February 13 2013
Jimmy Walker tied for fourth each of the last two years at Riviera. (Dunn/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
In a week like this, I could have written a second Power Rankings the field is so deep at the Northern Trust Open. Consider that none of the following cracked the top 15: Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, K.J. Choi, Padraig Harrington, Scott Piercy and Peter Hanson.
As it relates to plugging in a one-and-done, I'll reserve my one mulligan on defending champions, so that eliminates Bill Haas. And as much as I love Ryan Moore's possibilities this week, I'm holstering him for later as well.
The pick instead is Jimmy Walker.
My goal in the one-and-done format is to secure a top 10. That may seem underachieving, but many of those top 10s will be top 5s or perhaps a win or two or three.
Walker's wife is due to deliver the couple's second child shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, and they've wanted to sneak this event before the birth. That creates a dynamic that should be highly motivating for a guy already hitting on all cylinders.
In fact, you could draw a comparison to Moore's rise in the FedExCup Playoffs and eventual victory in Las Vegas last fall before the birth of his first child.
Last week: Dustin Johnson; MC
Overall Record: 4-for-6
Top 5s: 2
Top 10s: 3
Top 25s: 4
Missed Cuts: 2