Fantasy Insider: The McGladrey Classictext sizeNovember 05, 2013Chesson Hadley is coming off a T5 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Since the last two PGA TOUR events were in Asia and included several non-members, there was some confusion over why golfers like Kiradech Aphibarnrat were omitted from the fantasy game at PGATOUR.com. The answer is simple: Non-members are not eligible for the FedExCup. Since the game uses FedExCup points as the measuring device for scoring, only TOUR members will be available for your lineup.
Like earnings, FedExCup points are maintained for non-members, but only for purposes of determining membership for the following season. A non-member can become a PGA TOUR member during a season, but only by virtue of a victory.
Look for my choices for PGATOUR.COM’s fantasy game in Expert Picks. My one-and-done selection, analysis and season totals will appear in The TOUR Report on Wednesday.
ON A ROLL
Chesson Hadley ... The last man cut from the Power Rankings if for no other reason than he's played in only four PGA TOUR events. His most recent effort resulted in a T5 at TPC Summerlin where he already fulfilled the hype for many investors that are looking forward to a long ride.
Aaron Baddeley ... Can't ignore his solo fifth at the CIMB Classic, but we'd like to see that again before pushing chips his way. That would help gamers forget that he missed 14 of 24 cuts during the 2013 season.
J.J. Henry ... Chased a T16 at the Frys.com Open with a T15 at the Shriners. He's hit 118 of 144 greens in regulation this season (81.94 percent) and ranks 19th in strokes gained-putting at 0.759.
Vijay Singh ... He's opened the 2013-14 season with a solo second at CordeValle and a T23 at TPC Summerlin. It's the first time he's linked top 25s since the summer of 2012. Tied for 27th at last year's McGladrey.
Kevin Stadler ... One of the rare talents that could land in any of these categories on most weeks since gamers' expectations are seriously varied. However, with a pair of top 20s in his last four starts, he deserves the nod here.
Andrew Svoboda ... The bandwagon continues to take on passengers. Since reeling in two victories late in the Web.com Tour season (including one during the Finals), he added a T15 at the Shriners, good for his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR.
Darren Clarke ... A PGA TOUR member again, the Ulsterman has also found good form of late. After a T12 at the Dunhill Links, he was a co-runner-up (to Charl Schwartzel) at the China Masters. Clarke's value remains highest in salary formats, however.
HORSES FOR COURSES
Chris Kirk ... The local resident is 2-for-3 at Sea Island with a T15 in 2010. He doesn't miss many cuts and his statistical splits are strong, but he didn't crack the Power Rankings because he's managed only one top-15 finish in his last 22 starts.
Scott Stallings ... Always dangerous when par breakers are available in bunches. He fulfilled that reputation with a T15 in his debut at Sea Island a year ago. Ignore that he's picked up only one top-30 finish in his last 12 starts.
Trevor Immelman ... Very difficult to endorse given he's missed 12 of his last 18 starts covering the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, but he won the first event of the Web.com Tour Finals and added a T21 at the Frys.com Open. Also has a solo fifth here in his last appearance in 2011 during which he carded a 62 in the third round. It remains his best finish of the last five seasons.
Brian Harman ... Sleeping in his own bed this week and eyes to improve on a T27 in his debut here last year; led the field in total driving. Top-11 finishes in half of his last six starts, too.
Davis Love III ... Home game for the 49-year-old. Tied for fourth last year after sharing the 54-hole lead.
Heath Slocum ... The 2010 champ is the tournament's all-time earnings leader thanks to a T15 in his title defense and a T61 last year.
NOT SO FAST
Ben Crane ... The 2011 champ has gone nine starts without a top 45. Also dealt with a back injury late in the 2013 season.
Daniel Summerhays ... More of a Wild Card, but this is a suitable spot. Classic risk-reward option here. He hasn't broken par in all four rounds at Seaside but he's risen some 90 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking in the last five months. Riding a modest consecutive cuts made streak of six, but still needs to get over the hump on this course.
Camilo Villegas ... He shoves me as close to the fence on which I acknowledged in my debut column in 2010 that I'd never sit. His T20 here last year was his best finish of the second half of the season, so it stands to reason that he can repeat the process. While he's missed only two of his last 16 cuts, he's also gone 10 straight starts without a top 25. Consider him a relative flier in a deeper format.
Brian Davis ... Rekindled some form of late, but he's 1-for-3 at Seaside with a T79/MDF in 2012.
Richard H. Lee ... I'm all for a season-long investment, but he's done no better than a T35 (CIMB Classic) in his last five starts. It's fair to assess that the birth of his second child on Oct. 12 may have been a distraction in the weeks leading up to it ... and since.
Chad Campbell ... I see the T7 at Sea Island last year, but he's tailed off since a spurt this summer. Zero top 25s among three cuts made in his last eight starts, four of which comprising the Web.com Tour Finals.
Steve Marino ... Course history buffs that haven't been paying attention may be salivating over his T15 at the 2010 edition of this tournament, but complications following knee surgery have limited his ability to play all year. Since a T15 at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, he's 5-for-13 with no top 50s. That includes a 2-for-4 slate during the Web.com Tour Finals.
John Senden ... In his only start at Sea Island, he posted a T9 in 2010. However, he went the entire 2013 season (25 starts) without a top 10 and hasn't cracked a top 25 in 10 straight starts.
Mark Wilson ... Logged a T10 at the 2012 McGladrey Classic, but he's missed three straight cuts entering this week. Stick with the long-term investment here.
Russell Henley ... First start at Sea Island since a T6 at the 2011 SEC Championship. Perhaps the memory will spark an end to his string of starts without a top 25 at 12.
Charlie Beljan ... He tied for 10th in his debut at Sea Island last year (before breaking through at Disney three weeks later), but he's recorded only one top-35 finish in his last 20 starts. Battled an elbow injury over the summer.
Lucas Glover ... Shared 15th place in his last appearance at Sea Island (2011), but his only cut made in his last seven starts resulted in a T64 at the 78-man CIMB Classic. Played through a wrist injury late in the 2013 season.
John Rollins ... One top 30 among five cuts made in his last 10 starts.
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Brad Fritsch ... Withdrew before his third round of the Frys.com Open due to a lingering back injury. Tweeted the following on Monday, Nov. 4: "Headed to the McGladrey today. If one were to ask about my back, I'd give it a 'cautiously optimistic. Been working hard with [Sports Physical Therapist Jaime Holt]."
Steve Bowditch ... Out since a hip injury forced him to withdraw during his second round of the Frys.com Open.
Joost Luiten ... Scheduled to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open to fulfill the requirement to play in at least two of the three events of The Final Series on the European Tour to remain eligible for the DP World Tour Championship. Withdrew from the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions due to his shoulder injury that limited him to one stroke at the BMW Masters the previous week.
Brandt Snedeker ... Withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship due to a knee injury.