Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fantasy Golf: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is the focus this week for the USPGA Tour. A lot of big names are absent this week so it is going to be tough to call a winner from the start. As usual I'll list the considered golfers for this tournament in the groups that are divided by Yahoo.

Group A
Kevin Stadler
Rickie Fowler
Rory Sabbatini

Group B
Graham DeLaet
Lucas Glover
Geoff Ogilvy
Matt Every
Billy Horschel
Bo Van Pelt

Group C
Cameron Tringale
Andrew Loupe
Jonathon Byrd
Ryan Palmer
Steve Marino
Hudson Swafford
Brooks Koepka
John Senden
Nicholas Thompson

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golf Fantasy: RBC Heritage

Fresh off the Masters we head to Harbour Town Golf Links for this weeks round of the PGA Tour. Not as many golfers to choose from in Group A this week, but we will try and pick a few. As always, Yahoo divides the golfers into three groups, while PGA Fantasy lets you choose any four golfers. It hasn't been a great start to the Spring Segment, as I have only 258 points after two tournaments. Hopefully things will have improved in sunny South Carolina come Sunday night.

Group A
Luke Donald
Russell Henley
Brian Gay

Group B
Chris Kirk
Billy Horschel
Stewart Cink
Kevin Streelman
Jordan Spieth
Jim Furyk
Brian Harman

Group C
Harris English
Kevin Na
Graeme McDowell
Justin Leonard
Russell Knox
Erik Compton
Will MacKenzie
Ben Curtis
Scott Langley
Chris Stroud
Cameron Tringale

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fantasy Golf: U.S. Masters

The Masters is the first Major of the golf calendar in 2014, and there are a lot of big name contenders vying for that green jacket.
Apologies that this 'preview' is going up after Rd 1 has been completed, but I had a busy couple of days zooming around the country and couldn't get to my laptop for more than five minutes. But at least in those five minutes I managed to get my Fantasy Golf team sorted, and now I'm going to reveal which players were rattling away inside my brain, and which 8 I finally went with in the end. As always, 8 players from three groups in Yahoo Fantasy Golf, while in Official PGA Fantasy Golf you can pick any 4 players.

Group A
Gary Woodland
Rickie Fowler
Henrik Stenson
Phil Mickelson
Bubba Watson
Matt Kuchar
Patrick Reed
Ryan Moore
Brandt Snedeker

Group B
Jason Dufner
Rory McIIroy
Bill Haas
Hunter Mahan
Hideki Matsuyama

Group C
Charl Schwartzel
Fred Couples
Sergio Garcia
Harris English
Thorbjorn Olesen
Francesco Molinari
Jimmy Walker

It being a Major, there was an over abundance of players to choose from in Group A. For Group C, I may have let my heart rule my head a little bit in picking Freddie Couples over Garcia. But then again, Couples has some high finishes over the last number of years at Augusta, and has only ever missed the cut on two occasions in his career.
After day one I did make some moves. Dufner put up a horrible +8 score, so he has been swapped in the starting 2 for Group B with current leader (-4) Bill Haas. In Group C, I have also choose to start Couples over Schwartzel for the second round. Boom Boom is only three shots of the lead and has shown he could be shooting par or under each round. He has 3 birdies, 2 bogeys. Whereas Schwartzel has the more erratic scorecard of 3 birdies, 4 bogeys.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5th Betting

After a bit of disaster last weekend, we'll hope to get back on track with a long list of 25 teams and a Sneaky Fiver bet of teams who are in far better form than their opponents. So seeing as the morning is flying by so fast, lets get on with it!

Croatia: Dinamo Zagreb(a)
England Prem: Chelsea
England Champ: Nottingham Forest
England Lg1: Wolves, Brentford
England Lg2: Scunthorpe(a), Chesterfield
England Conference: Chester, Gateshead, Luton, Cambridge Utd
France: PSG
Germany: Bayern Munich(a)
Italy: Inter Milan
Portugal: Sporting CP(a)
Romania: Steaua Bucuresti(a)
Scotland Prem: Motherwell(a)
Scotland Champ: Falkirk
Scotland Lg2: Peterhead
Slovakia: MFK Kosice
Spain: Athletico Madrid, Barcelona
Turkey: Besiktas
Ukraine: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk(a), Shakhtar Donetsk

Now for a Sneaky Fiver Bet. We stay in England this time and go with....
Man City, Man Utd(a), Wigan, Doncaster, Portsmouth

Good Luck Everybody (The Aintree Grand National is on today, so lets stick a pin in that list and go with....... Alvarado!)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fantasy Golf: Shell Houston Open

Last week was not a great week to end the Winter section on. After 12 weeks I have 1863 points, but lets hope the Spring segment will bring more luck. This week it's the Shell Houston Open, and with it there is a big field to choose from.
As always, Yahoo Fantasy Golf splits the golfers into 3 groups, while the Official PGA Fantasy lets you choose any 4. So here goes this weeks selections.

Group A
Jonas Blixt
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Stadler
Henrik Stenson
Josh Teater
Rickie Fowler
Lee Westwood

Group B
Jordan Spieth
Graham DeLaet
Keegan Bradley
Geoff Ogilvy
Dustin Johnson
Jason Kokrak
Chris Kirk

Group C
Louis Oosthuizen
Jimmy Walker
Charl Schwartzel
Seung-Yul Noh
Sang-Moon Bae
Kevin Chappell
Stuart Appleby
Carl Pettersson

I was really tempted to go with Stuart Appleby, as he has won this tournament twice (and came 2nd twice too!) but decided against it in the end. I remember when Freddie Couples won here in 2003 when it moved to its current location of the Golf Club of Houston, and no one has bettered his four-round score total yet.
Good Luck with whoever you pick.