March 27 2013
Keegan Bradley's confidence is high heading to Redstone. (Little/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
Sometimes the best decisions are the easiest decisions. That's the case at this week's Shell Houston Open. From the standpoint of the one-and-doners, there is a but a small handful of viable options this week, most of which can be dismissed immediately.
Brandt Snedeker is still in the process of shedding rust. Rory McIlroy is, too, in a way, but you'll plug him in later for a larger purse anyway. Steve Stricker is your go-to at the John Deere Classic, although he's a smart pick in two-and-dones if you're feeling frisky.
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion, so some formats will exclude him. Even if yours doesn't, he's a wise hold for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola if you're burning Phil Mickelson elsewhere. Speaking of the lefthander, you know you'll have a plethora of options down the road beginning with the Masters in two weeks. Holster for now.
Other notables like Lee Westwood, Bill Haas and Dustin Johnson set up like square pegs in a round hole at Redstone's Tournament Course, so don't force the issue.
That leaves my pick, Keegan Bradley. Even though he posted a season-best T3 at Bay Hill last week, he said that he feels like he's playing better than his scorecard illustrates. That speaks to a high level of confidence. He also offers splits throughout his bag to support an investment. The kicker is that he tied for fourth at Redstone last year.
Two-man one-and-dones that like to inject a second-tier type of talent relative to the chalk are wise to consider the likes of Chris Kirk, Jimmy Walker, John Senden, Bob Estes and Ben Curtis.
Last week: Tiger Woods; WIN; $1,116,000,00
Overall record: 11-for-13
Top 5s: 5
Top 10s: 8
Top 25s: 10
Missed cuts: 2