July 22, 2013

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2013 RBC Canadian Open Fantasy Picks

Here are my top-25 rankings for the RBC Canadian Open. I use a number or inputs to develop my rankings.

1              Kuchar, Matt

2              Kirk, Chris

3              DeLaet, Graham

4              Snedeker, Brandt

5              Horschel, Billy

6              Mahan, Hunter

7              Reavie, Chez

8              Furyk, Jim

9              Watson, Bubba

10           Leonard, Justin

11           Piercy, Scott

12           Matsuyama, Hideki

13           Hearn, David

14           Summerhays, Daniel

15           Johnson, Dustin

17           Schwartzel, Charl

16           Els, Ernie

18           Villegas, Camilo

19           Donald, Luke

20           McDowell, Graeme

21           Hoffman, Charley

22           Thompson, Nicholas

23           Jones, Matt

24           Hoffmann, Morgan

25           Driscoll, James

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July 17, 2013

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2013 Open Championship (“British Open”) Fantasy Picks

2013 Open Championship Top-25 Fantasy Golf Rankings

Unlike any other tournament in golf the Open Championship can truly turn a field on its head when the weather erupts or stays oddly calm.

According to early weather forecasts (as of a few hours prior to this post) the call is for…nothing.

For the past few days nothing but sunshine has rained down on the Muirfield course turning fairways into what some are describing as “hard as marble”. With conditions like this, any course can be turned into a much shorter track when balls are running out 100 extra yards on tee shots.

Maybe some of you can recall when Tiger won the Open hitting his driver only once all week. Well, he’s hinting at a possibly “driverless” week once again and I’m sure many others will follow.

All that said, we can bury any thoughts of people hitting nice plush green fairways and spinning irons into tucked pins. This one is going to be a game of bounces, rolls, and a lot of luck in maintaining distance control into the greens (as players quickly adapt to 50 yard roll-outs with approach shots).

I think the players with the most experience (and success) in these conditions immediately rise to the top of my top-25 rankings. If you had your sights set on a guy making his maiden appearance nd stealing the show this week I’m going to bet against it.

What you will find with my top-25 this week is that it’s loaded with the best name sin golf and a few others that have proven a good track record in past appearances and some strong play as of late. If taken very few gambles but with a number of players only playing in Europe a few names may be somewhat familiar (but you couldn’t pick them out of a lineup). And my only wild card pick this week falls in at number three on my rankings.

To begin, I really like Adam Scott to win this week and I think we may have a great final day duel with him and Tiger battling it out. There is some history (via Steve Williams) between the two but now that the proverbial monkey is off his back, “Scotty” is really in his prime to start piling on a few more majors. His second place finish (via his back-nine collapse on Sunday) was erased by Augusta and I believe he takes the next step and quickly captures his second career major.

That said, Tiger indeed avoids hitting driver all week and plays tremendous iron shots all week but is once again short of capturing that all elusive next major on his mantle.

My third pick this week is big gamble in a field of this quality but I really think that at the age of 31 and sitting 4th in European Tour money that Richard Sterne is ready to possibly battle it out for a major. He’s had 3 appearances at the Open since 2008 and has a 34th and 39th to his credit but I am going on his overall play this year. He managed a 25th at Augusta and his play since February has been very consistent with several top 10’s, top 25’s and not a single missed cut in Europe and only one missed cut in the U.S. (RBC Heritage). Other than that he’s been solid and I like solid when it comes to majors. Yes, I could have put Rose, Donald, and a number of players in this spot but why not Sterne to surprise many?

I’ll round out my top-5 with Luke Donald who should eventually win a major but I don’t know when and I don’t think it’s going to be this year, and finally I add Bill Haas to the mix at 5th.

I like a lot of things about Bill Haas in these playing conditions and I like two other facts: 1) He has 4 tops 10’s including a win in his last 5 PGA Tour events; and 2) He’s improved his finish at the Open every year over the last 3 to the point where he finished just inside the top 20 last year. I think he makes the move into the top-10 this year all the way up to number 5.

That rounds out my top-5 and the rest of my top-25 are below (which is has no Rory McIlroy):

1              Adam SCOTT

2              Tiger WOODS

3              Richard STERNE

4              Luke DONALD

5              Bill HAAS

6              Phil MICKELSON

7              Ernie Els

8              Matteo MANASSERO

9              Justin ROSE

10           Henrik STENSON

11           Graeme MCDOWELL

12           Zach JOHNSON

13           Nicolas COLSAERTS

14           Matt KUCHAR

15           Sergio GARCIA

16           Lee WESTWOOD

17           Thomas BJORN

18           Louis OOSTHUIZEN

19           Webb SIMPSON

20           Charl SCHWARTZEL

21           Rickie FOWLER

22           Dustin JOHNSON

23           Martin LAIRD

24           Ian POULTER

25           Alexander NOREN

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July 14, 2013

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British Open Fantasy Pool – Real Cash Prizes

If you are a resident of the U.S. and would like to join our British Open Fantasy Pool then visit our Facebook page and learn more. We are limiting it to the first 50 entrants. Rules, prizes, and instructions on how to join are given in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/FantasyGolfPredictions/posts/565368366843439

If you are not interested in joining the pool and would just like some help in making your fantasy picks then read the following two articles I’ve published with more to come this week:

http://fantasygolfpredictions.com/2013-british-open-the-open-fantasy-golf-preview-part-1/

http://fantasygolfpredictions.com/2013-british-open-the-open-fantasy-golf-preview-part-2/

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July 14, 2013

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2013 British Open (“The Open”) Fantasy Golf Preview Part 2

Our second feature article comes in the form of some additional stats to help you make your fantasy golf picks for next week’s British Open.

In part one of our preview, I provided a chart with all players in the field and the past 5 years of each participant’s finishes at the Open. As I stated previously, the Open is hosted at a different course each year but they are all typical links style courses and some players fair much better than others. This is displayed through more consistent finishes, made cuts, and playing in contention year after year.

The second article takes these original stats and adds one additional analytic. I have now organized the field and sorted it by the player’s average finish. To do so, I had to take into consideration a player who attended but the missed the cut. A missed cut was given a finish of 80th.

Why 80th? Well, a typical US PGA Tour event has 70+ ties advance to the weekend. I did, however, find that some Open finishes were as low as 80th. That lead me to use this is a default finish for those who missed the cut. Therefore, if someone played in 4 Opens, and missed the cut all 4 years their average finish would be 80th (80 x 4)/4). Of note is that I only used players who have at least 2 appearances during the last five years. Two appearances was an arbitrary decision that I made.

The list is now sorted and ranked with the best average finish at the top (Rickie Fowler, who has 3 appearances during the last 5 years).

 

Name Country 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Made Cuts No. of Appearances (Since 2008) Average Finish
Rickie FOWLER USA 31 5 14 DNP DNP 3 3 17
Henrik STENSON Sweden DNP 68 3 13 3 4 4 22
Luke DONALD England 5 80 11 5 DNP 3 4 25
Dustin JOHNSON USA 9 2 14 80 DNP 3 4 26
Chris WOOD England DNP DNP 80 3 5 2 3 29
Adam SCOTT Australia 2 25 27 80 16 4 5 30
Miguel Angel JIMENEZ Spain 9 25 27 13 80 4 5 31
Graeme MCDOWELL Northern Ireland 5 80 23 34 19 4 5 32
Robert KARLSSON Sweden DNP 80 14 DNP 7 2 3 34
Rory MCILROY Northern Ireland 60 25 3 47 DNP 4 4 34
Nick WATNEY USA 23 80 7 27 DNP 3 4 34
Ernie Els South Africa 1 80 80 8 7 3 5 35
Tiger WOODS USA 3 DNP 23 80 DNP 2 3 35
Phil MICKELSON USA 80 2 48 DNP 19 3 4 37
Sergio GARCIA Spain 80 9 14 38 51 4 5 38
Louis OOSTHUIZEN South Africa 19 54 1 80 DNP 3 4 39
Fredrik JACOBSON Sweden 54 16 DNP 70 19 4 4 40
Zach JOHNSON USA 9 16 76 47 51 5 5 40
Stephen GALLACHER Scotland 57 23 DNP DNP DNP 2 2 40
Jim FURYK USA 34 48 80 34 5 4 5 40
Vijay SINGH Fiji 9 DNP 37 38 80 3 4 41
Thomas AIKEN South Africa 7 80 74 8 38 4 5 41
Kyle STANLEY USA 39 44 DNP DNP DNP 2 2 42
Tom LEHMAN USA 80 22 14 60 32 4 5 42
Lee WESTWOOD England 45 80 2 3 80 3 5 42
Martin KAYMER Germany 80 12 7 34 80 4 5 43
Gregory BOURDY France DNP 48 DNP DNP 39 2 2 44
Camilo VILLEGAS Colombia DNP 80 44 13 39 3 4 44
Darren CLARKE Northern Ireland 80 1 44 52 DNP 3 4 44
Peter HANSON Sweden 23 80 37 24 58 4 5 44
Thorbjorn OLESEN Denmark 9 80 DNP DNP DNP 1 2 45
Jason DAY Australia DNP 30 60 DNP DNP 2 2 45
Thomas BJORN Denmark 54 4 80 DNP DNP 2 3 46
Ian POULTER England 9 80 60 80 2 3 5 46
Matteo MANASSERO Italy DNP 80 DNP 13 DNP 1 2 47
Boo WEEKLEY USA DNP DNP DNP 13 80 1 2 47
Alexander NOREN Sweden 9 80 80 DNP 19 2 3 47
Charl SCHWARTZEL South Africa 80 16 14 80 DNP 2 4 48
George COETZEE South Africa 80 15 DNP DNP DNP 1 2 48
Stewart CINK USA 80 30 48 1 80 3 5 48
Richard STERNE South Africa 39 DNP DNP 34 80 2 3 51
KJ CHOI Korea 39 44 80 80 16 3 5 52
Bill HAAS USA 19 57 80 DNP DNP 2 3 52
YE YANG Korea 80 16 60 DNP DNP 2 3 52
Tom WATSON USA 77 22 80 2 80 3 5 52
Justin LEONARD USA 80 80 80 8 16 2 5 53
Padraig HARRINGTON Republic of Ireland 39 80 80 65 1 3 3 53
Francesco MOLINARI Italy 39 80 80 13 DNP 2 4 53
Bubba WATSON USA 23 30 80 80 DNP 2 4 53
Mark CALCAVECCHIA USA 9 80 73 27 80 3 5 54
John SENDEN Australia 34 DNP 48 80 DNP 2 3 54
Ryan MOORE USA DNP 28 80 DNP DNP 1 2 54
Matt KUCHAR USA 9 80 27 80 80 2 5 55
Justin ROSE England 80 44 80 13 70 3 5 57
Hunter MAHAN USA 19 80 37 80 80 2 5 59
Lucas GLOVER USA 80 12 48 80 78 3 5 60
Branden GRACE South Africa 77 DNP DNP 43 DNP 2 2 60
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO Spain 54 DNP 80 47 DNP 2 3 60
Bo VAN PELT USA 80 57 44 DNP DNP 2 3 60
Brandt SNEDEKER USA 3 80 DNP 80 80 1 4 61
Paul LAWRIE Scotland 34 66 80 47 80 3 5 61
Thongchai JAIDEE Thailand 77 80 80 13 DNP 2 4 63
Alvaro QUIROS Spain 80 80 11 80 DNP 1 4 63
Jason DUFNER USA 31 80 80 DNP DNP 1 3 64
Ben CURTIS USA 80 80 80 80 7 1 5 65
Geoff OGILVY Australia 9 80 80 80 80 1 5 66
Angel CABRERA Argentina 80 80 80 24 80 1 5 69
KT KIM Korea 80 80 48 DNP DNP 1 3 69
Toru TANIGUCHI Japan 80 DNP 60 DNP DNP 1 2 70
Todd HAMILTON USA 80 80 80 80 32 1 5 70
Brendan JONES Australia 72 DNP DNP DNP 70 2 2 71
David DUVAL USA 80 80 80 80 39 1 5 72
Steven TILEY England 80 DNP 68 DNP DNP 1 2 74
Mark O’MEARA USA DNP 80 80 70 80 1 4 78
Martin LAIRD Scotland 72 80 80 80 DNP 1 4 78
Tim CLARK South Africa 80 DNP 80 80 80 0 4 80
Hiroyuki FUJITA Japan 80 80 80 DNP DNP 0 3 80
Sandy LYLE Scotland 80 80 80 80 WD 0 4 80
Richie RAMSAY Scotland 80 DNP DNP 80 DNP 0 2 80
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July 12, 2013

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2013 British Open (“The Open”) Fantasy Golf Preview Part 1

Our series of previews leading up to the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield begins with a list of the field for the tournament (as of July 12, 2013). The list contains the golfer, their home country, and their result at The Open during the last 5 appearances.

Given that the course for The Open (like the U.S. Open, and PGA Championship) moves from venue to venue each year, the following information should be used to ascertain a player’s ability to play and succeed at links-style golf. I believe that past performance at The Open is one piece of the puzzle we should all use to ascertain a player’s ability to succeed in 2013.

The list has been pre-sorted to rank players by the number of cuts they have made during the last five years. Clearly, this will favor players who made more appearances and discount the value of someone who is only playing their second or third open but has seen prior success regardless.

You may also want to consider a player’s ‘average finish’ in the events they’ve played. Some discount should be given for a “missed cut”, as the player did play and this should be weighted along with the events they did make a cut in. For example, a player who has 4 missed cuts and one 6th place finish would have an average finish of 6th if you failed to include the missed cuts as having some weight.

CUT = Missed Cut, DNP = Did Not Play

 

Name Country 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Made Cuts
Zach JOHNSON USA 9 16 76 47 51 5
Thomas AIKEN South Africa 7 CUT 74 8 38 4
Jim FURYK USA 34 48 CUT 34 5 4
Sergio GARCIA Spain CUT 9 14 38 51 4
Peter HANSON Sweden 23 CUT 37 24 58 4
Fredrik JACOBSON Sweden 54 16 DNP 70 19 4
Miguel Angel JIMENEZ Spain 9 25 27 13 CUT 4
Martin KAYMER Germany CUT 12 7 34 80 4
Tom LEHMAN USA CUT 22 14 60 32 4
Graeme MCDOWELL Northern Ireland 5 CUT 23 34 19 4
Rory MCILROY Northern Ireland 60 25 3 47 DNP 4
Adam SCOTT Australia 2 25 27 CUT 16 4
Henrik STENSON Sweden DNP 68 3 13 3 4
Mark CALCAVECCHIA USA 9 CUT 73 27 CUT 3
KJ CHOI Korea 39 44 CUT CUT 16 3
Stewart CINK USA CUT 30 48 1 CUT 3
Darren CLARKE Northern Ireland CUT 1 44 52 DNP 3
Luke DONALD England 5 CUT 11 5 DNP 3
Rickie FOWLER USA 31 5 14 DNP DNP 3
Lucas GLOVER USA CUT 12 48 CUT 78 3
Padraig HARRINGTON Republic of Ireland 39 CUT CUT 65 1 3
Dustin JOHNSON USA 9 2 14 CUT DNP 3
Paul LAWRIE Scotland 34 66 CUT 47 CUT 3
Phil MICKELSON USA CUT 2 48 DNP 19 3
Louis OOSTHUIZEN South Africa 19 54 1 CUT DNP 3
Ian POULTER England 9 CUT 60 CUT 2 3
Justin ROSE England CUT 44 CUT 13 70 3
Vijay SINGH Fiji 9 DNP 37 38 CUT 3
Camilo VILLEGAS Colombia DNP CUT 44 13 39 3
Nick WATNEY USA 23 CUT 7 27 DNP 3
Tom WATSON USA 77 22 CUT 2 CUT 3
Lee WESTWOOD England 45 CUT 2 3 CUT 3
Ernie Els South Africa 1 CUT CUT 8 7 3
Thomas BJORN Denmark 54 4 CUT DNP DNP 2
Gregory BOURDY France DNP 48 DNP DNP 39 2
Jason DAY Australia DNP 30 60 DNP DNP 2
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO Spain 54 DNP CUT 47 DNP 2
Stephen GALLACHER Scotland 57 23 DNP DNP DNP 2
Branden GRACE South Africa 77 DNP DNP 43 DNP 2
Bill HAAS USA 19 57 CUT DNP DNP 2
Thongchai JAIDEE Thailand 77 CUT CUT 13 DNP 2
Brendan JONES Australia 72 DNP DNP DNP 70 2
Robert KARLSSON Sweden DNP CUT 14 DNP 7 2
Matt KUCHAR USA 9 CUT 27 CUT CUT 2
Justin LEONARD USA CUT CUT CUT 8 16 2
Hunter MAHAN USA 19 CUT 37 CUT CUT 2
Francesco MOLINARI Italy 39 CUT CUT 13 DNP 2
Alexander NOREN Sweden 9 CUT CUT DNP 19 2
Charl SCHWARTZEL South Africa CUT 16 14 CUT DNP 2
John SENDEN Australia 34 DNP 48 CUT DNP 2
Kyle STANLEY USA 39 44 DNP DNP DNP 2
Richard STERNE South Africa 39 DNP DNP 34 cUT 2
Bo VAN PELT USA CUT 57 44 DNP DNP 2
Bubba WATSON USA 23 30 CUT CUT DNP 2
Chris WOOD England DNP DNP CUT 3 5 (low amateur) 2
Tiger WOODS USA 3 DNP 23 CUT DNP 2
YE YANG Korea CUT 16 60 DNP DNP 2
Keegan BRADLEY USA 34 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1
Angel CABRERA Argentina CUT CUT CUT 24 CUT 1
Rafael CABRERA-BELLO Spain 81 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1
George COETZEE South Africa CUT 15 DNP DNP DNP 1
Nicolas COLSAERTS Belgium 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1
Ben CURTIS USA CUT CUT CUT CUT 7 1
Jamie DONALDSON Wales 60 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1
Jason DUFNER USA 31 CUT CUT DNP DNP 1
David DUVAL USA CUT CUT CUT CUT 39 1
Todd HAMILTON USA CUT CUT CUT CUT 32 1
KT KIM Korea CUT CUT 48 DNP DNP 1
Kenichi KUBOYA Japan DNP DNP DNP 27 DNP 1
Martin LAIRD Scotland 72 CUT CUT CUT DNP 1
Marc LEISHMAN Australia CUT DNP 60 DNP DNP 1
Shane LOWRY Republic of Ireland DNP DNP 37 DNP DNP 1
Matteo MANASSERO Italy DNP CUT DNP 13 (Low Amateur) DNP 1
Ryan MOORE USA DNP 28 CUT DNP DNP 1
Geoff OGILVY Australia 9 CUT CUT CUT CUT 1
Thorbjorn OLESEN Denmark 9 CUT DNP DNP DNP 1
Mark O’MEARA USA DNP CUT CUT 70 CUT 1
Carl PETTERSSON Sweden 23 DNP DNP CUT DNP 1
Alvaro QUIROS Spain CUT CUT 11 CUT DNP 1
Peter SENIOR Australia 60 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1
Marcel SIEM Germany CUT DNP 27 DNP DNP 1
Webb SIMPSON USA DNP 16 DNP DNP DNP 1
Brandt SNEDEKER USA 3 CUT DNP CUT CUT 1
Toru TANIGUCHI Japan CUT DNP 60 DNP DNP 1
Steven TILEY England CUT DNP 68 DNP DNP 1
Boo WEEKLEY USA DNP DNP DNP 13 CUT 1
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Thailand DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Jonas BLIXT Sweden DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Scott BROWN USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Mark BROWN New Zealand CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Bud CAULEY USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Tim CLARK South Africa CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT 0
Fred COUPLES USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Stephen DARTNALL Australia DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Brian DAVIS England DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP 0
Eduardo DE LA RIVA Spain DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Graham DELAET Canada DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Ken DUKE USA DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP 0
Harris ENGLISH USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Nick FALDO England DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP 0
Niclas FASTH Sweden DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 0
Oliver FISHER England DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Oscar FLOREN Sweden DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Marcus FRASER Australia CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Hiroyuki FUJITA Japan CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP 0
Robert GARRIGUS USA DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP 0
Tano GOYA Argentina DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP 0
Luke GUTHRIE USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Justin HARDING South Africa DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Tyrrell HATTON England DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Russell HENLEY USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Billy HORSCHEL USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
John HUH USA CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Mikko ILONEN Finland DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Makoto INOUE Japan DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Scott JAMIESON Scotland DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP 0
Steven JEFFRESS Australia DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Shiv KAPUR India DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Shingo KATAYAMA Japan DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Hyung-Sung KIM Korea DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Satoshi KODAIRA Japan DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Brooks KOEPKA USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Darryn LLOYD South Africa DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Sandy LYLE Scotland CUT CUT CUT CUT WD 0
David LYNN England DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Daisuke MARUYAMA Japan DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Hideki MATSUYAMA Japan DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Gareth MAYBIN Northern Ireland DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP 0
Richard MCEVOY England DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
George MURRAY Scotland DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Scott PIERCY USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
D A POINTS USA DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP 0
Richie RAMSAY Scotland CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP 0
Brett RUMFORD Australia DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Lloyd SALTMAN Scotland DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP 0
Kevin STREELMAN USA DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP 0
Josh TEATER USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Michael THOMPSON USA CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
John WADE Australia DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Johnson WAGNER USA CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Jimmy WALKER USA DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Marc WARREN Scotland DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Bernd WIESBERGER Austria DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Danny WILLETT England DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP 0
Thaworn WIRATCHANT Thailand DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Gareth WRIGHT Wales DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Ashun WU China DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0
Matthew FITZPATRICK (A) England
Grant FORREST (A) Scotland
Steven FOX (A) USA
Jimmy MULLEN (A) England
Garrick PORTEOUS (A) England
Rhys PUGH (A) Wales
Ben STOW (A) England
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July 11, 2013

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2013 British Open (“The Open”) Fantasy Picks and Preview

Are you interested in knowing the past performance of every golfer in this year’s British Open?

I’m releasing my 2013 British Open preview for fantasy golf players in the next few days on our Facebook page. It includes the past 5 years of British Opens and who has made the most cuts and their average finish.

You’ll also get a ranking of every player in the field based on their most recent performance on their home tours (PGA, European, Japan, and more).

Picking a guy like Tiger or Luke Donald is not rocket science but winning your pool will require you picking the guy that nobody else is considering.

My preview package will include all of that PLUS my personal top-25 rankings.

It’s all free and it will all be on our Facebook page. So, click on the link below and click “like” once you get there so you won’t miss out when I post these stats during the next 7 days.

One more important item…we will be running a British Open pool with real cash prizes so be sure to follow our Facebook updates as the first 50 to join will be eligible to enter the pool.

Here is a link to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FantasyGolfPredictions

 

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July 8, 2013

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2013 John Deere Classic Fantasy Picks

Here are this week’s top-25 fantasy rankings for the John Deere Classic.

1              Stricker, Steve

2              Jones, Matt

3              Johnson, Zach

4              de Jonge, Brendon

5              Hoffman, Charley

6              Senden, John

7              Tringale, Cameron

8              Walker, Jimmy

9              Henry, J.J.

10           Hoffmann, Morgan

11           Lee, D.H.

12           Moore, Ryan

13           Oosthuizen, Louis

14           Gainey, Tommy

15           Spieth, Jordan

16           Woodland, Gary

17           Reavie, Chez

18           Perez, Pat

19           Watney, Nick

20           Sabbatini, Rory

21           Stallings, Scott

22           Kelly, Jerry

23           Castro, Roberto

24           Guthrie, Luke

25           Stanley, Kyle

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July 2, 2013

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Join our British Open Fantasy Pool

We’ll be running our British Open pool and are looking for people interested in playing.

Go to our Facebook page, click “like” to follow me, and I’ll be posting in the next week how to join our free pool and play for real money.

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July 1, 2013

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2013 Greenbrier Classic Fantasy Picks

We are in West Virginia this week for the Greenbrier Classic played on the Old White TPC course, which plays to a par 70 at about 7,300 yards.

This event is a fairly new one on the PGA Tour having only begun in 2010 (replacing the Buick event). With only three years under its belt and only three previous champions there is very little to go by when it comes to previous place analysis.

All three past champions – Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings, and Stuart Appleby – are in attendance this week. Along with them are a handful of top names including Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson from the world top-20 rankings.

This field is mediocre in depth but there are a few guys who should rise to the top. That said, it was extremely difficult to rank a top-10 let alone a top-25 for this event.

I’ll get started with (my) the favorite to win this week and its Phil Mickelson.

For all of Phil’s near wins this year he’s actually put together a great year thus far. He currently sits 4th in earnings at just over $3.4 million and has five top-10 finishes including a win earlier in the year. He’s also coming off three top-3 finishes in his last four events. Although there will be a lot of people focusing on Bubba Watson and Bill Haas, who have both been on fire as of late, I can’t pick either ahead of Phil.

I will, however, pick Haas and Watson in my two and three seeds. Haas comes off the win last week, a second place finish the event before, and a 4th just before that. He’s been on fire since having played some unimpressive golf just a short while ago. He now finds himself as a weekly top-10 favorite and in this field an easy top-5 pick.

Watson has disappointed many people this year. After 13 events he sits in 45th on the money list with just over $1.3 million. He’s a wildcard pick in many ways. First, he hasn’t played this event and has not really done anything outside of a back-to-back 4th place finishes in his last two events. I should remind you that those are his first tiop-10 finishes all year since his 4th at the maiden event of the season in Hawaii. Outside of that he’s don’ no better than a 14th. At some point I have to stop giving credit to Bubba for his past play and start considering his recent play more and more in my rankings. However, in this field and with his improved play as of late he does move up the standings for this week.

My fourth pick this week maybe should be my third or even second pick this week. Webb Simpson comes off a 5th place finish in his last event to go along with just over $2 million in earnings for the year. Simpson hasn’t done anything spectacular in 2013 but his play has been solid. I like the fact that he has a 7th and 9th place finish right here at this event over the past two years.

The fifth pick this week was difficult. I see a lot of guys who could slide into this spot given this field. Billy Horschel is one name I considered but he has cooled-off as of late. Instead, I have bumped-up Scott Piercy into the fifth seed based on some improved play as of late and his past history at the Greenbrier. It’s not a convincing argument, I know, but he is one of the better players in the field and there are some compelling reasons to rank him higher than Stallings, Horschel, and a few others. I think he will be a value pick in many pools this week.

That rounds out my top-5 for the week so now onto my sleeper picks.

A guy that has yet to make my top-25 all year but finally gets seeded at number 22 this week is Martin Flores. Flores is bypassed by most fantasy golf players who know very little about a player who has actually played 77 events on tour in his career. In 2012, Flores cracked the $1 million in earnings mark and has reached about half of that thus far in 2013. Martin has only made 11 of 18 cuts this year but has two top-25s in the last four events. He’s also had six top-50 finishes since late March. I’ll also give some credit to his sixth-place finish here last year.

My second sleeper this week is 23-year old Morgan Hoffmann. Morgan has amassed just over $700k in 2013 as a rookie. And while most people are talking about the recent hot play of Jordan Spieth nobody should ignore this Hoffmann. Morgan has been streaky (if you can call it that) and has peppered a series of missed-cuts with top-10 finishes – three to be exact since mid-May. More significantly, he’s had two of those top-10 finishes these past two weeks on tour. Ride the hot hand and find a place for him on your team if you’re looking to make-up ground.

Here is the rest of my top-25 for the week along with my Yahoo! Fantasy Golf Team:

1              Mickelson, Phil

2              Haas, Bill

3              Watson, Bubba

4              Simpson, Webb

5              Piercy, Scott

6              Horschel, Billy

7              Stallings, Scott

8              DeLaet, Graham

9              Walker, Jimmy

10           Castro, Roberto

11           Woodland, Gary

12           Hoffmann, Morgan

13           Davis, Brian

14           Chappell, Kevin

15           Spieth, Jordan

16           Duke, Ken

17           Weekley, Boo

18           Potter, Jr., Ted

19           Reavie, Chez

20           Hearn, David

21           Palmer, Ryan

22           Flores, Martin

23           Henley, Russell

24           Romero, Andres

25           Lingmerth, David

My Yahoo! Fantasy Team:

My foursome:

Group A: Mickelson

Group B: Webb Simpson, DeLaet

Group C: Piercy

My bench:

Group A: Haas

Group B: Stallings, Walker

Group C: Horschel

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June 23, 2013

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2013 AT&T National Fantasy Picks

My top-25 fantasy rankings for the 2013 AT&T National will be released by Monday evening. Follow me on Facebook to receive my weekly rankings:

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