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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: Colonial

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



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Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. We’ll have all of our selections from the GolfChannel.com, Yahoo! Fantasy Golf, my weekly selection for One-and-Done players plus DFS love from Josh Culp and European Tour insight from Dave Tindall.



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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (CPIAC)







2015 Earnings: $11,775,548

2015 Rank: 8,713


Big thanks to the European Tour for essentially rewarding nothing as my T22-T2-T9-T7 at the Spanish Open netted just enough for a glass of Rioja and a bowl of Paella. Whatever. McIlroy did exactly what was required as the rest of the gang crashed and burned.



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: John Peterson

Group 4: Bo Van Pelt



ANALYSIS: I’m not sure that leaving Spieth out on a course he grew up around is a good idea but the ONLY player in Group 1 that has DESERVED a recent look is Johnson. When I saw the Colonial member, Palmer, was second in Group 2 I stopped scrolling. He shot 61 here last week in a practice round. Peterson has been a member since he won the junior club title when he was 15 and his recent record on TOUR merits a healthy look. BVP has made 11 weekends in his last 11 starts and one more works for Group 4. Pavin would be the other choice for me here if making the cut is the objective.




Rob Bolton





2015 Earnings: $16,314,548

2015 Rank: 352




Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Ryan Palmer

Group 3: John Peterson

Group 4: Brian Davis



ANALYSIS: After matching two of the four last week we’re now up to three as our first three groups mirror each other. Same theory in Group 4 as a proven veteran takes the responsibility.




Ryan O’ Sullivan





2015 Earnings: $18,873,013

2015 Rank: 16th



Group 1: Zach Johnson

Group 2: Ian Poulter

Group 3: Boo Weekley

Group 4: Hudson Swafford



ANALYSIS: Can’t knock him for going against Spieth with the highest earner in the history of the event! Poulter has been very warm of late and Weekly won here two years ago. He sends youngun’ Swafford out to do the business on the back end.




Ned Brown





2015 Earnings: $14,791,283

2015 Rank: 1,289



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Paul Casey

Group 3: Sean O’Hair

Group 4: Hudson Swafford


ANALYSIS: Another week another O’Hair sighting for Ned and I don’t blame him. Casey had a nice run here in the late 00s and, like Swafford, ball-striking and power is the calling card. The law firm of Hudson & Swafford is a statistical DYNAMO!




BMW PGA Championship –Event No. 2





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: Pablo Larrazabal

Group 4: Robert Rock





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: Thomas Aiken

Group 4: Mark Foster





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: David Howell

Group 4: Gregory Havret





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: Thomas Aiken

Group 4: Matteo Manassero



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“Pure Spin”


Points – WFC: 176

Points – SPRING Segment: 940

Rank – SPRING Segment: 11,515


Points – SEASON: 3,044

Rank – SEASON: 1,714



Group A



Ryan Palmer: It's another week of very limited choices in Group A. Palmer was playing well in Texas going into the Masters but it has been a bit of a struggle since then. His recent history at Colonial is very good, with a T5 in '12, a T14 in '13 and a T5 last year.


Ben Martin: Considering there are only five choices for this spot it's not an easy call. Scott, Dufner and Stricker have course history on their side but are in poor form for them. Instead, I'm going to go with Martin, who won at the Shriners in the fall and played well recently at THE PLAYERS with a solo fourth.





Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker




Group B



Jimmy Walker: Clearly Spieth is the number one spot in this field, but I have used up my starts with him. The next best pick is Walker, who has struggled in his last few starts, but showed great form last time in Texas with a championship at the Valero Texas Open.


Zach Johnson: There are two spots that I would consider using Johnson in a one-and-done: here and the John Deere Classic. He comes into the week after a nice T13 finish at THE PLAYERS and his recent history here is very strong with a T9 in '09, a fourth in '11, a third in '13 and championships in '10 and '12.


Paul Casey: He was hot coming into the Match Play and played well there until he was struck by food poisoning. He was pretty positive going into THE PLAYERS but he was forced to withdraw because he quite wasn't over whatever it was that was bothering him. He returns to action this week and you can hope that other gamers will forget how well he was playing before!


Chris Kirk: Last time in Texas at SHO he postedT8 result and he played well last time out at THE PLAYERS (T13). His recent record at Colonial is good with three top 16s in his last four starts including a T5 in '12.





Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, John Senden




Group C



Kevin Na: As you would expect, there are lots of choices in Group C this week. Na has been playing great this year and currently has a streak of six consecutive top 20 finishes and four of those are top 10s. His form at Colonial is decent with two top 10s in nine career starts but he really is more about playing the current hot hand.


Brendon Todd: Reed will be the pick by many is this spot but I didn't like the way he played last week. Once you skip over him there are a half a dozen guys that are about the same. I'm going with Todd based on his strong fourth place at the Heritage and that he played well last year at Colonial with T5.





Sean O'Hair, Pat Perez, Charley Hoffman, Louis Oosthuizen




Ryan O’Sullivan (O)



The Golf Aficionado”



Points – WFC: 208

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,020

Rank – SPRING Segment: 1,592


Points – SEASON: 3,213

Rank – SEASON: 40




Group A:



Ryan Palmer (6)

Jason Dufner (10)



Group B:


Jordan Spieth (4)

Zach Johnson (5)

Jimmy Walker (6)

Ian Poulter (9)



Group C:


Kevin Na (9)

Brendon Todd (8)





Rob Bolton






Points – WFC: 206

Points – SPRING Segment: 962

Rank – SPRING Segment: 7,546


Points – SEASON: 3,010

Rank – SEASON: 2,662




Group A:


Ryan Palmer (6)

Steve Stricker (9)



Group B:


Paul Casey (9)

Zach Johnson (8)

Chris Kirk (8)

Jimmy Walker (4)




Group C:


John Peterson (10)

Kevin Na (7)










Points – WFC: 182

Points – SPRING Segment: 866

Rank – SPRING Segment: 26,811


Points – SEASON: 2,924

Rank – SEASON: 6,140


Group A



Ryan Palmer (5)

Jason Dufner (10)



One is a member who has been T5 in two of the last three years and the other has been second twice in three years. Stricker is the safe route and Martin is the home run.



Group B:



Jordan Spieth (4)

Paul Casey (9)

Zach Johnson (9)

Jimmy Walker (4)



I’m protected with power and course form if Spieth and Johnson don’t fire with Casey and Walker. Senden is a lovely sleeper and depending on tee times, he might make the final cut. Kirk was worth a look as well as his Sunday at THE PLAYERS is two weeks behind him.



Group C:



Pat Perez (8)

John Peterson (10)



Every week I have a group that is nothing short of a disaster. Oosthuizen might steal a start depending on the tee times and Na is worth a peek as well. Kokrak will probably win because I LOVED HIM last week. #SadFace




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DraftKings Picks



Ryan Palmer ($9,600) ... Has posted top 15s here each of the past three trips. He knows the course better than anyone in the field since he's been a member here at Colonial CC since 2010. It's not the perfect fit for his game, but local knowledge easily trumps that in this scenario.


Brendon Todd ($9,100) ... He doesn't have the years of course experience that we like to see at this event but his game is tailor-made for this course. Finished T5 in his debut and there is no reason to believe he can't repeat that.


Chris Kirk ($9,000) ... Went cold in February and March but now has top 35s in each of his past four stroke-play events. He doesn't rely on distance or scoring on par 5s, so short par 70 tracks are right up his alley. His record of 5-for-5 here with three top 25s doesn't hurt, either.


Marc Leishman ($7,300) ... As a well-known wind player, he gets a look anytime the TOUR heads to Texas. Has top 30s in both stroke-play starts since returning from his wife's health scare.


Graham DeLaet ($8,100) ... He's 3-for-4 at this venue and it's no surprise given his talents with the irons. He can pepper greens with the best of them. His form is a little off this season but that will just mean lower ownership and a better payoff when he delivers.


John Peterson ($6,900) ... He grew up playing Colonial so he knows the ins and outs way better than any other golfer that has just one professional start at Colonial. His current form makes it easy to trust him here.



Other Picks to Consider



Alternate for Leishman: David Toms ($7,200) ... His course history is deep, posting top 20s in eight of his 17 Colonial starts. That includes a 2011 victory. This play is all about course history because his 2014-15 form is nothing to write home about.


Alternate for Todd: Ian Poulter ($9,100) ... Has a little more course history with three visits, but none since 2010. He collected top 15s in two of those three. With missed cuts in just one of 11 starts this season, the Englishman is a great option this week.


Alternate for DeLaet: Russell Knox ($8,200) ... Another player that keeps getting close but still can't escape with his first PGA TOUR victory. On a course that favors accuracy over distance, he immediately gets a boost. 





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Last week



A bit of a non-descript week in Spain. No-one picked James Morrison (he won), everyone picked Sergio (he flopped) so nothing to see here.



Current position: 4,696



This week


Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)


Rory McIlroy

Lee Westwood

Luke Donald

Francesco Molinari

Jamie Donaldson

Branden Grace

Bernd Wiesberger

Shane Lowry

Marc Warren



Star Player: Justin Rose


After a pair of second places at Wentworth, it’s time for the Englishman to win the event he attended as a boy.



The Rest



•       Rory McIlroy: I’m not actually convinced he’ll have a brilliant week but impossible to leave out.

•       Lee Westwood: Superb course record and every chance of another title challenge.

•       Luke Donald: Still a factor at venues where he’s shone before. This is one of them (2x winner).

•       Francesco Molinari: Runner-up in Spain on Sunday and three successive top 10s at Wentworth.

•       Jamie Donaldson: Top 10 at Sawgrass; has cashed here on last seven visits.

•       Branden Grace: Proven winner, T5 on debut here in 2012 and T7 at Heritage last month.

•       Bernd Wiesberger: Lots of impressive form this year and T12 here in 2013 gives us a green light.

•       Shane Lowry: Loves the course. Runner-up last year, placed 4th in 2011 and T12 in 2013.

•       Marc Warren: Improving Scot was second in 2013 and has five other Wentworth top 30s.






Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely so I’m satisfied with having a CHANCE to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you!



Frys.com: Brooks Koepka. Let’s get this started off on the right foot. Koepka, playing without any status last year, led on Sunday by three shots at the turn. He finished T3 and learned a valuable lesson. His recent form has been scintillating as he has four top 15s in his last four worldwide starts, including the PGA at Valhalla (T15). He was T9 last week at the Dunhill. Koepka, T8, did what was expected and racked up a top 10 for $168,000.


Shriners Open: It came down to Moore, Watney and Piercy for the OAD place this week. Laird was also in the conversation but I’m going with the best putter of the group mentioned above and there’s not a place that Moore HAS TO BE USED later. Sure, he beat Gary Woodland in a playoff last year at CIMB but I don’t use defending champions. #WeakSauce. He shares the tournament record has three top 10s in his last four. More Moore please! ANY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THREE OTHER THAN MOORE would have been just fine. Moore has wiped me twice in eight events. The good news is I don’t even have to CONSIDER his presence again until October of 2015.


McGladrey Classic: This is the CLASSIC HEDGE MOVE for gamers. I’m going with Kuchar above but Simpson down here to cover my ASSet. Look, save Simpson for Greenbrier, Sedgefield or TPC Boston, but I’m going with a guy who is hot NOW and will find someone else later. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG, RYAN MOORE??? Nothing like a T41 to back up a MC; $19,600.


CIMB Classic: I’m loading up on Charl Schwartzel since I can’t play him on the Sunshine TOUR at the Dunhill or Joburg. His course form is overwhelming and in a limited field with limited views of this track, his experience and successes here are huge. He’ll probably WD. He couldn’t catch up after his opening round 74; T19, $94,500.


WGC-HSBC Champions: I’ll go with the guy who holds the course record, the 2011 title plus two other top eight finishes in four starts, Martin Kaymer. Did I mention he made 29 birdies here last year? Ok, good. If I was a casual golf fan and just picked up the newspaper on Monday morning to see that Kaymer finished T6 I would have been thrilled…$216,337


Sanderson Farms: It came down to Tony Finau or Hudson Swafford and I went with the Georgia ‘Dawg. Both are hot so I’ll go with the local-er of the two and the better ball-striker. I should be required to take the “Silly Season” off. BOTH missed the cut. I’m ready for 2015…


OHL Classic: Can I just pass? Since I couldn’t pull the trigger on Jason Bohn in the Golf Channel game, I’ll hedge him here with Stroud and Sabbatini right behind him. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I need a vacation. I was gun-shy but the hedge paid off with T7 and $196,275


HTOC: This is a good news/bad news event. The good news is that there are only 34 players and this is a track that requires previous experience. The bad news is if the guy you pick doesn’t finish in the top five it’s a complete waste of time. For the conservative/saver this is THE ONLY WEEK TO PICK Ogilvy since he’s won here twice. For the throw-caution-to-the-wind player, Kuchar, Day or Watson should lead the line. I’ll find myself  right in the middle with Chris Kirk. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Kirk needed to tie the course record on Monday to hit six figures. Yeah, that’s all I needed to pocket $110,000, 11 birdies and 62. Day pulled the same trick but he finished T3.


Sony Open: I’m going with the man who has eight top 10s in 13 career starts, Charles Howell III. He’s hit the top five in five of the last six years and I’m not going to find that anywhere else on TOUR. #EasyChoice. Make it top five in five of the last SEVEN years. T26 paid $42,280.


Humana Challenge: Ryan Palmer gets the nod this week as he’s shown form on these tracks and has no problem getting low, yo! He’s a member at Colonial, FYI. The pain. The suffering. The life of a fantasy gamer. If reading from top to bottom it’s easy to see why my pain is prevalent. Shut up. T10 isn’t great but isn’t terrible, $136,000.


WMPO: This week, Hunter Mahan takes the wheel. With his wife due shortly, he knows his time, for the moment, is limited and it’s time to make hay. It doesn’t hurt that his game sets up for most layouts and it doesn’t hurt he won here in 2010 and was T4 last year. I’m not confident pulling the trigger on Watson, Spieth, Fowler or Mickelson just yet. THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than playing defense but these gentlemen are more valuable in majors/WGC than here in the desert. Brendan Steele was the backup plan. Mahan = T30 $36,729 but cashed more $$$ than Phil or Rickie! NOBODY CARES!!!


FIO: I’ve ridden Fowler here the last two years and he responded with T6 and MC so let’s hold off on the ticker tape parade. I’m throwing caution to the wind this week and sending the No. 1 player in the FedExCup to do work. With T2 and WIN in his last two Jimmy Walker is the play this week. I can’t use him next week at Pebble Beach where he is the defending champion (and I had him in OAD!) and his record at Riviera isn’t as strong as it is here. DO WORK, SON! One shot out of the lead entering Sunday resulted in a, for him (and me) a disappointing T7 and $189,787. Yep, that’s how high the bar is now set with him on the California coast.]


Pebble Beach: Day is tempting but if he keeps playing like this he’ll have chances in bigger paydays so he’s out. I’m saving Johnson for his redemption song next week at Riviera so he’s out. Walker was played last week plus he’s the defending champ so that leaves Patrick Reed. Hit it a mile. Find it. Make everything. Win. Kevin Na, Aaron Baddeley or would be a nice fill for a TOAD. Imagine if Reed didn’t close with 67 to finish T29 and pocket $44,200? Wait, it could have been WORSE? Blimey…


NTO: I’m a romantic so Dustin Johnson gets the call this week. His six months on the sideline were spent playing and practicing in his adopted home town and his form at Riviera is better than most. He lost in a playoff to James Hahn. That sums up my career in OAD. P2 $589,600. I liked when he was solo second last year when I had him…#MOARMONEY


Honda: I’m going to keep the big hitter motif going this week as I sent Keegan Bradley to bat. I’m looking to grab a guy who’s hot and has course form and he checks both boxes. Dead-beat MC. Wow. #NaeDollars


WGC-CC: There’s no point for me to start “saving” anybody for anything as this season is slowly slipping away. Plus, this is a WGC and the prize pool is only bigger in a couple events (PLAYERS/Open Championship). Bubba Watson is being sent out to stop the bleeding. Go on son! Bring the General Lee if necessary! HELP ME BUBBA! Other considerations would include Day (any event) or McIlroy (any event) and for TOADYS, I’m not sure how I’d talk anyone out of Jamie Donaldson. Watson finished solo third for $540,000. WHO TOLD HIM ON THE BACK NINE THAT I HAD HIM IN OAD?


PRO: I’ll give Overton a chance to keep up the heat on a track where he’s had success in the recent past. T27; $18,736.


Valspar: Time to strike while the iron is hot with Luke Donald. His four trips around here have been quite tight.  He’ll be happy to be inland this week and he’ll also be happy to see a yardage book with familiar marks on it. I’m not sure he has a better course history anywhere else and that’s been his calling card the last two years: course form. Well that streak of course form is over; T53, $13,468.


API: Orlando residents Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell or Henrik Stenson work this week. Kevin Na is also a tasty angle if he’s still available. Since Match Play is all jacked up different this year, this will be the spot I burn Poults. Hopefully he bought another Ferrari this week and feels he needs to pay for it immediately…Poulter opened with 67 and got worse from there with 70-71-72 to close and watch the field lap him on the weekend. T21 for $59,141. The only way I’ll accept this is Stenson winning when I finally pull the trigger on him.


Valero: Laird gets the call this week as I’ll gladly save the heavy hitters for down the road. The list of winners here is odd so it’s not the week to burn a big name. The winner last week wasn’t odd but he wasn’t available for me anyhow. Laird has finally burned out as his T50 for $14,838 feels just like a MC.


SHO: I’m not one of those weirdos who selects the defending champ once a year so I’m playing J.B. Holmes this week instead of saving him for Quail Hollow. I don’t love that he’s coming off a MC his last time out but his numbers at GCH are very nice. I hope the course is soaking wet and long as it can play. BINGO. BANGO. BONGO. First oversized check of the year!


Masters: Mickelson was a tempting choice this week as was the blazing hot Spieth but I’m going to load up on Jason Day for the second consecutive year. Except this year he’s not hurt. I’ve played Watson, DJ, Walker already on courses where they have excelled in the past and have had decent success. Day fits that bill this week. Please read the first sentence over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’m wondering how I left Rose out! Day opened with 67 and faded away to T28 and $68,000 while the first two names on the team sheet made $880,000 and $1.8 million respectively. All I can do is laugh. Again.


RBC Heritage: Since I can’t see the forest from the trees, Charley Hoffman gets the ball this week. His current form is excellent and he has plenty of scar tissue at this even that can help him down the stretch. If Spieth wins… HEY AT LEAST SPIETH DIDN’T WIN LAST WEEK!!! And neither did Goldilocks; and neither did I. Twhocares and $12,054


Zurich: With six of the last nine at TPC Louisiana going to a first-timer, I’m going with youthful exuberance in Morgan Hoffmann. Other considerations were Berger and Thomas.  Hoffmann began the final round T9 and finished T36 for $31,099. If you’re scoring at home, this is the THIRD tournament in a row that my “other” selections have done just a bit better. See above for details as Berger was T6 and Thomas was T12.


WGC-Match Play: Reading this has angered me so I’m sending Paul Casey to the bat this week. I don’t care if it’s a cricket bat. It's a big tournament so it deserves a big player. Stupid food poisoning. Stupid putter. Stupid McIlroy. T5 $285,000.


THE PLAYERS: I’m going with Ponte Vedra’s adopted son, Jim Furyk. His form has been excellent and his course knowledge is second-to-none.  Stenson, Garcia and Westwood would be my next three. T56; $22,200. Not worth adding up.


Wells Fargo: If you can’t use defending champions then McIlroy is DONE for The Open, WGC-BI and PGA so please remember that. The safety net of the U.S. Open for Mickelson goes out the window as well as Chambers Bay will be new to everyone besides Greller and Spieth. Stenson was T3 at St. Andrews in 2010 so that’s an option moving forward. I’ll take Mickelson on the track where he’s had his best results without a victory (besides the U.S. Open). Congrats to Rory on his win! Well, I nailed this on both ends so I’m just half-angry. T4, $293,466 so I only left $990k on the table!


Colonial: With two wins in his last four years and six top 10s in the last seven, I’ll trust ZJ to do the business this week. His putter hasn’t been up to the task but his current form suggests his ball-striking is carrying the load. Folks might argue to save him for the JDC but that will take 30 birdies to win and a cold putter won’t help with that. Dufner also got a look but Palmer (already burned) should be your choice if ZJ is not going out. Peterson is the play this week if catching up is the order of the day.






SEASON TOTAL: $3,796,294; 27 events


Wins: Holmes, SHO

Seconds: Johnson, P2, NTO

Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC


Top 10s: 10

Top 25s: 13

T53: 1, Donald on a course where he’s never finished worse than 6th.

MC: 3, Moore (Shriners), Swafford (SFC) & Bradley (Honda)

Thermometer: Broken, like my spirit…




Coming Wednesday


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