November 6 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
The McGladrey Classic is one of those tournaments that's likely to divide our contingent depending on which measurement you use. For the first time, it's rewarding FedExCup points, and the full allotment at that. In this context, strategy remains the same.
For formats that use earnings to assign value, this tournament ranks fourth-lowest among the stand-alone events at $5.5 million. The three below it are the John Deere Classic ($4.7 million), the already-completed Frys.com Open ($5 million) and the Wyndham Championship ($5.3 million). As a result, the veterans among you wouldn't give a second thought to holstering the likes of Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson for another week (even if you don't currently have alternative sites in mind right now).
It's a decision that we face annually with Tiger Woods; that is, do we plug him into a tournament with a hefty payday or a track on which he's had success. As it relates to him, fortunately those two angles have considerable crossover, but it's an extreme example to help prove the point this week.
Blending the objectives may seem like a conservative play but it's strategic in a game all about long-term success. And since formats that ask for one pick in every tournament max out at 45 anyway, you can empty the tackle box with the intent to hook the big one without sacrifice.
Harris English is the product of these parameters for me. He sits No. 3 in my Power Rankings due to a share of seventh place in his last start (CIMB Classic) and a T15 in his debut at Sea Island a year ago. He's also a local resident. (The home game can dissuade me from some golfers, but he wasn't influenced negatively the first time around.)
But I won't lie. I'm looking more forward to his haul in FedExCup points than earnings. It's that firm stance that confirms that I'm making the right decision sitting out the elite.
Others within his class this week include Charles Howell III (No. 2 in the Power Rankings) and Jeff Overton (No. 7). Two-man games should look no further than Luke Guthrie (No. 6) or Brendon Todd (No. 8) as complements.
World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions: Martin Kaymer; T8; $161,666.66; 83.333 FedExCup points
Overall Record: 4-for-4
FedExCup points: 303.083
Top 5s: 1
Top 10s: 2
Top 25s: 3
Missed Cuts: 0