July 31 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
Those of you with Tiger Woods on your board know what to do. Plug him in and commence trash-talking.
Woods has earned more at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational than any other tournament. Even if you're toying with burning him at the Deutsche Bank Championship or TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the WGC distributes more prize money than any of the events in the FedExCup Playoffs.
If Woods isn't available, and assuming Keegan Bradley is off-limits as the defending champion, take a look at Steve Stricker as this is likely your last sensible spot to use him. After his final round at TPC Deere Run, he said he might "throw in a couple Playoff events," using his placement in the Presidents Cup standings as the deciding factor. Henrik Stenson also has considerable merit and mojo entering the week.
I'd endorse Adam Scott as a 1a to Woods, but I've been touting the Aussie for weeks as the primary option for the Deutsche Bank Championship. At some point, one-and-doners have to make a tough call, but it still needs to be logical. Playing Scott now, if necessary, serves that purpose.
I'm sticking with my plan to save Scott for TPC Boston, so I'm going with Bill Haas this week. Loyal readers know that I dismiss poor play in the majors while assessing value in the short-term. He's a recent winner at Congressional, another long track that demands a strong game throughout the bag.
For the Reno-Tahoe Open, I'll stick with the No. 1 in my Power Rankings, Mark Wilson. It's tempting to roll with potential lightning-in-a-bottle options like Rory Sabbatini or Andres Romero with the Modified Stableford Scoring System in play, but I appreciate the value of a plodder over 72 holes. Wilson is in good form. His success at Montreux Golf and Country Club sealed my decision.
Last week: Brandt Snedeker; Win; $1,008,000.00
Overall Record: 29-for-32
Top 5s: 7
Top 10s: 14
Top 25s: 21
Missed Cuts: 3