The PGA Tour is back this weekend after their weekend off after the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston wrapped up on Labor Day with Henrik Stenson hoisting the trophy. This week the top 70 head to the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest as they attack a new FedEx Cup venue-Conway Farms. It will be the first PGA Tournament held on the course although it has a solid history of amateur and college competitions. Conway Farms has a wide variety of holes and a finishing par-5 which could provide drama both at the cutoff for next week’s PGA Championship and at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
In our Fantasy CPR group on Yahoo! Foot-Wedge and Eagle’s Nest both put up 190 to win the week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Foot-Wedge moved into the lead for the segment with the big week, but there’s still a tight race at the top with just seven points separating the leader from Above Par. The same two are up top in our season-long standings with Foot-Wedge holding 121 point lead with just two tournaments left.
This week is a big one for fantasy golfers, and it’s a good week to take risks since there is no cut line and all players who start the week will play all four rounds (barring injury or withdrawal). I suggest you save one start for all golfers in case you need them for next week’s Tour Championship where the field will be even more limited. Because very few have played competitively at Conway Farms, I’ll be picking based on recent form and the starts I have left. These are the players I’m rolling with for this week:
Tiger Woods-If you’ve saved two Tiger starts, now is the time to use them. In everything but Majors, he’s had a great season even though he did falter a bit at the Deutsche. I think he’ll bounce back and be in the mix once again on Sunday, so use your starts if you’ve got ‘em-they don’t carry over to next year.
Jason Dufner-Dufner is playing well with three top ten’s in his last four events including his PGA Championship win. He struggled earlier this season but is showing quite a finishing kick as the last few events wind down.
Steve Stricker-Stricker has played a lighter schedule this season partly due to injury and partly by design. He’s always a great playoff performer and is coming off a solo second at the Deutsche. He has three runner-up finishes this season despite playing just 11 tournaments. His worst finish all season is a t38 and he’s been in the top 20 nine of those 11 events.
Keegan Bradley-Bradley has seven top-10 finishes this season and has been in the top 20 in four of his last five tournaments. He faded a bit in the final round in Boston finishing t16 but is in good form and should have a good finish this week.
Hunter Mahan-Mahan is one of my favorites, and I have a pair of starts left for him, so I’ll use one this week. He’s finished in the top 25 14 times this season which doesn’t include the Canadian Open where he withdrew with the lead. Since leaving that tournament early for the birth of his daughter he’s improved every tournament going t57, t25, t13. I think he’ll be in the top ten this week with a shot to pick up his first win of the season.
Graham Dalaet- The Canadian Boise State alumnus is coming off top three finishes in the first two FedEx Cup playoff events after his solo third at TPC Boston. He has seven top 10’s this season and is playing great golf headed for Chicago.
Jason Day-Day is a little bit of a sleeper, but his t13 in Boston gave him 10 top 25’s this season including each of his last three tournaments. He’s been close this season with six top 10’s but is still looking for his first win this season.
Jordan Spieth- Spieth has had an incredible rookie season as a pro with eight top 10 finishes and a breakthrough win at the John Deere Classic. He could have won the Deutsche except for a tough third round in which he shot 72. He rebounded from that with a scorching 62 on Sunday to finish in the top five giving him three top-20 finishes in a row.