June 27 2012
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist
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With his victory at last week's Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open on the Web.com Tour, Casey Wittenberg became the first multiple winner on the circuit this season. Should he ring up a third title and an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR, we'll dig into his fantasy value at that time.
Meanwhile, keeper leagues that are already hedging for 2013 should know that there is considerable value for all winners of three Web.com Tour events in a single season, and it has nothing to do with the automatic promotion.
Three-time champs are exempt from the reshuffle the following year even if they don't finish first in earnings. They share status with the leading money winner of the Web.com Tour. Wittenberg is current second on the money list with $240,019 and he's a virtual lock to earn a 2013 PGA TOUR card, but he would boost already growing fantasy value with a third trophy this year because of what it would mean in status.
Shifting focus to this week's AT&T National, below is an email from a reader in a pick-two one-and-done league.
I am thinking Martin Laird along with one of these four: John Huh, Boo Weekley, Ben Curtis or Rory Sabbatini. What preference to you have? I still have Nick Watney but I want to save him for later. -- Don
Arguably the most fun dynamic of a one-and-done is that you're usually investing in studs every week. It's a great game for casual fans that don't have broader knowledge of the touring pros, but those that do are usually rewarded.
The added wrinkle of an additional pick in Don's game increases strategy. Normally, I wouldn't be thinking about guys like Huh, Weekley and Curtis, but given that Don may be forced to burn as many as 82 golfers if his format extends through THE TOUR Championship -- and another eight if he includes the Fall Series -- they belong in the conversation.
That said, Sabbatini has come flying around a corner following months of working on his swing with Rick Smith. After four straight 71s at Colonial to establish some consistency, Sabbatini shared second place at the Memorial, and then chased it with a T18 at the Travelers Championship where he ranked T46 in greens in regulation (48 of 72). Yet, he managed an eagle (hole-in-one in the final round) and 20 birdies (tied for eighth-most all week).
While the AT&T National is set near our nation's capitol, I fully endorse the merits of a Scot and a South African at Congressional Country Club this week.