Billy Horschel plays well on tough golf courses, which should serve him well this week. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
The stars are aligned for Jason Day this week. He was the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Sure, it was by eight strokes but only one golfer (Rory McIlroy) beat him. The Aussie returned to the Blue Course to share eighth place at last year's AT&T National. And the kicker is that he's fresh off a T2 at the U.S. Open at Merion.
Now, that Day is such an obvious selection will send some gamers running for the hills. There's a contingent that refuses to accept too much of a good thing. That's fine because he'd come in handy during the FedExCup Playoffs, particularly the Deutsche Bank Championship. The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola would also make sense. It's a decision that will be much easier to make once the Playoffs are underway.
If you're off Day, consider Hunter Mahan. He's finished no worse than T12 in all four appearances at Congressional in this tournament. He held the outright lead at last year's midpoint en route to a T8. After a T4 at Merion two weeks ago, he admitted that he wasn't pleased with his mental approach following his second round of the Travelers and faded to finish T24. All that did was cool one-and-doners that already had plans of plugging him in this week. Be not afraid.
It's impossible not to rally around Adam Scott, but I'll continue to holster him for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Meanwhile, there's a groundswell for K.J. Choi this week. However, since he won the inaugural edition of the AT&T National in 2007, he's finished T49 (2008) and missed three cuts at Congressional, including the 2011 U.S. Open. I'd endorse him in two-man formats, but with hesitation.
As for me, it's a tough call. I've already burned Day (HP Byron Nelson) and Mahan (Travelers), and you already know that I'm saving Scott. So, I'll ride Billy Horschel. He's long enough off the tee, he can split fairways, hit greens and make putts. He also loves challenging golf courses. That he leads the PGA TOUR with seven top 10s is a bonus.
Last week: Hunter Mahan; T24; $49,410.00
Overall record: 24-for-26
Top 5s: 6
Top 10s: 11
Top 25s: 17
Missed cuts: 2