Fantasy Picks: The Players


Golf Channel:

In group 1, I like Graeme McDowell for 2 reasons: 1) he’s hot coming off his recent win at the RBC Heritage and 2) he is a grinder. TPC Sawgrass is a grinding course that requires accuracy off the tee and G-Mac is one of the most accurate drivers on tour.

For group 2, it’s 2008 Players Champion Sergio Garcia. From tee to green there are few, if any, who are better than Sergio. Garcia has the ability to hit fairways and greens, which might give help him not have to depend on his putter.

As for group 3, I’ll take Ponte Vedra Beach resident Bud Cauley. He practices at TPC Sawgrass so his familiarity with the course is greater than one might expect for a younger player.

Finally, in group 4, it has to be George McNeill. Coming off of a high finish, albeit not a strong close, at the Wells Fargo Championship. McNeill has the best stat for group 4 players in Golf Channel fantasy golf: only 1 missed cut in 10 starts this year.



No need to explain Garcia or McDowell.

In the B group I like Rose, Watney and Oosthuizen for their great swings and ability to drive it long and find fairways. I have Rose starting because of his iron play in addition to the driving. Matt Kuchar is the defending champion and is playing well again this year. He, like McDowell is a grinder who can find a good round in difficult conditions.

The C group, like the A group, is a European party. Westwood is among the best ballstrikers in the world and held the 54-hole lead in 2010. Westy is also 8th in scrambling on the PGA Tour this year (shocking, I know!) Martin Kaymer also has a good record at Sawgrass and, like the B group players, is long and straight. He also has a great even-keeled demeanor to deal with the mental test presented at TPC Sawgrass.



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