Fantasy Insider: Shriners Hospitals for Children OpenOctober 15, 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Here are a few nuggets of helpful information relevant to the fantasy game that you may have missed during the change of seasons:
• All of the tournaments this fall reward FedExCup points.
• Among other exemptions, all of the winners of the first six events will be eligible to compete in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA Championship.
• While there are six events that comprise the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 schedule, the aggregate increase over the 2013 season is only five. This is due to the Sanderson Farms Championship moving into the fall of 2014-15 when it will be played opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions. However, it's unlikely that the return to a total in the mid-40s will have a measurable impact on your strategy in PGATOUR.COM's game. If you encroach on exhausting your allotment of 10 starts per golfer, that will occur only with the usual suspects. Just remember to holster one for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
• All of my weekly staples are now parked on the website. Hover over FANS at the top and click on FANTASY GAME. All update the day after the conclusion of the previous tournament.
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
Vijay Singh ... With his solo second at the Frys.com Open, he's already surpassed his total FedExCup points and earnings from the 2013 season. Led the field at CordeValle in greens in regulation and ranked sixth in scrambling (8-for-11). Tied for 36th at TPC Summerlin last year after opening with a pair of 66s.
Jason Kokrak ... Comes off a T12 at CordeValle, his sixth top-15 finish in 2013. The concern is with consistency. Only once did he answer a top 15 with a top 40, but the potential reward is too valuable to dismiss.
Scott Brown ... Shared third place at the Frys.com Open where he ranked T41 in greens hit but seventh in scrambling. He proved early in 2013 that he can maintain form over several weeks, so he's worth a flier in all formats.
Ben Martin ... With a T16 at the Frys.com Open, he pretty much picked up where he left off on the Web.com Tour. Ranked ninth in the all-around at CordeValle. Missed cut in his only appearance at TPC Summerlin in 2011 is irrelevant.
Horses for Courses
George McNeill ... Since his PGA TOUR breakthrough in this event in 2007 (the last time TPC Canyons was used for one round pre-cut), he's added three top 15s -- including a playoff loss in 2009 -- and hasn't missed a cut in five return trips. Also comes off a T7 at the Frys.com Open, which was his first top-15 finish in over 17 months.
Chris Kirk ... Season debut. Opened with a 64 at last year's Shriners, only to fade to T36. Setting that aside, he was reliable if not a go-to through the 2013 season. Led the TOUR in eagles (15), ranked eighth in birdies and 11th in par breakers. Also T5 in par-3 scoring average and T2 in par-4 scoring.
John Huh ... En route to a T13 in his debut last year, ranked T4 in greens in regulation and T5 in par-4 scoring. Missed 11 cuts in his sophomore season of 2013, but managed eight top 25s.
Not So Fast
Jonathan Byrd ... Hasn't had enough success at TPC Summerlin to qualify as my Wild Card this week (Martin Laird received that honor), but when you close out a victory with a hole-in-one as he did in 2010, it deserves recognition in perpetuity. His return from surgery on his left wrist has had few ups against many downs, however. Steer clear until he regains consistency.
Charley Hoffman ... While he registered a T15 in 2008 and a solo sixth in 2009, sleeping in his own bed during the last three editions hasn't paid dividends as his only cut made resulted in a T40 in 2011. Now, he's coming off the compressed season with a career-low four missed cuts, but I'd hedge for a tee time post-cut, but only as a complementary investment at best.
Back in the Saddle
Kris Blanks ... Survived two of four cuts during the Web.com Tour Finals. Hadn't competed in PGA TOUR-sanctioned action since the Waste Management Phoenix Open due to surgery on his left shoulder. Still has three starts on his previous Major Medical Extension, and was given a medical extension in the reshuffle if he needs it.
Steven Bowditch ... Withdrew during his second round at CordeValle last week with a hip injury.
Harrison Frazar ... Returns to competition following a 14-month sabbatical due to a back injury.
Retief Goosen ... For all golfers with a medical extension stemming from time first missed during the 2013 season, they can also meet their terms with FedExCup points. His missed cut at the Frys.com Open leaves him with 12 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $279,781 or 187 FedExCup points and retain status.
Jerry Kelly ... Finished alone in 57th place at the Frys.com Open.
Brad Fritsch ... Dealing with a recurring back injury. Survived the cut last week, but had to withdraw prior to his third round.