Wednesday, June 24, 2015
After the excitement of the finish to the U.S. Open last week we return to normal PGA Tour action in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. The field, as you'd expect is not as laden with star names as the U.S. Open was, but it is made even weaker when a number of big names have travelled to Germany for this weeks BMW International Open.
One big name that does tee up at River Highlands is Bubba Watson. He won here in 2010 and is currently the most selected player in Yahoo Fantasy Golf on 46%. In the AVIS PGA Fantasy game Watson has been selected by a massive 71% of players. Other big names are popular too; Sergio Garcia is the second most selected in AVIS at 61%, and he is the third most selected in Yahoo, behind Brandt Snedeker (42%) on 39%.
Some people might be thinking, but Bubba missed the cut last weekend, how can you rely on him here? And while I agree Watson can be unpredictable at times, an extra few days rest is never a bad thing. Plus if you look at this event from 2007, since it has been played the week after the U.S. Open, no winner has come from any player who finished in the Top 10 the previous week. A strange stat that will surely be bested someday.
With that in mind, it's best to have a team of inform players, a few big names and a few outsiders. As usual the recommendations list is broken down in three sections according to Yahoo Fantasy Golf groupings. Also this is the last tournament of the Spring section in Yahoo, so good luck to all those in contention at the top of the leaderboards. As always Official PGA Fantasy Golf lets you choose any four golfers and only takes their final finishing position into account. While AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf lets you choose six golfers, four of which score you points each day. Picks for AVIS are given at the bottom of the post. You can only use any golfer three times in AVIS, so you really have to have faith in your selections ability to perform in Connecticut this week.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
It's the second Major of the year this week as we try and claw back some of last weekends lost momentum. A couple of missed cuts and two withdrawals played havoc with our point scoring ability at the St. Jude Classic last time out. This week at Chambers Bay in Washington we have a ton of the worlds biggest names to choose from, as well as a host of little known amateurs.
Big names such as six-time U.S. Open runner-up Phil Mickelson. Phil is the most selected golfer in Yahoo Fantasy Golf (Group B) at 50%, and the fourth most selected in AVIS PGA Fantasy at 51%. Jordan Spieth is the most selected in AVIS on a whopping 65%. You can only select a golfer three times in that game, so this could well be the last throw of the dice with regards to Spieth for many players. He is the second most selected (Group B) in Yahoo on 47%.
Next up is Rory McIlroy, 58% AVIS, 46% Yahoo. Rory has been very hot and cold lately. His stretch on the European Tour was pretty much a disaster as he missed the cut at both the BMW and the Irish Open. Chambers Bay plays a lot like a British Links course, so the last two winners of The Open Championship, Rory and Phil, should have all the assets in their game to do well here.
Selections as always are divided up by groupings according to Yahoo Fantasy Golf. AVIS picks are shown at the bottom of the post. While in Official PGA Fantasy Golf you can select any combination of four golfers, and their finishing position determines your points.
AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf: Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler - Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
A successful week last time out for the Notebook as six of the top seven were mentioned (the winner David Lingmerth eluded us!). 164 points in Yahoo Fantasy Golf saw a rather healthy green arrow when the playoff had finished; and in Official PGA Fantasy a final position of joint 5th with 663pts was earned.
The U.S. Open is on the horizon and there are many players teeing up in Tennessee for the St. Jude Classic who will be hoping to gain a last gasp qualification spot. Players such as Harris English, Russell Knox and Padraig Harrington have yet to cement their place for the Major on June 18th.
Crucial this week, for Yahoo players, are the two Group A spots. With only eight players to choose from, a slip up in selection could set your team back in relation to a lot of other players. Do you opt for reliability, Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka have each only missed one cut in nine tournaments played? Or take a chance on Luke Donald or Seung-Yul Noh who miss the cut in half the tournaments they play? Five and seven missed cuts respectively. Maybe mix and match?
Dustin Johnson is the most selected player in Yahoo Fantasy Golf this week at 55%. He won here in 2012 and with four players to choose in the B Group, he's an easy pick to make. Second most selected is Phil Mickelson on 41%, also in Group B. Looking over at AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf, again Dustin Johnson is by far the most selected on a whopping 64%. Ryan Palmer is second on 52%
Let's take a look at this weeks selections. As usual they are divided up by Yahoo grouping, and at the bottom are the six golfers selected for AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf, of which four starters score points for your team each day.
AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf: Chesson Hadley, Russell Knox, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horshel - Webb Simpson, George McNeill.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The PGA Tour swings into Dublin, Ohio and the Jack Niclaus designed Muirfield Village this week. A lot of big names are back in the field, but as last weeks winner Steven Bowditch proved, you can never write off the outsiders. This post is a bit late (sorry) so let's just get straight down to the selections shall we?
A quick look at Yahoo Fantasy Golf shows that Kevin Na and Rickie Fowler are the most selected players. Former winners Rose, Kuchar and Matsuyama are popular selections too. Also, maybe it's time to bring in Tiger Woods from the Fantasy wilderness? He has won here five times, but is he worth taking a chance on this week? We are in week 20 in the Yahoo game, so perhaps consistent players like Spieth are running low on remaining starts. You can only use each player ten times, the same in Official PGA Fantasy Golf. Plus the AVIS game let's you only use each golfer three times, so perhaps Spieth is out of commission for the season for you in that game?
AVIS PGA Fantasy Golf selections; Hideki Matsuyama, Bill Haas, Ben Martin, Brooks Koepka - Dustin Johnson, Ryan Moore.