said, “…

 

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Group A

 

Ryan Moore-- His impressive play in the fall has carried over into the start of the year with a nice 10th place finish at the TOC. Moore has played in eight prior WMPOs and has two top 10s to his credit with the most recent being a fourth place finish last year.

 

Marc Leishman-- Phil Mickelson or Brandt Snedeker usually fills in this spot, but as of Tuesday morning there is quite a bit of doubt if Phil will play and Snedeker still hasn't shaken the rust from being laid up with his left leg injury. Leishman played well in Australia in the off season and then lit it up on the PGA Tour with a fifth place at the Sony and a T2 last week at the Farmers. His record at the Phoenix Open isn't as strong as I would like, so I reserve the right to use Mickelson in this spot if his back suddenly gets better.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

 

 

Group B

 

Webb Simpson-- He was on a very nice run of five consecutive top 7 finishes until last time out when he tied for 23rd place at the Humana. His recent history here is very good, with a T8 finishes in '11 and '12.

 

Keegan Bradley-- He’s had a solid start to the year with a T18 at the Humana and a T16 last week at the Farmers. He has two prior starts here and he played well with a T15 in '12 and a T24 last year.

 

Chris Kirk-- After his victory at the McGladrey Open in the fall, Kirk continued to play well at the start of the year with a T16 at the HTOC and a second place at the Sony Open. His record here is just fair, so he is mostly about playing the current hot hand.

 

Matt Every-- He played well in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and that form has shown up again to start the year with a T8 at the Sony and a T13 at the Humana. His record at the here is very good, with a T8 in '10 and a T9 last year.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Graham DeLaet, Ian Poulter, Billy Horschel, Hunter Mahan

 

 

Group C

 

Ryan Palmer-- He had a rough period at the end of last year, but he has been on fire at the start of this year with a T8 at the Sony and a second place at the Humana. Palmer's best finish here came last year when he finished in fifth place.

 

Kevin Na-- It's a real coin flip in this spot between Kevin Na and Harris English. I'm going with Na because he has a stronger record here (T2 in '05, T4 in '08, third in '09, T5 in '12), but I wouldn't be surprised if English does very well here this week.

 

 

SUPER SUBS

 

J.B. Holmes, Brendan Steele, K.J. Choi

 

 

“Pure Spin”

Points this season: 712

Rank: 2,856

Percentile: 96th

 

 

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 WMPO 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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