So, apparently, golf is hard.
The week after Justin Rose paced the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he was defending, with nearly 80-percent ownership in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf driven by AVIS, Wells Fargo Championship defending champ Rory McIlroy scaled to 81.9 percent to lead the field of 156 at Quail Hollow Club. Rose went on to miss the cut in the bayou, while McIlroy has struggled early and often in Charlotte.
Even if the Ulsterman, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday, fails to survive his cut, he was the most sensible investment on the board, so gamers needed to burn their first start on him in Segment 3. Fortunately, PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf driven by AVIS is a team game, but the distribution of many of the other notables implies that all kinds of philosophies are in play, some of which, well, defy explanation.
For starters, Phil Mickelson ranks seventh with just 32.3 percent, this despite a 12-for-12 slate and six top-5s at Quail Hollow. When reviewing the variables, decisions are golfer-specific, but what else would the World Golf Hall of Famer need to do to warrant a larger piece of the pie? Whatever the case, those on board are elated at the relative loss of love.
Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson is owned by 5.2 percent more gamers than Mickelson! The Swede has cashed just twice in five trips to Quail Hollow, neither of which yielding a spot inside the top 55 on the final leaderboard. Obviously, neither golfer is a poor investment most weeks, but the majority for both seems to lean almost entirely on recent form (even though Mickelson has enjoyed a sparkling 2016 thus far).
Somehow, Kevin Kisner sits eighth with 22.2 percent. The aggregate affinity to go to him time and again in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf driven by AVIS is perplexing. As it concerns his worth this week, it’s reasonable to wonder if his investors know that he’s signed for only one red number among 21 scores since the Sony Open in Hawaii in mid-January. Until he proves otherwise, his nine-month stretch of success from April 2015 to January 2016 appears to be a bubble.
Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson sits 12th with 13.8 percent. That’s about right. It suggests a balance of trust between his course knowledge, comfort and prior success here, and his extending struggles. His angle to hop aboard during any tournament has been that he’s rising to the occasion on sites where he has in the past. Those who nabbed Simpson have reason to be confident this week.
After seven-and-a-half months off due to an injured left wrist for which he had surgery, Jim Furyk returns to competition this week. He won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2006 and sits second in all-time earnings here. As it concerns PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf driven by AVIS, he’s rostered by 2.5 percent, good for 33rd overall.
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You can participate in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf driven by AVIS by clicking here. The game, which uses live ShotLink scoring, takes into account more than a player's score. Players also earn points based on their performance in three categories: driving, approach shots and short game. Gamers can earn prizes for weekly, segment and season-long performance.
MOST-PICKED PLAYERS: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
NOTE: Rob’s Rating refers to where our Fantasy Insider slotted a golfer in his preview material.
No. Player Percentage Rob's Rating 1 Rory McIlroy (defending) 81.9% No. 1 2 Adam Scott 57.0% No. 4 3 Rickie Fowler 48.8% No. 2 4 Hideki Matsuyama 38.9% No. 8 5 Henrik Stenson 37.6% No. 11 6 J.B. Holmes 36.6% No. 6 7 Phil Mickelson 32.3% No. 3 8 Kevin Kisner 22.2% Fade 9 Justin Rose 18.9% No. 5 10 Patrick Reed 18.7% No. 7
Golfers in the Power Rankings and outside the top 10 in most owned
Power Ranking Player Owned Rank Percentage 9 Webb Simpson 12th 13.8% 10 Dustin Johnson (withdrew) N/A N/A 12 Bill Haas 21st 7.0% 13 Jamie Lovemark 11th 17.6% 14 Daniel Berger 18th 8.1% 15 Byeong-Hun An 16th 8.7%