By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
With the Frys.com Open leading off the 2013-14 season, it kind of throws one-and-doners off-balance. Instead of a limited-field, winners-only season opener at Kapalua, it's a baptism by fire at CordeValle Golf Club.
The field is 132 deep this week, features a number of new faces and there's a 36-hole cut. The old lid-lifter guaranteed points on the board right out of the gate. What's more, only two of the 30 that advanced to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola are in play at the Frys.com Open -- Gary Woodland and Billy Horschel. They sit 1-2, respectively, in my Power Rankings.
While you can't go wrong with either for the reasons stated in that feature, I'm going to open the season with a new PGA TOUR member, Hideki Matsuyama. What I love about the timing is that he's fresh off his first Presidents Cup and he's still chasing bigger individual achievements on this stage. He's all but sewn up the Order of Merit title on his home circuit in Japan, but he's still proving himself on the deepest tour in the world.
Matsuyama sits No. 3 in the Power Rankings because of his form, which is the primary reason I'm sold. I can appreciate and respect where I think a guy may be emotionally and competitively, but nothing replaces results. He's unflappable and poised for greatness.
If you want to ride the momentum bandwagon with me, look no further than John Peterson. Like Matsuyama, the Web.com Tour Finals earnings leader doesn't qualify as a PGA TOUR rookie, but he's a member for the first time and he's been a scoring machine in his last five starts.
2013 FINAL TOTALS
TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola: Gary Woodland; T22; $145,600.00
Overall Record: 37-for-40
Top 5s: 8
Top 10s: 17
Top 25s: 27
Missed Cuts: 3