FANTASY GOLF PICKS – Make Note of the Humana Challenge’s Unique Format
Defending Champ: Brian Gay
Everyone plays Fantasy Golf basically the same way: Wait until Wednesday to make selections; check back Friday night to see if your starters made the cut and finagle with your lineup Saturday night if one of your bench players is in contention – don’t wanna miss out on those bonus points now. But every so often there’s an event that catches you off guard with its structure - much like Orlando Hernandez. But, if you’re truly paying attention, you’ll stay calm, and launch El Duque's stupid eephus pitch over the fence. A-ROD!!!
You see, the Humana Challenge has a unique tournament structure. It’s played at PGA West… on three different courses: The Palmer, The Nicklaus and La Quinta. And since it would be unfair to let the players only tee off on two of them, they get three rounds to earn the right to play on Sunday. So, there’s good news and bad news. You don’t have to pay attention until Saturday night if you don’t feel the inclination, which is great - but BEWARE of La Quinta.
OK, maybe La Quinta isn’t so tough it required the CAPS treatment; it’s more of a reflection of how easy the other two courses tend to play each year. Inevitably, the winner will have no issues with LQ, but if you’re playing the odds, you’ll want to be making moves every day, swapping guys in and out of your lineup to exploit the easier courses. While this is especially pertinent information to put to use in Daily Fantasy Golf, it does apply to whatever format you play. Here’s the list of full tee times.
Wonder where all the big names are this week? Well, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are over in Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Golf Championship appearing in pictures that makes me more confused than usual about the happenings occurring on the other side of the planet. Tiger Woods is at the at the Emirates Golf Club, too. He’s playing with Fred Couples and someone named Stephen Gallacher (Sounds British). Still, it’d be way more awesome if Tiger was hitting his approaches alongside Black Gallager.
John Daly won a 2014 Hyundai Equus Monday after draining a hole-in-one. And then he didn’t. It’s OK John, you probably couldn’t have fit into it anyway - or afforded the taxes.
More and more players are converting to 12-degree drivers everyday. My inside sources tell me the need to hit the ball as high as possible is just a veiled tribute to Colorado legalizing The Pot.
The PGA was offering RC Cola to media members Tuesday. This is golf people, not a Sixth Grade Field Day, no need to skimp on spending. Also, BRING BACK JOLT COLA!!!
Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant and Matt Kemp are all appearing on a panel to open the event. I’m guessing it’s a seminar on how to improperly (yet effectively) pick up ladies. But I could be wrong.
Clinton was also interviewed Tuesday and delivered a statement which I couldn't agree agree with more - not joking for once either, "You don't have to be great at something to be competitive at it."
Gary Player showed up to promote good health. If he didn't, Humana Inc. would probably have him wacked.
Harris English (La Quinta - Thursday) - Through two events this year, both winners share a common accomplishment: Earning novelty checks in the past few events. Zach Johnson won Tiger’s tournament in December and Jimmy Walker won the first event of the year at the Frys.com Open before doubling down on #winning last week. That makes Harris English next in line. He claimed victory at the Mayakoba on the PGA’s fall schedule and has followed that up with an 11th at the Tournament of Champions and a solo fourth at Waialae last week. He’s so right now hot - HANSEL’D - you have to keep riding him. Yes, I know how that reads. No regrets.
Webb Simpson (La Quinta - Friday) – If it’s not going to be The English Muffin – YUM!!! – Webbly is the next most likely candidate to vault himself into the winner circle… again. In his past five events, Simpson’s failed to finish worse than seventh, taking down The Shriners back in November, padding his FedEx Cup stats in the process.
Billy Horschel (La Quinta - Friday) - Many expected Horschel to slip back into the abyss he emerged out of at the beginning of last season, but he simply refuses – what moxy. Horschel’s finished inside the Top 10 in two of his past three starts and even squeaked his way into the Top 10 here last year, mainly by being one of the few to dominate La Quinta. That tends to happen when you go four under on the four par fives. And, even if he falters, he’s guaranteed to have the most legit pants in the field, so at least your eyes will be entertained.
Rickie Fowler (La Quinta - Thursday) – The “A” Pool is devoid of quality options, so why not try out Fowler in his season opener? Folwer has joined an elite Fantasy group with Rory, Tiger, Hefty, Luke Donald, Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson; so use him while those guys are off covertly implementing democracy in the Middle East. Oops… I’ve revealed too much.
Keegan Bradley (La Quinta - Thursday) – Like Rick the Trick, Keegs is making his debut this week too. He’s placed inside the Top 20 in nine of 12 starts worldwide dating back to The Open Championship last July. And, while he can’t boast slathers of experience at PGA West, he did notch a T7 in his only appearance here in 2011. Trust he’ll have no rust.
Nicolas Colsaerts (La Quinta - Thursday) – One of the keys to going low at the Humana is dominating the Par-5s. Best way to do that? Bomb it off the tee. And that’s where Colsaerts is a Viking. He’s been struggling with his game over the past six months, but anyone that uses CIG SMOKE to judge the wind is always welcome on my team. You know, cause he’s refuses to uproot that precious terrain…… and I love CIGS.
Charles Howell III (La Quinta - Saturday) – Howell v3.0 knows that being a millionaire in golf doesn’t mean you necessarily have to win. Same applies to winning Fantasy golf, just keep piling up Top 10s, and watch the bank account grow. That’s what CH3’s done, finishing in a tie for fifth, seventh, sixth, and eighth in four of his last five outings, and he’s plenty comfortable here at PGA West. Even though he fizzled in a playoff last year, Howell did break the tournament record in scoring. No reason he can’t replicate that again this week, or contend at the very least.
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