As the PGA Tour tees things up for the first time in July, the pros will be headed to West Virginia for the annual Greenbrier Classic. The event will take place at The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Resort which has been one of the easier par-70’s on tour since joining the rotation in 2010. Expect low scores this week and plenty of drama on the unorthodox par-3 18th if it comes down to the final hole on Sunday.
Last week, the summer segment of our Yahoo! fantasy golf game got off to a good start for “Diced Carrots” who put up 192 points to take the win for the week narrowly edging out our overall leader the Harbour Dogs fresh off his win of the spring segment. My entry showed some promise but Marc Leishman and Bill Haas both faded badly on Sunday and my sleeper picks slumbered through the weekend after missing the cut. Hopefully, this week we can all go low and put up high scores. Here are my picks for this week:
Bubba Watson: Bubba loves this course and recently has started building a home near the course while joining the staff at the club. On tour this season, he won the Masters and the Northern Trust Open while finishing third at the Memorial and only missing one cut all season (although he did withdraw after a rough first round at Bay Hill). Given his form and familiarity with the course, Bubba’s an easy pick to make this week given the lack of top options on the A-list.
Marc Leishman: Despite his Sunday fade last week, Leishman had a solid enough week to earn him this spot based on his recent form. He’s made six straight cuts and been in the top 25 four of those tournaments with a pair of top 10’s including last week’s t8. He hasn’t played this tournament since 2012 when he played the weekend but finished a disappointing t73. In 2011, he missed the cut at the Greenbrier but did post a t16 in 2010, so I’m rostering him based on his current form and his potential to be on the leaderboard again on Sunday.
Chris Kirk: Kirk is consistent which is especially nice this week on an uncertain B-List. He’s made an impressive 21 cuts in a row and has a win (in October) and six top-15 finishes this season. He finished tied for fourth at the Memorial followed by a t28 at the US Open and some rest the last couple weeks. Last year, he didn’t play the Greenbrier and missed the cut in 2012, but he’s been on so much of a roll lately that I’m going to start him this week.
Brendon de Jonge: Last week, de Jonge finished in the top ten at the Quicken Loans National which was his eighth straight made cut and his second top ten of the season. Last year, he finished t17 at the Greenbrier Classic where he’s made the cut all four times he’s appeared.
Webb Simpson: Simpson still seems ready to get on a roll to me, so I’ll roster him again this week and see if I can catch lightning in a bottle. Simpson does have a pair of top ten’s in this event in the past and can definitely go low to get the win as he’s done before in his career.
Steve Stricker: Stricker doesn’t play many tournaments, but when he does he’s worth a look for your fantasy roster. He has four top-25’s in his last five events but has only played seven this season, so it’s hard to get a handle on just how good his form will be.
Jimmy Walker: Walker is an extremely popular choice this week and it’s easy to see the reasons why. He’s already won three times on tour this season and has been in the top ten four other times including twice in his last three tournaments and in each of this year’s Majors. When you combine that with three top five’s in the last four years at the Greenbrier including last year’s co-runner-up finish, he’s just too good an option not to roster this week no matter how many Walker starts you’ve already used.
Brendon Todd: Todd has been on fire lately and is another easy pick for this week even though he is going to be on almost everyone’s roster. Since winning the Byron Nelson in early May, Todd has been in the top ten in four of his five tournaments with a strong t17 at the US Open being his only non-top-ten finish. Expect him to stay hot this week in West Virginia.