Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
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PLAYERS Points: 193
Spring Segment Points: 858
Spring Ranking: 8,162
Season Points: 2,786
Season Ranking: 4,544
Gary Woodland: He has played well for most of the season and also in recent weeks with a T18 at the Wells Fargo and a T11 last week at THE PLAYERS. His record at the Byron Nelson has only one top 25 in five career starts, so he mostly is about trying to capitalize on his recent play.
Marc Leishman: Most players would pick Matt Kuchar in this spot, but I'm down to two starts left on him. Instead, I'm going to use Marc Leishman, who looked solid last week at THE PLAYERS, where he tied for 23rd place. He does have a nice record here with four top 12 finishes in five career starts.
Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore
Jordan Spieth: Last week Spieth was again in the hunt for another important title. Like at the Masters, he did take a brief lead in the opening holes of THE PLAYERS and like at the Masters he faded a bit after taking the lead. Still, this kid is amazing and now he returns to Dallas for a home game. Spieth has played three times in the Byron Nelson and his best result was a T16 in '10.
Keegan Bradley: He came into last week playing some good golf, but he disappointed with a missed cut. However, he is a true horse for the course at the TPC Four Seasons, with a championship in '11, a T24 in '12 and a solo second place last year.
Dustin Johnson: He has disappointed lately with a withdrawal, a missed cut and a T59in his last three starts. The reason I'm going with him is his past record here is very solid with two top 10s (T4 in '09, T7 in '10) in four starts.
Martin Kaymer: This is really a coin flip between Jason Dufner and Martin Kaymer. Dufner is a past champion at the Byron Nelson, but Kaymer played well last year with a T5 finish and he has quite a bit of momentum after his win last week at THE PLAYERS.
Jason Dufner, Graham DeLaet, Brian Stuard, Morgan Hoffmann
Jimmy Walker: The number of players in Group C is quite eye-popping this week, but I'm not going to try to over think the choices. Jimmy Walker has won three times this year on the TOUR and he looked great at THE PLAYERS where he tied for sixth place. His record at the Byron Nelson is solid with seven made cuts in eight career starts, but he really is about trying to play the player with the hot hand.
Charl Schwartzel: I think it's a very tough call for this spot between Charl Schwartzel and Ryan Palmer. Both players have been playing well this year, but Schwartzel gets the nod based on his third place finish here last year.
Ryan Palmer, John Senden, Ryo Ishikawa, Sang-moon Bae
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PLAYERS Points: 179
Spring Segment Points: 1,006
Spring Ranking: 12 (this is not a typo)
Season Points: 3,040 (this is also not a typo)
Season Ranking: 18 (this is also correct and not operator error)
PLAYERS Points: 183
Spring Segment Points: 820
Spring Ranking: 16,785
Season Points: 2,825
Season Ranking: 2,689
PLAYERS Points: 193
Spring Segment Points: 897
Spring Ranking: 2,768
Full Season Points: 2,877
Full Season Ranking: 1,156
Without having the winner, I couldn’t be happier with the course of events last week. I guessed right on Sunday by going with McIlroy and Furyk and that helped add to the nice Friday-Saturday from Adam Scott. I burned Scott all week to get those two rounds but at least I saved a Kuchar start in the process. I can’t say the same about Zach Johnson as he got lost in the shuffle after just one round. The worst part about have four really good players in Group B is the possibility of them all being really good late in the week. McIlroy, Rose, Furyk and Zach were my weekend conundrum. Garcia went all four rounds in Group C, as expected, for a nice tournament. It’s pretty cool when it all works out on paper. Too bad this RARELY happens!
Matt Kuchar: He can win any week so he’s heading back into the lineup for just that purpose. He’ll be my insurance policy this week. I have five starts remaining with him.
Gary Woodland: He’s my pick-to-click this week in Group A. His spring has been excellent and he’s ready to take it to the next level.
Marc Leishman or Ryan Moore would be ideal replacements if you are low on Kuchar starts or are looking in another direction away from Woodland.
Jordan Spieth: The Dallas native has shown nothing but resiliency after tough Sundays. His home crowd just might be the difference this week as he looks for win No. 2 on TOUR. #SpiethBoner
Keegan Bradley: Win a victory and a solo second in three trips, he needs to be in the lineup, period. Ask yourself this question: Where does he have a better record? Right, so who cares how many starts are left on him!
Dustin Johnson: I didn’t opt for Leishman so I’ll take THE best wind player on TOUR instead.
Jason Dufner: The 2012 champ showed signs of moving in the right direction last week and I have plenty of starts to burn on him.
If you need home runs this week, I can’t talk you out of MartinX2 or (Kaymer and Flores) or Morgan Hoffmann. If you need a grand slam, I would bat Garrigus at clean up.
Jimmy Walker: This will be my sixth start on him this season. That means four left. GO JIMMY GO. This point in the season last year, I had TWO starts remaining on him. Needless to say I’ve enjoyed his last 15 months or so on TOUR.
Ryan Palmer: I don’t like loading a guy up two weeks in a row but with two top 10s in his last three and Walker in front of him, I can handle it. Let’s hope Palmer’s big year gets back on the tracks this week.
I’m having a hard time figuring Schwartzel out so I’ll let him go again this week as I did last. Harris English is another solid look this week in Group C as is Sang-moon Bae. Home runs would include Paul Casey, Robert Streb and Erik Compton. Kevin Kisner is the darkest of horses.