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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Honda Classic - Final Thoughts

First things first, our Yahoo! starters in the first round of The Honda Classic are Tiger, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel. All are in the morning wave, and I was going to play Tiger and Schwartzel regardless. That made this an easy pick.

My one-and-done this week is Fredrik Jacobson. Simply put, his form and course history are a great match. I almost wavered and went with Graeme McDowell, but I held firm. Probably the clincher for me was the combination of his proximity (4th), strokes gained-putting (2nd) and scrambling (13th).

For my two-and-done, I went with Charl Schwartzel. I took him out of my one-and-done debate because there is a very good chance I will use him in that capacity at Doral next week.

As for the weather, the first two rounds look to be very similar. Highs should be in the low to mid 70s with wind around 11 to 12 MPH both days.

Best of luck this week!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Honda Classic - Fantasy

It's time for our weekly dive into fantasy land, with The Honda Classic serving as this week's excuse to test our golf knowledge. One quick note, Jason Day cracked our power rankings yesterday and has since withdrawn from the field.

I'll dive right in.

Yahoo!:

I haven't decided for sure about starters, but will tweet out that info tomorrow night. Reports of heavy wind in the PGA National vicinity are causing my delay. I want to understand the waves (tee time advantages) better before I make any final decision. Current standings: 85th percentile - 1070 points - 15,620 in the standings.

There's a strong field this week, and we are going with the heavy hitters.

A-List - Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell (I expect Woods to start).
B-List - Fredrik Jacobson, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els. (Jacobson the likely starter, but not sure on the second).
C-List - Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood (Schwartzel the likely starter).

Golf Channel:

Thanks to Matt Kuchar's win at the Match Play, I've gone from bad to average in this game. I'm playing it safe this week to try and creep up a little higher in the rankings. Rank: 10,903 with $4,271,173.

Group 1 - Tiger Woods
Group 2 - Fredrik Jacobson
Group 3 - Harris English
Group 4 - Camilo Villegas

PGA TOUR Game:
Of 45 players, here are our current top 5.

  • Ghin & Juice - 961 points
  • Stink Eye - 934
  • Texas Clowns - 899
  • O'Sullivan's Tribe (not me) - 870
  • Swinging for the 60s - 852
My Rotoworld colleague Ned Brown is sitting in sixth with his Pure Spin team. My RotoRyan team is hanging out in 25th with 363. In 35th place with 273 points is Rotoworld Rob (Rob Bolton). Rob gets an early pass because he joined a week late, but since he also serves as PGATOUR.com's fantasy "expert," we aren't giving him too much slack.

BuzzDraft:
We had one six-man game this week in BuzzDraft. My RotoRyan team took home the top prize and A340Spotter's Weekly 6th place finishers cashed in second. It seems Spotter's reverse psychology worked well. I can't wait to see what his team name is this week.

Format was similar to usual last week, and my winning team featured Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar (cha ching), Martin Kaymer, Robert Garrigus, Jason Day (cha ching), David Lynn and Tim Clark. 

I also heard that our frequent player @DKateeb took home first place in a $20 buy-in 11-man game last week. 

I love to see our players taking home top prizes like that!

We will check back tomorrow with the one and done and two and done picks, as well as any other necessary updates. 

I'd also encourage everyone to check in on the Rotoworld Golf site tomorrow at noon ET for a live chat with my boys Rob Bolton and Mike "Glass" Glasscott. They take pretty much every question they can get to related to fantasy for this week's event. It's a recurring chat. If you miss it, you can go back and read the transcript. You are likely to see several regular BuzzDraft players from this blog posting comments and questions including A340Spotter, KYech and others. Feel free to flood Rob's queue with questions or comments. Just don't get Glass started on his Indiana boy Jeff Overton or Rob will never get him back on track.

Best of luck!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sully's Snapshot - First Update

As many of you know, I contribute to the golf section of Rotoworld. One of the year-long projects I do on that site is a piece entitled Sully's Snapshot. I essentially project out what the top 125 will look like at season's end.

For gamers in full-season formats, this can have some value. Especially if your league allows substitutions.

For others, it's fun to look and see where I ranked your favorite golfer. Even better, it's a reason to think I've completely missed the boat on your favorite golfer. Feel free to tell me about it if you love it or hate it. The only promise I'll make to you is that it won't have any impact on my next update, coming immediately following the Masters.

This published before the first round of the  WGC-Accenture Match Play was in the books, so it did not factor in Matt Kuchar's victory etc. Ironically, I made this comment on Kuchar, " Looks as steady as ever to start the season with an eventual win seemingly inevitable." I didn't know how right I was and how quickly "inevitable" would come. 

With that as the teaser, here's the link to Sully's Snapshot.


The Honda Classic - Power Rankings


With the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship behind us, it is time to move back to the familiarity of stroke play and begin the Florida Swing at The Honda Classic. When sizing up the field this week, there are a few things to consider. Not the least of which is how to boost or fade a player coming out of the Match Play.

I made a comment on Twitter that I would like Fredrik Jacobson’s chances this week if he went ahead and lost out of the Accenture Match Play on Saturday, rather than go too deep.  He promptly lost out in the third round, and in doing so prevented himself from having to play roughly 65-70 holes in two days; instead playing 17. With a first-round win over Ernie Els and a second round blowout over Marcus Fraser on the resume, his loss to firecracker-hot Robert Garrigus 3 & 1 wasn’t a bad beat. I like him much more this week under those circumstances than if we would have had to have played in the wind and cold for two rounds on Sunday. He would come to PGA National mentally and physically drained, and hoping he didn’t hurt his swing playing in the wind.

While we didn’t do a traditional power ranking last week, I supposed since I picked Matt Kuchar to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play in the bracket I published, that counts as having my top man bring home the title. We’ll see if we can do it again this week.

  1. Charl Schwartzel – I really don’t put much weight on his first-round loss to Russell Henley in the Match Play when you factor in how well he’s played in stroke-play events the last few months. Couple that with this routinely being one of his top three events on the PGA TOUR schedule, and you have a formula for success. He tied for fifth in this event last year. Consider him for a one-and-done. I’m probably going to hold off until next week at Doral, but I won’t talk you out of him this week.
  2. Tiger Woods – Not too many guys played better in the first round of the Match Play than Woods, but Charles Howell III wasn't missing. He won at Torrey Pines and finished T2 here last year. I feel very good about his form and his performance on this course. Play him in any format except one-and-done. I’m eyeing him for Bay Hill in that capacity.
  3. Fredrik Jacobson – He’s scored top 10s in each of his three stops this year, missing out on a playoff at Riviera by a stroke. He has two top-six finishes in this event at this venue, and has never missed a cut or finished outside the top 30 in four starts at PGA National. His form and course history have never been a better match for an event than this week. He will likely be my one-and-done.
  4. Graeme McDowell – GMac looked good at Dove Mountain and is 3/3 in making cuts at PGA National with two top 10s. It would be a surprise if he didn't at least finish top 15 and it is likely that he will challenge for the win.
  5. Justin Rose – Rose has made three (of four) cuts in this event with two top fives and a T15. Lost to Nicolas Colsaerts in the second round of Match Play last week, which wasn't a bad beat. I’m waiting on him to make a big splash sometime soon, but the stars haven’t aligned for me to declare this the week.
  6. Lee Westwood – Ball striking, in particular GIR, is at a premium this week which favors the Englishman. That said, I’m fearful of his ability to handle the par 3s if he misses the greens. His history here includes no missed cuts in three events with two top 10s and a top 30. I don’t see a win, but I see a comfortable top 25 with him knocking on the door of a lower top 10.
  7. Rory McIlroy – The defending champ has played exactly three rounds this season, with none all that successful. He needs a solid week to try and calm the Nike storm. With four paydays in four tries at PGA National, this should be a venue where he can at least nab a top 25 and start to build some confidence. If he doesn't, then the mental side of his game will become a challenge very soon.
  8. Kevin Stadler – Stadler is nothing if not a ball-striker, but his putter has actually been average this year. That said, it seems like every time he’s in contention the live telecast cuts to him missing a 3-foot putt. He tied for ninth here last year and could be a dark horse in a field of purebreds.
  9. Jason Day – Coming off a third at the Match Play, he will be beaming with confidence but may be low on energy. He doesn't have enough history here to make any sweeping statements on his fit for PGA National, but if he can get through the first round without disaster he could pick up steam on the weekend.
  10. Charles Howell III – Chuck got over the hump and knocked off his old buddy Tiger Woods before suffering a predictable second-round letdown against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. I maintain that wasn’t a bad beat. GFC took Woods 18 holes in 2012 before losing and gave Webb Simpson all he could handle in the third round. He has two ties for 26th and a T10 in three starts at PGA National.
  11. Chris Kirk - His form is ridiculous right now, but his course history is just fair at PGA National. He's made both his cuts, but hasn't recorded a top 25. 
  12. Russell Henley – Henley lit it up late in the year on the Web.com Tour on Florida courses and he played his college golf just up the road at the University of Georgia. There are certain guys that are horses for Florida courses and I could see him being one of those guys. If he shows well this week, don’t be surprised to see me burn a one-and-done on him at Tampa Bay if he plays. His first-round Match Play upset over Schwartzel was nice, and that he lost to eventual third-place finisher Jason Day doesn't speak poorly either.


The next 5: Ernie Els, Brendon de Jonge, Harris English, Billy Horschel and Nicolas Colsaerts

We will dive into this week’s games in tomorrow’s post. Until then, happy research and best of luck!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Honda Classic - Preview

The Honda Classic is next up on the docket for the PGA TOUR, and the event enjoyed a major status boost last season when Rory McIlroy held off Tiger Woods for the win. It was the first time Woods played the event at it's current venue of PGA National Champion Course. PGA National has hosted this event since 2007.

The course is a par 70 that measures 7110 yards on the card this year, featuring just two par 5s and four par 3s. The story of the event is the stretch of holes known as the "Bear Trap." That is, the stretch of holes that includes the par-3 15th, par-4 16th and par-3 17th. Water is a factor on virtually every shot, and par is a solid score on each hole. The course is originally a Fazio, but Jack Nicklaus did the redesign, most recently in 2002, thus the "Bear Trap."

When handicapping the tournament, we are reaching the point in the season where statistics for players are becoming relevant. That is, there are enough tournaments for most of the players for a GIR or SGP rank to mean something. Even so, current form and course history should always trump statistics except when trying to identify a rookie or dark horse.

This week driving, especially driving distance, takes a back seat to GIR, proximity to the hole and putting. Because of how demanding the par 3s are on the back nine, there will be a premium on either hitting it close or scrambling. With only two par 5s, it's important for the potential winner to take advantage of them, but it's more important that he avoid messy bogeys and worse on the par 3s and 4s.

Last year's top five demonstrate those qualities:

  • Winner - Rory McIlroy
  • T2 - Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis
  • 4 - Lee Westwood
  • T5 - Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, 
Winners and runner-ups since 2007 are:
  • 2012: Winner - McIlroy; Runner-up Woods / Gillis
  • 2011: Winner - Rory Sabbatini; Runner-up Y.E. Yang
  • 2010: Winner - Camilo Villegas; Runner-up Anthony Kim
  • 2009: Winner - Y.E. Yang; Runner-up: John Rollins
  • 2008: Winner - Ernie Els; Runner-up: Luke Donald
  • 2007: Winner - Mark Wilson; Runner-up: Jose Coceres, Villegas and Boo Weekley
It must be emphasized that this field has taken a major step up over the past couple of years. The placement of it between the WGC-Accenture Match Play and the WGC-Cadillac is a big reason as to why. International stars have played it as a way to keep sharp. Even bigger is the addition of Tiger Woods. The days of a Mark Wilson, Jose Coceres, Camilo Villegas, Boo Weekley playoff are over. 

While I'm a few days away from declaring a one-and-done pick for this week, I would encourage you to be patient with McIlroy and Woods. I've tentatively got Woods penciled in for Bay Hill and McIlroy for Quail Hollow, so there's nor reason rushing into them while questions remain. Especially with McIlroy.

We will be back tomorrow with our power rankings. Until then, happy research!

The Honda Classic - Monday Qualifier

With the WGC-Accenture Match Play almost behind us, here is a look at the Monday qualifier information for The Honda Classic. One name that stood out to me was George Coetzee. It's amazing that he went from playing in a WGC a few days ago to teeing it up in an open qualifier.

Best of luck to all!



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WGC-Accenture Match Play - Games

As you have probably already been able to figure out, gaming formats are totally different for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. There is no Yahoo! game this week. The PGA TOUR and Golf Channel regular game has been replaced with a bracket challenge. BuzzDraft has done a nice job of sticking to their group format by putting all of the #1 seeds in Group 1, the #2s in Group 2 and so on.

My strategy for this week isn't a secret. Escape unscathed. So for my one-and-done and two-and-done pick I'm going with Ian Poulter. Partially because he is one of the best guys for this format and partially because I'm not really sure where else I would need him later. If Poulter makes it to the round of 16 (that would mean he would finish no worse than T9) I would be ecstatic. I'm also counting on a bunch of people taking Poulter this week, meaning I won't lose ground to the field in my leagues.

As for last week.....

BuzzDraft:

We filled out one six-man league. The winner was RotoRyan with 652.67 points, follwed by @dkateeb 542.17, KYech 538.31, Zanarkand Abes, Tiger's Wood, and A340Spotter.

Don't cry too hard for KYech falling just short of cashing in the 6-man game. In the 29-man feature he placed second and brought home $120 for his troubles. Nice job Kamal!

PGA TOUR game:

I'll have to update the standings at a later date. I can't get into the regular game to see the standings because everything is defaulting to the Match Play Challenge.

Monday, February 18, 2013

WGC-Accenture Match Play - Bracket

After putting in just about as much research as needed for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, I'm ready to fire with my take on each of the first-round matches, as well as give you my bracket for the week. When filling out the opening matches, I want to point out that I did not consider a player's seed. I did consider a player's past record at Dove Mountain (all events since 2009), as well as the opponents they faced in those matches.

When I got done looking at my own bracket, it feels too chalky. That said, it would be otherwise unwise to take a flier on a big opening-round upset and then ride that guy to the final four.

Here we go:

Jones Bracket:

(1) McIlroy over (16) Lowry - Despite McIlroy's poor showing in his only action this season, he's 10-4 in matches at Dove Mountain. It would be a large upset if he dropped this one.

(8) Fowler over (9) Pettersson - Fowler's 2-2 record is decent, and two T6s to start the year are enough to give him the nod over Pettersson, who's done next to nothing since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and hasn't played at Dove Mountain.

(4) D. Johnson over (13) Noren - Almost went with the upset here, but Noren is 0-1 at Dove Mountain and DJ made it to the sweet 16 here last year despite flaming out in the first round in the three years prior.

(5) McDowell over (12) Harrington - This is the battle of guys with poor records at Dove Mountain. GMac is 2-4 and Harrington is 0-3. Harrington showed some serious flashes at the Waste Management, but both guys are coming off missed cuts at Riviera.

(2) Watson over (15) Wood - Chris Wood is 0-1 and Bubba Watson is 5-3 with a final four in 2011. Questions?

(10) Moore over (7) Furyk - Moore made a run to the round of eight in 2011 before losing to eventual champion Luke Donald and owns a 3-2 record. Furyk is 3-4 at Dove Mountain, but was one-and-done the last two seasons. Moore could be a bracket buster.

(3) Schwartzel over (14) Henley - Don't fall into the trap of the dazzling rookie. Schwartzel is the hottest player on earth right now and has never lost in the first round of this event at Dove Mountain in four trips, owning a 5-4 record. If you look closely, Henley hasn't done much since his win at the Sony either.

(11) Day over (6) Z. Johnson - Day's 3&2 and Johnson's 2&4 at Dove Mountain and I'd give the slight edge to Day in form.

Predictions for the rest of the Jones Bracket:

McIlroy over Fowler, DJ over GMac, Moore over Watson and Schwartzel over Day
McIlroy over DJ and Schwartzel over Moore
Schwartzel over McIlroy to advance to the final four.

Hogan Bracket:

(1) Oosthuizen over (16) Ramsay - Louis' experience here includes just one win, but that's more than Ramsay's seen.

(9) Garrigus over (8) Grace - Everyone's going to want to take Grace here, but Garrigus' length and form make him a very interesting watch this week. Both are rookies in this event, and I'd like either to upset King Louis in the second round.

(4) Bradley over (13) Fraser - Bradley went 1-1 in his first taste of this event last year and seems to be in average to above-average form. That's enough for me.

(5) Els over (12) Jacobson - I watched Riviera and saw the Swedish Houdini about pull off a big win. I also know that Els is undefeated in his first rounds at Dove Mountain including a win over defending-champ and number one seed Luke Donald last year. Jacobson is 0-1 at Dove Mountain.

(2) Rose over (15) Choi - To be honest, neither guy looks that great to me. I lean towards the class of Rose over the shaky Choi.

(7) Haas over (10) Colsaerts - You have an 0-2 Haas matched up against an 0-1 Colsaerts. Haas lost in the first round last  year after winning Riviera, but I'm not too excited with Colsaerts form in the U.S. this year.

(3) Garcia over (14) Jaidee - Dig deep and you'll see that Jaidee is 3&1 at Dove Mountain with his only loss coming to eventual champion Ian Poulter in 2010. Garcia should prevail, but don't be shocked if an upset happens.

(6) Kuchar over (11) Fujita - Kuchar is the definition of solid at Dove Mountain, amassing a 9-3 record in three trips, never losing in the first round. A Kuchar / Garcia second-round match will decide the Hogan bracket.

Predictions for the rest of the Hogan Bracket:

Garrigus over Oosthuizen, Bradley over Els, Rose over Haas, Kuchar over Garcia
Bradley over Garrigus and Kuchar over Rose
Kuchar over Bradley for the final four.

Player Bracket:

(1) Tiger Woods over (16) Charles Howell III - This is the 1/16 with the greatest chance of an upset. Had CH3 done anything at Riviera, I might have gone out on a limb. Tiger almost always stubs his toe to a weak opponent in this format, going just 2-3 in his previous three trips to Dove Mountain.

(8) Fernandez-Castano over (9) Francesco Molinari - The Spaniard took Woods to the 18th hole in his first trip to Dove Mountain before losing in the first round last year, while Molinari is a weak 1-3 here. I'd guess that Woods would rather see the Italian if he takes care of business in the opener.

(4) Simpson over (13) Lynn - Simpson is 0-1 and Lynn is making his first trip to Dove Mountain. Simpson is fresh off of contending at Riviera, so he gets the nod.

(5) Hanson over (12) Bjorn - This is the "Tiger nightmare" bracket. Bjorn bounced Woods in the first round a few years back, but Hanson made a nice run to the elite eight in 2012. In doing so, he improved an otherwise below-average history at this venue.

(2) Westwood over (15) Cabrera-Bello - Westy is another guy that's never lost in the first round here and owns a 7-5 record. The reason for 5 losses in four trips is due to losing in the final four and then again in the consolation match.

(7) Kaymer over (10) Coetzee - Coetzee lost to McIlroy in his only match at Dove Mountain (2012), while Kaymer is 9-4 and undefeated in the opening round. Coetzee would be a nice dark-horse candidate with a little better draw.

(3) Dufner over (14) Sterne - I don't have much conviction here. Both are 0-1 at Dove Mountain.

(6) Mahan over (11) Manassero - This is a potential upset for two reasons. First, the last two defending champs have lost in the first round. Second, Manassero is 3-2 here with wins over Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker and Charl Schwartzel. Can you say giant killer? That said, I really like Mahan's trend coming out of Riviera.

Predictions for the rest of the Player Bracket:

Woods over Fernandez-Castano, Hanson over Simpson, Westwood over Kaymer and Dufner over Mahan
Woods over Hanson and Westwood over Dufner
Westwood over Woods for the final four.

Snead Bracket:

(1) Donald over (16) Siem - Donald lost in the first round as a #1 seed last year. He won't let it happen again.

(8) Lawrie over (9) Piercy - Lawrie won two matches here last year, while Piercy has no experience here. Lawrie will be a tough out for anyone.

(4) Stricker over (14) Stenson - Stenson's record at Dove Mountain is awful and Stricker's is just okay. Stricker is a better player if he kept the rust off his clubs.

(5) Watney over (12) Toms - Watney is a guy to watch this week, compiling a 6-3 record and Dove Mountain and winning his first two matches each of his three times.

(15) Clark over (2) Scott - The numbers are simple. Scott is 1-4 here while Clark is 4-2. Clark's wins were Vijay Singh, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen. Scott lost to Robert Rock last year.

(10) Olesen over (7) Donaldson - Whoever wins this match will be a sleeper for the rest of the bracket to take notice. I'll lean Olesen.

(3) Poulter over (14) Gallacher - This isn't without a little room for debate, as Poulter lost in the first round each of the last two years, but he SHOULD win this one easily.

(11) Senden over (6) Van Pelt - I'm not loving BVP's form and he's 1-2 here versus 2-1 for Senden.

Predictions for the rest of the Snead Bracket:

Donald over Lawrie, Watney over Stricker, Olesen over Clark, Poulter over Senden
Watney over Donald, Poulter over Olesen
Poulter over Watney.

Final Four:
Kuchar over Schwartzel
Westwood over Poulter

Kuchar over Westwood to win it.
Poulter over Schwartzel for third.

We will hit on our one-and-done picks and any other games tomorrow.

Best of luck!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

WGC Accenture Match Play - Preview

The World Golf Championships (WGC) - Accenture Match Play is one of the hardest tournament of the year to preview and peg. There are two golf tournaments per year on the PGA TOUR that feature alternate scoring. This week is a match play and the Reno-Tahoe Open is a modified Stableford scoring system.

For those unfamiliar, the setup of this tournament is much like the NCAA College Basketball tournament. There are four brackets of 1-16 seeds that will ultimately spill into one final four. There is one major difference between trying to win this bracket and trying to win an NCAA tournament pool. In college basketball, the difference between the first seed and the 16th seed is massive in terms of talent and often experience. In golf, the difference between the best player in the world and the 66th best (2 guys w/d) is not nearly as big in an 18-hole match play format. One guy gets hot with the putter and Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods could have his hands full.

For gamers, there are a number of things to consider, and the format of your game means everything. First, don't burn an elite player in a one-and-done. Half the field loses out in the first round. You'll see guys shoot a 5-under and lose while another guy shoots a 2-over and wins. This isn't the week to use Rory or Tiger. Even consider burning a guy that doesn't play on the PGA TOUR, but shows up at WGCs and majors only. Branden Grace?

In other games like Yahoo! or the PGA TOUR game feel free to go chalk, but consider first round match ups. If Matt Kuchar draws a guy who's trending horribly, take Kuchar. Same with Nick Watney.

So what do you need to know about the course and the past history?

Here's the final four for the last four years, and how it played out.

2009

  1. Geoff Ogilvy
  2. Paul Casey
  3. Stewart Cink (won the Open Championship later that season)
  4. Ross Fisher (had a great run in the majors that year)
2010
  1. Ian Poulter
  2. Paul Casey
  3. Camilo Villegas
  4. Sergio Garcia
2011
  1. Luke Donald
  2. Martin Kaymer (fresh off of his win at the PGA Championship)
  3. Matt Kuchar
  4. Bubba Watson
2012
  1. Hunter Mahan (won a few months later in Houston)
  2. Rory McIlroy (rose to world #1 and won his second major later in the year)
  3. Mark Wilson 
  4. Lee Westwood
I count five American's out of 16. I notice Ryder Cup stalwarts like Serigo Garcia, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. One strategy may be to take a hard look at the European Ryder Cup team to make a pick.

The course is The Golf Club at Dove Mountain and measures 7,833 as a par 72. Despite the length, we see that short to medium distance players like Mark Wilson and Luke Donald have done just fine. But, we also notice that bombers like Ross Fisher, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy have shown up. 

I've looked at this tournament a number of ways and considered the past history. I've come to this conclusion. You can't account for all the variables that match play offers. 

Ian Poulter looks like a guy who will never lose in an event like this, but since his win in 2010 he lost out in the first round in each of the last two seasons. 

Rather than a power ranking, I will post my bracket tomorrow night, and will also offer a very brief preview of each of the first round matches. I will not preview "what if" scenarios after the first round.

Once the brackets come out, if you have specific questions feel free to shoot them my way.

Best of luck in your research!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Northern Trust Open - Final Thoughts

With the strongest field of the year to date emerging on Riviera Country Club, here are the finishing touches on our week of researching the Northern Trust Open.

For the one-and-done, I looked at things from a number of angles. There are a few wild cards this week. How will Charl Schwartzel do in his first start at Riviera? How will guys like Adam Scott and Luke Donald look in their first starts of the season? Which Mickelson shows up? In a field this deep, there is little room for taking a risk because there are plenty answers in front of us.

I touted Jimmy Walker as my top pick to start the week, and I'm going with him as the one-and-done. A big part of me wanted to take Mickelson since he's coming off a terrible week at Pebble and that seems to be working for him lately. But, I'm tired of riding the Phil roller coaster. Haas is worthy of thought. Keegan Bradley is too. Ryan Moore? Aaron Baddeley? Sergio Garica? Kevin Stadler? All good. It just depends on your long-term strategy.

For my two-and-done, I'm taking Keegan Bradley. He was runner-up here last year and he'll thrive on playing beside Mickelson the first two rounds. I see similarities to this course and Firestone CC where Bradley won the WGC-Bridgestone last August.

One final note, Rob Bolton did a nice job of highlighting that Jimmy Walker (also his one-and-done this week) and his wife are expecting their second child next week. He also noted in his PGATOUR.com piece that this is reminiscent of Ryan Moore just before Moore won in Vegas last Fall. I would recommend emailing your commissioner and asking about selecting a pre-tournament alternate should Walker W/D from the tournament pre or mid-tourney due to the early birth of the child. The worst they can tell you is no.

Best of luck this week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Northern Trust Open - Fantasy

With the preview and the power rankings for the Northern Trust Open behind us, it's time to go on record with some games this week. I'll dive right in.

Yahoo!
  • A-List - Bill Haas starting with Phil Mickelson on the bench. I wanted to balance my tee times and plug Sergio in for Mickelson, but there's just too good of a chance that Mickelson could win and I want to gobble up the 20  bonus points if it starts to look that way.
  • B-List - Starting Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley with Aaron Baddeley and Luke Donald hanging out on the bench.
  • C-List - Kevin Stadler starting with Charl Schwartzel on the bench.
Expect to see Donald and Schwartzel plugged into the Friday lineup.

Golf Channel:
  • Group 1 - I'm taking Keegan. I love him on tough courses and this could be his week.
  • Group 2 - Jimmy Walker jumps off the page here.
  • Group 3 - A little risky given his form, but J.B. Holmes feasts on Riviera and this isn't the first time his form has lacked entering the week.
  • Group 4 - Lucas Glover is 3/3 in making cuts this year, ranks fifth in total driving and 18th in ball-striking on a course where shaping shots, being long and finding fairways and greens are important.

BuzzDraft:

For starters, props to the Chili Dippers for finishing third in the 29 man feature game and KYech for cashing in three different games this week. Nice job guys!

As for our 6-man feature, KYech took home the trophy by essentially going against the Dustin Johnson / Phil Mickelson grain that the rest of us chased. Using those picks on Snedeker and Mahan won the game. My RotoRyan team took second thanks to James Hahn coming in third and Richard H. Lee nabbing a T12.

PGA TOUR game:

We currently have 42 players in the game. The top five are as follows:
  • Team Tiger II - 693 (FedExCup Points
  • O'Sullivan's Tribe (wish I could claim this as my team)- 571
  • Bushleaguers - 564
  • the horsetheives - 564
  • Swinging for the Sixties - 559
Since we are one week in, feel free to join in and play with us. It's free and you can find the registration on PGATOUR.com. Our league name is The Golf Aficionado and the password is Rotoryan. A late add that decided to spot us a week by taking a goose egg in week one is Rotoworld Rob. Word is, he's pretty good at this fantasy stuff, so the other 41 of us may be glad he gave us a head start.

We will be back with one-and-done picks tomorrow, and any other necessary info.

Best of luck to all!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Northern Trust Open - Power Rankings

When diving into the Northern Trust Open, several things became apparent. For starters, we will see several high-ranking studs like Adam Scott and Luke Donald for the first time in 2013. We will also get the first U.S. glimpse of Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia. Further, several guys who would normally be among the contenders, namely Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, must be reconsidered after less than impressive weeks at Pebble Beach.

On the bright side, there are a number of players with some steady trends worth noting. Kevin Stadler, Jimmy Walker and Ryan Moore all fit that bill. Defending champion Bill Haas also falls into that category.

When we put it all together and shake it up, here's what we get. The Dandy Dozen; Riviera Style:

  1. Jimmy Walker - There are about three years worth of trends leading up to this week for Walker. For starters, he's tied for fourth each of the last two years in this event, and he's coming off a T3 at Pebble Beach including a final-round 66 that was tied for the fourth lowest round of the day. Looking deeper, his T4 in 2011 was preceded by a T29 at the Farmers and a T9 at Pebble Beach. His T4 in 2012 was preceded by a T8 at the Farmers and a T9 at Pebble. This year, he was T4 at the Farmers and T3 at Pebble. This sort of reminds me of Jason Dufner before he won his first event in New Orleans last year. Literally everything was pointing to it and he got it done. The same can be said for Walker. It's racked up for him, he's just got to hit the shot.
  2. Bill Haas - Last year's champ started the year slow with a balky putter, but rebounded to post top 10s in his last two events before taking Pebble Beach off. He's made 5/7 cuts here with a T12 in '11 preceding his win in '12.
  3. Charl Schwartzel - This pick has risk for two reasons. He's never played Riviera and this is his first U.S. start. For those of you that haven't paid attention to the South African since he last played on the PGA TOUR in the fall of 2012, he's hotter than Brandt Snedeker. He finished runner-up in South Africa last week (shooting 20-under), and preceded that with two wins in his last two starts of 2012. At week's end, he's the guy that if you don't take him and he does well you'll look back and say "it was so obvious," but if you take him and it busts you'll say "what was I even thinking."
  4. Keegan Bradley - He's played here twice, missing the cut in '11 and losing in a playoff last year. I expect a strong performance out of Bradley, I mentioned yesterday that aspects of Riviera remind me of Firestone CC. That happens to be where Bradley claimed the WGC-Bridgestone last summer. His form is a bit iffy, but the week off could have allowed him to work out any minor kinks and come in well rested.
  5. Luke Donald - We've mentioned that this is our first look at the Englishman this year, but his pedigree and event history warrant strong consideration. He's made the cut 7/11 times with two third-place finishes and three other top 25s. 
  6. Adam Scott - Scott is also making his debut, but he has a rain-shortened win and a runner-up the year following. While those are his only top 10s and came in his first two starts here, he's made 5/6 cuts and owns four top 25s including a T17 last year.
  7. Ryan Moore - Moore had a fourth-place finish two weeks ago in Phoenix before taking last week off. What's interesting about that is that he almost always plays the week prior to Riviera, but looking back a number of years the exception was 2011. He turned that week off to post a T4 at Riviera. That could be why he sat out the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  8. Sergio Garcia - He knocked the rust off with a couple of starts on the European Tour, including a T2 in Qatar and a T17 in Dubai. He tied for fourth last year in this event, owning six cuts in seven tries with five top 25s and two top 10s. It makes sense, given ball-striking has always been a strength. He could be a sneaky pick.
  9. Aaron Baddeley - He's made 10/10 cuts with four top 25s and a win in 2011. He's also trending decently well. What's noticeable is his penchant for putting up back-to-back strong performances at Pebble and Riviera. In 2011 he was T6 at Pebble and won at Riviera. In 2012 he was fourth at Pebble and T11 at Riviera. He was T12 at Pebble last week. 
  10. Phil Mickelson - This is sort of reminiscent of how I felt about Lefty coming out of Torrey Pines. I knew he had a chance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open despite a T51 at Torrey. He looked lost at times at Pebble in his T60, making a mess of the famous 18th hole both times he played it. In four starts this year, he has a win an three finishes outside the top 35 (2 out of the top 50). He lost in a playoff last year and owns two wins in this event. He's Phil. Who knows?
  11. Kevin Stadler - Stadler parlayed a great final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open into a T11 and moved on to Pebble to throw up a T3. His record in this event is pretty good. He's made four out of five cuts (including each of his last four) with three top 25s, but nothing better than a T10. He's a streaky player, so burning him this week makes plenty of sense in the right format.
  12. Chris Kirk - His record here is horrible. Ignoring that, he's very hot with two top fives already in 2013 including a runner-up last week. These stats must be considered: 1st in scrambling, 2nd in SGP and scoring average and fourth in birdie average. This is a classic case of how a hot player responds to a course where his history is poor. 
Next 5: Bo Van Pelt, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood

I want to hit on one member of the "Next 5" in a little more depth. Dustin Johnson is a bit of an enigma right now, but I expect it to be short lived. His win to start the year in Hawaii may have taken a little hunger away from him and his new romance would distract almost anyone. He'll get it together at some point this year, likely in time for the majors. It could be this week, but I can't endorse him again until I see at least three good rounds out of him in a week.

Tomorrow I will hit all of the various fantasy games. After last week's gaffe, I want to assure everyone that the last thing I did before posting this week's power rankings was check the field on PGATOUR.com. If I've included someone not in the field this week, I'm pointing my finger elsewhere!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Northern Trust Open - Preview

When I think of the Northern Trust Open, I think elite. The course is elite. The field is elite. The list of past champions is elite. Last year's playoff was won by 2011 FedExCup Champion Bill Haas. He bested 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson. Elite.

Riviera Country Club is the event's host, and most golf fans can envision at least half of the holes without digging too deep in the memory bank. The Par 71 7,349 yard course features a number of memorable holes. It opens with a par 5 that's reachable by the entire field with a 3-wood and a long iron. There's a par 3 with a bunker right in the middle of the green. The par-4 10th is drivable by just about everyone in the field, but if you go for it and miss there's a tricky green awaiting a difficult chip.

In a way, players of moderate length are at a bit of a disadvantage on the par 5s. We've already mentioned that short players can reach the first in two, but only the longest players in the field have a shot at the other two. Shorter players are used to wedging it into the par-5s in three, but the mid-length guys could end up in no-man's land.

Add to that, the par 3s are tough. The par 4s are generally lengthy and tight. In some ways, this course reminds me of both Torrey Pines South and Firestone CC. You can agree or disagree with that, but what is unquestionable is the premium on ball striking. A player must be precise with their irons and must be able to work the ball off the tee.

Past winners in this event include the likes of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan (Hogan's Alley), Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker. Absent from this list of heavyweights are Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

There are a couple of guys like Jimmy Walker and Kevin Stadler that require our attention due to form and history, but for the most part we will stick to the field's elite this week.

We will be back tomorrow with the power rankings and more.


Northern Trust Open - Monday Qualifier

Expect the Monday Qualifier for the Northern Trust Open to be of similar strength to he Waste Management Phoenix Open. That is to say the field will resemble an opposite-field PGA TOUR event or a strong Web.com Tour event. You will recognize plenty of those jockeying for a spot in this week's field.


Here's a link to the action.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Final Thoughts

With the countdown on to the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, it's time to tie up any loose ends.

I would expect that there will be numerous occasions this year where we will anticipate a heavyweight showdown between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. While neither of them are in the field this week, there will be a main event. It's Lefty v DJ. 

I mentioned in the power rankings earlier in the week that they are essentially 1 and 1A this week. I'm not going to try and convince you to take one over the other. That said, I'm going with Dustin Johnson for my one-and-done pick this week and I'm taking Mickelson as my two-and-done. 

There are any number of reasons I could justify this strategy, but the truth is that I'm a hedger. I also wouldn't mind having Mickelson in the holster for an event like Riviera next week or possibly August National. 

Best of luck with your games this week!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Fantasy / BuzzDraft

With the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am creeping closer, it's time to tie up a few loose ends from yesterday. Matt Adams on PGA TOUR radio often says he has the smartest and best listeners in the world. It seems I have the smartest readers in golf. A number of you accurately pointed out that I had Ryan Moore included in my power rankings and in my Yahoo! lineup, yet he failed to get the message that the starts were aligning and decided not to play. The only real change is that I slid Bryce Molder into my Yahoo! lineup as a backup.

As some of you may have picked up, there is a new fantasy game launching on pgatour.com this week. For those interested, I've created a league for any of you who would like to jump in. It's a free game and we're playing for pride. At last count, there are 18 teams in the league. The league name is "The Golf Aficionado" and the password is "Rotoryan."

Looking at the format, you essentially can play a guy 10 times throughout the year just like Yahoo. You pick any four players for the tournament and ride them. No substitutions. In that sense, it's like the Golf Channel game. Rather than money, they add up FedExCup points, so it appears that you need to invest in PGA TOUR members, as non-members probably won't accumulate points unless they go back and award them equal to the value of what they would have won.

Choose the strategy that fits your game, but it seems like the prudent play is to pick the four guys you think have the best chance to win any given week. I'll likely be going with the top four on my power rankings most weeks. There aren't many players that will see all 10 starts burned, so I'm not holding starts anytime soon.

In BuzzDraft last week we only filled one 6-man game. My team (RotoRyan) claimed the title with 536.76 points, followed by Zanarkand Abes at 436, ghin and juice at 410, Tiger's Wood at 396, KYech at 364.5 and A340Spotter with 321.

Only Zanarkand Abes had Mickelson in the lineup.

We've already got one of the games filled up for this week with another one up opened up for action. Feel free to jump in and play. If you haven't played before and want to, Tweet me, leave a comment or email me and I'll help you get set up. $5 to play, top 2 (of 6) cash.

We will be back tomorrow to cover the one-and-done picks and tie up any other loose ends. If there are any egregious errors in tonight's post then I may go ahead and disqualify myself for signing an incorrect scorecard!

Monday, February 4, 2013

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Power Rankings

As Phil Mickelson returns to the Monterey Peninsula to defend his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he does so on the heels of a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. For almost every players, there are two hard and fast rules to picking golf tournaments. Don't pick a guy to go back-to-back and don't expect a guy to successfully defend his title. Phil isn't most guys. He's a Hall of Famer with a history of making the West Coast Swing his personal playground, and when he gets hot on the West Coast, it is generally wise to ride him.

When researching this week's tournament, there were a lot of guys I like, even more that intrigue me and a couple I love. In some ways, at least at the top, this week reminds me of the Farmers Insurance Open. At the Farmers, I mistakenly over-thought the obvious picks of Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker when it came time to fill out my fantasy lineup. I won't do that this week. Lefty and Dustin Johnson will be played heavily.

Here we go:

  1. Phil Mickelson - He was as good as I've seen him last week. It always amazes me how much a player of his caliber tinkers, yet how one change can separate him from the rest of the planet in short spurts. Last week, Butch Harmon flew into town and noticed some technicalities in Phil's swing with the driver that prompted him to put a new driver in the bad with 10.5 degrees of loft. I doubt you will find many TOUR players swinging a driver with that much loft, but it worked to reduce his side spin and he hit it well all week. That means he will be hot this week, and again next week at Riviera CC until he finds something else to tinker with on his next extended vacation. Not that it matters much, but he's won this tournament four times and twice finished third.
  2. (Actually 1A) Dustin Johnson - If Lefty's play at Pebble is the cream of the crop (and it is), then DJ is a close second. In five starts, he's made every cut including two wins and four top sevens. He reminds me a little of Tiger headed to Torrey Pines a few weeks ago. His form seems off a little, but I would argue that after his win to start the year he's quickly grown disinterested when he's fell out of contention at other tournaments since. His budding romance with Paulina Gretzky is also something that will drive gamers a little batty in the short term. If you want to bench him for Phil, then that's fine. Don't put anyone else ahead of him.
  3. Padraig Harrington - Yep, ole Crazy Eyes. He played really well in his first trip to TPC Scottsdale, sneaking out of the desert with a top 10 after a final-group pairing with Lefty and Brandt Snedeker, so he gets a check mark for form. He also has a nice record here, with a T7 in his last trip and two other top 16s in six starts, with only one missed cut. If you decide to go against the grain in your one-and-done game, he may be the one to look at.
  4. Hunter Mahan - He's plodding along with good tournaments to start the year (back-to-back top 16s and 3/3 in cuts), but has yet to break into the top 10. He was a runner-up here in 2011, so it's certainly not out of the question to think this could be the week that kicks his 2013 into high gear. Chances are, this won't be an all-out go low, so he can afford to be average with the flat stick as long as his striking is solid.
  5. Robert Garrigus - He's probably a little more under the radar than he should be considering he's 3/3 with all inside the top 16 to start the year. His long-term record at Pebble only includes one top 20 despite making 5/6 cuts, but it was a T20 last year. The bomber is almost to the point where you can throw the book out on him prior to the start of 2012 because he's playing on a whole other level right now. Given the success bombers like DJ, Lefty and J.B. Holmes have enjoyed on the short courses that make up the Pebble Beach rotation, do not be surprised with a career-best week in this event.
  6. Brandt Snedeker - We don't need to talk about his form. It's excellent. A+. The relevant data here is that he's 3/5 with no top 20s. If he's going to have a let-down week, this is it. That he's decided to play this week given his history gives some glimmer of hope that he feels his best days on the Monterey Peninsula are yet to come.
  7. Nick Watney - I followed Watney pretty closely last week given he was my one-and-done pick, and what I noticed was that his ball-striking was very good but his putting was very poor. It's hard to make a bunch of putts on the small greens at Pebble, which really could favor a guy who's strength isn't putting. It levels the field to where the 8-footers he was missing last week that everyone else was making will also be missed by others this week. He's 8/9 with two top 10s and another top 25 in this event, so this is about the right slot for him.
  8. Charlie Wi - For the true golf aficionado's reading this, you realize that Wi is a California product who came very close to winning his first TOUR event here last year until the Phil buzz-saw took care of him in the final round. He's known for his putting, and if memory serves he opened up the final round with a nervy 3-putt. He's 6/7 in this event, but only has one other top 25 to go with his runner up. His form is nice, making all four of his cuts this year including two top 30s. Otherwise nothing flashy. I don't know if he'll turn into a sexy pick from the masses this week, but he is very worthy of your consideration in deeper formats.
  9. Jim Furyk - Who knows what to expect in Furyk's first start after an emotionally testing 2012. I have to think he will fly under the radar of the Phil circus, which could be nice. Not surprisingly, his record here is very good. He's made 14/16 cuts with seven top 25s; four going for top 10s. He could be a points eater for you in various formats.
  10. Steve Marino - My next three picks are guys that you could argue are more of a dark-horse candidate than a player that should crack the power rankings. I disagree. Marino rested last week after a steady T15 at the Farmers Insurance Open that saw him loosely contend. He's also 2/3 at Pebble Beach, with both paydays being fourth-place finishes. That adds up to about a B+ for form and an A- for course history in my book.
  11. William McGirt - McGirt is trending in a few ways. He's 1/2 in this event with a T31, BUT he was runner-up to Tommy Gainey in the Calloway Invitational event they play at Pebble Beach (with Spyglass Hills also in the rotation) late in 2012. He's made both of his cuts this year improving from T56 to T32 last week. There isn't much he could do this week that could surprise me.
  12. John Mallinger - To say playing Mallinger this week would be risky is an understatement, but he's had some impressive finishes at Pebble Beach. Twice he's finished third in this event. And that Calloway event I mentioned in regards to McGirt......Mallinger won it in 2010. He's also trending, albeit slowly. He missed the cut in his first two events, but then turned in a T78 and a T32 in his last two starts. He will bite you more often than he will help you, but his high risk could yield a high reward this week.
Next 5: Tommy Gainey, Bob Estes, Bryce Molder, Aaron Baddeley and Jimmy Walker.

Notable Omissions: Webb Simpson and Lee Westwood

*****Correction*****
I'm not sure how it slipped through the multiple nets that I cast, but Ryan Moore originally appeared in my power rankings and is not in the field. Thanks to several readers who caught that! I have replaced him in my Yahoo! lineup with Bryce Molder.

Yahoo! Lineup:
  • A-List - Mickelson starting with Harrington on the bench
  • B-List - DJ and Wi starting with Mahan and Watney on the bench.
  • C-List - Garrigus starting with Molder on the bench.
Golf Channel Lineup:

  • Group 1 - Mickelson
  • Group 2 - Baddeley
  • Group 3 - McGirt
  • Group 4 - Marino
Tomorrow we will review last week's BuzzDraft results, as well as take a look at the new PGA TOUR fantasy game. If you haven't already, feel free to join our free Private League if you are looking for a place to play. Register on PGATOUR.com here http://www.pgatour.com/fantasy.html. Our League name is The Golf Aficionado and the password in Rotoryan.

Best of luck!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Preview

I love watching the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but I hate trying to predict it. There are almost more variables for which one can account. With so many different ways to look at a tournament like this, the key is to pick a strategy and stick to it.

In terms of format, it's very similar to the Humana Challenge. Three courses are in play, and amateurs are riding shotgun for the first three rounds. Unlike Humana, a select number of amateurs will make the 54-hole playing cut and earn a Sunday tee time. A player who performed well at the Humana could be worth a close look because it at least shows he can handle the pace of play and the rotation of courses. In general, the three courses at the Humana are easier than those on the Monterey Peninsula.

We've seen all sorts of weather this year, and Pebble Beach isn't immune to its share of challenges from Mother Nature. Parts of the property are located directly on the water and it's not out of the question to see showers and/or wind become a factor. It can also get a little chilly.

It's hard to peg a "type" of player the courses favor. The host course, Pebble Beach Golf Links is a Par 72 / 6816 yard track, with Monterey Peninsula Country Club (70/6838) and Spyglass Hill Golf Club (72/6953) rounding out the lineup. Despite the courses being among the shortest on TOUR, known bombers like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and even J.B. Holmes to a lesser degree enjoy a solid history. Mickelson and Johnson are both multiple winners. There are also plenty of examples of precision players like Mike Weir doing very well here over the years.

Of 49 courses played on the PGA TOUR in 2012, Spyglass ranked the 18th hardest at +.581 to par, followed by  Monterey in 23rd at -.117 while Pebble Beach was 24th at -.143. Simply put, there isn't a major difference in difficulty on the three courses. For those who remember the Humana, there isn't a Nickalus Course where you have to play guys.

Picking a rookie this year will be difficult. Jason Kokrak snuck into the top 10 as a rookie last season and he fits the mold of a bomber. That could mean that Luke List is a potential fit. Also consider that Russell Henley and Scott Langley had impressive U.S. Open performances as amateurs, both sharing 16th, on Pebble Beach in 2010, but the course set up was different. Ideally, I won't invest heavily in any rookie.

As I break this down, I will pay very little attention to statistics and dive into those who have an established course history and are currently in steady form. When I mentioned strategy above, that is mine.

Check back tomorrow for our power rankings, and also check out our post from a little earlier about our PGATOUR.com free private fantasy league.

Happy research!

PGA TOUR Fantasy Game

I know in the recent past I've had readers ask if I have a league in Yahoo! or Golf Channel or various other formats that people can join in and play. We have the BuzzDraft format for those that want to play for a little money, but with the announcement that the PGATOUR.com fantasy game launches for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, I decided to create a private league that you guys and gals can join for free.

It seems like the game is a cross between the Yahoo!, Golf Channel and one-and-done formats. As I understand it, you pick four golfers for every event. There is no restriction as to which golfers you pick, other than that they can only be used 10 times throughout the season. They then add up the FedExCup points earned in an event and add it up over time.

If you would like to join and play, go to www.pgatour.com and click on the banner to register a team. Once you've registered, you can select to join a Private League.

Our League Name is: The Golf Aficionado
League Password is: Rotoryan (just like in Buzzdraft)

This is completely for fun, so there are no prizes on the line. I will update everyone on how the game progresses weekly, just as I do with BuzzDraft.

Best of luck!