Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
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SHO Points: 173
Spring Segment Points: 173
Spring Ranking: 12,664
Season Points: 2,101
Season Ranking: 5,457
Matt Kuchar: He is super-hot right now and led going into the back nine in the last two weeks, but then watched his championship hopes slip away. His recent history at Augusta is very good with a T3 in '12 and a T8 last year.
Adam Scott: Similar to Kuchar, Scott last time out was leading the API, but then had a poor final round of 4-over-par 76 to slip into third place. Still, over all he has played well this year and his recent record at The Masters is outstanding with a T2 in '11, a T8 in '12 and a championship last year.
Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson
Rory McIlroy-- McIlroy is rounding into form at the right time with T2 at the Honda and a T7 last week at the SHO. His record at Augusta isn't as strong as I would like, but he has managed top 25 finishes in three of his five career starts here.
Dustin Johnson-- He burnt a lot of fantasy players with his withdrawal from the SHO, but before that he was one of the surest bets in stroke-play events. Like McIlroy, I wish he had a little stronger record at Augusta, but his best career finish here came last year when he tied for 13th place.
Jason Day-- Day has been on the sidelines with a bad thumb since his championship at WGC-Accenture Match Play. He took an injection for it and claims the thumb is not an issue. I'm concerned that he hasn't had enough practice coming into The Masters, but his recent record here of a T2 in '11 and a third place last year has me willing to roll the dice on him.
Jason Dufner-- I think this spot is a real toss-up between Justin Rose and Jason Dufner. Rose seemed to be over his shoulder injury at the Valspar, but then proceeded to miss the cut at the API. I'm going instead with Dufner, like Rose, he earned a major title last year and has played well recently with a T9s at both WGC events and a T14 last time out at the Valspar.
Justin Rose, Matt Every, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth
Sergio Garcia: This well could be the year Sergio wins a major. He has played great golf since his win in Thailand with a championship in Qatar and top 10s in three of his four starts on the PGA TOUR. His recent history at Augusta is good with a T12 in '12 and a T8 last year.
Charl Schwartzel: He picked up a pair of championships in the off season and that has carried over to his play in the PGA TOUR with a fifth place at the NTO and a T9 at Doral. He has only one top 10 finish at The Masters, but it was a championship in '11.
Harris English, Jimmy Walker, Francesco Molinari
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SHO Points: 185
Spring Segment Points: 185
Spring Ranking: 5,900
Season Points: 2,219
Season Ranking: 447
SHO Points: 137
Spring Segment Points: 137
Spring Ranking: 41,019
Season Points: 2,142
Season Ranking: 2,761
SHO Points: 136
Spring Segment Points: 136
Spring Ranking: 41,396
Full Season Points: 2,116
Full Season Ranking: 4,308
Well, I started spring with a RESOUNDING thud as I couldn’t time the Kuchar market properly. That’s the story of my Yahoo! life. After DJ and #SpiethBoner exited early I was forced to eat Keegan Bradley’s over-par rounds of nothingness all weekend long. Whatever. Pick better golfers, I get it. I listed Sergio Garcia in this column but ended up going with Charl Schwartzel in a last minute change. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT AGAIN? Not well, my friends.
Adam Scott: Yep, not that tough.
Phil Mickelson: Tough between him and Kuchar but not really. This is what Mickelson programs his life around and without Woods lurking, I’m expecting a huge week. He can see jacket No. 4 on the horizon.
Rory McIlroy: I feel like he can shoot 65 anytime he tees it up here.
Jason Day: With finishes on the podium in his last two completed tournaments here it’s mindless to leave him off in ANY format.
Zach Johnson: Although his record here isn’t great outside of his win, he has the perfect temperament to grind out four rounds.
Jason Dufner: I’m going with the PGA champ in this spot as his ball-striking will be the difference.
Sergio Garcia: He’s in the prime of his career and is peaking at the right time.
Charl Schwartzel: He’s already shown he has chops to handle a back nine Sunday around these parts.