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I would like to say congratulations to Tiger Woods for his 75th win overall and his 8th at Torrey Pines. Woods put together three great rounds and held onto a lead during the fourth round to win the Farmer’s Insurance Open. Tiger shot under 70 for the first three rounds and then posted a 72 (par) to finish off the victory. His final round was not as convincing as it has been in the past, but he outlasted Brandt Snedeker at 10 under and three other guys (including Nick Watney an @thefantasyradio pick at -9) for the win. This put the @thefantasyradio picks at 5-1 (making the cut), and barring the early round withdraw by Bubba Watson, we could have possibly seen a perfect 6-0. So, what does this mean in the world of daily fantasy golf? For us here @thefantasyradio it means we keep moving and tackle this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
I don’t know about you, but I would love to play in a golf tournament sponsored by a trash company! Everybody has trash and it has to be picked up weekly (unless you recycle everything like @crazygabey.) In my mind, this means a huge pool of sponsor money for the players to split (total purse for the WMPO is $6,100,000). This is a huge chunk of change for the players and makes tackling the TPC Scottsdale course pretty important for most guys. Last year’s winner, Kyle Stanley, posted a 15 under to pocket a cool million and beat out some big names like Bubba Watson(-11), Jason Dufner (-10) and Webb Simpson (-10). Stanley’s name doesn’t stick out like past winners Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson, but it still proves that anybody can win on the PGA Tour. Let’s tackle the course and my @thefantasyradio picks.
TPC Scottsdale is a desert course (or in layman’s terms was constructed in the desert.) It plays at a 7,196 yards and is a Par 71 course. While some players have called it easy (ranked one of the easiest on the circuit), it’s their accuracy and GIR (Greens in Regulation) that help put them over the top. Last year’s winner, Kyle Stanley, was 3rd in GIR for the week, finished tied for 24th in driving accuracy and posted only 7 bogey’s to give him the edge. I don’t expect the extended Farmer’s tournament (due to weather) to have much of an impact on players, given the ease this course is known for. I also believe a lot of guys will build on their successes at the Farmer’s and put together 4 great rounds. Remember, in fantasy golf I would love to pick the winner each week, but it all boils down to picking guys that consistently make the cut. This week I have 6 guys who I think have a great shot at making the cut and even potentially pulling out a win.
Rickie Fowler: Rickie played lights out the final three rounds at Torrey Pines. After a first round 77, I thought it was sure implosion for the man in orange, however Rickie put together some great rounds and finished T-6 at eight under. Rickie is probably my second favorite golfer after Tiger Woods, and I’m hoping this will be the year he breaks out and potentially wins a major. Ole’ Rickie is undefeated in cuts at the WMPO and should have a strong showing this week.
Brandt Snedeker: It’s hard not to ride the Snedeker train. I have hopped on it since the beginning of the FedEx Cup and I have yet to jump off. Sneds is #1 on my power ranking list this week and could be in line for his first win of the new season. He finished ten under at Torrey Pines and already has two top ten finishes in 2013. He is a guy it’s hard to pick against, and one I would love to see get the outright victory this week.
Bo Van Pelt: Van Pelt is a prime example of what fantasy golfers should be looking for when researching picks. VP has had a lot of success at the WMPO, making the cut the past two years and finishing within the top 20 both times. Last year VP led all golfers with a GIR of 80.56% (Tied with Slocum). He hasn’t missed a cut this year and I don’t think this week will be his first.
Jason Dufner: Did somebody order a waggle? The Duf has finished in the top 10 of the WMPO the past two years and hasn’t missed a cut here since 2007. I love the waggle and think his 2nd place finish in 2011 could turn into first this week.
Charles Howell III: Come on CHIII, please get a win. CHIII has been so close over the past couple of weeks and has performed extremely well during 2013. Over the last five years he has posted a 4th place finish at his best and a 99th placed finish at his worst (TPC Scottsdale). He is yet to miss a cut this year and hopefully we can get another strong performance from him this week.
Honorable Mention - Vijay Singh: Vijay has won this tourney twice before, and he’s a guyI think of when I think of Tiger and the dueling years (also think of Phil.) Vijay is one of the older guys on the tour, but he can still light it up. Over the past five years his worst finish at TPC Scottsdale is 71st and on average he is finishing in the top 40. His slow and steady approach this week should help us guarantee a made cut.
Fantazzle: $1,000,000 Cap
1. Josh Teater – $180,000
2. Brian Gay – $180,000
3. Nicolas Colsaerts – $180,000
4. Martin Kaymer – $150,000
5. Nick Watney – $200,000 (Not value, but deserves a look)
BuzzDraft: $100,000 Cap
1. Brendon De Jonge– $13,600
2. Brian Gay– $12,100
3. Josh Teater – $9,000
4. Graham DeLaet – $9,500
5. Pat Perez– $11,300
DraftStreet: $100,000 Cap
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