The 2014 PGA Tour gets underway at the Plantation Course at Kapalua this week as the Northeast digs out from the latest storm in brutally cold temperatures with golf footage from beautiful sun-drenched Hawaii. This year, the tournament features a 30-man field with its typical no-cut format. For this first week, none of your players will miss the cut and all four of your starters will be available for all four rounds. The four rounds run Friday through Monday starting at 10:30 Hawaii time as Derek Ernst and Woody Austin get things rolling.
If you’re looking for a group to join for the coming season, check out our Yahoo! group which I detailed in this post earlier this week. We’ve already got a 18-member strong field, but there’s definitely still room for you to join us. I’ll be listing the leader and weekly winner here on FantasyCPR along with my weekly picks.
This week the Yahoo! page still doesn’t have the field cut down, so make sure you get golfers that are active and starting this week by checking tee times on PGATour.com or here on GolfWeek. I’m going with safe options this week since so many of these golfers haven’t played competitively lately. There’s less info available on current form so I’ll rely on overall results and especially past results at Kapalua. Here are my picks for this week.
Adam Scott- Scott has been playing well coming off back-to-back wins in November in Australia as well as a team victory with Jason Day in the World Cup. He has played this event in the past although not in the last two years. He finished t21 in 2011, t18 in 2009, 2nd in 2007, t5 in 2005, and 7th in 2004.
Matt Kuchar- Kuchar and Harris English won the Shark Shootout mid-December with a course record and had a top ten at the McGladrey Classic in the fall. Last year he finished in the top ten at this tournament as well and always seems to be around the leaderboard. If he’s in contention, I’ll use him although I may try to save a start since I expect another big year from Kuchar.
Dustin Johnson- DJ won this event last year by four strokes and is coming off a recent win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Sheshan as well.
Webb Simpson- Simpson comes in playing well with a win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October followed by a top-ten at the McGladerey Classic. He finished tied for third here two years ago and t11 last year.
Jordan Spieth- The youngster showed he can contend in any tournament and he’s a no-risk pick since missing the cut can’t hurt this week even in his first time headed to Kapalua.
Zach Johnson- Johnson finished the season last year on fire and is worth a roster spot in case he picks up where he left off.
Harris English- English won in November at the OHL Classic at Maykoba and is one of only a few C-listers in the tournament. After taking last year’s St. Jude Classic to qualify for this Champions event, he should be a common C-list choice if he continues in his current form.
Jimmy Walker- Walker was around the leaderboard often last season and ultimately broke through with a win at the Frys.com Open in October. He followed that with a pair of top 15′s and could be set up for a breakthrough year this season.