So, how did you do?
With one tournament logged using the new scoring system in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO, it's time to determine what we learned.
Kevin Tway broke through for his first PGA TOUR victory in a playoff over Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker at the Safeway Open. Three examples of apples-to-apples actual scoring (at 14-under 274) over 72 holes present a cooperative data set.
Conveniently, all three golfers totaled 172 fantasy points based on actual scoring. Tway circled 19 birdies (worth 4 points each) to go with 48 pars (worth 2 points apiece); Moore converted 20 birdies and 46 pars; and Snedeker picked off 23 birdies and 40 pars. None had a double bogey or worse (worth minus-1 point per).
Overall, Tway totaled 203 fantasy points thanks to 31 bonus points, 15 of which via driving. Moore scored 29 bonus points, also with 15 in driving. Sneds added only 18 bonus points, eight with driving.
The percentages of actual scoring (172 for each golfer) contributing to total fantasy points scored ranged from Tway's 84.7 percent to Moore's 85.6 percent to Snedeker's 90.5 percent. In other words, bonus points are just that – bonuses. They're not difference-makers in the short-term.
SC Lamas led the world at Silverado with 793 team points. Using last year's scoring system, the top points-earner at the Safeway Open totaled 1,428. To help gamers who are familiar with the old system transition to the new, consider that last year's CIMB Classic that didn't include ShotLink scoring yielded a fantasy champion with 862 points.
Speaking of which, this year's edition of the first event on the Asian Swing is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. That's 5 p.m. on the West Coast and 2 p.m. in Hawaii. With locations in South Korea and China lined up thereafter, get used to locking in your lineups earlier than usual.
PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO
My roster for the CIMB Classic (in alphabetical order):
You’ll find my starters in Expert Picks.
Others to consider for each category (in alphabetical order):
Scoring: Rafa Cabrera Bello; Paul Casey; Austin Cook; Emiliano Grillo; Tom Hoge; Billy Horschel; Kevin Na; C.T. Pan; Pat Perez; Kyle Stanley; Kevin Tway; Gary Woodland
Driving: Byeong Hun An; Keegan Bradley; Rafa Cabrera Bello; Paul Casey; Emiliano Grillo; Billy Horschel; Louis Oosthuizen; C.T. Pan; Kyle Stanley; Gary Woodland
Power Rankings Wild Card
Pat Perez … Excuse his perceived divided attention late in 2017-18 given the fact that his first child was born during the Playoffs. As he's settled into a routine at home, the 42-year-old can reconnect with his routine on the road. His renewed love for the game in conjunction with his role as the defending champion presents the ideal reset to launch into the new season.
Kevin Na … It's unusual for him to sit out the Safeway Open, but it gave him an extra week to rest after what rapidly became a busy late summer after his win at Greenbrier. This will mark his fifth straight trip to TPC Kuala Lumpur where he placed T2 in 2014 and T3 in 2015. He loves himself the red numbers as much as this time of the year.
Louis Oosthuizen … The tournament debutant finished T32 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday. It's his sixth consecutive result outside a top 20, but he's among the cream of the crop in Malaysia. His tee-to-green game alone should yield a top 25. If anything, as an investment in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO, you'll be attached emotionally and will pay closer attention to his progress. With nothing to lose, give him a whirl.
Emiliano Grillo … Faith is greater in the long-term, but he spikes often enough to get a nod in a no-cut contest like this one. Third straight start at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Finished T17 in 2016. Will need to putt better than his poor performance at Silverado (T41) where his tee-to-green game was in midseason form.
Anirban Lahiri … Unlike Brendan Steele (below), Lahiri offers an under-the-radar angle even though he arrives with similar inconsistency of late. He's never missed an edition of the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He's also gone T21-T3-T10 in the last three with a scoring average of 68.17 in those 12 rounds. Stands to be over-owned in DFS, however.
Branden Grace … As a general rule, you can swerve around the South African on par 72s, but TPC Kuala Lumpur is one of the shortest. He's also averaged 69.50 in 12 rounds of competition on it. With attention directed at others in better form and with a strong track record, he's a sporty deviation from those norms.
Andrew Putnam … Had little trouble in retaining momentum after his breakthrough in Reno. After surviving the next three cuts, he concluded the Playoffs with a T16 at Aronimink. His combination of attacking pins and salvaging pars should make him look like a veteran at TPC Kuala Lumpur even though he's a first-timer.
Byeong Hun An
Charles Howell III
Si Woo Kim
Brendan Steele … While he sat No. 1 in the Power Rankings for the Safeway Open, that's expected of a two-time defending champion until he deserves to get knocked from the perch. However, if you tuned into my various multimedia after that published, you'd have been advised that he shouldn't have been a cornerstone even in roster games because of his dreadful form upon arrival. It was specifically the reason why I pivoted to Ryan Moore in the One & Done. To put it into perspective, Steele's T53 at Silverado is his second-best result of his last 11 dating back to THE PLAYERS. So, despite an impressive record at TPC Kuala Lumpur, he's offered no reason to earn your trust.
J.B. Holmes … Coming off a surprising and balanced solo ninth at Silverado, he hasn't been a reliable source of value most of the time. In other words, congrats if you were on board and beware moving forward.
Jimmy Walker … First trip in five years, but the absence of form of late is why he lands here. After his flourish through April and May, he connected for only one top-40 finish the rest of the way. Quite simply, gamers need to continue to respect the mysterious timing of when his Lyme disease can flare. So, until he goes on another heater – the West Coast Swing is right around the corner – stick with full-season rosters.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat … Perfect spot to observe as he makes his first appearance as a PGA TOUR member. Hasn't appeared at TPC Kuala Lumpur in five years and he's gone eight starts over nearly four months without registering a top 30.
Jason Dufner … Finished 74th here last year and hasn't hung up a top 50 since a T25 at the U.S. Open nearly four months ago.
Peter Uihlein … Parlayed a sponsor exemption in his debut here last year into a T10. He was just over a month removed from a win to open the Web.com Tour Finals and clinch his first PGA TOUR card. Times were better then because he returns to Malaysia with only one top-35 finish in his last eight starts worldwide. The promise of 72 holes normally would serve a purpose in DFS, but gamers who lean on course history over recent form will be on board, anyway.
Beau Hossler … Making his debut and in pursuit of his first top 30 in seven starts dating back to July, he's worth fractional ownership in DFS. But aside from that, gamers and fans wouldn't be surprised if he captures multiple victories this season. He's going to pay off for all of us soon enough that appearances in this section will be rare. Enjoy the show.
Shubhankar Sharma … If you've ever wondered why the PGA TOUR evolved into a FedExCup points-based system of measuring long-term performance, look no further than the impact of one event on Sharma's standing on the Asian Tour money list. He won the Maybank Championship on the first weekend in February, added two top 15s, and then didn't post a top 40 in his last four, yet he's still No. 1 in earnings. (By comparison, John Catlin, one of my Sleeper Picks, has three wins this season and ranks eighth.) It's been 10 starts and over three months since Sharma recorded his last top-40 hit anywhere.
Returning to Competition
Abraham Ancer … Had to withdraw prior to last week's Safeway Open with an injured hand due to a mishap with a knife. He's proclaimed himself 100 percent for his debut at TPC Kuala Lumpur, but it's understood if you want to give him one start before rostering.
Jhonattan Vegas … Elected not to make the trip because of a complication regarding his passport. You'll recall that he experienced quite the adventure getting to The Open Championship in part due to challenges with his documentation.
Andrew Landry … An excerpt from his tweet on Oct. 7 after finishing T66 at Silverado: "Looking forward to going home and getting healthy and spending some much needed time with the family."
Power Rankings Recap – Safeway Open
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Brendan Steele T53
2 Ryan Moore P2
3 Patrick Cantlay T17
4 Emiliano Grillo T41
5 Adam Hadwin MC
6 Phil Mickelson T17
7 Brandt Snedeker P2
8 Martin Laird T46
9 Denny McCarthy MC
10 Joaquin Niemann T83/MDF
11 Abraham Ancer DNP
12 Hunter Mahan T17
13 Anders Albertson MC
14 Cameron Davis T17
15 Curtis Luck MC
Wild Card Chez Reavie T33
Sleepers Recap – Safeway Open
Sungjae Im T4
Tyler McCumber T25
Patrick Rodgers T25
Kevin Tway Win
Harold Varner III T14
Birthdays among active golfers on the PGA TOUR
October 9 … none
October 10 … Charlie Beljan (34)
October 11 … Greg Chalmers (45)
October 12 … none
October 13 … none
October 14 … Tyrrell Hatton (27)
October 15 … Richard S. Johnson (42)