April 11 2012
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist
No surprise that the Mailbag was light after the season's first major. I get the feeling that gamers need to decompress as much as the golfers! But not everyone is easing off the pedal.
Here's an email inquiring about the playability of three seasoned touring pros that went uncovered in all of my features this week.
For a quick pick for the Heritage, to whom would you give the nod out of the following: Lucas Glover, Kevin Streelman or Trevor Immelman? Based on Immelman's play of late, I'm inclined to go with him over the other two. Streelman hasn't played the Heritage much. Glover's accuracy off the tee is still among the best out there, but I don't think he has gotten his legs under him yet this year. -- Dan
Even though Streelman has the only two top 10s of the trio this season, I can't help but agree with Dan, and that's aside from the fact that Immelman has survived the cut in each of the last three years at Harbour Town.
The South African withdrew early from the Transitions Championship four weeks ago due to a sore wrist that just doesn't want to stop nagging him, but he recovered quickly to share 11th place the next week at Bay Hill. He also rebounded from an opening 78 at Augusta National last week to make that cut on the number.
Streelman's lone cut made in three starts in Hilton Head resulted in a T36 last year. While he's logged the pair of top 10 this season, he didn't crack the top 55 in his other two cuts made. He's also missed five cuts, including the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago. Consider he missed only seven cuts in 26 starts in all of 2011. Immelman gets the edge.
Meanwhile, Glover has three top 20s in nine starts at Harbour Town but he's still grinding his way back into form after spraining a ligament in his right knee while paddle boarding on New Year's Eve in Hawaii. This week's host course should serve as a bit of a soft landing, but he's been all over the map in three starts this year. The approach here is simple: ignore his history here and leave him be until he finds a groove.