As the PGA Tour continues a busy summer of action, the focus turns from the inconic island greens of TPC Sawgrass to the difficult TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas. The Four Seasons has historically been one of the most difficult courses relative to par on tour. The forecast calls for windy conditions meaning it could be almost US Open-like scoring over the weekend.
Matt Kuchar won last week’s Players Championship with a -13 and it’s possible this week’s winning score could be even closer to par than that. Although I’ve had him several times this year, I didn’t have Kuchar on my fantasy golf team last week and paid for it dearly. My team got decimated by the cut and I finished with just 80 points as I slid to 11th in our group and into the 86th percentile overall.
Reserve Master pulled out the win for our FantasyCPR group with 140 points behind a solid second from Ben Curtis and top tens from Luke Donald and David Toms. The segment leader in our group is Above Par who has opened a 40 point cushion on the rest of us this spring. For the full season, Squatney Leather is 30 points ahead of MT Cup and Tai Chi Webb. If you’re looking for some stiff competition week in and week out, follow the link here and join the Fantasy CPR group. There’s 15 players in the league and week in and week out everybody’s got a solid, well thought-out team.
My team was the weakest link last week, so I’m looking to put a solid week on the board in Dallas. I was born in Texas so hopefully my native-state can bring me some good bounces with my picks. I went with consensus favorites last week and got burned, so I tried to go a little beyond the obvious names with these picks:
Adam Scott-The Aussie finished t15 at the Players and t8 in the Masters in his last two stateside tournaments. He won this event on this course in 2008 and after tying for third in 2006. I’ve only used one Scott start (last week at Sawgrass), so I’ll start with him in my lineup.
Keegan Bradley-In addition to being the defending champion, Bradley bounced back last week after missing two consecutive cuts to finish t35 at the Players. I think he’ll end up in the top three this week. Since I have only six Bradley starts left, I’ll start with him on the bench just to make sure he’s worth burning a start on this week in Dallas.
John Rollins-The tour leader in driving, Rollins has five top 25s and four top tens in his 13 tournaments this season. There’s some risk here since he has missed five cuts this year as well, but he did finish in the top 10 in last year’s Nelson making him potentially worth it.
Jason Day-After a top ten two weeks ago at Quail Hollow, Day missed the cut last week in Florida. He’ll look to bounce back in Dallas where he finished fifth last year and won the year before in 2010.
Ernie Els-Els has a nice history here winning in 1995 and finshing T13 or better in his last four starts. The reason he’s on my bench is that he hasn’t played here since 2005 and has missed two of three cuts.
D.A. Points-Last week Points withdrew just before the tournament with a sore back, but he hopes to give it a go this week. He’s a start many fantasy owners might overlook but he’s playing well (t2 at the Wells Fargo) and he has a nice track record at TPC Four Seasons (3 in 2009 and t7 in 2010). I’ll go with Points in my fourth slot in the B-group as a bit of a sleeper after last week’s “chalk” picks cam back to haunt me.
Louis Oosthuizen-The steady South African has exactly the type of game that’s needed on such a difficult course. He missed the cut last week but had a pair of top three’s in his previous starts. First time here, which makes me a little nervous.
Jeff Overton-Overton is a fit for this course as his top 10’s in the last two year’s indicate. His MC last week was only his second of the year in 12 starts.