Before I get to some exciting news, ShotLink is activated for the PGA Championship. It's the only major that uses it. As a result, the array of fantasy scoring is in play for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO. Given the default value on distance off the tee and what is shaping up to be a soggy Bellerive Country Club, consider tilting the balance toward length more than you would usually.
After you've cemented your lineup for the season's final major, be sure to keep an eye on the introduction of a new fantasy game at PGATOUR.COM.
If you believe that you have a solid handle on PGA TOUR Fantasy presented by SERVPRO, your confidence is poised to be rewarded in the Perfect Lineup Challenge.
The new, stand-alone contest will be announced this week. It will consist only of the events of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Your objective will be to own the top-four fantasy scorers in all four tournaments. If you succeed, you'll win $1 million. That's $1,000,000.00. Seriously.
The game will use the same fantasy scoring with which you're familiar in PGA TOUR Fantasy presented by SERVPRO, but there will not be a limit on the number of starts per golfer.
Stay tuned for more details and other prizing.
PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO
My roster for the PGA Championship (in alphabetical order):
You’ll find my starters in Expert Picks.
Others to consider for each category (in alphabetical order):
Scoring: Jason Day; Tommy Fleetwood; Rickie Fowler; Marc Leishman; Phil Mickelson; Alex Noren; Jon Rahm; Patrick Reed; Justin Rose; Tiger Woods
Driving: Keegan Bradley; Paul Casey; Jason Day; Tommy Fleetwood; Rickie Fowler; Francesco Molinari; Justin Rose; Adam Scott; Kyle Stanley
Approach: Keegan Bradley; Rickie Fowler; Zach Johnson; Matt Kuchar; Louis Oosthuizen; Ian Poulter; Jordan Spieth; Henrik Stenson; Tiger Woods
Short: Paul Casey; Jason Day; Tyrrell Hatton; Matt Kuchar; Phil Mickelson; Alex Noren; Justin Rose; Webb Simpson; Tiger Woods
Returning to Competition
Justin Rose … Back spasms thwarted an appearance in last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he didn't "need" to exacerbate the malady. Consider him green-lit in all formats at Bellerive.
Adam Hadwin … Sat out last week's finale at Firestone due to a sore hip. No better than T35 at Carnoustie in his last eight starts. Currently 67th in the FedExCup standings and has already acknowledged (on Twitter) that he won't be lacing it up at Sedgefield next week.
Troy Merritt … Hasn't missed competition but still could be a tee-time decision after having surgery to remove a blood clot in his left arm since winning the Barbasol Championship.
Graham DeLaet … On July 24, he announced plans to have microdiscectomy surgery on his L4-L5 disc. The 36-year-old is expecting to miss as much as one year of competition. While he hasn't competed since October, 2018 hasn't been a total loss as he was inducted into Boise State University's Athletics Hall of Fame in April.
Lee Westwood … Shortly after gaining entry via the Official World Golf Ranking, he withdrew with an undisclosed injury. It's just the second time (2010) since he made his PGA Championship debut in 1997 that he's missed the major. The Englishman turned 45 in April.
Bernd Wiesberger … The 32-year-old Austrian would have cracked the field via the OWGR, but he remains sidelined with a wrist injury. He's been out for three months.
Power Rankings Recap – World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Dustin Johnson T3
2 Rory McIlroy T6
3 Justin Rose DNP
4 Francesco Molinari T39
5 Tiger Woods T31
6 Rickie Fowler T17
7 Paul Casey T31
8 Tommy Fleetwood T14
9 Jon Rahm T17
10 Zach Johnson T17
11 Jordan Spieth T60
12 Jason Day T10
13 Xander Schauffele 68th
14 Hideki Matsuyama T39
15 Brooks Koepka 5th
16 Justin Thomas Win
17 Thorbjørn Olesen T3
18 Tony Finau T10
19 Bubba Watson T31
20 Adam Scott T57
Wild Card Patrick Reed T28
Sleepers Recap – World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Austin Cook T53
Russell Knox T48
Andrew Landry T57
Brendan Steele T60
Ryuko Tokimatsu T39
Power Rankings Recap – Barracuda Championship
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Martin Laird T15
2 Joel Dahmen T54
3 Kevin Streelman MC
4 Ryan Palmer T26
5 Andrew Putnam Win
6 Richy Werenski MC
7 Robert Garrigus MC
8 Kevin Tway T23
9 Shane Lowry T15
10 Sam Saunders T
Birthdays among active golfers on the PGA TOUR
August 7 … Andrew Landry (31)
August 8 … Webb Simpson (33)
August 9 … Brett Wetterich (45)
August 10 … Jonathan Randolph (30)
August 11 … Morgan Hoffmann (29)
August 12 … none
August 13 … Tommy Gainey (43)